Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Dedric Lawson had 31 points and 14 rebounds, Lagerald Vick added 12 points and four assists and No. 7 Kansas defeated No. 25 TCU 77-68. Kansas City native Ochai Agbaji also added seven points four rebounds for Kansas after relinquishing his redshirt eligibility on Tuesday following the season-ending injury to Udoka Azubuike. RJ Nembhard scored a season-high 14 points for TCU while shooting 3-of-6 from behind the arc.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Markus Howard scored 14 of his career-high 53 points in overtime after Sam Hauser’s deep 3-pointer at the end of regulation tied the game, and No. 21 Marquette beat Creighton 106-104. Howard’s dazzling offensive performance set a Marquette record and broke his own record for points in a Big East game. His 53 points were the most by a player in a game matching Division I opponents this season, one behind the 54 Furman’s Jordan Lyons had against D-II North Greenville.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy interviewed for four head coaching jobs last week, when Kansas City was on its bye. He insists that his focus this week is solely on preparing for a divisional round game against Indianapolis. But after that? He could follow in the footsteps of his predecessors, Doug Pederson and Matt Nagy.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts’ defense was reeling early this season. After six games, it had allowed an average of 30 points, had given up 37 or more points in three consecutive losses and was languishing near the bottom of the league’s overall rankings. Today, those performances are almost recognizable. Though the names remain essentially unchanged, the Colts overcame that dismal start and have emerged as one of the NFL’s stingiest units and a key cog in Indy’s playoff run.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Joe Weiskamp had 19 points, Luka Garza added 16 and Iowa beat Northwestern 73-63 despite playing without leading scorer Tyler Cook. Isaiah Moss had 12 points for the Hawkeyes (13-3, 2-3), who have won seven of eight.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hasahn French scored a career-high 25 points, Tramaine Isabell Jr. added 17 including two late free throws as Saint Louis held off Massachusetts 65-62. The Billikens led by as many as 11 points in the second half, but Luwane Pipkins scored all nine points during a 9-2 surge to give UMass a 62-61 lead with eight seconds left.

WACO, Texas (AP) — Kalani Brown had 16 points and nine rebounds, Lauren Cox added 13 points and 10 rebounds and the No. 4 Baylor women beat Kansas State 65-50. The Lady Bears momentarily fell behind in the third quarter Wednesday night before a 9-0 run to end the quarter and take the lead for good. The Lady Bears Big 12 won their third game in a seven-day span that started with their home win over then-No. 1 UConn last Thursday.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Bridget Carleton had 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead No. 20 Iowa State to a 92-54 victory over TCU for its seventh straight win. The Cyclones (13-2, 3-0 Big 12 Conference) improved to 11-0 at home while TCU (11-3, 1-2) has lost two straight following an eight-game win streak.



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