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From The Associated Press.

Jackson State outlasts Louisiana-Lafayette 73-70
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Julysses Nobles hit a 3-pointer with a second left to lift give Jackson State the 73-70 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette Thursday night.
Nobles led Jackson State (4-7) with 14 points, and Brandon West pulled down 13 rebounds to go with his 12 points and four blocks.
Marcus Love hit two free throws to give the Tigers a 67-64 lead with 1:15 remaining. He hit a layup after a missed Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) shot, pushing the lead to five.
Elfrid Payton immediately responded with a 3-pointer in transition for the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Love hit one of two free throws after the ensuing foul, and Xavian Rimmer tied the game on a 3 with nine seconds left, setting the stage for Nobles.
Payton scored 22 points, finishing 6 of 18 from the field and 8 of 16 from the line. Rimmer finished with 14 points while Shawn Long added 16 and grabbed 19 boards.

Anderson leads TCU over Grambling State 98-75
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — If TCU’s Kyan Anderson has ever scored 17 consecutive points for any of team he’s played on, high school or youth league, he doesn’t remember it.
Anderson can say he’s done it now after scoring all 17 of TCU’s points during a blistering first-half run as the Horned Frogs went on to beat Grambling State 98-75 on Thursday night.
“I’ve probably never done it, and if I have, I don’t remember it,” said Anderson, who played at nearby local powerhouse North Crowley High School.
Anderson finished with 27 points. He also had five assists and three steals. It was the eighth 20-plus point game of his career.
TCU (7-3) won its third consecutive game heading into a Saturday rematch against Tulsa. Grambling State (1-5) had opened with four straight losses before beating Central Baptist College on Monday to end a 32-game losing streak.
Anderson outscored Grambling State 15-5 during a run that pushed TCU’s lead from 14-13 to 29-18 with 7:38 left in the first half. He made two 3-pointers plus a layup and a free throw to push TCU’s lead to double digits. Anderson did it in a span of 3 minutes, 23 seconds.
“I thought they had some breakdowns defensively and he hit two or three open shots,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said. “He stayed within the framework of the offense. I thought he picked his spots. He didn’t break any plays.”
Anderson started his 17-point scoring splurge with a basket for a 14-5 lead. But Grambling State was able to respond as Terry Rose and Remond Brown made 3-pointers to cut the Horned Frogs’ lead to 14-13 with 11:01 left in the first half.
That’s when Anderson answered Brown’s 3-pointer with a jump shot and a 3-pointer and Grambling State couldn’t find a way to slow him down.
“We didn’t respond to Anderson when he took over the game,” Grambling State coach Joseph Price said. “We lost control of the game.”
TCU relied almost exclusively on its starting five for its point production. TCU starters scored all but 25 of the Horned Frogs’ 98 points. It was the Horned Frogs’ highest scoring game since they lost to San Diego State 98-92 in overtime on March 3, 2012.
Not only did Anderson have another standout game, but backcourt mate Michael Williams had a career-high 14 points. Williams made all three of his 3-pointers and handed out six assists.
Horned Frogs center Karviar Shepherd also had his second consecutive career-best game with 12 points and eight rebounds. And while Anderson was on his scoring flurry, Shepherd set the tone on the defensive end with two of his four blocked shots as TCU held Grambling State to 25 percent shooting in the first half.
“We’re working more on defense with him,” Williams said of the freshman Shepherd. “He’s a little raw on offense, but that’s going to come in time. As long as he can be stable and consistent with what he’s doing, he’ll be fine.”
A fourth starter, forward Brandon Parrish, had 11 points. Jarvis Ray, TCU’s other starter, had nine points and ended Anderson’s 17-consecutive-point run with a breakaway dunk to give TCU a 31-18 lead with 7:19 left in the first half.
Anderson trailed right behind Ray as he put down a two-handed slam.
“I just said, ‘go ahead and show me something exciting,’” Anderson said.
TCU built its lead to as much as 32 points at 88-56 with 5:12 left in the game when Christian Gore made his second 3-pointer.
Antwan Scott led Grambling State with 13 points. He was 3 for 5 on 3-pointers. Rose added 12 points and Brown had 10 for the Tigers.

Alabama suspends Dickson, Kamara for Sugar Bowl
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has suspended linebacker Xzavier Dickson and freshman tailback Alvin Kamara.
Coach Nick Saban announced Thursday that neither would play for the third-ranked Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl against No. 11 Oklahoma on Jan. 2. Saban didn’t disclose a reason for the suspensions.
Dickson is a backup linebacker. He has played in 12 games and has 13 tackles, plus two stops for a loss and a sack.
Kamara hasn’t played this season.

UTEP defeats Northwestern State 84-74
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — John Bohannon scored 10 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and had six assists to lead UTEP over Northwestern State 84-74 Thursday night.
Bohannon picks up his second double-double in a row and the 13th of his career.
McKenzie Moore led UTEP (6-5) with 17 points. Moore has led the team in scoring a team-high five times. Three others scored in double figures for the Miners.
Northwestern State (4-7) outscored UTEP 45-42 in the second half. DeQuan Hicks led Northwestern State with 20 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Zikiteran Woodley hit two 3-pointers to go with his 18 points.
The Demons continue to struggle from the 3-point range. Northwestern State averages 27.6 percent from beyond the arc. The Demons shot 4 of 20 for 20 percent from 3-point range against the Miners.

Southern falls to Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Southern gave Marquette and Florida a bit of trouble in road games earlier this season.
Once the Jaguars got behind No. 1 Arizona, they didn’t stand much of a chance.
Southern tried to fight back from a big early hole, but struggled from the 3-point line and on free throws in a 69-43 loss to the Wildcats on Thursday night.
“My team is trying to find an identity and we have a long way to go,” Southern coach Roman Banks said. “My concern is that we didn’t show character, we floated all night long. Arizona is a great basketball team, but I thought we played on our toes.”
Coming off a comeback road win over Michigan on Saturday, Arizona (12-0) raced out to a 15-point first-half lead over the Jaguars despite having to shift players to new positions with 7-foot center Kaleb Tarczewski out.
The second half wasn’t quite as smooth and the Wildcats went 22 of 37 on free throws, but turned it over just eight times and played well at the defensive end to start 12-0 in non-conference action for the second straight season.
Aaron Gordon scored 21 points and Nick Johnson had 16 for Arizona, which outscored Southern 34-12 in the paint despite Tarczewski’s absence. Brandon Ashley finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
“Overall, we’re headed in the right direction,” Johnson said. “Kaleb is a big body down low that takes up a lot of space in terms of rebounding and limiting second shots. He’s really our rim protector.”
Southern (3-8) had miserable first half and tried to claw its way back early in the second. The Jaguars never were able to dig out of that big hole, going 5 for 21 from 3-point range and 4 of 15 on free throws.
Malcolm Miller and Calvin Godfrey had 11 points each for Southern.
“We won’t play anybody like Arizona,” Miller said. “This game is going to help us be more confident against our future opponents.”
Southern didn’t figure to pose much of a threat to the long, athletic Wildcats.
The Jaguars nearly pulled off a monumental upset in the first round of last year’s NCAA tournament, leading No. 1 Gonzaga late before losing to the Zags.
Southern is a much different team this year after losing four seniors and with Godfrey ailing because of an elbow injury.
It went about as expected early.
Even without Tarczewski, who sprained his ankle against Michigan on Saturday, Arizona dominated Southern from the start, building a 12-point by the midpoint of the first half.
The Wildcats kept rolling behind the wheeling and dealing of T.J. McConnell (five assists) and inside game of Gordon, who had eight of his 10 first-half points on layups or dunks.
Southern tried to work inside-out on offense, without much luck; Arizona had an 18-2 advantage in the paint in the first half.
The Jaguars couldn’t seem to hit much from anywhere, shooting 7 of 24, including 3 of 11 from the 3-point arc, in the opening 20 minutes.
The Wildcats, on the other hand, had little trouble scoring, hitting 13 of 24 shots from the floor. Had they been a little better without pressure — 6 of 16 on free throws — the lead would have been even more than 34-19 at halftime.
“They did what they were best at and accomplished a lot in the first half,” Godfrey said.
Southern was better offensively to open the second half and chipped the lead down to 10.
The Jaguars had no answer for Gordon.
The freshman phenom used his long arms to reach over defenders for offensive rebounds and his strength to bull past them for putbacks. Gordon added a 3-pointer from the wing and hit three straight free throws after going 0 for 4 in the first half, drawing cheers from the home fans.
“It’s hilarious, pretty much a realization that I’m not making free throws,” said Gordon, who made 85 of 100 free throws during the team shootaround. “It made me laugh, we have great fans who are very supportive of me and it made me shoot a little better.”
That turned out to be the only excitement in the second half as Arizona prevented the Jaguars from getting any closer.

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