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December 30, 2012

Releford leads KU against American

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Travis Releford scored 19 points and No. 6 Kansas hit a scorching 13 of its first 18 3-point attempts, rolling to an 89-57 victory over American University on Saturday night.

Kansas (11-1) took command with a 21-4 spree in the opening minutes and wound up with six players scoring at least nine points against the outmanned Eagles (4-9). Releford was 7 for 8 from the floor, including 5 of 6 3-pointers. Elijah Johnson had 12 points and was 4 for 5 from behind the arc as the Jayhawks finished with 15-for-24 3-point shooting.

No. 25 Kansas State 52, UMKC 44: MANHATTAN, Kan. — Rodney McGruder scored 17 points, Thomas Gipson had 13 points and six rebounds and No. 25 Kansas State struggled to a 52-44 victory over Missouri-Kansas City on Saturday night.

Playing without guards Angel Rodriguez and Martavious Irving due to injuries, the Wildcats (10-2) shot just 32 percent from the field and went 2 of 10 from beyond the arc in their first game since beating then-No. 8 Florida on a neutral floor.

Fred Chatmon had nine points and 16 rebounds for the ‘Roos (4-9), who were within 40-36 with 3:11 remaining before Nino Williams’ three-point play gave the Wildcats some breathing room.

Texas 57, Rice 41: AUSTIN, Texas — Sheldon McClellan scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds as Texas defeated Rice 57-41 Saturday in the Longhorns’ final non-conference tuneup before starting Big 12 competition.

Julien Lewis added 12 points, and Jonathon Holmes had eight boards as Texas (8-5) improved to 7-0 against the Owls under head coach Rick Barnes.

Women, No. 3 Baylor 106, SE Louisiana 41: WACO, Texas — Jordan Madden scored all 13 of her points in the first half and third-ranked Baylor took control early in a 106-41 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday night.

The Lady Bears (10-1) have won 46 consecutive games at home, now the longest active streak in women’s college basketball. Earlier Saturday, No. 2 Connecticut won 61-35 at top-ranked Stanford to end the 82-game home streak by the Cardinal.

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