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Thomas Whinnett and Theo Baker combined to go 9-of-11 on 3-pointers in the second half to lift Christopher Newport to a 96-86 win against SUNY-Old Westbury in the final game of the Cactus Jam in Phoenix, Ariz. Baker had a career-high 27 points, with 19 coming in the second half, and Whinnett had 19 after being held scoreless in the first half. Tied at 43 at intermission, the Captains went on 25-7 run to take a nine-point lead with 9:24 remaining. Mark Blasingame added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Captains (5-5). Davon Barton did not score in the first half for the Captains, but ended the night with eight points and 12 assists. Lester Prosper had 33 points to lead Old Westerbury.

Illinois 71, (9) Purdue 67, OTMike Tisdale scored 18 points and visiting Illinois defeated Purdue. Mike Davis scored 12 points for the Fighting Illini (13-1), who won their seventh straight. JaJuan Johnson had 16 points and 15 rebounds for Purdue (11-3).

More Top 25Michael Washington had 24 points and 11 rebounds and host Arkansas handed No. 4 Oklahoma its first loss of the season, 96-88. ... Jeff Teague scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half, and No. 6 Wake Forest beat visiting Radford 83-61. ... Eric Devendorf and Andy Rautins both hit three 3-pointers in a six-minute span to key a first-half surge, and No. 13 Syracuse beat visiting Seton Hall 100-76. ... Terrence Oglesby had six 3-pointers and 25 points in No. 20 Clemson's 98-87 victory at South Carolina. ... Shelvin Mack had 22 points and No. 25 Butler ralliedfrom an 11-point deficit to a 72-68 home win against UAB.

State men's games Kyle Swanson had 23 points to lead James Madison to an 81-64 win at Belmont. ... Rob Lowery stole the ball for a dunk to tie the game with 2:09 to play, and Chris Johnson followed with a 3-pointer to put Dayton ahead for good in the Flyers' 66-62 home win against George Mason. ... Kaleo Kina hit a pair of free throws with 7.3 seconds to play to give Navy an 81-80 victory against visiting Longwood. ... Adam Hood had 19 points in U.Va.-Wise's 100-66 loss at Georgetown (Ky.) College. ... Eric Joe had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Apprentice, but the Builders fell 92-55 to Southwestern Oklahoma State late Monday in the Surf City Classic in Irvine, Calif. The Builders played tournament host Concordia late Tuesday.

ElsewhereZachery Peacock had 22 points as host Georgia Tech overcame 21 turnovers to beat Tennessee State 63-58. ... Greivis Vasquez scored 10 of his 17 points during a 21-2 second-half run that lifted host Maryland to a 76-50 against Elon. ... Reed Baker scored 26 points to lead Florida Gulf Coast to a 71-60 win against visiting Army. ... Tennessee center Wayne Chism will make a full recovery from a bruised spine and elbow suffered in Monday night's game. ... Florida forward Adam Allen had arthroscopic knee surgery and could be out for the season. ... Norfolk State's Michael Deloach is the MEAC Player of the Week after averaging 17.5 points.

W&M WOMEN 58, NJIT 46Tiffany Benson recorded her 156th career block and had 13 points and 15 rebounds, and William and Mary won in the second round of the Saint Peter's College Holiday Classic against New Jersey Institute of Technology. Taysha Pye had 14 points for the Tribe (7-4).

State women's gamesA game-winning jumper by Megan Frazee with 49 seconds remaining lifted Liberty to a 45-43 win over Virginia Tech in the title game of the Hokie Hardwood Classic in Blacksburg. Frazee finished with 20 for the Flames (5-7), who outrebounded Tech 46-30, including 18 by Avery Warley. Lindsay Biggs had 16 points for the Hokies (7-5). ... Senior Rahshann Lewter had 22 points to lead Apprentice to a 74-59 win at Washington and Lee.

Top 25Italee Lucas hit four of five 3-pointers and finished with 18 points as No. 2 North Carolina beatvisiting Austin Peay 93-61. ... Courtney Paris had 13 points and 11 rebounds for her 104th straight double-double in No. 5 Oklahoma's 87-61 victory at Saint Louis. ... Angie Bjorklund had 14 points to lead No. 8 Tennessee to a 77-58 win at Gonzaga. ... Kristi Toliver had 24 points in her return from a one-game suspension and No. 14 Maryland beat Mississippi State 80-73.

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