Texas A&M gets 70-68 win over No. 21 Missouri
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Fabyon Harris had 17 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, to help Texas A&M to a 70-68 victory over No. 21 Missouri on Thursday night.
The loss dropped the Tigers (16-6, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) to 0-5 in true road games. They have won three games at neutral sites this season.
Laurence Bowers was wide open when he hit a 3-pointer to give Missouri its first lead of the game, 68-67, with 53 seconds left.
Harris turned it over on Texas A&M's next possession, but Phil Pressey gave it right back with a turnover to set up the winning score for A&M (14-8, 4-5).
Ray Turner blocked a shot by Keion Bell with 2 seconds left to secure the win.
Alex Oriakhi led the Tigers with 15 points.
Texas-Arlington cruises past Texas State 75-50
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kevin Butler scored a season-high 21 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead Texas-Arlington to an easy 75-50 victory over cold-shooting Texas State on Thursday night.
Karol Gruszecki added 13 points for the Mavericks (11-9, 6-5 Western Athletic), and Brandon Edwards and Jordan Reves combined to pull down 21 rebounds. Texas-Arlington shot just 39 percent of the floor but was 9 of 18 from 3-point range and held a 49-36 rebounding edge.
Reid Koenen had 12 points for the Bobcats (7-17, 3-9). Texas State made just 12 field goals and shot 23 percent against the Mavericks, who came in allowing the ninth-lowest shooting percentage (37.1) in Division I.
Texas-Arlington led just 31-26 at halftime but opened the second half on a 14-5 run and wasn't threatened again.
Mavericks coach Scott Cross published an open letter Wednesday imploring students to show their support at Texas-Arlington's upcoming home games. Thursday's attendance was 2,053.
W KENTUCKY-NORTH TEXAS
W. Kentucky uses balance to top N. Texas 70-59
DENTON, Texas (AP) — Jamal Crook and George Fant led a balanced scoring effort with 14 points apiece to lead Western Kentucky past North Texas 70-59 on Thursday night.
Western Kentucky (13-11, 7-6 Sun Belt) went on a 16-6 run over the final 4 minutes to break open a tight contest.
Fant also had eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Brandon Harris scored 10 points, including three 3-pointers.
North Texas (8-17, 3-11) had four players combine to score 58 of its points.
Alzee Williams scored 17, Jordan Williams scored 15, Tony Mitchell scored 14 and Roger Franklin had 12. Mitchell also had 13 rebounds.
CENT ARKANSAS-STEPHEN F AUSTIN
Stephen F. Austin stops Central Arkansas 72-36
NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) — Taylor Smith scored 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting and Stephen F. Austin's nation-leading defense held Central Arkansas to 13 points in the second half on the way to a 72-36 win Thursday night.
The Lumberjacks (19-2, 10-1 Southland) won their 11th home game without a loss this season. They have held opponents to fewer than 70 points in 53 consecutive games.
Desmond Haymon had 10 points and eight rebounds for Stephen F. Austin, which never trailed and led by as many as 38. The Lumberjacks have allowed 48.9 points per game, best in Division I.
Jarvis Garner led the Bears (9-12, 4-7) with 13 points. But only one other Central Arkansas player, LaQuentin Miles, finished with more than four points. Miles scored seven.
Central Arkansas shot 19 percent in the second half and made just four shots after halftime. The Bears made 31 percent of their shots in the game.
MCNEESE ST-SAM HOUSTON ST
McNeese State beats Sam Houston State 59-58 in OT
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Dontae Cannon tied the game with 3 seconds to play in regulation, then scored again with a second to play in overtime to lift McNeese State to a 59-58 win over Sam Houston State Thursday night.
Cannon finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Cowboys (9-12, 3-8 Southland), who had lost four in a row. It was just their second road win of the season; the other was at Texas Tech on Dec. 16.
Desharick Guidry had 11 points, making all three of his 3-point attempts, for McNeese State.
Marquel McKinney led the Bearkats (12-10, 5-5) with 13 points. Paul Baxter added 10 points and six assists for Sam Houston State.
The win was McNeese State's 300th in the Southland Conference, making the Cowboys the first team to reach that mark.
Lamar rallies past Texas A&M Corpus Christi 67-63
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Stan Brown scored 22 points and Donley Minor hit three 3-pointers in the final two minutes, helping Lamar snap a 10-game losing streak with a 67-63 victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Thursday night.
Minor's 3-pointer with 4 seconds left put the Cardinals ahead 65-63 and he added two free throws with 1 second remaining.
Lamar (3-20, 1-10 Southland) trailed by 13 points with 6:52 remaining when Brown scored all 10 points for the Cardinals during a 10-2 run that got them within 59-54 with 2:50 left. Minor followed with back-to-back 3s that closed the gap to 61-60 with 1:26 to go.
Minor was 4 for 6 beyond the arc and finished with 16 points. Rhon Mitchell added 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Cardinals.
Joy Williamson scored 12 points for Texas A&M Corpus Christi (2-18, 1-9), which has lost six straight and got its only conference win with a 62-56 victory over Lamar on Jan. 12.
Baylor's Florence won't try to follow RG3 to NFL
WACO, Texas (AP) — The Baylor quarterback who succeeded Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III with a record-setting season of his own has decided not to pursue a possible NFL career.
Nick Florence tells the Waco Tribune-Herald that he will focus on completing his master's degree at Baylor. He expects to be finished in December.
Florence broke Griffin's school record with 4,309 yards passing as a senior. He threw for 33 touchdowns and ran for 568 yards with 10 scores.
Florence's 375 total yards a game ranked second nationally behind Heisman winner Johnny Manziel. The Bears finished 8-5 with a Holiday Bowl victory over UCLA.
Florence told the newspaper he doesn't know if he would have been picked in April's NFL draft, but that he had no doubt he could have made a team.
Armstrong sued for $12 million bonus
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Dallas promotions company is suing Lance Armstrong to repay $12 million in bonuses it paid him for winning the Tour de France.
Armstrong now admits he used performance-enhancing drugs and has been stripped of those victories.
SCA Promotions filed its lawsuit Thursday in Dallas district court. The company tried to withhold the money in 2005 because of doping allegations but ultimately settled with Armstrong in arbitration.
Now SCA says Armstrong's admission proves a conspiracy to cheat and defraud the company into paying him millions.
The lawsuit also targets Armstrong agent Bill Stapleton as a defendant.
Armstrong's attorney did not immediately return a message.