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Patterson responds to mom's death with effort of his life

Turning a tragedy into an inspiring tribute, Patterson led the No. 17 Cincinnati Bearcats to victory Thursday night, his emotional performance easily overshadowing anything else he's done in his career.

Hours after learning his mom, Charlene, died from a heart attack, Patterson scored 32 points in a 93-76 win over Alabama-Birmingham.The points are the most Patterson has ever scored at Cincinnati. He had 19 in the first half, when he hit three 3-pointers - pointing skyward after each one.

"I was crying all day, but I decided I was going to do it for my mom," Patterson said. "I put it behind me and played the game."

NEW MEXICO, UTEP 71: Kenny Thomas had a career-high 31 points and Royce Olney tied the school record with 8 3-pointers as New Mexico won its eighth straight game and extended the nation's second-longest home winning streak to 41 games.

William Smith and Alton Sanders each scored 14 points for UTEP (12-12, 3-9 WAC).

ARIZONA 71, OREGON STATE: 70: Miles Simon rebounded a missed free throw and ran down the court for a jump shot at the buzzer as Arizona avoided an upset at Oregon State.

Nick Greene sank two free throws to give Oregon State a 70-69 lead with 30 seconds left.

The win was the 16th straight for the Wildcats./

STANFORD 93, WASHINGTON 70: Kris Weems scored 32 points as Stanford fell behind momentarily before surging ahead for a lopsided win, snapping a two-game losing streak at home.