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Appling lifts Spartans; Gray nails for Duke
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Keith Appling came off the bench to score 17 points and Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice added 15 apiece Friday to power Michigan State to a 98-65 victory over Mount St. Mary’s and help the Spartans continue their domination of non-conference opponents at home during November.

The last time the Spartans (7-0) lost at home in November was to a David Robinson-led Navy team on Nov. 29, 1986. Michigan State has won 74 straight games against unranked non-conference opponents at home.

Villanova 63, No. 2 Kansas 59

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Ryan Arcidiacono’s 3-pointer with 10.1 seconds left put Villanova on top for good and the Wildcats upset No. 2 Kansas in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Arcidiacono had missed all five of his previous shots, but made the one that counted — the Wildcats’ only field goal in the final 7 minutes.

No. 4 Arizona 72,
No. 6 Duke 66

NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Johnson scored all but two of his 15 points in the second half and No. 4 Arizona beat No. 6 Duke in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

No. 5 Oklahoma
State 69, Butler 67

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Marcus Smart scored 17 points to help the Cowboys survive a major scare against Butler in an Old Spice Classic semifinal.

Oklahoma State (7-0) again came out flat to start the second half one day after watching a 23-point halftime lead dwindle to four with 3 minutes to play before beating Purdue 97-87. The Cowboys will play in Sunday night’s championship against No. 21 Memphis, which beat LSU 76-69.

No. 14 Oregon 85, Pacific 62

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Mike Moser scored 19 points to lead No. 14 Oregon past Pacific.

Johnathan Loyd had 13 assists, tied with four others for the second-most ever by an Oregon player.


No. 2 Duke 97,
Central Michigan 64

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands (AP) — Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie wasn’t worried when her team struggled early on against Central Michigan. She knew that the second-ranked Blue Devils would eventually get going.

Manteca native Chelsea Gray had 11 points and nine assists in 24 minutes and Tricia Liston scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half to lead Duke to a 97-64 win over Central Michigan at the Paradise Jam on Friday.

Duke trailed 24-21 midway through the first half before scoring 18 of the next 20 points to take a 39-26 lead with 5:37 left.

“Those things will happen,” McCallie said. “We just had to shore up our defense, continue to execute and do the things we need to do. It is a long 40-minute game and you have to play all the way through it. I thought our team was very poised and focused. We did what we needed to do and got a good result.”