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Posted on March 4, 2014 at 5:05 AM

ALABAMA ST-PRAIRIE VIEW

Alabama State edges Prairie View 90-87 in OT

HOUSTON (AP) — Bobby Brown scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lift Alabama State to a 90-87 win over Prairie View A&M in overtime on Monday night.

Tied at 77 at the end of regulation, Alabama State outscored the Panthers 13-10 in OT to clinch the win.

Maurice Strong, DeMarcus Robinson and Billy Ingram contributed 11 points apiece for the Hornets, who shot 51 percent from the field to snap a two-game skid and cling to a second-place conference tie with Texas Southern. Jamel Waters and Tony Armstrong added 10 points each in the win.

Prairie View A&M led 35-34 at the break but sank fewer shots from the penalty stripe and from 3-point range in the game.

Montrael Scott led the Panthers with 25 points, John Brisco added 24 and Demondre Chapman 22.

ALABAMA A&M-TEXAS SOUTHERN

Texas Southern pulls away from Alabama A&M, 79-58

HOUSTON (AP) — Lawrence Johnson-Danner scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half as Texas Southern ran away from Alabama A&M for a 79-58 win on Monday night.

Aaric Murray added 19 points and 12 rebounds for Texas Southern. D'Aris Scarver added 13 points and Madarious Gibbs 10.

The Tigers took a 28-23 lead into halftime before finding their collective shooting touch after the break.

TSU made 16 of 32 field goals and 6 of 12 3-point shots after halftime, pushing its lead to double digits with a 10-4 run to open the second half.

Alabama A&M pulled within 39-33 with 15 minutes left but would get no closer.

Texas Southern used an 18-5 run to open up a 70-49 lead with 2:58 left.

Arthur Capers lead AAMU, which shot 38.2 percent from the floor and 27.3 percent from deep, with 19 points.

T25-OKLAHOMA ST-TEXAS

Texas slips past No. 18 Oklahoma State 65-58

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Imani McGee-Stafford scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Texas to a 65-58 win over No. 18 Oklahoma State on Monday night.

Texas took the lead early in the first half with a 3-pointer from Nekia Jones that made it 11-8 and the Longhorns never trailed again, carrying a 30-21 advantage into the break and holding off the Cowgirls in the second half.

Chassidy Fussell contributed 13 points for Texas, who controlled the boards 42-30 and sank 25 of their 36 free throw attempts — a 3-to-1 scoring advantage from the penalty stripe— to avenge a Jan. 2 loss to Oklahoma State. The win moved Texas into a third-place tie with the Cowgirls, the Longhorns' best conference finish since the 2004-05 season.

Oklahoma State was led by Kendra Suttles, who scored 14 points, while Tiffany Bias had 13 and Liz Donohoe 10.

SABRES-STARS

Stars coach Ruff earns 600th NHL win over Sabres

DALLAS (AP) — Alex Chiasson broke a third-period tie with his first goal in 13 games, and Lindy Ruff earned his 600th NHL coaching victory with a 3-2 win over his former team, the Buffalo Sabres, on Monday night.

Jamie Benn's slap shot from the blue line deflected off Chiasson and past goalie Jhonas Enroth for a power-play goal at 10:25 of the third.

The Stars opened a two-point lead over their closest pursuers for eighth place in the Western Conference. Ruff posted his first 571 wins with the Sabres before joining the Stars.

Defensemen Jordie Benn and Alex Goligoski both scored their third goal of the season for the Stars, who overcame a 1-0 deficit. Benn had been scoreless for 11 games, and Goligoski had gone 48 without a goal.

Tyler Ennis scored twice for Buffalo, with Matt Moulson assisting on both goals. The second got the Sabres even at 3:23 of the third.

INDIANS-RANGERS

Texas' Colby Lewis struggles in return to mound

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Texas right-hander Colby Lewis did not get out of the first inning in his first start since having hip surgery in August, and the Rangers lost 6-5 to the Cleveland Indians on Monday.

Lewis, who won 14 games in 2011, allowed two runs on two hits and two walks. He retired only two of the six batters he faced. He has not pitched in the majors since July 18, 2012.

Jeff Francoeur hit a two-run, two-out, two-strike single to end Lewis' outing after 32 pitches. Elliot Johnson tripled home two runs for Cleveland in the sixth inning.

Mitch Moreland drove in two runs for the Rangers with a sacrifice fly and groundout.

ASTROS-MARLINS

Keuchel leads Astros past Marlins 4-0

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Dallas Keuchel needed only 17 pitches in two scoreless innings Monday to help the Houston Astros beat the Miami Marlins 4-0.

All but three of the left-hander's pitches were strikes. He allowed one baserunner, on a single, before his final pitch induced a double play.

Miami starter Jacob Turner went two innings and gave up one run, on Marc Krauss' homer. Krauss went 2 for 4 and is 5 for 9 in spring training.

J.D. Martinez doubled home a run in the seventh. Houston's Marwin Gonzalez went 2 for 2 off the bench.

Chia-Jen Lo, Houston's eighth pitcher, threw a scoreless ninth to complete a four-hitter. Houston improved to 3-1 after losing a franchise record 111 games last season.

ASTROS-SINGLETON'S STRUGGLES

APNewsBreak: Astros prospect details drug struggle

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Jon Singleton is considered the top first base prospect in baseball and one of the players expected to help the Houston Astros back to respectability after three straight 100-loss seasons.

The 22-year-old Singleton is playing in major league exhibition games this spring. He's made it this far after battling an addiction to marijuana that got him suspended and sent him to an inpatient rehabilitation center.

Singleton tells The Associated Press that he's working to avoid the problems that threatened to derail his promising future.

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