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story.lead_photo.caption Auburn Coach Bruce Pearl (right) questions an official during the No. 14 Tigers’ 85-66 victory over Texas A&M on Wednesday.

NO. 14 AUBURN 85, TEXAS A&M 66

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Bryce Brown scored all but two of his 22 points in the first half and No. 14 Auburn routed Texas A&M 85-66 on Wednesday night.

The Tigers (13-3, 2-1 SEC) won on the road for the first time in league play this season. They dominated the Aggies (7-8, 1-3) from the start and never looked back.

Brown scored 18 consecutive points for the Tigers -- and outscored the Aggies 18-10 by himself during that span -- late in the first half to stake Auburn to a double-digit lead it didn't relinquish. Brown began the stretch with a three-point play after he was fouled in the lane on a layup, and his next 15 points came on three-point shots.

Jared Harper had 17 points, 6 assists, 3 steals and 3 rebounds for Auburn. Anfernee McLemore added 13 points and 6 rebounds off the bench, and Chuma Okeke had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Austin Wiley grabbed 12 boards.

Auburn overwhelmed Texas A&M in second-chance points (20-8), points off turnovers (18-10), offensive rebounds (20-7) and bench points (27-5).

Savion Flagg and Wendell Mitchell each had 22 points to lead the Aggies.

IOWA STATE 68, NO. 8 TEXAS TECH 64

LUBBOCK, Texas — Marial Shayok scored 20 points, Michael Jacobson had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Iowa State beat No. 8 Texas Tech, handing the Red Raiders their first Big 12 loss.

The Cyclones (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) stopped a two-game losing streak coming off a 17-point win over No. 7 Kansas that gave them a 2-0 start in conference. Iowa State matched its win total from last season, the school’s lowest in 16 years.

The Red Raiders (15-2, 4-1) were the last team without a conference loss and missed on a chance for their first 5-0 start in the Big 12, going back to 1996-97. The Red Raiders, whose only other loss was to No. 1 Duke, and Jayhawks are tied for the Big 12 lead.

KANSAS STATE 74, NO. 20 OKLAHOMA 61

NORMAN, Okla. -- Barry Brown scored 25 points and Dean Wade added 20 to help Kansas State beat No. 20 Oklahoma.

It was Kansas State's second consecutive road victory over a ranked team -- the Wildcats won at Iowa State last Saturday. It was also Wade's second game back since missing six in a row with a torn tendon in his right foot.

Kansas State (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) shot 50 percent from the field against an Oklahoma squad that was holding opponents to 37.7 percent shooting, good for ninth nationally.

Christian James scored 20 points and Rashard Odomes added a season-high 17 for Oklahoma (13-4, 2-3). It was the Sooners' first home defeat and their first loss to an unranked team this season.

NO. 21 HOUSTON 69, SMU 58

DALLAS — Corey Davis Jr. scored 20 points and Armoni Brooks added 19 with 5 three-pointers as No. 21 Houston beat SMU.

Davis hit a three-pointer for the game’s first points, and the Cougars (17-1, 4-1 American Athletic Conference) jumped out to a 12-4 lead after Brooks made three early threes. Houston led 31-22 at halftime after Brooks buried a long straightaway three just before the break. Jimmy Whitt Jr. had 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting for SMU (11-6, 3-2), which played most of the game without senior guard Jarrey Foster (sprained left knee).

NO. 23 IOWA 89, PENN STATE 82

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Luka Garza matched a season-high 22 points and also grabbed 12 rebounds and No. 23 Iowa edged Penn State.

Jordan Bohannon added 19 points, Ryan Kriener had 15 off the bench for the Hawkeyes (15-3, 4-3 Big Ten), who won their fourth consecutive and ninth of 10.

Josh Reaves and Rasir Bolton scored 16 points apiece for the Nittany Lions (7-11, 0-7), who led for most of the second half but lost their fifth consecutive.

Mike Watkins chipped in 11 points and and 11 rebounds and Myles Dread scored 14 points for Penn State, which scored the first 8 points and led 45-40 at halftime.

SEC MEN

SOUTH CAROLINA 74, VANDERBILT 71

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A.J. Lawson hit two free throws with 23.1 seconds left, and the South Carolina Gamecocks rallied from a 12-point deficit in the second half to beat Vanderbilt and remain perfect in SEC play.

Saben Lee's 15 footer that could have given Vanderbilt the lead bounced off the rim with five seconds left. Hassani Gravett sealed the victory with two more free throws with 2 seconds left.

Lawson finished with 24 points for the Gamecocks (9-7, 4-0), and Gravett scored all of his 17 in the second half. Keyshawn Bryant added 13 on a night where Chris Silva, South Carolina's leading scorer, finished with a season-low two points after foul trouble limited him to 13 minutes.

Vanderbilt (9-7) now is 0-4 in SEC play for the first time in program history.

ALABAMA 70, MISSOURI 60

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Avery Johnson Jr. scored 14 points to lead Alabama to a road victory over Missouri.

Johnson — the son of Crimson Tide head Coach Avery Johnson — shattered his season high of four points. Johnson shot 5-for-10 from the field and compiled his highest points total since his career-high 23-point performance against South Carolina in February 2017.

Alabama (11-5, 2-2 SEC) took early control of the rebounding battle, and outrebounded the Tigers 37-29. The Crimson Tide have now outrebounded opponents in 15 of its 16 games this season.

SOUTHLAND MEN

CENTRAL ARKANSAS 77, INCARNATE WORD 60

Eddy Kayouloud scored 18 points to lead the University of Central Arkansas to a victory over Incarnate Word on Wednesday at the McDermott Center in San Antonio.

The teams traded baskets early, but a three-pointer by Kayouloud with 13:55 left in the first half gave the Bears (8-10, 3-2 Southland Conference) a 10-8 lead, which they would hold for the rest of the game. Another Kayouloud three-pointer gave UCA a 21-13 lead with 8:41 remaining, but Incarnate Word (6-11, 1-3) trimmed the lead to 23-20 after a Christian Peevy layup a little more than two minutes later.

After the Bears held a four-point halftime lead, the Cardinals cut the lead to 42-40 on a jumper by Augustine Ene with 15:38 left in the game. UCA then went on a 7-0 run over the next 1:37, capped by a Matthew Mondesir layup, to take a 49-40 lead with 14:01 remaining. Mondesir hit a three-pointer with 8:35 left to give UCA its first lead of 10 or more points at 58-46, which started a 9-0 run over nearly 4 1/2 minutes to put the game away.

Hayden Koval had 13 points and Mondesir finished with 11 for the Bears, who shot 49.1 percent from the floor. Ene led the Cardinals with 18 points and Jordan Caruso added 11.

Photo by AP/MICHAEL WYKE
Auburn guard Bryce Brown (right) scored 22 points in the Tigers’ 85-66 victory Wednesday night at Texas A&M.

Sports on 01/17/2019

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