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February 27, 2014

Kane, Niang spark Cyclones

AMES, Iowa — Georges Niang scored 24 points and DeAndre Kane had 17 and 11 rebounds as Iowa State got its seventh win in eight games, topping West Virginia 83-66.

Naz Long had 15 points on five 3-pointers for the Cyclones (22-5, 10-5 Big 12), who have recorded three straight 10-win seasons in league play for the first time.

Iowa State rolled despite playing nearly the entire second half without star Melvin Ejim, who sat because of foul trouble.

Dustin Hogue helped cover for Ejim’s absence inside with 15 points and nine rebounds, including a rare 3 with 3:17 left that put the Cyclones ahead 79-65.

Juwan Staten had 19 points and Eron Harris added 15 to lead West Virginia (15-13, 7-8), which lost its third straight.

West Virginia beat Iowa State by 25 points in the earlier meeting.

No. 3 Arizona 87, California 59: TUCSON, Ariz. — Nick Johnson scored 22 points, Kaleb Tarczewski added 16 and No. 3 Arizona turned its rematch with California into rout Wednesday night.

Cal won the first meeting 60-58 on a last-second jumper by Justin Cobbs that sent the students pouring onto the court.

Arizona (26-2, 13-2 Pac-12) ran away from the Bears early in the rematch, using a big first-half run and good shooting (50 percent) all game to prevent the season sweep.

No. 8 Villanova 67, Butler 48: VILLANOVA, Pa. — Darrun Hilliard and James Bell scored 11 points each to lead Villanova.

The Wildcats (25-3, 13-2 Big East) survived one of their worst 20 minutes of the season to win for the ninth time in 10 games.

They needed almost the first 10 minutes of the game to score 10 points, missed eight of their first nine 3-point attempts, and didn’t have a player reach double digits in scoring until midway through the second half.

Kellen Dunham led Butler with 12 points.

No. 19 North Carolina 85, NC State 84: RALEIGH, N.C. — Marcus Paige hit a driving basket with 0.9 seconds left in overtime to cap a career night and help North Carolina to its 10th straight win.

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