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College basketball roundup: Penn State women pull away

| Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 8:02 p.m.
Penn State women's basketball coach Coquese Washington yells at official Kevin Dillard about a call against South Dakota State on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in University Park.

UNIVERSITY PARK — Nikki Greene scored 15 points, and Alex Bentley added 13 as No. 11 Penn State pulled away in the second half to beat South Dakota State, 60-50, on Sunday.

Bentley also had five assists to give the senior guard 503 for her career, the sixth player to surpass 500 for the Lady Lions (9-2). She also moved into 12th place on the program's career scoring list with 1,474.

Penn State broke a 25-25 halftime tie by scoring the first seven points of the second half, including four by Greene. An 8-0 run later in the half put the Lady Lions in front, 48-35, with 6:30 left.

Maggie Lucas, who came in averaging 22.1 points for Penn State, made only 2 of 12 shots and had nine points, but she made five steals and blocked a career-high four shots.

Ashley Eide scored 14 points for the Jackrabbits (6-5), who had won three straight.

No. 25 West Virginia 90, Youngstown State 57 — In Morgantown, W.Va., Taylor Palmer scored 15 points to lead five players in double figures for West Virginia, which shot 64.4 percent.

Ayana Dunning added 13 points and 13 rebounds, Christal Caldwell and Averee Fields scored 12 points each and Darius Faulk scored 10 for the Mountaineers (7-2), who won their fourth consecutive game.

Caldwell and Palmer each scored 10 of their points in the first half, when West Virginia took a 43-23 lead.

Brandi Brown, who came in averaging 20.7 points and 12.3 rebounds for the Penguins (7-3), was held to 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting and four rebounds. She became the third Youngstown State player to surpass 1,500 career points.

The Mountaineers, who never trailed, outrebounded Youngstown State, 44-25, and outscored the Penguins, 42-20, in the paint.

Rider 65, Pitt 48 — Pitt (6-4) was outscored, 41-26, in the second half in its nonconference home loss to Rider (5-4).

Pitt's Brianna Kiesel had 17 points, and Asia Logan had 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Duquesne 62, James Madison 57 — Wumi Agunbiade had 18 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks for Duquesne (8-1), which took a 34-18 halftime lead and held on for a nonconference home win over James Madison (3-6).

April Robinson added 14 points for Duquesne.

Top 25 men

No. 10 Illinois 66, Eastern Kentucky 53 — In Champaign, Ill., Brandon Paul scored 17 points, Tracy Adams added 13 and Illinois pulled away late to remain unbeaten.

In a game between undefeated teams, the Illini led by 11 early but needed a late 12-2 run to gain control and help John Groce become only the second coach in Illinois history to win his first 12 games. Groce matched the school record for the best start by a first-year coach set by Fletcher Lane in 1907.

Joseph Bertrand chipped in with 11 points for Illinois.

Corey Walden scored 21 points, and Glenn Cosey had 11 for the Colonels (9-1), who came in riding the school's best start in 66 years. Eastern Kentucky hadn't won nine straight games since the 1964-65 season.

No. 24 Oklahoma State 91, Central Arkansas 63 — In Stillwater, Okla., Le'Bryan Nash scored 19 points, Markel Brown had 14 points and eight rebounds and Oklahoma State overcame a slow start.

The Cowboys (8-1) fell behind by 11 in the first eight minutes but responded with 13 straight points to take the lead for good.

Phil Forte had 12 points, and Michael Cobbins and Marcus Smart each scored 10 for Oklahoma State.

Jordan Harks tied his career high with 16 points, and Jarvis Garner added 14 points for Central Arkansas (4-4).

The Cowboys racked up a 53-35 rebounding advantage and outscored the Bears, 44-26, in the paint.

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