Alabama beats fourth ranked foe

• ALABAMA 63, NO. 15 TEXAS A&M 62: Retin Obasohan scored 16 points and Alabama held off a big rally from the Aggies in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Wednesday night. "It's huge," Obasohan said. "It's huge for this program, this team. It just shows everybody that we're going in the right direction." The Crimson Tide (14-9, 5-6 Southeastern Conference) beat its fourth ranked opponent in coach Avery Johnson's debut season despite missing its final three shots. Anthony Collins of the Aggies (18-6, 7-4) was fouled on a drive with 2.3 seconds left but missed both free throws. They've dropped four consecutive SEC games since a 7-0 league start, tumbling from a program-best No. 5 ranking.

• MARQUETTE 96, NO. 20 PROVIDENCE 91 (2 OTS): Jajuan Johnson scored 16 points and hit a key three-pointer with 1:16 left in the second overtime, and the Golden Eagles (16-9, 5-7 Big East) upset the Friars (18-7, 6-6) in Milwaukee. Henry Ellenson had 26 points and 16 rebounds for Marquette, which overcame 42 points by Providence's Ben Bentil.

• TEXAS TECH 85, NO. 14 IOWA STATE 82 (OT): Zach Smith made two free throws with 18 seconds left in overtime to lead the Red Raiders past the visiting Cyclones. Aaron Ross scored 20 points and Devaugntah Williams added 19 to lead Texas Texas (14-9, 4-7). Deonte Burton scored a season-high 20 points and Abdel added 19 points to lead Iowa State (17-7, 6-5).

• SOUTH CAROLINA 94, LSU 83: Sindarius Thornwell scored 24 points, and Michael Carrera had 14 of his 16 points in the second half as the host Gamecocks (21-3, 8-3) gained a share of first place in the Southeastern Conference, holding off Ben Simmons and his Tigers (15-9, 8-3). Simmons had 20 points, six rebounds and six assists.


• AUGSBURG 98, ST. THOMAS 89: Brett Rasmussen scored 23 points as the Auggies (14-8, 9-8 MIAC) upset the visiting Tommies (20-2, 15-2). Collin Olmscheid and Harry Sonie had 18 points apiece for the home team. Grant Shaeffer had 31 points and Cortez Tillman 19 for St. Thomas. Augsburg shot 62.7 percent from the field and 50 percent on three-pointers (8-16).


•North Carolina Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams is expected to be at the team's next practice and game following a bout with vertigo that sidelined him for part of Tuesday's win at Boston College.



• RUTGERS 61, NORTHWESTERN 59: Tyler Scaife scored 24 points — and made a layup with two seconds to play — and Kahleah Copper 20 as the Scarlet Knights (15-10, 6-7) edged the visiting Wildcats (14-11, 3-10). Maggie Lyon and Nia Coffey had 19 points apiece for Northwestern.

• INDIANA 80, ILLINOIS 68: Tyra Buss scored 21 points and four teammates also scored in double figures for the visiting Hoosiers (16-9, 8-5) in a victory over the Illini (8-16, 1-12). Kyley Simmons had 20 points for Indiana