UCF 64, TULSA 62 — B.J. Taylor scored 15 points, including UCF’s final five, and the Knights edged Tulsa in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday despite going without a field goal for the final 6½ minutes.

UCF trailed by 15 early and 32-23 at halftime before taking a seven-point lead with 6:36 left after a 19-5 run but didn’t make another basket.

The Knights, who came in ranked 335th in free-throw percentage at 62.6, missed their next four free throws but then made 10 of 12. Taylor missed his final free throw with 11.4 left and Sterling Taplin dribbled down court before trying an awkward bounce pass that went awry.

Collin Smith scored 13 points and Aubrey Dawkins and Tacko Fall 12 each for the Knights (14-3, 4-1 American Athletic), who beat the Golden Hurricane (12-7, 2-4) for the second time in their last seven meetings and won their ninth straight home game. Chad Brown grabbed 10 rebounds.

Daquan Jeffries scored 15 points and Taplin 14 for Tulsa.

NSU 83, PITT STATE 64 — Caleb Smith opened the game with a 3-pointer and Northeastern State (9-8, 3-5 MIAA) never looked back in claiming their third consecutive win.

Pitt State entered the contest on a four-game winning streak and left with their largest defeat in over a year.  The Gorillas are now 13-4 and 6-2 in the MIAA.

 Smith was a point short of his career mark with 24 on 8-for-17 shooting.  The junior also grabbed eight rebounds and had five assists. 

 Bradley George neared triple-double territory with 11 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds.

 NSU blistered the Gorillas out of the locker room in the second half with seven treys in the first nine minutes to balloon their lead out to 71-41.   Five of those 3-pointers came from Trent Cantrell who had a career-high 22-point afternoon.

 The Gorillas countered with an 18-4 run but they trailed by at least 16 the rest of the way.

 For the fifth game in a row the RiverHawks outshot a team, going 47.5 percent.



PITT STATE 76, NSU 69 — Joi Bertrand’s career afternoon was not enough for the RiverHawks, who fell to 4-13 overall and 1-7 in MIAA play.

 Bertrand led the RiverHawks with 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting against the Gorillas (15-2, 7-1 MIAA).

 The RiverHawks led for nearly the entirety of the first half off 50.0-percent shooting and took a five-point (42-37) advantage into the locker room.

 A momentum shift with 10 unanswered points to start the half by Pitt State gave them the lead.  Northeastern State stayed on the trail within two possessions the rest of the way. 

 Late in third with just over a minute remaining, a trey from Fort Gibson grad Julia Hill pulled the RiverHawks even at 56 with Pitt but a three-minute scoreless stretch allowed the Gorillas to pull back ahead for the final time.

Bailee Eldred finished as NSU’s second leading scorer with 13 points and added seven rebounds.  Cenia Hayes had 11 along with five rebounds and five assists.

IOWA STATE 104, OKLAHOMA 78 — Ana Llanusa led the Sooners (5-11, 1-4 Big 12) with a career-high 35 points, the most points scored by a Sooner in a single game since 2014. Llanusa was 8-of-18 from the field, knocked down four treys and finished 15-of-18 from the free throw line.

The sophomore’s 35 points matched the most points scored by a Big 12 player this season and are the 15th-most scored by a Sooner in a single game. Iowa State (14-4, 4-2) knocked down 16 3-pointers, the most given up by the Sooners against a Big 12 opponent. 

OKLAHOMA STATE 72, KANSAS 62 —  The Cowgirls (12-4, 3-2) picked up their first Big 12 road win of the season. Vivian Gray finished with 23 points followed by Braxtin Miller with 22 points and Ja’Mee Asberry with 19 points. Senior Latashia Jones, freshman Kassidy De Lapp and Gray all finished with eight rebounds for the Cowgirls.

CINCINNATI 70, TULSA 50 — Alexis Gaulden finished with 15 points and Rebecca Lescay had 10 to lead the Hurricane, while the Bearcats had four double-figure scorers, led by Ilmar’i Thomas’ 18 points and 10 rebounds.

 Tulsa (9-9, 3-2 AAC) didn’t reach 20 points in the first half and only hit the 22-point plateau at the end of three quarters as Cincinnati (11-8, 3-2 AAC) had a 47-22 lead after the third stanza. The Hurricane came to life in the final period by scoring 28 points, but it wasn’t enough to climb back into the contest.

­— Staff, wire

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