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Jayhawks hold on to beat Cornhuskers

Associated Press

Wayne Simien scored all 12 of his points in the second half, and No. 2 Kansas (14-0, 4-0 Big 12) remained unbeaten Wednesday night with a shaky and sloppy 59-57 victory over Nebraska (8-6, 2-2) in Lawrence, Kansas.

The Cornhuskers went for the win and not the tie on their final shot. Corey Simms put up a 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left but missed, and Alex Galindo held onto the rebound.

The Jayhawks trailed by three points at halftime, made only 13 of 28 foul shots and were outrebounded 43-36.

Freshman Joe McCray had 19 points and Wes Wilkinson 16 for Nebraska.

(8) Kentucky 53, Mississippi 50: At Oxford, Miss., freshman Rajon Rondo scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, and the Wildcats (13-2, 4-0 SEC) rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat the Rebels (11-7, 2-3).

(4) Duke 92, Miami 83: At Coral Gables, Fla., junior Shelden Williams scored a career-high 30 points and the Blue Devils (14-0, 4-0 ACC) shot 61 percent to win, ending a surprising run by ACC newcomers, the Hurricanes (12-4, 3-2). ACC scoring leader Guillermo Diaz had 25 points for Miami.

(6) North Carolina 77, Clemson 58: Rashad McCants scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half, and the Tar Heels (15-2, 4-1, ACC) overcame a sluggish start to defeat the Tigers (10-7, 1-4) at Clemson, S.C. Freshman Cheyenne Moore made four 3-pointers and led Clemson with a career-high 14 points.

(9) Boston College 67, Villanova 66: Jason Dudley hit two free throws with 5.5 seconds left to give the Eagles (15-0, 4-0 Big East), playing at home, a victory over the Wildcats (9-4, 2-3). Dudley scored a career-high 36 – topping his previous best of 24 by one at halftime.

(14) Louisville 92, East Carolina 41: At Louisville, Ky., reserve guard Brandon Jenkins scored a career-high 14 points and backup forward Otis George had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cardinals (15-3, 4-1 CUSA) to a win over the error-plagued Pirates (5-12, 0-5).

(20) Cincinnati 80, Charlotte 58: Nick Williams scored 19 of his career-high 22 points in the second half in Cincinnati, steadying the Bearcats (15-2, 4-1 CUSA) to a victory over the 49ers (12-3, 3-1).

Women’s top 25

(1) Duke 99, Wake Forest 86: At Winston-Salem, N.C., Mistie Williams had a season-high 22 points after going scoreless in her previous game, and Alison Bales added 21 to help the Blue-Devils (18-1, 4-0 ACC) hold off the Demon Deacons (12-5, 1-3). … (8) Michigan State 62, Illinois 42: Kelli Roehrig had 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Spartans (16-2, 5-1 Big Ten) over the Fighting Illini (11-5, 3-3) in Champaign, Ill. Michigan State won its fourth straight and is off to its best start in school history. … (10) Texas Tech 68, Nebraska 58: At Lincoln, Neb., Chesley Dabbs scored 15 of her 21 points in the first half to help the Raiders (14-2, 5-0 Big 12) hold off the Cornhuskers (11-6, 3-2). … (11) Notre Dame 74, Syracuse 61: Jacqueline Batteast scored 19 points to lead the Irish (15-3, 3-2 Big East) past the Orange (10-6, 2-3) in Syracuse, N.Y. … (20) Kansas St. 74, Texas A&M 50: At Manhattan, Kan., Claire Coggins and Shana Wheeler scored 11 points apiece to lead the Wildcats (13-3, 4-1, Big 12) over the Aggies (11-4, 2-3).