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Davidson has a surprise for Jayhawks in Kansas City

Nik Cochran scored 21 points, including a clutch three-pointer in the closing minutes, and Davidson shocked No. 12 Kansas, 80-74, on Monday night to exact a little bit of revenge over an epic NCAA tournament loss three years ago.

JP Kuhlman added 15 points and De'Mon Brooks had 13 for the Wildcats (7-3), who led the final 23-plus minutes to knock off the defending Big 12 champs in their home away from home.

The Jayhawks (7-3) had won 13 of the 15 games they had played at the Sprint Center, about a 30-minute drive from their campus in Lawrence, including the last two Big 12 titles. The losses also came out of conference -- to Syracuse and UMass.

It was the first meeting between the schools since the NCAA regional final in 2008, when Stephen Curry led the Wildcats on an inspired postseason run. Kansas managed a 59-57 victory when a last-second shot by Davidson's Jason Richards clanked off the rim, and the Jayhawks would go on to win the fifth national championship in school history.


Bona gets a vote

For the fifth time in its history, the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team is receiving support in the national rankings, as on Monday the Bonnies garnered one vote in the Associated Press Poll.

St. Bonaventure is off to a 10-1 start following a 67-56 win Sunday afternoon against perennial mid-major power Marist. The Bonnies have already defeated three schools from major conference (St. John's, West Virginia, Indiana), and will get a shot at a fourth Dec. 29 against Villanova.

Bona's lone loss this year was to Delaware, 61-49, which is ranked No. 1 9/2 3 in the nation. The Bonnies played that game without their starting point guard, Armelia Horton, who at that juncture was averaging just under 10 points per game.


Around the nation

* Ralston Turner scored 22 points and LSU extended its winning streak to five games while handing No. 10 Marquette its first loss of the season, 67-59.

* Dexter Strickland scored 14 points to help No. 5 North Carolina beat Nicholls State, 99-49. Freshman James Michael McAdoo, nephew of Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Brave Bob, added a season-high 14 off the bench for the Tar Heels (10-2).

* Freshman Quinn Cook scored all of his season-high 14 points in the second half, and No. 7 Duke routed UNC Greensboro, 90-63.

* Meyers Leonard had 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead No. 25 Illinois to a 64-60 victory over Cornell.

* Syracuse is on top of The Associated Press' college basketball poll for a second week. The next six places remained the same from last week: Ohio State, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Baylor and Duke. Ohio State had five first-place votes, while Kentucky had four and Louisville two. Connecticut, Missouri and Marquette round out the top 10.

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