BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Mustapha Heron returned from a one-game absence and scored a team-high 16 points to help lead Auburn to a 76-70 victory over Middle Tennessee State at the BHM JAM at Legacy Arena on Saturday. The sophomore guard, who had been out since Dec. 6 due to back spasms, shot 5 of 7 from the field and also pulled down five rebounds in the victory.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - K.J. Riley scored 22 points - 14 from the free throw line - and Evansville needed overtime to beat Austin Peay 78-74 on Saturday. Blake Simmons scored 18 points for the Purple Aces and his 3-pointer to start the extra session put Evansville (9-2) ahead for good. Evansville entered the game 8-2 for the third time in four years.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Amanze Egekeze had 21 points as Belmont got hot from beyond the arc to race past Pepperdine 79-62 on Saturday afternoon. Egekeze drilled 5 of 9 from distance as the Bruins nailed 16 of 35 from long range, while Pepperdine could only get 2 of 15 to fall from beyond the arc. The Bruins (7-5) hit 54 percent (30-56) from the floor. Pepperdine was 24-of-45 (53 percent) shooting, but could not hit the long shots.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Trevon Bluiett's jumper with 6.3 seconds left completed No. 10 Xavier's rally from a 22-point second-half deficit for a 68-66 victory over East Tennessee State on Saturday. The Musketeers (10-1) overcame their worst shooting performance of the season, making clutch shots at the end to pull it out. Bluiett missed 11 straight shots and was only 7 of 22 from the field for 18 points, but made the one that mattered.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Conner Manning threw for 276 yards and a touchdown to lead Georgia State a 27-17 victory over Western Kentucky in the Cure Bowl on Saturday. The Panthers (7-5) finished with a winning record with the first bowl win in Georgia State's eight-year football history. Manning threw a 42-yard TD pass to Roger Carter, Demarcus Kirk scored on a 26-yard run, and Kyler Neal finished a 16-play drive consuming nine minutes of the fourth quarter with a 1-yard TD run that put Georgia State up 27-10.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kevin Knox scored 21 points, Hamidou Diallo added 20, including a big 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining, and No. 8 Kentucky outlasted Virginia Tech 93-86 on Saturday for its most significant victory this season. The Wildcats won their seventh straight and hit a season-high 11 3-pointers, with six players making at least one. Kentucky (9-1) finished 11 of 22 from behind the arc.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Lamonte Bearden scored one second after the opening tip and Western Kentucky led wire-to-wire on Saturday, with five players reaching double figures and defeating Indiana State 81-65 in a game that was moved up to accommodate the Hilltoppers' football bowl game. Taveion Hollingsworth led Western Kentucky with 19 points, Darius Thompson added 17, Justin Johnson 15, Dwight Coleby 11 and Bearden 10.
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