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Reserve guard Allen Edwards scored nine points in a 20-5 first-half run Monday night to spark No. 3 Kentucky to a 105-51 victory over North Carolina Asheville at Lexington, Ky.

Kentucky (9-1) had a season-high 32 assists while turning the ball over a season-low eight times in winning its ninth straight game. The Wildcats also destroyed Asheville’s zone defense, connecting on a season-high 16 3-pointers in 33 attempts.

Asheville (2-5) trailed 22-17 after Juelian Flowers scored on a driving layup with 8:46 remaining in the half. Then Kentucky’s fullcourt press took over.

Asheville turned the ball over three straight times on in-bounds plays the next 39 seconds, with Edwards slipping in for two layups and Anthony Epps hitting a 3 for a 29-17 lead.

Derek Anderson led Kentucky with 23 points, followed by Ron Mercer with 18 and Edwards 17.

(8) Utah 77, Wis.-Milwaukee 63

Keith Van Horn scored 22 points and passed the 2,000-point plateau for his career as the Utes (7-1) beat the Panthers (3-6) at Salt Lake City.

(10) Villanova 81, St. Joseph’s 65

Alvin Williams scored 21 points and Howard Brown had a career-high 18 as the host Wildcats (8-1) overcame an eight-point deficit to beat the Hawks (3-3).

(13) Indiana 89, Butler 84 (OT)

A.J. Guyton hit a 3-pointer and made two free throws in overtime and the Hoosiers (11-1) deprived the Bulldogs (5-4) of their first win in Bloomington in 94 years.

(14) N.Mexico 98, Jackson St. 45

At Albuquerque, N.M., Charles Smith had a career-high 31 points to lead the Lobos (9-1) past the Tigers (2-8) and give coach Dave Bliss his 400th career win.

(15) Minn. 114, Alabama St. 34

John Thomas scored 16 points and was one of six Minnesota players in double figures as the Golden Gophers (9-1) set a school record for winning point margin while defeating the Hornets (1-9) at Minneapolis.

(16) Louisville 102, Tenn. St. 54

Reserve guard B.J. Flynn led five Louisville players in double figures with 17 points and Alvin Sims added 15 as the unbeaten Cardinals (9-0) rolled over the visiting Tigers (1-5).

(21) Maryland 108, Lafayette 67

At College Park, Md., Keith Booth scored 28 points and the Terrapins (9-0) held the Leopards (4-5) to three baskets during an 11-minute stretch of the first half while extending their non-conference home winning streak to 52 games.


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