ORONO – Gerald McLemore scored 21 points Wednesday night and Maine pulled away from Eastern Illinois in the final two minutes for a 64-60 victory.

Trailing 58-56 with 1:56 to play, the Black Bears went on a 5-0 run, with Justin Edwards hitting the go-ahead basket with 55 seconds remaining. Maine made 4 of 6 free throws the rest of the way to secure the win and split the season series.

Alasdair Fraser had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Edwards added 14 points for the Black Bears (5-4). Maine shot only 52 percent from the foul line (13 of 25) but made five more than Eastern Illinois attempted.

Eastern Illinois led 29-23 at halftime and by nine in the second half before Maine rallied.

Alfonzo McKinnie scored 20 points and Jeremy Granger had 15 for the Panthers (6-5), who lost their third straight game.

(5) NORTH CAROLINA 82, TEXAS 63: Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 26 points to help North Carolina (11-2) beat Texas (9-3) at Chapel Hill, N.C.

(22) MURRAY STATE 78, TENNESSEE-MARTIN 54: Donte Poole scored 15 points and Murray State (13-0) won at Ohio Valley Conference opener against the SkyHawks (3-11) at home.


CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 78, MAINE 63: Rachelle Coward scored 30 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead the Buccaneers (7-4) over the Black Bears (3-9) in the Gator Holiday Classic at Gainesville, Fla.

Shareka Maner led Maine with 12 points. Maner and Rebecca Knight each grabbed eight rebounds.

Ashleigh Roberts had 10 points and Brittany Williams followed with eight.

Rebecca Knight also had eight rebounds for Maine.

(1) BAYLOR 90, MCNEESE STATE 50: Brittney Griner had 15 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks in 24 minutes to help Baylor (12-0) beat McNeese State (9-3) at Waco, Texas.

(2) CONNECTICUT 72, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 24: Bria Hartley scored 15 points and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 13 as visiting Connecticut (10-1) bounced back from a rare regular-season loss to beat the College of Charleston (2-8).

(17) GEORGETOWN 71, (7) MIAMI 46: Sugar Rodgers scored 24 points and Georgetown (10-2) held Miami (9-2) to 21 percent shooting at Washington.

(8) KENTUCKY 90, SAMFORD 61: Samantha Drake scored 18 points and Kentucky (11-1) rebounded from its first loss of the season by routing Samford (6-5) for the Wildcats’ 31st straight nonconference home victory.

(15) TEXAS TECH 75, WESTERN KENTUCKY 38: Casey Morris scored 11 points to lead Texas Tech (10-0) Western Kentucky (3-9) at Lubbock, Texas.

(16) PENN STATE 78, BUCKNELL 54: Maggie Lucas scored 22 points to help Penn State (10-2) beat Bucknell (2-10) at Lewisburg, Pa., in the Nittany Lions’ final non-league game before Big Ten play starts next week.

(24) NEBRASKA 80, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 71: Jordan Hooper had her second straight double-double with 30 points and 11 rebounds, Lindsey Moore scored 27 points and Nebraska (11-1) downed South Dakota State (7-6) at Lincoln, Neb


PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Robert Griffin III won The Associated Press college football player of the year, adding another award to his impressive postseason haul.

Griffin, the Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor, won in a landslide over Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Griffin received 43 votes from the AP poll panel. Luck was second with seven. LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu received five votes and Alabama running back Trent Richardson got one.

POINSETTIA BOWL: Casey Pachall highlighted a record-setting game with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Skye Dawson with 4:26 left to lift No. 16 TCU (11-2) to a 31-24 victory against Louisiana Tech (8-5) at San Diego.

It was the eighth straight victory for Mountain West Conference champion TCU, which moves to the Big 12 next season.

NEBRASKA: Center Mike Caputo will be charged with reckless driving rather than drunken driving in connection with his Dec. 11 arrest, authorities in Lincoln, Neb., said .

HAWAII: Norm Chow, 65, agreed to a five-year deal to become the football coach.

OHIO STATE: North Carolina interim coach Everett Withers is heading to Ohio State to become Urban Meyer’s co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

YALE: Tom Williams resigned as football coach after the university investigated whether he lied on his resume about being a candidate for a Rhodes Scholarship while a student at Stanford.