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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 9:58 PM

Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Adreian Payne scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half and fifth-ranked Michigan State rolled to a victory over North Florida on Tuesday night.

Branden Dawson added 12 points and Denzel Valentine scored 11 for the Spartans, who were ranked No. 1 in the country before a loss to North Carolina on Dec. 4. Michigan State (9-1) narrowly avoided an upset against Oakland last weekend before routing an overmatched North Florida team.

Jalen Nesbitt scored 11 points for the Ospreys (5-7), who have also lost big to Ohio State and Indiana this season.

Michigan State led 50-19 at halftime after shooting 71 percent and holding North Florida (5-7) to 7-of-32 from the field.

NO. 6 LOUISVILLE 90, MISSOURI STATE 60

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Montrezl Harrell had 17 points and eight rebounds, and No. 6 Louisville manhandled Missouri State.

The Cardinals (10-1) took control early and never let up against the Bears (8-2). They combined dominant rebounding and offensive accuracy during a 15-0 first-half run for a 19-4 lead in the first meeting between the schools since 2006.

Harrell was among four Cardinals with at least eight rebounds each, a combination that alone outdid MSU in Louisville's 51-30 domination of the boards.

Senior guard Russ Smith added 11 points and eight assists, while freshman Terry Rozier had 11 points and eight rebounds.

Jarmar Gulley's 14 points led the Bears.

NO. 7 OKLAHOMA STATE 75, DELAWARE STATE 43

STILLWATER, Okla. — Le'Bryan Nash had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 7 Oklahoma State to a win over Delaware State.

Markel Brown added 14 points for the Cowboys (10-1), Stevie Clark had nine points and Marcus Smart and Michael Cobbins finished with eight apiece.

Kendall Gray led the Hornets (2-9) with 12 points and eight rebounds. Kendal Williams added 11.

Oklahoma State led 30-16 at halftime and went on an 18-2 to start the second half to pull away from Delaware State, which fell to 0-9 against Big 12 Conference opponents.

NO. 11 WICHITA STATE 72, ALABAMA 67

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Cleanthony Early scored 26 points and Fred VanVleet made two free throws with 11 seconds left to lift No. 11 Wichita State to a victory over Alabama.

Early scored nine straight points for Wichita State (11-0) during one late stretch and the Shockers extended the program's best start, answering every time the Crimson Tide (5-5) threatened to overtake them.

Early made 7-of-11 from the field and hit all 11 free throw attempts. The Shockers were 25-of-27 from the line.

VanVleet and Tekele Cotton each had 11 points for Wichita State, which outrebounded Alabama 38-26.

Releford led Alabama with 22 points after missing the Charleston Southern game with a hip injury.

 

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