Freshman Willie Warren scored a career high of 31 points, Blake Griffin added 27 points and 11 rebounds, and fourth-ranked Oklahoma overcame turnovers and bad shooting last night to beat Rice, 70-58, in Houston.

Warren was 4 for 9 from three-point range and Griffin notched his ninth double-double of the season for the Sooners (12-0), who matched the program's best start since 1989-90.

But the Sooners were 5 for 20 from three-point range, shot 50 percent from the free throw line, and matched a season high with 17 turnovers.

Corey Pflieger had 17 points and Lawrence Ghoram 16 for the Owls (4-7), who have lost their last 17 games against ranked opponents.

Wake Forest 95, East Carolina 54 -

Al-Farouq Aminu had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and sixth-ranked Wake Forest (11-0) blew open a close game after halftime to crush East Carolina (8-3) in Greenville, N.C.

Chas McFarland had 14 points for the Demon Deacons, who are off to their best start since winning the first 11 games of 2003-04.

Wake Forest led by four points at halftime before roaring out of the break with a 15-3 run that silenced the rowdy home crowd dreaming of an upset.

Notre Dame 81, Savannah State 49 -

Luke Harangody had 23 points and 13 rebounds in his worst shooting game of the season, but led eighth-ranked Notre Dame (9-2) past Savannah State (7-5) in South Bend, Ind.

Harangody shot 5 for 14 from the field, but was 13 for 14 from the free-throw line.

Tory Jackson and Germantown Academy graduate Ryan Ayers added 10 points each for the Irish, who shot 67 percent in the second half.

Purdue 70, IPFW 55 -

JaJuan Johnson had career highs of 21 points and nine rebounds to help 10th-ranked Purdue (10-2) rout IPFW (4-8) in West Lafayette, Ind.

E'Twaun Moore scored 19 points and Marcus Green had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Boilermakers.

Ohio State 83, UNC-Asheville 59 -

Freshman B.J. Mullens, getting the most playing time of his brief career, scored 19 points to lead 15th-ranked Ohio State (9-0) past UNC-Asheville (4-8) in Columbus.

The 7-foot Mullens had never played more than 20 minutes nor scored more than 11 points. But with coach Thad Matta trying out various combinations against an overmatched and undersized opponent, Mullens dominated.

He was 8 for 11 from the field, including six dunks, and added eight rebounds and three blocked shots in his 25 minutes.

Syracuse 82, Coppin State 71 -

Andy Rautins equaled a school record with nine three-pointers and scored a career high of 29 points to propel 17th-ranked Syracuse (12-1) past Coppin State (1-8) in Syracuse, N.Y.

Rautins, starting for the second straight game in place of suspended guard Eric Devendorf, tied Gerry McNamara's school record, set against Brigham Young in the NCAA tournament in 2004.

Baylor 74, Hartford 59 -

Curtis Jerrells had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, helping 21st-ranked Baylor (10-1) top Hartford (4-8) in Waco, Texas.

Michigan 76, Florida-Gulf Coast 59 -

DeShawn Sims had 20 points and a career high of 18 rebounds to send 24th-ranked Michigan (9-2) past Florida-Gulf Coast (4-8) at home in Ann Arbor.


Dominic James' three-pointer with 0.4 second left lifted



North Carolina


68-65, in Raleigh, N.C. . . . Landon Milbourne and David Neal scored 14 points each, helping




67-51, in College Park, Md.