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Posted on December 2, 2013 at 5:06 AM


Patriots rally for 34-31 win over Texans

HOUSTON (AP) — Tom Brady threw for 371 yards and two scores, and Stephen Gostkowski made two long field goals in the fourth quarter as New England Patriots rallied for a 34-31 win over Houston.

The Texans' franchise-record skid reached 10 games.

The Patriots (9-3) trailed by 10 at halftime and the lead changed five times in a wild second half. New England tied it with a 53-yard field goal and took a 34-31 lead with another one from 53 with about three minutes left.

The Texans (2-10) had a chance late, but the offense stalled. On fourth-and-13, Case Keenum threw an incompletion as he was being hit.

Ben Tate ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns for the Texans, who haven't won since Sept. 15.


Houston's Smith questions Patriots after loss

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston defensive end Antonio Smith questioned how New England knew what the Texans were going to do on defense after a 34-31 win by the Patriots on Sunday.

Smith told reporters after the game Houston had some new wrinkles in its defense this week and it was "miraculous" how the Patriots changed their offense to key on the defense.

He says: "Either teams are spying on us or scouting us. I don't know what it is."

The NFL fined New England coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000 and took away a first-round pick in the 2008 draft for videotaping New York Jets signals during a game on Sept. 9, 2007. Belichick said he thought that was allowed and apologized for what he said was a mistake in his interpretation of the rule prohibiting it.


Oilers' Dubnyk earns SO win over Stars in relief

DALLAS (AP) — Jordan Eberle and David Perron scored in the shootout, and Devan Dubnyk come on in relief of injured goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and earned a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night.

Dubnyk stopped two of three shots in the tiebreaker. Dallas' Kari Lehtonen failed to make a save in the shootout.

Edmonton's Ales Hemsky scored 5 seconds before the second period ended, and Andrew Ference fired in a slap shot with 5:07 remaining in regulation to tie it again.

Ryan Garbutt scored two goals, including a short-handed tally that gave Dallas a 1-0 lead in the second period. He also put the Stars ahead in the third.

Garbutt nearly had a hat trick but he was stopped on a breakaway attempt by Bryzgalov with 3:41 left in the second. Garbutt collided with Bryzgalov, who left with an upper-body injury and didn't return.

Bryzgalov, who made 28 saves, trailed 1-0 when he came out.


No. 18 Baylor wins 104-59 over Hardin-Simmons

WACO, Texas (AP) — Cory Jefferson had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Brady Heslip made five 3-pointers in scoring 17 points and No. 18 Baylor returned to the mainland with a 104-59 victory over Hardin-Simmons on Sunday.

Rico Gathers had 17 points and nine rebounds for Baylor (7-1), which had six players finish with double-figure scoring. Taurean Prince had 13 points, while Isaiah Austin had 12 and Gary Franklin 10.

Baylor played three games in three days earlier in the week at the Maui Invitational, leaving Hawaii with its first loss after a 74-67 loss to No. 8 Syracuse in the tournament's championship game Wednesday night. The Bears' next game is Friday night against No. 3 Kentucky.

Cameron Barnes had 15 points to lead Hardin-Simmons (0-4). John Barnes had 12.


Donohoe leads No. 19 Oklahoma St. to 95-47 victory

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Liz Donohoe scored 27 points for the third time in her career and grabbed 10 rebounds to lift No. 19 Oklahoma State to an easy 95-47 win over North Texas on Sunday.

Brittney Martin added 16 points and LaShawn Jones had 15 as the Cowgirls (7-0) finished up a perfect season-opening homestand.

Jones also grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, including a staggering 10 on the offensive end, as Oklahoma State pounded North Texas 63-35 on the boards. It didn't help that the Mean Green shot just 29 percent.

Tiffany Bias handed out 12 assists for the Cowgirls, one shy of her best, and Martin had a career-best four steals.

It was the 50th win for third-year coach Jim Littell.

The Cowgirls play at South Florida in 13 days for their first road game and then go on to the Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan


SE Missouri St sweeps past Texas St, 82-74

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) — Jarekious Bradley scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to spark SE Missouri State to an 82-74 win over North Texas in its final game of the Cure UCD Classic Sunday afternoon.

The win gave the Redhawks (6-2) a three-game sweep in Mexico, all in convincing fashion. SE Missouri State beat Northern Kentucky by 14 points and Tulane by 30.

North Texas (2-6) hung with the Redhawks throughout the first half and was within a field goal in the opening minutes of the second half, but fell behind by as many as 15 as the game wore on.

Five Redhawks scored in double figures. Lucas Nutt contributed 18 points, Tyler Stone and Antonius Cleveland 14 and 13, respectively. Nino Johnson had 10 points and eight boards.

Joel Wright led Texas State with 16 points, with Kavin Gilder-Tilbury adding another 14.


Northern Colorado beats Prairie View A&M 87-70

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Derrick Barden matched a season-high with 19 points and Northern Colorado broke away with an emphatic run early in the second half to best Prairie View A&M 87-70 on Sunday to conclude the Colorado State Challenge.

The contest was close into the second half until the Bears (4-2) launched a 20-5 run spanning six minutes that increased their lead from 40-38 to 60-43 and they stayed out of reach from there.

Barden scored six of his 19 points during the breakout on three slams. Dominique Lee added a dunk and a 3-pointer and Tate Unruh hit his third of four 3s during the pivotal run. Unruh and Tevin Svihover finished with 16 points each, Lee had 13 and Tim Huskisson 11.

Prairie View (2-6) led by as many as 11 early when Montrael Scott hit a 3-pointer and was fouled. Scott finished with 12 points, Louis Munks a season-high 20.