Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING - Orlin Wag­ner / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Mark Lyons had 17 points, Grant Jer­rett scored 15 and No. 4 Ari­zona showed no signs of a let­down af­ter its big­gest win of the sea­son, rolling over Oral Roberts 89-64 Tues­day night.

Ari­zona (9-0) pulled off an im­prob­a­ble vic­tory over then-No. 5 Florida on Satur­day and leaves for a tour­na­ment in Hawaii on Thurs­day. The Wild­cats had no trou­ble keep­ing their fo­cus, rac­ing out to a 17-point first-half lead and shoot­ing 57 per­cent over­all.

Ari­zona is off to its best start since go­ing 12-0 in 1987-88.

Oral Roberts (5-5) shot 38 per­cent and lead­ing scorer War­ren Niles had most of his 22 points af­ter the game was out of reach.

No. 7 Ohio State 65, Winthrop 55: De­shaun Thomas scored 21 points — miss­ing nine straight shots at one point and mak­ing five in a row at an­other — to lead the Buck­eyes (9-1) past the vis­it­ing Ea­gles (4-5).

Whether Ohio State was look­ing past Winthrop and ahead to Satur­day’s op­po­nent No. 9 Kansas, or whether the Ea­gles just played well and the Buck­eyes did not, the game was in doubt un­til Thomas got hot.

Thomas added nine re­bounds and a ca­reer­high four as­sists.

Der­rick Henry scored 12 points to lead Winthrop.

No. 9 Kansas 87, Rich­mond 59: Jeff Withey had 17 points and 13 re­bounds, Ben McLe­more added 14 points and the Jay­hawks (9-1) beat the vis­it­ing Spi­ders (9-3).

Travis Rele­ford and Naadir Tharpe each added 11 points, and Eli­jah John­son had seven as­sists for the Jay­hawks, who will ride an eightgame win streak into Satur­day’s show­down at No. 7 Ohio State — a re­match of last year’s na­tional semi­fi­nal won by Kansas.

The Jay­hawks used an 18-0 first-half run to bury the Spi­ders, al­low­ing them to push their home win­ning streak to 28 games, tied for the sixth­longest in school his­tory.

Der­rick Wil­liams had 14 points to lead Rich­mond.

Rich­mond guard Darien Brothers (bot­tom) and Kansas for­ward Kevin Young hit the floor to wres­tle for the loose ball dur­ing Tues­day’s game.

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