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No. 4 SDSU gets by UNLV to move to 21-0

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LAS VEGAS (AP) Malachi Flynn scored 21 points and No. 4 San Diego State staved off UNLV's second-half rally to win 71-67 on Sunday, remaining the country's only unbeaten team.

The Aztecs (21-0, 10-0 Mountain West) broke the school record for best start in the program's 99 seasons. San Diego State's 21st consecutive victory also tops the school record of 20 straight wins, set during the 2010-11 season and matched by the 2013-14 squad that made the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

It was San Diego State's fifth straight win over UNLV and eighth consecutive road victory.


Maryland ends on 7-0 run to edge Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Jalen Smith's first-half 3-point flurry helped stake Maryland to a double-digit lead. His ability to fight through Indiana's halftime adjustments kept the 17th-ranked Terrapins close in the second half. And then he finished with a flourish.

After catching a pass from Anthony Cowan Jr. in the post, the sophomore forward scored on a layup with 14.5 seconds left to cap an improbable last-minute comeback for the Terps, who beat the Hoosiers 77-76 on Sunday.


Spartans cruise to easy win over Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Michigan State weathered another sluggish start, then wore down Minnesota.

The Spartans reasserted themselves after a rough loss, and the Gophers paid the price.


No. 25 Houston easily gets past USF

HOUSTON (AP) Houston used a balanced attack and did all the little things right on the defensive end in order to win its fourth straight game.

DeJon Jarreau had 12 points and six assists, Fabian White Jr. added 11 points, and No. 25 Houston beat South Florida 68-49 on Sunday.


Virginia holds off Wake Forest in OT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Virginia kept sending Wake Forest players to the foul line, dug itself a double-digit hole and even threw in a major mistake to extend the game when victory was fewer than 2 seconds away.

The Cavaliers found a way to win anyway.


Tulsa tops UConn in OT to push run to 5

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Tulsa coach Frank Haith was impressed with the character his team showed on Sunday.

The Golden Hurricane saw a nine-point lead disappear in the second half, but rallied to beat UConn 79-75 in overtime to pick up their fifth straight win and sixth in the last seven games.


Balanced Creighton gets past Xavier

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Ty-Shon Alexander scored 24 points going 10 of 11 from the foul line and Marcus Zegarowski scored 14 and Creighton beat Xavier 77-66 on Sunday.

Mitch Ballock scored 14 and Denzel Mahoney 14 off the bench.


Williams passes Smith as UNC snaps skid

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina's Hall of Fame coach and his players had spent the month of January grinding through a frustrating and confidence-jarring set of losses, brought on amid a series of injuries as well as shaky play.

Finally on Saturday, the Tar Heels could celebrate the end of uncharacteristic struggles for the tradition-rich program - for a game, anyway - and a coaching milestone for Roy Williams that took much longer than expected to achieve.


No. 1 Baylor downs Gators, streak now 16

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) No. 1 Baylor was surprised to learn it was a slight underdog on the road against Florida.

The Bears raised their eyebrows, shook their heads, shrugged their shoulders and decided to treat it as bulletin-board material.


No. 15 Kentucky tops No. 18 Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) While there were a lot of happy players in the Kentucky locker room, only Nick Richards got a kiss on the forehead from coach John Calipari.

"I said there are about three of you in this room that need this, but I will do it for you, so I kissed him on the forehead," Calipari said of the the 6-foot-11 junior forward who had 25 points and 14 rebounds as the No. 15 Wildcats won 76-74 in overtime at No. 18 Texas Tech. "Nick was unbelievable."

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