Saturday's Top 25 Men's College Basketball Capsules
Sunday, December 5, 2010
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Nolan Smith scored 24 points to lead No. 1 Duke to an 82-70 victory over Butler on Saturday, moving Mike Krzyzewski into a tie with Adolph Rupp for third place on the coaching career wins list.
Freshman Kyrie Irving added all but four of his 21 in the second half for Duke, in a rematch of schools that played an epic national championship game in April. The Blue Devils won that game 61-59, giving Krzyzewski his fourth NCAA title. He has 876 wins overall, 803 at Duke.
This game, played at the Izod Center, wasn’t expected to be as close as that championship game in Indianapolis since Butler lost two starters, including lottery pick Gordon Hayward. But the Bulldogs stayed within striking distance until the final minutes.
The Blue Devils (8-0) were tested for the first time this season as they ran their winning streak to 18 games. Until Saturday, Duke had not trailed in the final 30 minutes of a game this season, including wins over top-10 teams Kansas State and Michigan State.
Shawn Vanzant had 14 points for the Bulldogs (4-3), and his 12-point second half was what kept them close until Duke pulled away in the final minutes.
No. 3 Pittsburgh 87, Rider 68
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brad Wanamaker had 16 points and 11 assists as No. 3 Pittsburgh shut down Rider’s 3-point shooters with its man-to-man defense.
Ashton Gibbs also scored 16 points and Dante Taylor added 12 to help the Panthers win their 53rd consecutive non-conference home game and their 102nd in 103 games.
Pitt is 9-0 for the eighth time in nine seasons.
Rider (5-4) was No. 7 nationally in 3-point shooting at 44.6 percent, only to go 7 of 21 (33 percent). Mike Ringgold scored 24 points on 12 of 16 shooting but didn’t attempt a 3.
No. 6 Michigan State 74, Bowling Green 39
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Durrell Summers scored 14 points, and No. 6 Michigan State went on a 21-1 run early in the second half to put away Bowling Green.
The Spartans (6-2) were coming off a five-point loss at Duke on Wednesday and didn’t look sharp early. They turned the ball over 12 times in the first half and shot 30 percent from the field, but Bowling Green (1-7) shot just as poorly and the Spartans led 25-19 at the half.
The Falcons scored the first four points of the second half before Summers and Korie Lucious made back-to-back 3-pointers and Michigan State pushed the lead to double figures.
Scott Thomas scored 11 points for Bowling Green, which shot 27 percent from the field.
No. 8 Syracuse 65, N.C. State 59
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Scoop Jardine scored 23 points, Rick Jackson added 16, and No. 8 Syracuse shut down North Carolina State late and beat the Wolfpack 65-59 Saturday night.
North Carolina State (4-3) seemed poised for an upset after taking a six-point lead, but Syracuse clamped down in the final eight minutes, forcing two shot-clock violations and holding the Wolfpack without a basket for the final 7:20.
Syracuse (8-0) wasn’t much better. Jackson’s hook over freshman C.J. Leslie at 6:43 was the Orange’s last basket. It gave Syracuse a 59-58 lead, but the Orange held on despite some shaky free-throw shooting.
Scott Wood had 18 points, all on 3-pointers, and Leslie had 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench to lead North Carolina State.
North Carolina 75, No. 10 Kentucky 73
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Tyler Zeller scored a career-high 27 points and hit the go-ahead free throws with 47 seconds left, helping North Carolina edge No. 10 Kentucky.
Zeller scored 12 of the final 16 points for the Tar Heels (5-3), who earned a needed victory against a big-name opponent after struggling the first month of the season.
John Henson added 13 points and 12 rebounds, giving North Carolina its sixth win in the past seven games against the Wildcats (5-2).
Freshman Doron Lamb had a season-high 24 points for Kentucky, though he missed a desperation running heave for the win a few steps within halfcourt as time expired.
No. 14 Memphis 77, Western Kentucky 61
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — D.J. Stephens had 13 points and 11 rebounds and No. 14 Memphis overcame another sloppy performance.
Joe Jackson led the Tigers (7-0) with 15 points and six assists, but Memphis had 21 turnovers and the Hilltoppers got 28 offensive rebounds.
Sergio Kerusch led Western Kentucky with 16 points, including 11 in the second half. Ken Brown scored 10 for the Hilltoppers, who lost their fourth straight.
Western Kentucky (3-5) shot 31 percent, including 4 of 18 from outside the arc.
No. 15 Minnesota 71, Cornell 66
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trevor Mbakwe had 12 points, all from the free-throw line, and 16 rebounds.
Blake Hoffarber added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists, helping the Gophers withstand another strong shooting night from an opponent.
Ralph Sampson III scored 13 points for Minnesota (7-1), which recovered from Monday’s loss to Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the first home non-conference loss since Tubby Smith became coach in 2007.
Errick Peck scored 16 points for Cornell (2-6). Chris Wroblewski added 16 points for the Big Red, who lost their fifth straight game. Cornell made 14 of 33 3-pointers.
No. 16 Georgetown 68, Utah State 51
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Wright had 21 points and No. 16 Georgetown relied on defense instead of 3-pointers to pass its latest nonconference test against Utah State.
The victory improved the Hoyas to 8-0 for the second consecutive season.
Wright was the only player for either team to reach double figures and left to a standing ovation. The Hoyas opened the second half with a 17-2 run and shot 62 percent for the half.
Pooh Williams scored nine points to lead the Aggies (5-2), the preseason selection to win the Western Athletic Conference.
No. 17 San Diego State 83, Wichita State 69
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Billy White scored 11 points during a 21-3 run in the second half and the Aztecs remained undefeated.
White finished with 24 points while Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Aztecs, who are 8-0 for the third time in their 90-year history. They also opened with eight wins in 2006-07 and 1984-85. Leonard, a sophomore, has six double-doubles this year 23 in his career. D.J. Gay had 14 and Malcolm Thomas 12.
David Kyles scored 18 for Wichita State (5-2), which had won four straight coming in. Toure’ Murry had 11.
The game was part of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge.
No. 20 Illinois 73, Gonzaga 61
SEATTLE (AP) — Demetri McCamey had 11 points and seven assists, and No. 20 Illinois was blistering from beyond the arc.
Mike Tisdale hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the second half to extend a 34-28 lead, and the Illini (8-1) went on a 14-3 run to take a 62-44 advantage.
Ten of the Illini’s first 11 baskets in the second half came from beyond the 3-point line, and they finished 52 percent from beyond the arc for the game.
Elias Harris finished with 12 points, all in the first half, to lead Gonzaga. Stephen Gray added 10 points.
Robert Sacre provided the only scoring threat for the Bulldogs (4-3) during the Illini’s big second-half run. He scored nine straight points to help Gonzaga stay in the game.
No. 21 BYU 78, Hawaii 57
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jimmer Fredette scored 16 points and sophomore Stephen Rogers added a career-high 13 as a reserve.
Rogers entered the game having missed all seven attempts from beyond the arc, but gave the Cougars (8-0) a spark after Hawaii pulled within 23-19 with 6:55 left in the first half. He hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 of BYU’s next 14 as the Cougars extended their lead to 37-25.
Fredette scored on back-to-back driving layups to increase BYU’s lead to 41-25 with 1:20 left in the half. He put things out of reach midway through the second with six straight points.
Hiram Thompson had 13 points and Joston Thomas scored 12 to lead Hawaii, which has lost two straight after starting 5-0.
No. 22 Purdue 66, Alabama 47
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — E’Twaun Moore had 23 points and nine rebounds, JaJuan Johnson added 17 points and the No. 22 Boilermakers cruised past Alabama.
Purdue (7-1) bounced back from a loss to Richmond last week with wins against Virginia Tech and Alabama. The Boilermakers made 9 of 24 3s, while Alabama missed all nine of its tries.
Tony Mitchell had 14 points, nine rebounds and three steals, and Trevor Releford added 12 points for Alabama (4-4). JaMychal Green, the Crimson Tide’s No. 2 scorer, served the third game of a suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.
No. 23 Washington 108, Texas Tech 79
SEATTLE(AP) — Justin Holiday had 17 of his career-high 20 points in the first half, Matthew Bryan-Amaning added 18 points and No. 23 Washington rolled past Texas Tech.
Isaiah Thomas had 16 points and C.J. Wilcox scored 11 for Washington (5-2), which won its second consecutive game after losses to Kentucky and Michigan State at the Maui Invitational.
Brad Reese scored 19 while John Roberson and David Tairu had 14 apiece to lead Texas Tech (5-4), which has lost three of its last four games.
No. 24 UNLV 82, Nevada 70
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Oscar Bellfield scored 24 points to help No. 24 UNLV start the season 8-0 for the first time since the 1990-91 Runnin’ Rebels won 34 straight before losing to Duke in the Final Four.
Bellfield shot 8 of 12, including 5 of 6 3-pointers for the Rebels, who led 46-25 at the half en route to their fifth straight victory over their rivals.
Derrick Jasper added 12 points, Tre’Von Willis 11 and Justin Hawkins 10 for UNLV, which held the Wolf Pack scoreless during a nearly 8 minute stretch early in the game.
UNLV took a 22-2 lead before allowing Nevada its first field goal with 9:04 to go before the half.
Deonte Burton and Malik Story each had 15 points while Dario Hunt added 14 points and 13 rebounds for Nevada (1-6), which has lost six in a row and is off to its worst start since the 1999-2000 team began 1-6 on the way to a 9-20 finish.
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