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  • Payne, No. 5 Spartans coast to easy victory

  • EAST LANSING, Mich. — Adreian Payne scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half and fifth-ranked Michigan State rolled to a 78-48 victory over North Florida on Tuesday night.
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  • EAST LANSING, Mich. — Adreian Payne scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half and fifth-ranked Michigan State rolled to a 78-48 victory over North Florida on Tuesday night.
    Branden Dawson added 12 points and Denzel Valentine scored 11 for the Spartans, who were ranked No. 1 in the country before a loss to North Carolina on Dec. 4. Michigan State (9-1) narrowly avoided an upset against Oakland last weekend before routing an overmatched North Florida team.
    Jalen Nesbitt scored 11 points for the Ospreys (5-7), who have also lost big to Ohio State and Indiana this season.
    No. 6 Louisville 90,Missouri State 60
    At Louisville, Ky., Montrezl Harrell had 17 points and eight rebounds, and No. 6 Louisville manhandled Missouri State.
    The Cardinals (10-1) took control early and never let up against the Bears (8-2). They combined dominant rebounding and offensive accuracy during a 15-0 first-half run for a 19-4 lead in the first meeting between the schools since 2006.
    Harrell was among four Cardinals with at least eight rebounds each, a combination that alone outdid MSU in Louisville's 51-30 domination of the boards.
    No. 7 Oklahoma State 75, Delaware State 43
    At Stillwater, Okla., Le'Bryan Nash had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead Oklahoma State to a win over Delaware State.
    Markel Brown added 14 points for the Cowboys (10-1), Stevie Clark had nine points, and Marcus Smart and Michael Cobbins finished with eight apiece.
    Kendall Gray led the Hornets (2-9) with 12 points and eight rebounds. Kendal Williams added 11.
    No. 11 Wichita State 72, Alabama 67
    At Tuscaloosa, Ala., Cleanthony Early scored 26 points and Fred VanVleet made two free throws with 11 seconds left to lift No. 11 Wichita State to a victory over Alabama.
    Early scored nine straight points for Wichita State (11-0) during one late stretch and the Shockers extended the program's best start, answering every time the Crimson Tide (5-5) threatened to overtake them.
    Early made 7 of 11 from the field and hit all 11 free throw attempts. The Shockers were 25 of 27 from the line.
    VanVleet and Tekele Cotton each had 11 points for Wichita State, which outrebounded Alabama 38-26.
    No. 16 Florida 77,No. 15 Memphis 75
    At New York, Casey Prather scored 22 points, including Florida's last eight of the game, and the Gators beat Memphis in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
    Prather made two free throws with 27 seconds left to give Florida (8-2) a 77-73 lead. Shaq Gooodwin made two free throws with 19 seconds left to bring Memphis (7-2) within 77-75.
    Florida's Scottie Wilbekin missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 17 seconds left giving the Tigers a chance for the tie or win.
    After calling a timeout with 10.8 seconds to go, Memphis' Joe Jackson drove to the basket but his shot was partially blocked and the clock ran out.
    Dorian Finney-Smith added 14 points for the Gators and Wilbekin and Michael Frazier II both had 11.
    Jackson had 17 points for Memphis, which had a six-game winning streak snapped.
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