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Arizona pulls away from Fresno State, 85-72

Fresno State v Arizona

Arizona’s Justin Smith shoots the ball during the first half of a game on Wednesday.

(Nils Nilsen / Getty Images)

Allonzo Trier scored 27 points, Ryan Anderson added 17 and No. 13 Arizona pulled away late to beat Fresno State, 85-72, Wednesday night at Tucson.

Arizona (8-1) had a hard time shaking Fresno State, allowing the Bulldogs to hang close until the closing minutes.

But Gabe York made two three-pointers — one banked in — and Trier made four free throws down the stretch to extend the nation’s longest home winning streak to 43 games.

Fresno State (6-3) held its composure in one of college basketball’s toughest environments behind the play of Marvelle Harris, who had 23 points.

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Arizona’s Kadeem Allen scored 13 points but had to be helped off late in the second half after injuring his right leg on a non-contact play.

Dayton 72, at No. 21 Vanderbilt 67: Before the game, the Commodores learned they would be without junior Luke Kornet for four to six weeks after the Southeastern Conference’s top shot blocker tore the MCL in his left knee in practice. Then Kendall Pollard scored 21 points and the Flyers rallied from a 16-point deficit.

at No. 1 Michigan State 78, Maryland Eastern Shore 35: Denzel Valentine had 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to help the Spartans (10-0) get off to their best start since the 2000-01 season, when they were defending national champions and won their first 12 games. The Hawks (1-8) had only one player score in double digits. After a 19-2 run by the Spartans in the first half, Coach Tom Izzo still found a reason to be upset enough to call a timeout.

at No. 2 Kansas 92, Holy Cross 59: Brannen Greene returned from a six-game suspension to score 14 points for the Jayhawks (7-1).

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at No. 5 Kentucky 88, Eastern Kentucky 67: Alex Poythress had 21 points and 13 rebounds and the Wildcats (8-1) bounced back from their loss to UCLA against the smaller Colonels. Kentucky scored its first 32 points in the paint and 58 overall, while outrebounding Eastern Kentucky, 50-25.

at No. 11 Purdue 93, Howard 55: Freshman Caleb Swanigan scored 11 of his 19 points during a blistering 56-point first half, and the Boilermakers improved to 10-0 for the first time since winning their first 14 games in 2009-10.

at No. 15 Providence 66, Boston College 51: Rodney Bullock scored 17 points for the Friars, who played their first game since several team members fell ill to a restaurant-related virus.


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