American University limited Maryland to five first-half baskets, got 18 points from Derrick Mercer, and snapped a 14-game losing streak against the Terrapins with a stunning 67-59 victory yesterday in College Park, Md.

Bryce Simon scored a career-high 17 for the Eagles (7-5), whose only previous win against Maryland came during the 1926-27 season. American led by 12 with 11 minutes left and never let the margin shrink below five points in handing the Terrapins (6-6) their third straight loss, all of them at home.

Greivis Vasquez scored a career-high 28 points for Maryland while going 6 for 9 from three-point range. Coming off a nine-day layoff, the Terrapins shot only 36 percent, committed 13 turnovers and were outrebounded, 40-33.

It was the second consecutive nonconference home defeat for Maryland. Before falling to Ohio on Dec. 12, the Terrapins were 131-3 at home against foes outside the Atlantic Coast Conference under coach Gary Williams.

Maryland shot 5 for 24 from the floor in the first half, and went more than 10 minutes without a basket.

American had previously lost this season to Fairfield, Morgan State, Loyola, Md. and Maryland-Baltimore County.

Mississippi 85, Clemson 83 -

Dwayne Curtis and Chris Warren both scored 19 points to lead the Rebels past the No. 15 Tigers in a matchup of unbeaten teams in the championship game of the San Juan Shootout in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

Warren and Curtis, who also grabbed nine rebounds, went a combined 4 for 5 from the free-throw line in the final 90 seconds for Mississippi (11-0), which matched the best start in school history.

The Rebels started 11-0 in 1936-37 and 2000-01.

Eniel Polynice and David Huertas both added 14 points for Mississippi.

Terrence Oglesby led Clemson (10-1) with 20 points, including going 5 of 7 from three-point range, while K.C. Rivers added 19 points and Raymond Sykes had 17.

Oakland 68, Oregon 62 -

Derick Nelson had 22 points and nine rebounds, and the Golden Grizzlies (5-6) stunned the No. 23 Ducks (8-3) in Auburn Hills, Mich.

It was the first win over a top-25 team in school history for Oakland, the small school from Michigan. The Ducks had a 20-0 run in the second half, but still couldn't avoid their second straight loss.

The game was played as the second game of a doubleheader with Texas-Michigan State.

Oakland hit seven of its first eight three-pointers on the way to an early double-digit advantage.

North Carolina 105, UC Santa Barbara 70 -

Tyler Hansbrough scored 21 points as the top-ranked Tar Heels (11-0) cruised to an easy victory over the Gauchos (10-2) in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Marcus Ginyard added a career-high 17 points, Wayne Ellington also had 17 and Ty Lawson finished with 15 for the Tar Heels, who shot 57 percent in continuing their best start since the 1997-98 team won its first 17 games.

James Powell and Alex Harris scored 17 points apiece for the Gauchos, who had an eight-game winning streak snapped.

Kansas 78, Miami of Ohio 54 -

Darrell Arthur and Darnell Jackson both had 14 points as the third-ranked Jayhawks (12-0) beat the Redhawks in Lawrence, Kan., becoming the first team in more than a year to exceed 69 points against Miami of Ohio (6-5).

The Redhawks (6-5), perhaps fatigued a bit after a taxing 61-58 overtime victory at Illinois on Thursday night, shot 40 percent while Kansas hit 58 percent, including 6 of 15 from three-point range.

UCLA 69, Michigan 54

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Josh Shipp scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half as the eighth-ranked Bruins (11-1) beat the Wolverines (4-8) in Ann Arbor, Mich.

DeShawn Sims led Michigan with 12 points and Manny Harris added 11.

Tennessee 82, Xavier 75 -

J.P. Prince scored a career-high 23 points as the No. 12 Vols (11-1) won their sixth straight, taking a decision over the Musketeers (8-3) in Cincinnati.

Tennessee's defense forced Xavier into a season-high 21 turnovers.

Tyler Smith had six points in a closing 13-2 run that sealed a back-and-forth game, and finished with 12 overall. Prince, playing in his third game since transferring from Arizona, went 9 of 14 from the field against a defense stacked to take away the three-pointer.

Stanley Burrell scored 18 points for the Musketeers, who went 24 of 27 from the free-throw line.

Indiana 73, Coppin State 46 -

D.J. White had 21 points and eight rebounds, and Eric Gordon scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half as the No. 13 Hoosiers (10-1) cruised past the Eagles (3-10) in Bloomington, Ind.

Indiana has won 25 straight at home.

Coppin State, which lost its eighth straight, was led by Tywain McKee with 16 points.

Texas A&M 88, UC Irvine 66 -

Donald Sloan had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the No. 14 Aggies (11-1) past the Anteaters (4-7) in College Station, Texas.

Dominique Kirk added 14 points and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and five rebounds for the Aggies, who shot a sizzling 68 percent in the second half (19 of 28) and 63 percent for the game.

Arizona 74, San Diego State 58 -

Jordan Hill had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the 19th-ranked Wildcats (9-2) picked up their sixth straight win by downing the Aztecs (9-3) in Tucson, Ariz.

It was the third double-double of the season and second in a row for Hill. The 6-foot-10 sophomore was 6 of 7 from the field to lead the Wildcats in scoring for the third time in four games.

Jerryd Bayless had 15 points, Chase Budinger added 13 and Nic Wise had 12 for the Wildcats.

Kyle Spain scored 20 points for the Aztecs.

West Virginia 77, Canisius 54 -

Joe Alexander scored 20 points and the No. 24 Mountaineers (10-1) beat the Golden Griffins (1-10) in Buffalo, delivering coach Bob Huggins his 600th career victory.

Alex Ruoff had 14 points, including two three-pointers that sparked a 17-2 first-half run, as the defending NIT champion Mountaineers (10-1) won their eighth straight game.

Freshman Pawel Malesa scored 16 points for overmatched Canisius.

Huggins is the sixth active Division I coach to reach the 600-win mark, doing so in his 26th season overall and first at his alma mater. Huggins joined Bob Knight, Mike Krzyzewski, Lute Olson, Jim Boeheim and Jim Calhoun, all of whom have already passed the 750-win mark.

Huggins became the 29th coach to reach the plateau.

Butler 78, Florida Gulf Coast 66 -

A.J. Graves scored 17 points and the No. 16 Bulldogs (11-1) made 14 of 15 free throws in the final 6 minutes, 21 seconds, finally taking control and pulling away to a victory over the Eagles (3-9) in Fort Myers, Fla.

Both teams went to the foul line 28 times, but the difference was Butler made 26 free throws while Gulf Coast was only able to convert 17.

USC 78, Cal Poly 55 -

Daniel Hackett scored 19 points, O.J. Mayo added 18 points and a career-high six assists, and the 25th-ranked Trojans (8-3) beat the Mustangs (5-6) in Los Angeles.

Vanderbilt 83, Tennessee State 74 -

Shan Foster scored 22 points and the No. 17 Commodores overcame the Tigers (3-7) in Nashville.

The Commodores rallied from a nine-point deficit to improve to 11-0, one win away from tying a school-best 12-0 start by the 2003-04 team.

The Tigers were seeking their first win over their cross-city rival in six games.

Alex Gordon had 16 points for Vanderbilt. Gerald Robinson led Tennessee State with 24 points.

Seton Hall 112, James Madison 100 -

Eugene Harvey scored 27 points - including the go-ahead basket in overtime - as the Pirates (8-2) overcame a 19-point deficit in the second half to edge the Dukes (7-2) in Newark, N.J.

Elsewhere.

Markel Humphrey scored 19 points and pulled down a game-high seven rebounds to lead

Marshall

(6-3) to a 66-60 win over

Princeton

(2-9) in Huntington, W.Va. Kyle Koncz led Princeton with 12. . . . In the first meeting in 15 years between former Yankee Conference foes,

Connecticut

(8-2) laid a 105-60 beating on

Maine

(4-7). Stanley Robinson led the Huskies with 32 points and 11 rebounds. . . . Senior Herb Courtney netted a game-high 18 points - including the 1,000th of his career - as

Delaware

(4-6)

handed

Boston University

(3-7) a 73-55 setback in Newark. . . . Sean Baptiste scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead

Fairleigh Dickinson

(4-5) to an 85-74 win over

St. Peter's

(3-7) in Hackensack, N.J.