Houston 78, Texas Southern 75 (OT)
HOUSTON -- TaShawn Thomas had 23 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, and Joseph Young scored seven of his 21 points in overtime as Houston held off Texas Southern 78-75 on Saturday night.
The Cougars (7-2) quickly opened a six-point lead in overtime on back-to-back three-point plays by Young and Thomas. A young jumper made the score 74-69 with 1:23 remaining, and Houston protected the lead at the free-throw line.
Omar Strong had 29 points and made eight 3-pointers for the Tigers (1-8).
J.J. Thompson had 10 points and six assists for Houston, which overcome a nine-point deficit in the final 3:49 of regulation to force overtime. Danuel House's 3-pointer with nine seconds to play tied the score at 66-all.
Chicago St. 67, Alabama St. 54
CHICAGO (AP) -- Quinton Pippen had 15 points and a season-high 11 rebounds Saturday as Chicago State beat Alabama State 67-54.
Jeremy Robinson and Clarke Rosenberg also had 15 points for the Cougars (3-8). Nate Duhon added 10 points for Chicago State, which trailed the Hornets 43-40 with 15 minutes to play but scored the next 22 points while holding Alabama State scoreless for the next 10 minutes.
Joshua Freelove scored 13 points to lead Alabama State (0-6). It was the Hornets' first game since Nov. 25 and begins a stretch of seven games in the next 13 days.
Oregon St. 85, Grambling St. 54
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Roberto Nelson had a season-high 26 points Saturday to lead Oregon State to an 85-54 win against Grambling State.
Ahmad Starks added 17 points and Eric Moreland 14 points and 13 rebounds for Oregon State (5-2).
Terry Rose had 19 points for Grambling State (0-6), which has lost all of its games this season by at least 26 points.
Nelson, a junior guard, set a new career high with nine field goals and tied another with five 3-pointers. He was 9 of 13 shooting overall and added four rebounds and three steals.
Oregon State scored the game's first nine points and led 18-3 less than six minutes into the game.
Grambling State got no closer than 11 points in the first half from there. The Beavers used a 13-1 run to lead 46-22 at halftime.
Virginia 67, MVSU 39
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Akil Mitchell tied his career-high with 20 points and Virginia won its seventh-straight game, defeating Mississippi Valley State 67-39 on Saturday.
Justin Anderson had 15 points and Darion Atkins added 14 points for the Cavaliers (8-2), who improved to 7-1 at home.
Davon Usher led winless Mississippi Valley State (0-5) with 14 points.
Virginia, which entered the game ranked third nationally in scoring defense, was in full control from the opening tip. The Cavaliers raced out to a 12-2 lead, holding the Delta Devils without a field goal for nearly the first six minutes.
Virginia opened up a 22-11 advantage when Anderson made a steal and then a nice pass to Mitchell for a fast break dunk.
Virginia held the Delta Devils to 16 percent (4 of 25) from the field in the first half.
In the second half, the Cavaliers quickly extended their lead. Mitchell scored the team's first 10 points after halftime, highlighting his scoring spurt with a driving two-handed dunk.
Later, Anderson had the crowd on its feet after he deked out the Delta Devils' defense with a fake behind-the-back pass and then dunked.
Air Force 65, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 49
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) -- Michael Lyons scored 26 points and Air Force rode an 18-0 second-half run to a 65-49 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday afternoon.
Lyons was 7 of 15 from the field, including three 3-pointers. Mike Fitzgerald added 13 points for the Falcons (7-2), and Taylor Broekhuis had six points and seven rebounds.
Davon Haynes had 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds for the Golden Lions (1-8), who scored the first 12 points of the game and led 31-25 at halftime. But after Tevin Hammond's fast-break layup with 17:17 to play, UAPB didn't score again until Haynes' two free throws with 9:49 left.
By then, Air Force had scored 18 unanswered points -- eight of them by Lyons -- to lead 48-35. The Falcons cruised from there.
Air Force, which won't play again until Dec. 22 at UC Riverside, remained unbeaten in six meetings with UAPB.
Mercer 65, Alabama A&M 46
MACON, Ga. -- Daniel Coursey scored 14 points, the only Mercer player in double figures, to lead the Bears to an easy 65-46 victory over Alabama A&M Saturday night.
While Alabama A&M had three players in double figures, Mercer (5-5) had far more balanced scoring. In addition to Coursey, 10 teammates combined for 51 points. Alabama A&M, meanwhile, was essentially a three-man show.
Jeremy Crutcher led the Bulldogs (2-5) with 14 points. Brandon Ellis added 10 and Demarquelle Tabb had a 12-point, 14-rebound double-double. But the remaining Bulldogs contributed only 10 points.
Alabama A&M was 3 for 18 from beyond the 3-point arc. Crutcher was 1 for 6 and Ellis 0 for 4. The Bulldogs shot 17 for 48 overall. Mercer made 22 of 52 shots, including 4 of 14 treys.
The Bears, who had a 38-30 rebounding advantage, went 17 for 20 at the foul line. The Bulldogs were 9 for 16.
North Texas 83, Jackson St. 65
DENTON, Texas (AP) -- Tony Mitchell had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead North Texas to an 83-65 win over Jackson State, snapping a four-game losing streak.
Christian Williams scored 24 points for Jackson State (0-5).
Mitchell was 6 of 9 from the field, leading five players in double figures. Alzee Williams scored 14 points, and Roger Franklin had 13 and seven rebounds. Chris Jones and Jordan Williams had 11 apiece.
Jackson State, which led at halftime 33-32, was out in front 56-52 with 11:55 to play. But the Mean Green gained control, outscoring the Tigers 31-9. The Tigers drew even at 59, but Alzee Williams made a free throw, and North Texas (4-6) took the lead for good.
Prairie View 107, Dallas Christian 59
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas -- Ryan Gesiakowski scored 18 points, leading four players in double figures and Prairie View beat Dallas Christian 107-59 Friday night.
Gesiakowski was 4 of 5 from 3-point range for the Panthers (5-5). Jules Montgomery had 16 points, eight rebounds and made four blocked shots. Demondre Chapman scored 12 points, and Josh Eleby added 11 points. Rasi Jenkins led with nine rebounds, and Blair Carl had seven assists.
Prairie View led 53-24 at halftime and shot 41 of 74 (55 percent) from the field for the game.
The Crusaders shot 18 of 52 (34.6 percent) from the field for the game and had 19 turnovers.
Malcolm McCarty had 27 points and eight rebounds for the Crusaders (1-15). Max Berman added 16.
Dallas Christian plays in the NAIA.