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Pac-12 Commissioner Scott to step down

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Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott is stepping down at the end of June, ending an 11-year tenure in which the conference landed a transformational billion dollar television deal but struggled to keep up with some of its Power Five peers when it came to revenue and exposure.

The Pac-12 announced Wednesday night that the 56-year-old Scott and university presidents who make up the league's executive committee mutually agreed that he would not seek a new contract.

"It's been quite the amazing journey," Scott told AP. "There's a lot of change going on in college sports. There's been a lot of change in our conference. I'm ready for the next chapter."


Houston rips Tulsa to avenge lone loss

HOUSTON (AP) Marcus Sasser scored 26 points, Quentin Grimes added 18 points and seven rebounds and No. 8 Houston avenged its only loss with an 86-59 win over Tulsa on Wednesday night.

Sasser, who scored 18 points in the first half, finished 8 of 15 from the field, including 6 of 12 on 3-pointers. Tramon Mark had 11 points and six rebounds for the Cougars.


Providence holds off No. 11 Creighton

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Nate Watson let himself down with his performance the first time Providence played Creighton this season.

The big man was better than ever Wednesday night, scoring a career-high 29 points to lead the Friars past the 11th-ranked Bluejays 74-70.


Ga Tech routs No. 20 Clemson in return

ATLANTA (AP) Josh Pastner wondered how his Georgia Tech team would respond after a 17-day layoff.

Not to worry.


Badgers pull away to beat Northwestern

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Tyler Wahl paced a balanced attack with 14 points and No. 10 Wisconsin pulled away in the second half for a 68-52 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night.

The Badgers gained control with a 12-0 run midway through the second half. Micah Potter's 3-pointer put Wisconsin up 56-39.


Winthrop has team-record 20th win in row

CLINTON, S.C. (AP) Chandler Vaudrin had a season-high 20 points and Winthrop set a program record with its 20th straight victory dating to last season after beating Presbyterian 78-66 on Wednesday.

Winthrop (15-0, 12-0 Big South Conference) topped its previous record of 19 straight wins set by the 2006-07 team. The Eagles have a two-game advantage on No. 1 Gonzaga for the longest active winning streak.


UGa ends 14-game skid to UK on late hoop

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Andrew Garcia scored 16 points, P.J. Horne a made a go-ahead layup with 1.3 seconds left, and Georgia snapped a 14-game losing streak against Kentucky with a 63-62 victory on Wednesday night.

After a timeout with 3.6 seconds left, Horne got past his defender for an inbounds pass in the lane, bobbled it and curled in a layup. A heave by Keion Brooks Jr. did not hit the rim as time expired.


Champagnie, Pitt serving notice in ACC

PITTSBURGH (AP) Justin Champagnie's play left no doubt. Neither did his words.

Minutes after the Pittsburgh sophomore forward scored the last of his 31 points and grabbed the final of his 14 rebounds in a 79-73 victory over Duke inside a largely empty Petersen Events Center on Tuesday night, Champagnie provided little room for interpretation on the significance.


No. 3 'Nova tops Hall after 27-day break

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Stuck in medical isolation, Villanova filled its schedule with YouTube videos, FaceTime calls and video games to stay connected. The Wildcats had to create their own entertainment with basketball on pause.

"It's hard when you're in a hotel room watching everybody else play," guard Collin Gillespie said.


Short-handed Florida stuns No. 6 Vols

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida's best performance of the season - maybe even of coach Mike White's six-year tenure - came without three starters.

Noah Locke scored 14 points, Tyree Appleby added 13 and the short-handed Gators stunned No. 6 Tennessee in dominating fashion, 75-49 on Tuesday night.

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