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Back from a 2-week break, No. 2 Duke beat South Carolina St. AP News

DURHAM, NC (AP) — AJ Griffin scored 19 points as No. 2 Duke beat South Carolina State 103-62 on Tuesday night.

In 21 minutes off the bench, Griffin made 7 of 8 shots with four rebounds and four assists. He was one of six Blue Devils to score in double digits. Trevor Kielce had 14 points, Joey Baker scored 13, and Paolo Banchero had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Wendell Moore Jr. scored 11 points and Mark Williams had 10 points and three blocks for Duke (8-1), who returned to the court after a two-week break for the exam.

Edward Oliver-Hampton had 13 points to lead the Bulldogs (3-8).

No. 14 Houston 71, Louisiana-Lafayette 56

HOUSTON (AP) — Josh Carlton had 17 points and nine rebounds, Jamal Sheed scored 16 as Houston beat Louisiana-Lafayette.

Taze Moore added 14 points and 10 rebounds, Fabian White Jr. finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Kyler Edwards had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Cougars (9-2). Houston shot 39% and struggled on 3-pointers, making only two of 21 attempts.

Houston never turned back, despite playing without leading scorer Marcus Sasser, with injuries leading to Reggie Chaney and reserve guard Tramon Marks. It was the Cougars’ 32nd straight home win, earned by beating Louisiana 48–37 and dominating the Paints 46–18.

Jordan Brown led Ragini Cajun (5-5) with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Louisiana shot 33% from the field.

No. 18 Tennessee 96, USC Upstate 52

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Olivier Nkamhoua had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead Tennessee at USC Upstate.

The volunteers (8-2) scored the first 13 points and were not challenged. Kennedy Chandler had 15 points and 10 assists for the volume, and John Fulkerson scored 12. Tennessee scored 56% off the field and 44% behind the 3-point line.

USC Upstate (2-8) was led by Nick Alves with 15 points.

No. 19 LSU 89, Northwest State 49

Baton Rouge, La. (AP) — Tari Iason had 18 points and opened as LSU beat Northwestern State 10-0 for the first time in 22 years.

Eason scored all five of his points in the second half, when the Tigers already had a big lead. Xavier Pinson added 15 points, Afton Reid had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Darius Days scored 13 for LSU.

Kendall Coleman led the Monsters with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Cedric Garrett added 15 points for Northwestern State (2–9), who have not beaten a Division I team this season.

No. 25 Texas Tech 75, Arkansas State 62

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kevin McCuller scored 21 points and Texas Tech celebrated its return to the national rankings with a win over Arkansas State.

The Red Raiders (8-1), the national finalists in 2019, were coming off a five-point overtime win against the then No. 13 Tennessee who ranked him in the AP Top 25 for the first time under first-year coach Mark Adams.

Texas Tech is Gonzaga’s fifth in a neutral-site game in Phoenix on Saturday.

Adonis Arms had 15 points and Bryson Williams added 12 as the Raiders fired 56% of shots from the floor.

Marquis Davis scored 17 runs (7-3) for Arkansas State.

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