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Associated Press

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 4:32 AM

T25-TENNESSEE-MISSOURI

Simmons helps Lady Vols edge Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Meighan Simmons scored 20 points and Mercedes Russell grabbed 11 rebounds to help No. 10 Tennessee edge Missouri 56-50 on Sunday.

Simmons' steal and breakaway layup with 11:50 remaining capped a 22-5 run to give the Lady Vols (22-5, 11-3 SEC) a 43-27 lead, but Missouri clawed back to within 50-47 on Bri Kulas' layup with 1:22 left.

Tennessee's Isabelle Harrison then converted two free throws with 34.7 seconds to go and two more with 11.4 seconds left to end Missouri's chances. Kulas added a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

Kulas finished with 22 points and Morgan Eye added 15 for the Tigers (16-11, 5-9), who only trailed by one point at halftime despite shooting 2 of 14 from 3-point range before the break.

T25-OKLAHOMA-KANSAS

Oklahoma travels to Kansas for Big 12 basketball

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Sooners will be on the road to take on No. 8 Kansas in Big 12 basketball.

OU has won three of its last four to improve to 20-7 on the season and 9-5 in the Big 12 after an 86-73 win over Kansas State on Saturday. Kansas is 21-6 overall and 12-2 in the conference following an 85-54 win over Texas on Saturday.

Tip-off for Monday's game is set for 8:05 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan.

SPELLING BEE-DEADLOCK

Mo. spelling bee hits snag, runs out of words

(Information in the following story is from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com )

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two Missouri students who went toe-to-toe for 66 rounds in the annual Jackson County spelling bee aren't quite finished after event organizers ran out of words for the contest.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/NoHizS ) reports 25 students started the championship round Saturday, but only two remained after 19 rounds.

From there, fifth-grader Sophia Hoffman of Lee's Summit and Kush Sharma, a seventh-grader from Kansas City, buzzed through the list of words provided by the national bee, as well as 20 others plucked from the dictionary.

At about 2 p.m. — five hours after the contest started — bee officials decided not to pull more words from the dictionary and instead decided to continue the competition March 8 at an undetermined library location.

BULLS-HEAT

Heat beat Bulls without LeBron, 93-79

MIAMI (AP) — With LeBron James watching from the bench in a suit and tie, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade powered the Miami Heat to a 93-79 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.

James was a late scratch after he broke his nose in Thursday's win at Oklahoma City, and his teammates picked up the slack, with reserves Chris Andersen, Michael Beasley and Ray Allen helping the Heat pull away in the second half.

Bosh tied a career high with four 3-pointers and had 28 points and 10 rebounds. Wade added 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, while Mario Chalmers contributed 12 points and nine assists.

ILLINOIS ST-N IOWA

Northern Iowa powers past Illinois State 72-59

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Seth Tuttle scored 18 points, on 6-of-10 shooting, to lead Northern Iowa to a 72-59 win over Illinois State on Sunday.

Northern Iowa (14-14, 8-8 Missouri Valley Conference) opened with a 10-0 run to build a lead that was never challenged, taking a 40-24 advantage into the break and then protecting it in the second half.

Matt Bohannon contributed 14 points, Nate Buss added 13 and Jeremy Morgan 10 for the Panthers, who avenged a Feb. 8 loss to Illinois State and moved back into a third place tie with the win. Tuttle, who was 6 of 6 from the free throw line, also had nine rebounds.

Illinois State (15-13, 8-8) outscored the Panthers 35-32 in the second half but couldn't erase the 16-point halftime deficit.

Zach Lofton led the Redbirds with a career-high 24 points, while Reggie Lynch added 10 in the loss.

N ILLINOIS-CENT MICHIGAN

Central Michigan defeats Northern Illinois 70-67

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Braylon Rayson scored 19 points and Austin Stewart added 16 to lead Central Michigan past Northern Illinois 70-67 on Sunday.

Stewart scored on a four-point play to give Central Michigan a 17-13 lead and the Chippewas led the rest of the way. Aaric Armstead hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull Northern Illinois within four points, 63-59 with 2:18 to play, but the Chippewas made 7 of 10 free throws down the stretch to seal it.

Rayson was 7 of 14 from the field, including three treys. Stewart finished on 5-of-6 shooting and grabbed six boards. Chris Fowler scored 15 points and dished out eight assists for Central Michigan (10-16, 3-11 Mid-American).

Armstead finished with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Darrell Bowie scored 14 points and Daveon Balls added 10 for Northern Illinois (12-14, 6-8). Jordan Threloff chipped in eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Huskies.

HEAT-JAMES OUT

James to miss Bulls game because of broken nose

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James sat out the Miami Heat's game Sunday against the Chicago Bulls because of a broken nose.

Coach Erik Spoelstra announced the decision less than two hours before tipoff, saying the Heat decided to give James extra rest since they don't play again until Thursday.

James broke his nose midway through the fourth quarter of Thursday's victory at Oklahoma City and sat out the rest of the game. His nose was reset by a doctor Friday and he sat out practice Saturday.

He might return for the home game Thursday against the New York Knicks.

James missed one game earlier this season. The Heat won without him at Portland in December when he sat out because of a groin injury.

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