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College basketball: No. 10 UConn beats Washington 82-70
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Seattle • For the first few minutes Sunday, No. 10 Connecticut looked like it was in danger of losing to a Pac-12 team for the second straight game.

Washington jumped to a 14-point lead midway through the first half before UConn responded, with Shabazz Napier scoring 15 of his 20 points in the second half to lead Connecticut to an 82-70 victory.

"I think guys kind of woke up after they went on a little run," Napier said. "It gave us a little sense of urgency when they started getting up by 10 and 13."

Connecticut (10-1) was coming off its first loss of the season, 53-51 to Stanford at home Wednesday. In that game UConn was 5 of 31 from the field and 0 for 12 on 3-pointers in the second half. The early going against UW wasn't much better as Connecticut missed its first six shots from behind the arc as Washington (6-5) built the double-digit lead.

C.J. Wilcox hit two straight 3-pointers to give UW a 31-17 lead with 7 minutes to go in the first half, but those shots seemed to wake up the visiting Huskies.

UConn answered with a 15-2 run, including a stretch of 10 straight points. Connecticut took the lead for the first time since the opening minutes when DeAndre Daniel's layup made it 39-37 with 1:46 left in the first half, and UConn led 43-39 at halftime.

"We had the opportunity to put our foot on them, but we let them go," said Wilcox, a graduate of Pleasant Grove High School.

Wilcox led Washington (6-5) with 19 points on 6-of-15 shooting and had four assists. Darin Johnson had 13 points for Washington and Mike Anderson, who is from Hartford, Conn., added 10 points.

No. 11 Wichita State 77, NC Central 66 • In Wichita, Kan., Darius Carter scored 19 points and Wichita State overcome Jeremy Ingram's 37-point night in a victory over North Carolina Central. Cleanthony Early had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help the Shockers (12-0) extend the best start in school history. Ingram was 12 of 21 from the floor and 7 of 13 from the 3-point line for North Carolina Central (7-3). He had 27 points in the second half.

No. 12 Baylor 81, Southern U. 56 • In Waco, Texas, Isaiah Austin had 14 points and 10 rebounds as Baylor won its 10th straight home game. Austin led five players in double-figure scoring for the Bears (10-1).

No. 17 Iowa St. 79, George Mason 67 • In Honolulu, Georges Niang scored 22 points for Iowa State in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic. The Cyclones (9-0) had their second-lowest scoring game of the season but still managed to extend their winning streak. Iowa State — the top scoring team in the country — was one of 10 undefeated teams in Division I at the start of Sunday.

Melvin Ejim, Iowa State's leading scorer going into the game, had 14 points and 11 rebounds while DeAndre Kane had 13 points and eight assists. —

Sunday's scores

• No. 10 UConn 82, Washington 70

• No. 11 Wichita State 77, North Carolina Central 66

• No. 12 Baylor 81, Southern 56

• No. 17 Iowa State 79, George Mason 67

• No. 25 Iowa 86, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 61

Top 25 basketball • Napier leads Connecticut to win.
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