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By The Associated Press
Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 10:58 p.m.
 

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico — Tim Frazier had 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and Penn State earned a 55-52 overtime win over Providence at the Puerto Rico Tipoff on Friday.

Jermaine Marshall added 13 points for the Nittany Lions (2-1).

D.J. Newbill scored four of Penn State's 12 points in the overtime as the Nittany Lions held on for the win. Penn State faces Akron on Saturday.

Kadeem Batts shot only 2 for 12 from the field, but led Providence (2-2) with 17 points and added 11 rebounds. He went 13 for 15 from the free throw line.

Batts scored the Friars' last eight points in regulation, all on free throws. His final two with 14 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 43 and forced overtime.

Josh Fortune added 15 points and LaDontae Henton had 11 for the Friars, who used only six players.

The teams struggled to score in the first half and the Friars took a 16-14 lead.

“Obviously, we came here to win. But when we came here, all hell broke loose,” Providence coach Ed Cooley said. “We'll be all right once we get a couple of healthy bodies. I couldn't be more proud of our guys — everybody did something. It was a great game for us.”

No. 3 Kentucky 101, Lafayette 49 — In Lexington, Ky., Kyle Wiltjer hit seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points, Alex Poythress added a career-high 22 and No. 3 Kentucky routed Lafayette.

The Wildcats (2-1) shot 65 percent from the field, including 11-of-19 shooting from 3-point range, and Wiltjer set the tone by hitting his first two to open the game. He finished 7 of 11 from behind the arc, including 5 of 8 in the second half.

Tony Johnson scored 13 points for Lafayette (1-2).

No. 6 N.C. State 94, UMass 76 – In Bayamon, Puerto Rico, T.J. Warren had 21 points to lead North Carolina State past UMass (2-1) at the Puerto Rico Tipoff.

Richard Howell added 19 points and nine rebounds and Lorenzo Brown had 11 points and 10 assists for the Wolfpack (3-0), who had five players score in double figures and shot 8 for 18 from 3-point range.

N.C. State will play Oklahoma State in the championship game of the tournament on Sunday.

No. 14 Missouri 74, Nicholls State 54 — In Columbia, Mo., Alex Oriakhi had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Earnest Ross added 16 points and Missouri (3-0) beat Nicholls State (0-2).

Colorado 60, No. 16 Baylor 58 — In Charleston, S.C., Askia Booker scored 19 points and Colorado survived some dreadful foul shooting down the stretch to hold off Baylor (3-1) at the Charleston Classic.

Saint Joseph's 79, No. 20 Notre Dame 70 (OT) — In New York, Ronald Roberts had 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead Saint Joseph's over Notre Dame in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

Roberts scored the first seven points of the overtime as the Hawks pulled away, outscoring the Fighting Irish, 13-4, in the extra five minutes.

No. 23 Connecticut 77, Wake Forest 71 — In St. Thomas. Virgin Islands, Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright each scored 16 points to lead Connecticut over Wake Forest (1-1) in the Paradise Jam.

Top 25 women

No. 4 Stanford 71, No. 1 Baylor 69 – In Honolulu, Stanford (3-0) snapped defending national champion Baylor's 42-game winning streak, winning when player of the year Brittney Griner missed a short turnaround at the buzzer.

Griner scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half, helping the Lady Bears rally from a 14-point deficit in the first half. Her shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim and Stanford celebrated the victory.

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