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Noah rallies Gators to defeat stubborn Ala.-Birmingham

The Associated Press

Joakim Noah had 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots and No. 3 Florida rallied for a 75-70 win over Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday night in the Orange Bowl Classic.

The Gators (12-2) trailed for most of the game but went 7-of-8 from the free throw line over the final 2:11. Taurean Green put the Gators ahead to stay with 1:32 left when he made two free throws for a 70-69 lead for their the fifth consecutive win.

Wen Mukubu scored 20 points for the Blazers (8-6), who led by 11 points in both halves but missed their final six shots from the field.

Corey Brewer scored 19 points for Florida, which made 22 of 26 free throws, while Green added 18. No. 6 Ohio St. 91, Coppin St. 54: Greg Oden had his best collegiate game with 18 points and 16 rebounds and fellow freshman Daequan Cook led Ohio State with a career-high 23 points. No. 7 Arizona 89, Stanford 75: Marcus Williams scored 23 points and Ivan Radenovic added 22 for Arizona in its 11th straight victory.

The Wildcats (11-1, 2-0 Pac-10) blew a 13-point first-half lead and fell behind by five midway through the second half. But the Wildcats closed the game on a 19-6 run. No. 9 Kansas 80, Rhode Island 69: Julian Wright, held out of the starting lineup for the first time this season, scored a career-high 23 points for Kansas.

Wright, a 6-foot-8 sophomore who had only five points on Thursday night against Detroit, was 10-for-14 from the field. Brandon Rush had 19 points for the Jayhawks (12-2). No. 10 Pittsburgh 77, Florida A&M 51: Mike Cook had 16 points and Antonio Graves added 14 to lead Pittsburgh.

Rome Sanders had 16 points to lead the Rattlers (6-7), who are 0-33 lifetime against ranked teams. West Virginia 81, No. 12 Connecticut 71: Frank Young scored 22 points and West Virginia handed the Huskies their first loss of the season in the teams’ Big East opener.

Playing outside the state of Connecticut for the first time this season, the Huskies (11-1) lost to the Mountaineers for the first time since Feb. 11, 1998, a span of seven games.

Da’Sean Butler added a career-high 16 points for West Virginia (11-1), which leads the nation in fewest points allowed at 49 per game. No. 13 Oklahoma St. 84, Texas-San Antonio 47: JamesOn Curry scored 24 points and Mario Boggan had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma State. No. 15 Butler 55, Wis.-Milwaukee 50: Mike Green scored 16 points and A.J. Graves added 14 as Butler won its third straight.

Green made two free throws with 52 seconds left to give the Bulldogs (13-1, 2-0 Horizon League), a 49-45 lead.

Avery Smith had 21 points and Paige Paulsen added 17 for the Panthers (3-12, 0-2), who won the Horizon League regular season title the last three seasons. They are off to their worst start since 1997-98 when they lost 15 of their first 16 games.

N. Iowa 63, No. 16 Wichita St. 59: Grant Stout had 17 points and Eric Coleman had 11 points and 11 rebounds as Northern Iowa handed Wichita State its third straight loss.

No. 18 Marquette 69, Savannah St. 51: Dominic James and Wesley Matthews each scored 22 points for Marquette (13-2).

No. 19 Notre Dame 95, Stony Brook 66: Russell Carter scored 23 points to help Notre Dame (12-1) overcome the suspension of starting point guard Kyle McAlarney and extend its winning streak to 11 games, its longest since 1986-87.

No. 20 Oregon 76, Oregon St. 73: Bryce Taylor had 22 points and nine rebounds, and Oregon remained unbeaten with the victory in the teams’ Pac-10 opener.

No. 21 Tennessee 93, East Tennessee St. 88: Chris Lofton scored 28 points and JaJuan Smith matched his career high with 23 for Tennessee.

No. 24 Nevada 82, Gonzaga 74: Nick Fazekas had 24 points, and Ramon Sessions scored all 20 of his in the second half for Nevada as Gonzaga lost three straight games for the first time since December 2000.

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