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Associated Press

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 5:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 5:02 AM

T25-LOYOLA OF CHICAGO-WICHITA ST

No. 4 Wichita State beats Loyola of Chicago 57-45

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Cleanthony Early scored 23 points, including 12 of the 21 Wichita State scored in the second half, to help the fourth-ranked Shockers stay unbeaten with a 57-45 victory over Loyola of Chicago on Tuesday night.

Wichita State (22-0, 9-0 Missouri Valley Conference) saw a 22-point second-half lead trimmed to nine in the game's final minutes but hung on to extend school records for winning streak and start to a season. The Shockers shot 23 percent (6 of 26) in the second half.

Freshman Milton Doyle scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half for Loyola (8-13, 3-6).

The Shockers led 36-18 at halftime with the Ramblers 7 of 25 (28 percent) from the field and 1 of 9 (11 percent) from beyond the 3-point line.

The Shockers tied the 1985-86 Bradley team for the third-longest winning streak by a Missouri Valley team.

TEXAS TECH-KANSAS ST

Spradling leads K-State win over Texas Tech, 66-58

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Will Spradling scored a season-high 17 points, including four free throws in the closing seconds, to help Kansas State hold off Texas Tech 66-58 on Tuesday night.

Nino Williams added 13 points and Wesley Iwundu had 11 for the Wildcats (15-6, 5-3 Big 12), who ended a two-game skid despite getting very little from their three leading scorers.

Marcus Foster had two points on 1-for-8 shooting, Shane Southwell missed his first seven shots and finished with four points, and Thomas Gipson scored seven before fouling out.

The Red Raiders (10-11, 2-6) closed within 48-47 midway through the second half, but the stingiest defense in the Big 12 kept answering the call, and Texas Tech never regained the lead.

Jaye Crockett had 15 points to lead Texas Tech. Dusty Hannahs finished with 14.

DEVILS-BLUES

Halak strong in net, Blues beat Devils 3-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alexander Steen gave the St. Louis Blues the early lead and Jaroslav Halak earned his fourth shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.

Brenden Morrow added a power-play goal midway through the third period and Maxim Lapierre scored into an empty net with 2:08 left. The Blues have won three straight.

The Blues cleaned up on defense a week after getting whipped 7-1 in New Jersey when Halak surrendered four goals in 14 shots after relieving Brian Elliott. Halak has started all three games since that setback, allowing a total of four goals.

The Devils mustered little offensively three days after losing 7-3 to the Rangers at Yankee Stadium. They were shut out for the sixth time, although this was the first time in 35 games.

MISSOURI-ARKANSAS

Free throws lift Missouri past Arkansas 75-71

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown scored 24 points each as Missouri earned its first win in Bud Walton Arena with a 75-71 victory over Arkansas on Tuesday night.

The Tigers (16-4, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) were winless in six attempts in the building entering the game, but they hit 16 of 16 free throws in the second half to pull away late.

Brown scored 19 points in the second half, while Ross hit a late 3-pointner to give Missouri a 67-64 lead — leading to the game-clinching free throws. Jordan Clarkson added 11 points for the Tigers, who had a 42-26 rebounding advantage.

Ky Madden led the Razorbacks (13-7, 2-5), who have now lost twice at home in conference play, with 20 points. They were undefeated at home in the SEC last season.

ST LOUIS-FINAL FOUR

St. Louis named Final 4 finalist

(Information in the following story is from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com )

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis is one of eight finalists to host the NCAA men's college basketball championship — better known to hoops fans as the Final Four.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/M6pYPu ) reports that the city has made the NCAA's short list for 2017, 2018 and 2020. The other competing cities include Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Phoenix and San Antonio.

Final proposals are due in early May, with the sites to be announced in November. The 2005 Final Four was held at the Edward Jones Dome.

CHEERLEADER DEATH-FUNERAL

Funeral set for Winfield cheerleader

WINFIELD, Kan. (AP) — Funeral services have been scheduled for a south-central Kansas teenager who died last week after collapsing during cheerleading practice.

KAKE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1crQc9k ) the funeral for 15-year-old Taylor Murphy will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church in Winfield.

Taylor was a sophomore at Winfield High School, where she became short of breath and collapsed during cheerleading practice last Thursday. She died later at a hospital in Winfield.

Her stepfather says the cause of death has not been released. He described her as a healthy teen whose activities also included volleyball and choir.

Winfield High School principal Trenton Creeden said Taylor was a bright, popular student who was well-liked by students and staff.

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Information from: KAKE-TV.

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