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November 25, 2013

No. 3 Kentucky barely escapes Cleveland State, 68-61

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Andrew Harrison’s three-point play broke a 57-all tie before twin brother Aaron followed with a 3-pointer with 1:20 remaining, helping No. 3 Kentucky escape stubborn Cleveland State 68-61 on Monday night.

Trailing 54-44 with 7:41 remaining and needing a breakthrough against the Vikings, the brothers helped the Wildcats close with a 24-7 run including a pair of Aaron Harrison lobs inside to Willie Cauley-Stein for dunks along with a three-point play with 3:55 left to tie it at 54.

After Bryn Forbes’ 3-pointer provided a 57-56 lead, Cauley-Stein made one of two free throws before Andrew Harrison followed with his drive and free throw. Aaron Harrison added a 3-point for a six-point lead.

Andrew Harrison scored 12 as the brothers combined for 23.

Julius Randle led Kentucky (5-1) with 15 points and 15 rebounds on a night the Wildcats shot just 36 percent.

Forbes’ 22 points led the Vikings (3-3).

No. 7 Ohio St. 65, Wyoming 50: COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 20 points and Aaron Craft had all 10 of his points in a second-half surge to lead Ohio State past Wyoming.

Craft was scoreless and having a forgettable game until he began driving and scored 10 of the Buckeyes’ 13 points during a 13-4 run that turned the tide.

Amir Williams added 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds — six more than his previous best — for Ohio State (5-0).

Larry Nance Jr., son of the former Cleveland Cavaliers star, had 17 points and 12 rebounds despite heavy foul trouble for the Cowboys (4-2).

No. 8 Syracuse 75, Minnesota 67: LAHAINA, Hawaii — C.J. Fair scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds as Syracuse held off Minnesota in the first round of the Maui Invitational.

The Orange (5-0) pushed through a late run by the Golden Gophers, who pulled within 67-65 with little more than two minutes left.

But Minnesota (5-1) committed four turnovers in the final two minutes, scoring only once more when Austin Hollins hit a meaningless layup in the game’s final moments.

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