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Pacific keeps UAPB winless with a 78-69 win behind Miles

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Miles Reynolds scored 20 points and Jack Williams scored 15 points with 12 rebounds and Pacific beat winless Arkansas-Pine Bluff 78-69 in a Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase game Friday night.

Jahlil Tripp also grabbed 12 rebounds for Pacific (2-3), and the Tigers had a 50-29 rebounding edge with 17 coming off the offensive end.

Pacific used a 16-0, first-half run capped by three free throws by Roberto Gallinat who was fouled on a 3-point shot attempt by Artavious McDyess. The Tigers made it 34-15 with 3:44 left before the break and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-7) trailed by double digits for most of the remainder of the game.

Martaveous McKnight converted a 3-point play off a jumper with 3:44 remaining and the Golden Lions drew to within nine (71-62). Charles Jackson’s jumper with 10 seconds to go made it 76-69 but Arkansas-Pine Bluff ran out of time.

McKnight finished with 18 points, and Charles Jackson had 13 for the Golden Lions.

No. 16 Texas A&M pulls away from Pepperdine for 81-65 win

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — DJ Hogg scored 18 points and Tyler Davis had seven of his 15 in a key second-half stretch to lead No. 16 Texas A&M past pesky Pepperdine 81-65 on Friday night.

Kameron Edwards scored 20 points to lead the Waves, who trimmed their deficit to six twice in the second half, the final time with 7:31 remaining. However, after Amadi Udenyi’s layup cut the Aggies’ lead to 60-54, Pepperdine went 5:35 without a basket and A&M (5-0) pulled away.

Dunks by Hogg and Davis stretched the lead back to 15 after a 15-4 run.

A&M couldn’t break inside Pepperdine’s zone defense for much of the game, and the Waves (2-4) were content to let the Aggies shoot 3-pointers.

Starting point guard Duane Wilson, a graduate transfer from Marquette, paced the Aggies’ 41-28 first-half lead with 10 of his 15 points.

Redshirt freshman point guard J.J. Caldwell made his Aggies debut at the 10:24 mark of the first half. In 10 minutes, the pass-first guard showed the skills A&M had been waiting on with a couple of slick passes and a steal. He finished with four points and three assists in 16 minutes.

Caldwell sat out his first year on campus after the NCAA ruled him ineligible and then he was suspended for the season’s first four games for violating team rules.

He was arrested on May 24 for a misdemeanor DWI charge that was dismissed on Sept. 12.

BIG PICTURE

Pepperdine: The Waves showed a good effort playing against the only ranked opponent on their schedule. Now they are set up for six non-conference games before starting West Coast Conference play.

Texas A&M: The Aggies got their big names on the court together for the first time with Caldwell, sophomore forward Robert Williams, who was playing his third game and the trio of juniors in Hogg, Admon Gilder and Davis.

UP NEXT

Pepperdine: The Waves take four days off before their fifth home game of the season against Southern Utah.

Texas A&M: The Aggies’ attempt to match their best start under coach Billy Kennedy at 6-0 will be a test. On Sunday, A&M visits No. 10 Southern Cal, which is 4-0 with a victory margin of 19.8 points.

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Kansas State beats George Washington 67-59 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kansas State coach Bruce Weber felt his team ”let one slip away” Thursday night against Arizona State. His Wildcats made sure it wouldn’t happen again Friday night against George Washington.

Kamau Stokes led a balanced attack with 19 points, and Kansas State staved off a late second-half rally to hold on for a 67-59 victory over the Colonials in a consolation game of the Las Vegas Invitational.

The Wildcats (5-1) led by 15 points midway through the second half and appeared to have the game in control before seeing their lead cut to 56-54 with 5:03 remaining after a pick-and-roll layup by George Washington’s Arnaldo Toro.

Kansas State responded by closing the game on an 11-5 run, and using its man-to-man defense and clutch free-throw shooting to earn the win. Weber was pleased with his team’s fight in Las Vegas, and said his players were motivated after the Arizona State setback.

It showed.

”They came here to win a championship,” Weber said. ”That was our goal. I think it really crushed them last night that we didn’t (get the opportunity).”

Dean Wade, who finished with 17 points, made key plays on both ends of the floor down the stretch and hit all five of his free throws to help Kansas State. With the Wildcats clinging to a 64-59 lead, Wade procured an offensive rebound off a missed 3-pointer and dished it to Barry Brown Jr., who sealed the victory with a pair of free throws with 25.3 seconds.

”We went to Dean and he made the right plays at the right time,” Weber said of his junior forward. ”Barry made a play, and then we got the free throws. It was good to go through that experience on the road.”

As a team, the Wildcats shot 16 of 18 from the line, including 7 of 8 in the second half.

Brown Jr. added 15 points for Kansas State, which led 38-29 at halftime and finished 46.9 percent shooting from the field.

George Washington (2-4) outrebounded Kansas State 37-26 but shot just 38.5 percent in the second half. Colonials coach Maurice Joseph was proud of his team for fighting back, but said his players must ”learn to put together a whole 40 minutes.”

”We’ve got a resilient group,” Joseph said. ”We got young, hungry guys but we just don’t have the experience to hunker down and win some of these close battles.

”We’ll get there. We’re just not quite there yet.”

Toro had 21 points and nine rebounds to pace George Washington. Patrick Steeves had 11 points, and Jair Bolden scored nine for the Colonials.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas State: The Wildcats have an opportunity to boost their record the next couple weeks, as four of their next five games are at home. Kansas State will travel to Vanderbilt and Washington State before opening Big-12 play against Iowa State on Dec. 29.

George Washington: The Colonials will get a much-needed reprieve from Power-5 conference teams when they face Morgan State and Temple next week in back-to-back games. Toro showed George Washington’s scoring balance Friday, when the sophomore became the fifth Colonial player to lead the team in scoring this season, joining Yuta Watanabe, Terry Nolan Jr., Bolden and Steeves.

UP NEXT

Kansas State faces Oral Roberts at home on Wednesday.

George Washington will host Morgan State on Wednesday.