- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bryce Alford scored 25 points, hitting a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left that gave UCLA an 87-84 victory over No. 7 Arizona on Thursday night for the Bruins’ first Pac-12 win after opening conference play with consecutive road losses.

Aaron Holiday added 15 points, Isaac Hamilton had 14 points and Tony Parker had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Bruins (10-6, 1-2). They lost to the Washington schools last weekend.

Alford hit five 3-pointers and Hamilton added three of UCLA’s 11 - a season-high against the Wildcats.

Ryan Anderson had 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Wildcats (13-2, 1-1), who had their eight-game winning streak snapped. Allonzo Trier added 13 points, and Kaleb Tarczewski had 12 points and 12 rebounds in his second game back from a foot injury.

NO. 5 MICHIGAN STATE 79, ILLINOIS 54

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Bryn Forbes scored 17 points to help Michigan State rout Illinois.

The Spartans (15-1, 2-1 Big Ten) were without Denzel Valentine for a fourth straight game. Valentine participated in pregame warmups and might play at Penn State on Sunday, nearly three weeks after having surgery on his left knee.

Eron Harris added 13 points for the Spartans.

The Illini (8-8, 0-3) didn’t have leading-scorer Kendrick Nunn, who the team said stayed in Illinois for the birth of his child. Maverick Morgan had 15 points for Illinois.

The Illini made barely more than one-fourth of their shots in the first half and allowed the Spartans to connect on 61 percent of their shots before halftime.

NO. 15 SMU 59, CINCINNATI 57

DALLAS (AP) - Jordan Tolbert tipped in Nic Moore’s missed shot for the go-ahead score with 28 seconds left and then had a big block as SMU rallied to remain undefeated.

The short-handed Mustangs (14-0, 3-0 American Athletic Conference), off to the best start in school history, overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 3 1/2 minutes.

Moore finished with 14 points. He had two 3-pointers in the game-ending 11-2 run for SMU, which along with No. 22 South Carolina (14-0) are the only undefeated Division I teams.

But when Moore missed, Tolbert followed up to put the Mustangs ahead and then blocked Troy Caupain’s shot at the other end. Ben Moore made a free throw with 8 seconds left before Farad Cobb missed a go-ahead 3-pointer on the last shot for Cincinnati (11-5, 1-2).

Cobb led Cincinnati with 18 points.

NO. 16 LOUISVILLE 77, N.C. STATE 72

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Quentin Snider scored a career-high 21 points to help Louisville beat North Carolina State.

Freshman Ray Spalding had 12 points off the bench for the Cardinals (13-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). They shot 51 percent and used a 9-0 run in the second half to build a double-digit lead before having to hang on against a frantic comeback by the Wolfpack.

The Cardinals led by 16 with 3:38 left only to see the Wolfpack (10-5, 0-2) crawl to 75-72 on Anthony “Cat” Barber’s three-point play with 16.8 seconds left. Barber scored 20 points to lead N.C. State.

NO. 20 PURDUE 87, MICHIGAN 70

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A.J. Hammons scored 17 points and had four blocks and Rapheal Davis added 16 points to lead Purdue past Michigan.

The Boilermakers (14-2, 2-1 Big Ten) have won eight of 10 and are 10-1 at home this season.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored a career-high 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting for Michigan (12-4, 2-1). Derrick Walton Jr. added 12 points.

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