South Dakota State takes long bus trip, then upsets No. 16 New Mexico

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Nate Wolters had 28 points and seven assists, and South Dakota State, following a 1,220-mile bus trip from Nashville, went 10-for-11 from the free-throw line and upset No. 16 New Mexico, 70-65, on Saturday in Albuquerque.

Wolters' three-pointer with 4:49 left in the first half gave South Dakota State (10-4) its largest lead at 35-23. But the Lobos (12-1) closed the half with an 11-3 run to trail 38-34 entering the second half.

The Jackrabbits suffered a 76-49 loss to Belmont on Wednesday night in Nashville, then their Thursday flight, which was to go through Chicago, was grounded by a Midwest storm. The team arrived in Albuquerque by bus Friday night.

Kansas State 67, Florida 61: Will Spradling had 16 points and five assists, and set up Shane Southwell's three-pointer in the closing minutes in Kansas City, Mo. The No. 8 Gators are 8-2; the Wildcats 9-2.

Kansas 74, Ohio State 66: Redshirt freshman Ben McLemore scored 22 points, including six in a row as No. 9 Kansas (10-1) kept No. 7 Ohio State (9-2) without a basket for more than 10 minutes in the second half.

Missouri 82, Illinois 73: Laurence Bowers had 23 points and 10 rebounds and No. 12 Missouri (10-1) went on a late 9-0 run to take a 70-64 lead over No. 10 Illinois (12-1) in St. Louis.

Wofford 56, Xavier 55: Karl Cochran scored 20 points and Lee Skinner hit one of two free throws with 7 seconds left as Wofford (6-6) erased a 14-point deficit in Cincinnati.

Mercer 66, Alabama 59: Jakob Gollon made two free throws with 1:19 left, Mercer ended the game on an 8-0 run and overcame a 12-point first-half deficit in Tuscaloosa.

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Winthrop 74, Auburn 67: Christian Farmer scored 15 points and hit four three-pointers in the first 10 minutes of the second half, capping a 25-6 run at Auburn (5-6) in a Big South vs. SEC matchup.

Cincinnati 68, Wright St. 58: JaQuon Parker scored 16 of his season-high 21 points in the second half, sparking a 23-6 run for host No. 11 Cincinnati (12-0).-- AP


Quinnipiac 75, St. John's 72: Felecia Baron had 19 points, including a three with 1:56 left. Shenneika Smith led St. John's (5-5) with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

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