RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Oklahoma's Trae Young, Duke's Marvin Bagley III and Arizona's Deandre Ayton lead the list of top performers in college basketball as the season crosses its midway point. The freshmen lead a standout group that include seniors in Arizona State's Tra Holder and Villanova's Jalen Brunson.
(AP) - Players get to have a say in NBA All-Star voting as well, and more than half of the league got picked on at least one ballot as a starter. Some of the players who got votes from their peers haven't even played in the NBA this season. Players can vote for themselves, but the ballots are not made public.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Isaiah Thomas made two free throws with 11 seconds left and the Cleveland Cavaliers survived a frenetic final seconds to hold off the Orlando Magic 104-103 and snap a four-game losing streak. The Cavs blew a 23-point lead before sending the Magic to their 17th loss in 19 games. LeBron James scored 16 and now needs 25 to reach 30,000 career points.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Artemi Panarin scored in the second round of a shootout, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Dallas Stars 2-1. Joonas Korpisalo had 35 saves for Columbus, which returned from its five-day break after losing both ends of a back-to-back last week. Jordan Schroeder scored his first goal of the season in the first period.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - C.J. Burks made five 3-pointers and scored 25 points and Marshall beat Middle Tennessee 73-63 to hand the Blue Raiders their first conference loss. Jon Elmore, Conference USA's leading scorer at 22.7 per game coming in, added 19 points, eight assists and five steals and Ajdin Penava added 17 points, six blocks and a team-high seven rebounds.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Kenny Carpenter tossed in 23 points and hit a pair of free throws with three seconds left to help Cleveland State hold off IUPUI 70-67. Carpenter's layup gave the Vikings (5-15, 2-5 Horizon League) a 65-59 lead with four minutes left in the game.
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