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Top 25 basketball roundup: Jared Sullinger, Buckeyes handle big test

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Freshman Jared Sullinger had 30 points and a career-high 19 rebounds to lead No. 2 Ohio State past South Carolina 79-57 on Saturday.

William Buford added 12 points and Jon Diebler had 11 for the Buckeyes (10-0), who expected one of their biggest tests of the young season but dominated throughout.

Sam Muldrow scored 14 points and Malik Cooke had 13 for South Carolina (7-2), whose only losses this season have come against second-ranked Big Ten teams. The Gamecocks lost 82-73 at then-No. 2 Michigan State on Nov. 16.

Sullinger's previous best in rebounds was 14 against North Carolina A&T last month.

His 14 defensive rebounds were an Ohio State freshman record.

NO. 3 KANSAS 70, USC 68: At Lawrence, Kan., Josh Selby made his long-awaited collegiate debut one to remember with a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26 seconds left to lead Kansas. Selby, a freshman point guard ordered by the NCAA to sit out the first nine games, had 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and kept the crowd on its feet throughout the game.

NO. 5 SYRACUSE 83, IONA 77: At Syracuse, N.Y., Kris Joseph scored 21 points to help No. 5 Syracuse extend its perfect start to 11 games.

FLORIDA 57, NO. 6 KANSAS ST. 44: At Sunrise, Fla., Kenny Boynton scored 15 points to shake a slump and Florida held Kansas State to 27 percent shooting in the Orange Bowl Classic. The Wildcats missed 19 of 20 shots during one stretch, and their point total was their lowest in Frank Martin's five seasons as coach. Florida fell behind 20-8, then outscored Kansas State 42-13 to take control. Boynton was 6 for 12 from the field and was voted the game's most valuable player.

NO. 8 PITTSBURGH 97, MARYLAND-EASTERN SHORE 64: At Pittsburgh, Gilbert Brown missed only two shots while scoring a career-high 28 points.

GONZAGA 68, NO. 9 BAYLOR 64: At Dallas, Kelly Olynyk put Gonzaga ahead to stay with a 3-pointer right after Baylor scored four points on one possession and the Bulldogs handed the Bears their first loss. Olynyk's made his go-ahead basket with 1:46 left, and Gonzaga (6-5) made 7 of 9 free throws after that. Four of the Bulldogs' losses were to Top 25 teams. Baylor (7-1), with its highest ranking ever, played away from home for the first time, but only about 100 miles from campus at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

NO. 10 VILLANOVA 78, DELAWARE 59: At Philadelphia, Corey Fisher scored 21 points and Maalik Wayns had 14 to lead No. 10 Villanova to its fourth straight win, 78-59 over Delaware on Saturday night.

NO. 11 SAN DIEGO ST. 90, UC SANTA BARBARA 64: At San Diego, Malcolm Thomas had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and keyed a 17-1 run at the end of the first half that helped San Diego State stay undefeated. The Aztecs, making a push for their first-ever top 10 ranking, improved to 12-0 for the first time in school history. Their winning streak is second to Duke's 20-game streak, and they are one of nine undefeated teams left in the country. UCSB (5-4), coming off a 68-62 win at No. 22 UNLV on Wednesday night, scored only one point in the final 5:04 of the first half. Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally scored 15 apiece for the Gauchos.

ILLINOIS-CHICAGO 57, NO. 12 ILLINOIS 54: At Chicago, Darrin Williams scored five points in the final 1:10 and Illinois-Chicago rallied from an eight-point second-half deficit to end the Illini's seven-game winning streak. After a sluggish start, Illinois (10-2) used a 12-0 run to build a 49-41 lead with 7:30 to go and appeared in control. But the Flames (5-7), who led for a good portion of the game, weren't about to go away in the United Center.

NO. 13 MISSOURI 116, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 63: At Columbia, Mo., Marcus Denmon scored 21 points and Laurence Bowers added 20 on 8-of-9 shooting to lead Missouri.

Ricardo Ratliffe scored 18 points and freshman Phil Pressey added 15 points and 11 assists for the Tigers (10-1), who set a Mizzou Arena record for points in a game. The previous record of 107 had been achieved twice in the last two seasons.

NO. 14 MICHIGAN STATE 90, PRAIRIE VIEW 51: At East Lansing, Mich., Michigan State coach Tom Izzo served a one-game suspension and Durrell Summers scored a season-high 25 points. Izzo watched the game on TV from home. The NCAA forced Izzo to miss a game because the school employed someone associated with a potential recruit during a basketball camp in June. The person was paid $475 for five days to work with middle school-aged campers.

NO. 15 GEORGETOWN 99, LOYOLA, MD. 75: At Washington, Georgetown shot 78 percent in the first half turning a game against a fellow Jesuit school into little more than a good workout and a welcome break in the middle of exams.

NO. 17 KENTUCKY 85, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 60: At Lexington, Ky., Terrence Jones scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half for Kentucky. Doron Lamb and DeAndre Liggins scored 16 points apiece for the Wildcats (8-2), who played the last 6:26 without coach John Calipari, who got his second career ejection after picking up two technical fouls while arguing with officials.

NO. 19 PURDUE 65, INDIANA ST. 52: At Indianapolis, JaJuan Johnson scored 25 of his career-high 31 points in the first half for Purdue.

NO. 20 LOUISVILLE 78, GARDNER-WEBB 49: At Louisville, Ky., Preston Knowles scored a career-high 24 points and Louisville bounced back from its first loss of the season.

NO. 22 TEXAS 78, NORTH CAROLINA 76: At Greensboro, N.C., freshman Cory Joseph hit a turnaround jumper over Dexter Strickland with 1.4 seconds for Texas.

Joseph had a season-high 21 points for the Longhorns (9-2), while Jordan Hamilton had a team-high 24 points as Texas trailed for most of the second half before rallying in the final 3 minutes to beat the Tar Heels (7-4) in front of an instate crowd. Strickland matched his career-high with 18 points for North Carolina. Freshman Harrison Barnes added 16 points, including the tying 3 with 12.7 seconds left.

NO. 25 TEXAS A&M 71, ARKANSAS 62 (OT): At Dallas, Khris Middleton scored 19 of his 31 points after a bench-clearing scuffle early in the second half, including the go-ahead free throw in overtime, and Texas A&M extended its winning streak to seven games. The first meeting between the old Southwest Conference rivals in 20 seasons got feisty when the Aggies (10-1) were calling a timeout after Arkansas scored the first seven points of the second half. The Razorbacks (7-2) led 42-33 at the time.