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James Collins scored 22 points as Florida State snapped a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference losing streak Wednesday night with an 84-71 victory over No. 19 North Carolina at Tallahassee, Fla.
The Seminoles (11-4, 2-4 ACC) led by as many as 12 points early in the second half, but were forced to hold off a rally by the Tar Heels in the final minutes of the game.
North Carolina (11-5, 2-4) closed within 65-63 on two free throws by Antawn Jamison with 7:02 left in the game and managed to come within two points on two other occasions. But freshman Ron Hale’s only basket of the game and two baskets by Randell Jackson gave Florida State a 77-69 lead with 1:38 left.
Shammond Williams’ season-high 25 points led North Carolina, which is off to its worst conference start ever, while Vince Carter added 19 points despite not scoring for the first 18 minutes of the game. Williams hit a career-high six 3-pointers in eight attempts.
(1) Kansas 89, Texas A&M; 60
At Lawrence, Kan., Raef LaFrentz had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Jerod Haase finished with 17 points as top-ranked Kansas remained the only unbeaten Division I team.
The victory was the Jayhawks’ (19-0, 5-0 Big 12) 39th straight at home, the longest home-court winning streak in Division I. The Aggies dropped to 6-9, 0-5.
(3) Kentucky 58, Vanderbilt 46
At Cincinnati, the Wildcats struggled in their first half without leading scorer Derek Anderson, then pulled away to beat the Commodores.
Allen Edwards replaced Anderson, who had knee surgery earlier in the day, and scored 16 points as Kentucky (17-2, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) pulled itself together in the second half and rolled to its eighth consecutive win over Vanderbilt (11-6, 3-3).
(14) Iowa St. 54, Kansas St. 48
At Ames, Iowa, Kelvin Cato scored 18 points, blocked eight shots and made three late free throws as the Cyclones beat the Wildcats.
The 6-foot-11 Cato also grabbed 15 rebounds in helping the Cyclones (12-3, 3-2 Big 12) overcome the absence of leading scorer Dedric Willoughby, who missed his second straight game because of a sore left hamstring. K-State dropped to 7-8, 0-5.
(23) Texas 76, Oklahoma 66
At Austin, Texas, Reggie Freeman scored 24 points and Ira Clark led an inspired defensive effort in the second half as the Longhorns (10-5, 4-1 Big 12) overcame poor shooting to beat the Sooners (10-5, 2-3).
Texas appeared flat in the wake of an overtime loss to Louisville on Sunday and struggled offensively, shooting just 10 of 34 from the field (29 percent) in the second half.
Oklahoma, which had won 11 of the last 12 meetings with Texas, erased a 34-29 halftime deficit with an 8-0 run and led 50-45 on a 3-pointer by Robert Allison with 11:06 to play.
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