- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Christian Wood had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Rashad Vaughn added 21 points and UNLV pulled off one of its biggest wins in recent years by knocking off No. 3 Arizona 71-67 Tuesday night.

UNLV (8-3) refused to back down, playing more aggressively most of the game to end Arizona’s regular-season nonconference winning streak at 39 games.

Trailing by five with 2:19 left, Arizona (12-1) fought its way back, pulling within 68-67 on T.J. McConnell’s putback with a minute left.

The Wildcats had a couple of chances in the final minute, but Brandon Ashley’s jumper bounced out and Stanley Johnson was stripped by Patrick McCaw in the open court.

McCaw, who had 13 points, hit two free throws, sending the fans rushing onto the court after the buzzer sounded.

Johnson had 13 points and 13 rebounds. McConnell finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.

STANFORD 74, No. 9 TEXAS 71, OT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Anthony Brown scored a season-best 25 points and Chasson Randle added 22 to help Stanford knock off Texas.

The victory was Stanford’s first on the road against a top-10 team since 2008.

Brown gave Stanford (7-3) a one-point lead by making a driving shot with 1:08 left in the extra period. After Texas (10-2) guard Javan Felix missed a 3-point shot, Randle made a jumper with 10 seconds left for the final margin of victory.

Felix and Demarcus Holland then missed forced 3-point shots as Texas tried to tie the game.

Felix led Texas with a season-high 19 points. Guard Kendal Yancy and forward Jonathan Holmes scored 14 apiece.

Holmes created the overtime with a jump shot from the free throw line with 25 seconds remaining.

Stanford had taken the lead 31 seconds earlier on a jumper by Randle from around the foul circle.

No. 4 LOUISVILLE 80, CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE 55

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Wayne Blackshear hit his first seven shots en route to a career-high 31 points that helped Louisville rout Cal State Northridge.

After a five-point effort Saturday at Western Kentucky, Blackshear made four 3-pointers en route to scoring 16 of Louisville’s first 21 points. The senior matched his previous career best of 23 points by halftime of a game the Cardinals (11-0) played without suspended junior forward Montrezl Harrell.

Harrell, a preseason All-America selection, was suspended one game by the Atlantic Coast Conference following a flagrant-2 foul and ejection at WKU. Louisville didn’t miss him, shooting 47 percent from the field in its final tuneup before Saturday’s rivalry game against top-ranked Kentucky.

The Matadors (3-10) got within 51-43 before Louisville broke it open with a 17-1 run over 3:36 that included six straight points by Blackshear, who made 11 of 17.

No. 7 VILLANOVA 92, NJIT 67

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Dylan Ennis scored 17 points, Ryan Arcidiacono matched a season high with 16 and Villanova shot 54 percent from the field to survive an early upset scare with a win over NJIT.

Daniel Ochefu added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (12-0), who remained perfect on the season to match their second best start in program history.

Four players hit double figures for NJIT (5-8), which stunned Michigan earlier this month and looked prime to pull off their second major upset of the season after shooting a blistering 8 for 13 from 3-point range in the first half.

But after trailing by seven early in the second half, Villanova reeled off a 20-3 run to take a 61-51 lead with 10:30 remaining. Arcidiacono scored seven points in the stretch to hit double figures in scoring for the first time in nine games.

No. 11 WICHITA STATE 80, HAWAII 79

HONOLULU (AP) - Rashard Kelly grabbed a rebound and put back a short bank shot with 3.8 seconds left Tuesday night as No. 11 Wichita State overcame a sloppy night to beat Hawaii in overtime and reach the final of the Diamond Head Classic.

Ron Baker led the Shockers (10-1) with 17 points on another horrid shooting night, though he came up with a key block to send the game into overtime.

Hawaii (8-4) led 77-74 with just under a minute to go and took its last lead when Mike Thomas scored inside off an inbounds pass. Fred VanVleet missed badly on a 3, and Kelly was there for the game-winner.

Aaron Valdes and reserve Isaac Fleming led the Warriors with 17 points. There were 22 lead changes.

No. 14 UTAH 80, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 66

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Freshman Brekkott Chapman scored a career-best 22 points to help Utah cruise past South Dakota State.

Delon Wright added 17 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Utes, who used a four-minute first-half run to take command and never looked back.

Dakarai Tucker added 11 points for Utah (9-2).

Cody Larson scored 13 points, Reed Tellinghuisen added 12 points and Zach Horstman had 10 for the Jackrabbits (9-4), who shot 39 percent and saw their seven-game winning streak snapped.

Chapman displayed a savvy inside-out floor game and seemed to be in the right place at the right time, whether it be by the basket for a rebound and a put-back or flying to the rim to receive a Wright-led fast break pass.

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