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Texas makes plays down stretch for win

West Virginia guard J.D. Collins (1) breaks up a pass intended for Texas guard Daniel Gibson in the Guardians Classic on Monday.
West Virginia guard J.D. Collins (1) breaks up a pass intended for Texas guard Daniel Gibson in the Guardians Classic on Monday.
Charlie Riedel, Associated Press

LaMarcus Aldridge made a putback with 3.6 seconds left and blocked a last-second shot to lift No. 2 Texas to a 76-75 victory over No. 13 West Virginia on Monday night in the semifinals of the Guardians Classic in Kansas City.

Daniel Gibson hit six 3-pointers and scored 20 points to lead Texas (3-0). P.J. Tucker added 19 points for the Longhorns.

After the Mountaineers' Johannes Herber and Kevin Pittsnogle missed the front ends of 1-and-1 opportunities, Tucker's follow shot got Texas within 75-74 with 15.4 seconds remaining.

NO. 18 IOWA 67, NO. 7 KENTUCKY 63: At Kansas City, Mo., Greg Brunner had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 18 Iowa made a flurry of clutch defensive plays and free throws to beat Kentucky in the semifinals of the Guardians Classic.

NO. 12 MICHIGAN STATE 89, CHAMINADE 67: At Lahaina, Hawaii, Maurice Ager scored 23 points to lead the 12th-ranked Spartans over Chaminade. The win came just two days after the then-No. 4 Spartans lost 84-62 at Hawaii.

NO. 8 GONZAGA 88, NO. 23 MARYLAND 76: At Lahaina, Hawaii, the eighth-ranked Bulldogs' zone took care of the defense in their victory over Maryland in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. NO. 9 ARIZONA 61, KANSAS 49: At Lahaina, Hawaii, Arizona had a terrible night shooting and blew a 16-point lead, yet the Wildcats beat Kansas.

NO. 20 INDIANA 100, FLORIDA A&M 63: At Bloomington, Ind., Marshall Strickland scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half.

NO. 24 WAKE FOREST 79, UNC-ASHEVILLE 63: At Winston-Salem, N.C., Justin Gray paced a balanced offense with 16 points, Trent Strickland scored 14.