No. 11 Gonzaga dominated the first half and overcame significant struggles in the final 20 minutes to beat No. 21
Gonzaga nearly blew an 18-point second-half lead.
"I definitely think we got a little tentative in the second half and you can't do that, especially when you're playing such a good team," said Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga's top scorer with 18 points. "They're just not going to go away without a fight."
Josh Perkins added 12 points and Przemek Kar-nowski had 11 for Gonzaga (6-0). Iowa State (5-1) got 29 points from Deonte Burton, 21 in the second half.
Though Iowa State fell far behind early in the second half, Monte Morris' jumper cut the deficit to 70-69 with four minutes left.
Burton missed a three-point attempt with Iowa State down 72-71 with 17 seconds left.
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Thomas Bryant had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Hoosiers (4-1). James Blackmon Jr., the Big Ten's second-leading scorer, missed the game because of a knee injury. Rashaan Surles led the Delta Devils (0-8) with 14 points.
No. 15 St. Mary’s 76, Alabama Birmingham 63: Jock Landale finished with 20 points on nine-for-11 shooting for the Gaels (5-0), who outscored the
UAB wouldn't go away, however, using a 16-7 run to cut the lead to seven with 14 minutes 33 seconds left. But the Gaels used a 13-3 run of their own, ignited by three consecutive three-pointers, to push the lead back to double digits with 9:29 remaining.
Chris Cokley had a season-high 20 points for the Blazers. Deion Lavender also had a season high with 12.
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Virginia Tech 66,
Virginia Tech (5-1) wowed offensively in the second half and made its final six free throws over the last 55 seconds. Nebraska (4-2) didn't have an answer for the Hokies inside. Guard Tai Webster led the Cornhuskers with 23 points.
East Tennessee State 72,
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