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Mack out at Louisville, Pegues interim

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Chris Mack is out as Louisville men's basketball coach.

Mack and the school agreed to part ways and assistant Mike Pegues has been named interim coach for the remainder of the Cardinals' season.

The moves were announced Wednesday following a special joint meeting of the school's Board of Trustees and the University of Louisville Athletic Association board. Interim athletic director Josh Heird said that Mack will be paid $4.8 million between this fiscal year and the next three fiscal years.


VCU holds on, ends Davidson's run at 15

DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) Davidson's stint in the AP Top 25 might have been a short one.

Vince Williams scored 16 points, Mikeal Brown-Jones had a huge block with 2 seconds left and VCU held off a furious rally from No. 25 Davidson to win 70-68 on Wednesday night, snapping the Wildcats' 15-game winning streak.


Providence tops Xavier on Bynum's late 3

CINCINNATI (AP) Jared Bynum's 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining lifted No. 17 Providence to a 65-62 victory over No. 21 Xavier on Wednesday night.

Al Durham led the Friars with 22 points, helping them improve to 17-2 for the first time since the 1976-77 season. Ed Croswell added 10 points off the bench for the Friars.


Lewis has 33, No. 22 Marquette's run 7

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Justin Lewis scored a career-high 33 points to go along with nine rebounds and six assists, and No. 22 Marquette beat Seton Hall 73-63 on Wednesday night.

Lewis, a redshirt freshman coming off Big East Player of the Week honors, was averaging 15.8 points coming into the game for the Golden Eagles (15-6, 7-3 Big East), who have now won seven straight.


Miami tops Hokies on half-court 3 at :00

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Kameron McGusty had 19 points to lead five Miami players scoring in double figures and Charlie Moore hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to help the Hurricanes beat Virginia Tech 78-75 on Wednesday night.

McGusty was called for an offensive foul when Storm Murphy took a charge just outside the restricted area with 28.7 seconds left and the score tied at 75-all. Hunter Cattoor missed a 3-point shot for Virginia Tech and the Hurricanes grabbed the rebound and called a timeout with 1.8 seconds left before Moore banked in a runner as time expired.


Vols get by Gators after sloppy 1st half

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) After 35 years in the coaching business, Tennessee's Rick Barnes has just about seen it all.

But when the 18th-ranked Volunteers went through a five-minute stretch in the first half in which they didn't attempt a shot and committed seven turnovers - and still beat Florida, 78-71 - it left Barnes shaking his head.


No. 19 LSU beats A&M with late surge

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Brandon Murray capped a 21-point performance with a pair of clutch free throws in the final minute, and No. 19 LSU outscored Texas A&M 13-2 in the last 3:34 to beat the Aggies 70-64 on Wednesday night and snap a three-game skid.

"Brandon Murray is just a warrior," LSU coach Will Wade said. "It's been a rough couple weeks and we needed something positive to happen to us, and I was very, very proud of our guys."


No. 23 Iowa St. outlasts Okla. St. in OT

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Izaiah Brockington scored 26 points to help No. 23 Iowa State beat Oklahoma State 84-81 in overtime Wednesday night.

Tyrese Hunter had 18 points and Caleb Grill added 15 for the Cyclones (15-5, 3-5 Big 12), who snapped a two-game skid.


Michigan escapes to beat Northwestern

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Freshman Caleb Houstan scored 18 points, DeVante' Jones added 15 points with six assists, and Michigan escaped with a 72-70 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night.

Michigan forward Jaron Faulds missed two free throws, leading 72-69, with 8.5 seconds left and the Wolverines elected to foul Boo Buie near midcourt before he could attempt at 3-pointer. Buie, an 80% free-throw shooter, made the first free throw and missed the second but Pete Nance grabbed the rebound and got it to Julian Roper for a 3-pointer that didn't hit the rim at the buzzer.


UNC tops BC 58-47 despite shooting 29%

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Caleb Love scored 16 points, RJ Davis added 13 and North Carolina defeated Boston College 58-47 on Wednesday night, winning for the first time in program history when shooting under 30%.

The Tar Heels (14-6, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) survived an off-night by their top scorer and ACC field-goal percentage leader Armando Bacot, who was only 1-of-10 shooting for six points though he had 18 rebounds. Bacot's string of double-doubles ended at 10.

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