Free throws lift Tigers over Bulldogs

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AUBURN, Ala. — Varez Ward scored 17 points and led a productive night at the free-throw line for Auburn in a 59-51 win over Georgia on Wednesday night.

Ward hit all 12 of his free throw attempts as Auburn (13-9, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) shot 80.6 percent (25 of 31) from the line.

Kenny Gabriel added 16 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the Tigers.

Gerald Robinson led Georgia (10-11, 1-6) with 16 points and eight rebounds before fouling out late. Dustin Ware scored 10 points and Donte’ Williams added nine points and nine rebounds.

NO. 6 BAYLOR 63,

TEXAS A&M 60

In College Station, Texas, Pierre Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left to put Baylor on top and added two free throws to give the Bears (20-2, 7-2 Big 12) a victory over Texas A&M (12-9, 3-6).

Jackson’s second 3 of the game put the Bears 61-60 before A&M’s Elston Turner missed a 3-pointer forcing the Aggies (12-9, 3-6) to foul.

Jackson missed his first free throw attempt, but was fouled again after the rebound and made the insurance shots.

NO. 8 KANSAS 84,

OKLAHOMA 62

In Lawrence, Kan., Thomas Robinson had 20 points and 17 rebounds in another performance sure to burnish his player of the year credentials, leading Kansas (18-4, 8-1 Big 12) to a blowout of Oklahoma (13-8, 3-6).

The junior forward had four assists and a couple of blocks for the Jayhawks, who responded to their first conference loss last Saturday at Iowa State by outscoring the Sooners 50-31 over the course of the second half.

NO. 13 CREIGHTON 102,

ILLINOIS STATE 74

In Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half to lead six Creighton players in double figures and the Bluejays (21-2, 11-1 Missouri Valley Conference) rode a fast start to a victory over Illinois State (14-9, 6-6).

NO. 14 GEORGETOWN 58,

CONNECTICUT 44

In Washington, Hollis Thompson regained his shooting touch with 18 points, and Georgetown (17-4, 7-3 Big East) held Connecticut (14-7, 4-5) to a season low in scoring.

Thompson went 7 for 15 from the field and grabbed nine rebounds.

NO. 21 FLORIDA STATE 68,

GEORGIA TECH 54

In Tallahasse, Fla., Michael Snaer scored 21 points and Bernard James added 13 as Florida State (15-6, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Con­ference) rallied in the second half to defeat Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech (8-14, 1-7) led 25-24 at halftime despite not having scoring and rebounding leader Glen Rice Jr., who missed the game with a foot injury.

Brandon Reed, who was 4 of 8 from 3-point distance, scored a season-high 18 points for the Yellow Jackets, who lost their sixth in a row.

NO. 23 MICHIGAN 68,

NO. 20 INDIANA 56

In Ann Arbor, Mich., Trey Burke scored 18 points, and Michigan (17-6, 7-3 Big Ten) raced to a 20-point first-half lead before holding on against Indiana (17-6, 5-6).

The Wolverines remained unbeaten at home. They got off to a quick start, scoring the first 13 points and eventually taking a 28-8 lead.


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