- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Jake Layman scored 18 points, Diamond Stone had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 3 Maryland took control early in an 88-63 rout of Rutgers on Wednesday night.

The Terrapins (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) never trailed in their eighth straight victory. Using runs of 10-0 and 12-2, Maryland built a 46-18 halftime lead and coasted to its ninth consecutive conference victory.

Rutgers (6-10, 0-3) made six field goals and had only one offensive rebound in the first half.

The second half wasn’t much different than the first. After Rutgers closed to 56-34, the Terps reeled off 18 straight points to go up by 40.

Maryland’s leading scorer, sophomore Melo Trimble, sat out the second half with tightness in his hamstring. He finished with four points - all at the free throw line.

Corey Sanders scored 16 points for the Scarlet Knights. They are 2-19 in conference play since joining the Big Ten last season.

NO. 10 XAVIER 74. ST. JOHN’S 66

NEW YORK (AP) - Myles Davis scored 19 points, Trevon Bluiett added 18 and Xavier went down to the final minute before securing a victory over St. John’s, the Red Storm’s sixth straight loss.

Jalen Reynolds had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Musketeers (14-1, 2-1 Big East), who seemed like they had a comfortable margin several times in the second half only to see the Red Storm (7-9, 0-3) get as close as one point with 2 minutes to play.

Federico Mussini and Ron Mvoika had 19 points for St. John’s.

NO. 11 VILLANOVA 72, SETON HALL 63

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Daniel Ochefu had 20 points and 18 rebounds in one of the best games for a Villanova big man in years, leading the Wildcats past Seton Hall.

Ochefu, a 6-foot-11, 245-pound forward, made 6 of 13 shots and was 8 of 10 from the free-throw line to help Villanova (13-2, 3-0 Big East) win its fifth straight game.

Josh Hart added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Isaiah Whitehead led the Pirates (12-3, 2-1) with 20 points.

NO. 13 IOWA STATE 76, TEXAS TECH 69

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Matt Thomas scored 22 points, Jameel McKay had 19 points and 14 rebounds and Iowa State held off Texas Tech for its first Big 12 win.

Georges Niang scored all of his 14 points in the second half for the Cyclones (12-2, 1-1 Big 12). They nearly blew an 18-point lead before a late flourish helped them avoid their first losing streak.

Thomas drilled a step-back 3 with 1:33 left, and Monte Morris threw an alley-oop pass to Abdel Nader for a dunk that put Iowa State ahead 74-65 with 1:07 left.

Justin Gray scored 14 points for the Red Raiders (11-2, 1-1).

NO. 14 DUKE 91, WAKE FOREST 75

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Grayson Allen scored 24 points and Duke pulled away to beat Wake Forest.

Freshman Luke Kennard added 23 points, Marshall Plumlee finished with a career-high 18, and Brandon Ingram had 17 for the Blue Devils (13-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

They shot 52 percent and overcame some serious foul trouble to their thin seven-man rotation to win their fourth straight and open an ACC season with consecutive road victories for just the second time under coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Devin Thomas had 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Codi Miller-McIntyre had a season-best 20 points for the Demon Deacons (9-5, 0-2).

NO. 21 TEXAS A&M; 61, MISSISSIPPI STATE 60

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Jalen Jones scored 11 points, including the go-ahead dunk with 20 seconds left, to lead Texas A&M; over Mississippi State.

Texas A&M; (12-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) struggled to score for most of the night, but did just enough to earn its fifth straight win. D.J. Hogg and Alex Caruso also each scored 11 points, and Admon Gilder added 10.

Gavin Ware had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Mississippi State (7-6, 0-1). Malik Newman added 14 points.

NO. 24 PITTSBURGH 89, GEORGIA TECH 84

PITTSBURGH (AP) - James Robinson and Jamel Artis scored 18 points apiece and Pittsburgh held off Georgia Tech.

Robinson added eight assists for the Panthers (13-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). They won their ninth straight behind a balanced attack even with second-leading scorer Michael Young limited early by foul trouble. Young finished with 17 points in just 18 minutes.

Adam Smith led the Yellow Jackets (10-5, 0-2) with a career-high 30 points, including eight 3-pointers.

NO. 25 DAYTON 93, MASSACHUSETTS 63

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Charles Cooke scored 18 points and Dayton had 26 points off turnovers in a victory over Massachusetts.

Dayton (12-2, 2-0 Atlantic 10) forced 10 turnovers in the first half and converted them into 17 points to build a 40-24 lead. They also had 10 second-chance points to zero for UMass (8-6, 1-1).

The Flyers shot 56.7 percent from the field overall and committed only four turnovers in the first half. They held the Minutemen to 44 percent shooting and forced 16 turnovers.

Donte Clark and Trey Davis scored 21 points apiece to lead UMass.


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