Saturday's Top 25 Men's College Basketball Capsules
Originally published December 18, 2010 at 11:19 p.m., updated December 19, 2010 at 4:43 a.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Freshman Jared Sullinger had 30 points and a career-high 19 rebounds to lead No. 2 Ohio State past South Carolina 79-57 on Saturday.
William Buford added 12 points and Jon Diebler had 11 for the Buckeyes (10-0), who expected one of their biggest tests of the young season but dominated throughout.
Sam Muldrow scored 14 points and Malik Cooke had 13 for South Carolina (7-2), whose only losses this season have come against second-ranked Big Ten teams. The Gamecocks lost 82-73 at then-No. 2 Michigan State on Nov. 16.
Sullinger’s previous best in rebounds was 14 against North Carolina A&T last month.
His 14 defensive rebounds were an Ohio State freshman record.
No. 3 Kansas 70, USC 68
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Josh Selby made his long-awaited collegiate debut one to remember with a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26 seconds left to lead Kansas.
Selby, a freshman point guard ordered by the NCAA to sit out the first nine games, had 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and kept the crowd on its feet throughout the game.
The Jayhawks (10-0) held a seemingly comfortable 10-point lead early in the first half before Donte Smith led USC (6-5) on an 11-0 run. Jio Fontan, making his debut for the Trojans after transferring from Fordham, hit two free throws that put USC on top 68-66 with 1:36 left. After Selby’s 3-pointer, Tyrel Reed made a free throw for the final margin as Kansas extended its home-court winning streak to 65 games.
Smith had 20 points for USC. Alex Stepheson added 18 and Fontan 15.
No. 5 Syracuse 83, Iona 77
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Kris Joseph scored 21 points to help No. 5 Syracuse extend its perfect start to 11 games.
Brandon Triche added 14 points and seven assists as the Orange opened with 11 straight wins for the 11th time in coach Jim Boeheim’s 35 seasons and 15th time in school history.
Mike Glover had 25 points and 16 rebounds for his sixth consecutive double-double as the Gaels (7-4) had a seven-game win streak snapped. Kevin Smyth added 22 points.
Syracuse looked rusty playing its first game in a week. Though they never trailed, the Orange nearly squandered a 15-point lead in allowing the Gaels to close to 77-71 with 1:36 left.
After James Southerland turned the ball over, the Gaels had a chance to pull even closer but Smyth missed an open 3-point shot on their next possession.
Florida 57, No. 6 Kansas St. 44
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Kenny Boynton scored 15 points to shake a slump and Florida held Kansas State to 27 percent shooting in the Orange Bowl Classic.
The Wildcats missed 19 of 20 shots during one stretch, and their point total was their lowest in Frank Martin’s five seasons as coach.
Florida fell behind 20-8, then outscored Kansas State 42-13 to take control. Boynton was 6 for 12 from the field and was voted the game’s most valuable player.
Florida (8-2) ended a streak of 14 consecutive December wins for Kansas State (9-2) dating to 2008. The Wildcats had won their past five games, and their only other loss was to top-ranked Duke.
Kansas State made only one basket during a span of 18 minutes midway through the game, as Florida rallied from a 20-8 deficit to take a 36-27 lead. Three consecutive baskets by Boynton — two of them 3-pointers — boosted the margin to 50-33 with 6 minutes left.
No. 8 Pittsburgh 97, Maryland-Eastern Shore 64
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gilbert Brown missed only two shots while scoring a career-high 28 points.
Ashton Gibbs added 15 points and seven assists, and Gary McGhee had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Pitt (11-1). Hillary Haley scored 17 for the Hawks (2-8), who have lost their last four by an average of 30 points.
Pitt quickly opened a 9-2 lead, but Maryland-Eastern Shore came back to make it 26-22 with 6:48 remaining in the first half. Brown, coming off a 15-point game against Tennessee, then scored 10 points in less than three minutes to key a 21-5 run that gave Pitt a 47-27 lead.
Brown, a 6-foot-6 senior who has been a streaky scorer throughout his career, made 11 of 13 shots — 4 of 5 from 3-point range — and both of his free throws while topping his previous career high of 25 points against South Florida on Jan. 31.
Gonzaga 68, No. 9 Baylor 64
DALLAS (AP) — Kelly Olynyk put Gonzaga ahead to stay with a 3-pointer right after Baylor scored four points on one possession and the Bulldogs handed the Bears their first loss.
Olynyk’s made his go-ahead basket with 1:46 left, and Gonzaga (6-5) made 7 of 9 free throws after that. Four of the Bulldogs’ losses were to Top 25 teams.
Baylor (7-1), with its highest ranking ever, played away from home for the first time, but only about 100 miles from campus at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Robert Sacre led Gonzaga with 17 points, while Marquise Carter had 13.
Freshman Perry Jones had 19 points for Baylor.
Jones hit a jumper from near the free throw line to get the Bears within a point with 2 minutes left. When the ball was in the air, a foul was called under the basket and Quincy Acy made two free throws for a 59-58 lead.
No. 10 Villanova 78, Delaware 59
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Corey Fisher scored 21 points and Maalik Wayns had 14 to lead No. 10 Villanova to its fourth straight win, 78-59 over Delaware on Saturday night.
The Wildcats (9-1) used a 14-0 run early in the second half to deny Delaware its first win against a Top 25 team. The Wildcats continued to produce long stretches of lethargic basketball and do just enough to beat inferior competition.
James Bell scored eight of his 10 points in the first half to hold off the scrappy Blue Hens (5-3).
Jawan Carter scored 14 points and Jamelle Hagins had 12. Hagins, who entered fourth in Division I with 3.6 blocks per game, had seven against Villanova.
Delaware is 0-26 record against Top 25 teams.
No. 11 San Diego St. 90, UC Santa Barbara 64
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Malcolm Thomas had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and keyed a 17-1 run at the end of the first half that helped San Diego State stay undefeated.
The Aztecs, making a push for their first-ever top 10 ranking, improved to 12-0 for the first time in school history. Their winning streak is second to Duke’s 20-game streak, and they are one of nine undefeated teams left in the country.
UCSB (5-4), coming off a 68-62 win at No. 22 UNLV on Wednesday night, scored only one point in the final 5:04 of the first half. Orlando Johnson and James Nunnally scored 15 apiece for the Gauchos.
The Aztecs made 12 of 24 3-pointers. On Monday night, they missed all 18 shots from behind the arc.
Illinois-Chicago 57, No. 12 Illinois 54
CHICAGO (AP) — Darrin Williams scored five points in the final 1:10 and Illinois-Chicago rallied from an eight-point second-half deficit to end the Illini’s seven-game winning streak.
After a sluggish start, Illinois (10-2) used a 12-0 run to build a 49-41 lead with 7:30 to go and appeared in control. But the Flames (5-7), who led for a good portion of the game, weren’t about to go away in the United Center.
Illinois had won 12 of the 13 previous meetings with the Flames. And the Illini were more than comfortable at the United Center, posting a 32-9 record there dating to 1994-95.
Demetri McCamey led Illinois with 16 points.
Robo Kreps had 15 points for the Flames, who ended a four-game losing streak under first-year coach Howard Moore. Three of losses were by two points.
The Illini shot 32.7 percent, struggling against UIC’s 1-3-1 zone.
No. 13 Missouri 116, Central Arkansas 63
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Marcus Denmon scored 21 points and Laurence Bowers added 20 on 8-of-9 shooting to lead Missouri.
Ricardo Ratliffe scored 18 points and freshman Phil Pressey added 15 points and 11 assists for the Tigers (10-1), who set a Mizzou Arena record for points in a game. The previous record of 107 had been achieved twice in the last two seasons.
Mike Pouncey scored 11 points for the Bears (3-8), who were without starting guard Dewan Clayborn, who was sidelined because of an ankle injury.
The win pushes Missouri’s non-conference home win streak to 54, with all but seven of those coming under Anderson. The 10-1 start is the Tigers’ best in Anderson’s five seasons as coach.
No. 14 Michigan State 90, Prairie View 51
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo served a one-game suspension and Durrell Summers scored a season-high 25 points.
Izzo watched the game on TV from home.
The NCAA forced Izzo to miss a game because the school employed someone associated with a potential recruit during a basketball camp in June. The person was paid $475 for five days to work with middle school-aged campers.
Draymond Green scored 11, had eight rebounds and four assists, Kalin Lucas had 10 points and a season-high eight assists for the Spartans (8-3) and Delvon Roe added 10 points.
No. 15 Georgetown 99, Loyola, Md. 75
WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown shot 78 percent in the first half turning a game against a fellow Jesuit school into little more than a good workout and a welcome break in the middle of exams.
Austin Freeman broke out of a shooting slump to score 14 points for the Hoyas (10-1), who led by 15 points after 10 minutes and by 23 at halftime. The Hoyas made 18 of 23 shots in the first half — and four of the five misses were 3-point attempts.
Justin Drummond scored 21 points for the Greyhounds (4-6), who shot 29 percent in the first half. Loyola is 0-22 all-time against teams ranked in The Associated Press poll, losing all the games by double digits.
Loyola used to beat Georgetown once a while, winning nine of 44 games back when the schools met regularly from 1909-74. The series was renewed this season after a 36-year break.
UCLA 86, No. 16 BYU 79
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Reeves Nelson scored a career-high 23 points for UCLA in the John R. Wooden Classic doubleheader, handing BYU its first loss.
The Bruins (6-4) earned their first quality win of the season after road losses to ranked teams Villanova and Kansas. Tyler Honeycutt added 17 points and Joshua Smith had 15 points and eight rebounds despite both being in foul trouble in the team’s third straight win.
Jimmer Fredette led the Cougars (10-1) with 25 points while in foul trouble and Brandon Davies added 18.
UCLA ended a five-game skid against ranked teams with its first win since beating Washington in 2009. The Bruins improved to 10-4 in the doubleheader named for their late coach, who died in June at 99.
The Bruins opened the second half on an 18-11 run that produced their largest lead, 61-48, capped by Honeycutt’s 3-pointer.
No. 17 Kentucky 85, Mississippi Valley State 60
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Terrence Jones scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half for Kentucky.
Doron Lamb and DeAndre Liggins scored 16 points apiece for the Wildcats (8-2), who played the last 6:26 without coach John Calipari, who got his second career ejection after picking up two technical fouls while arguing with officials.
Kentucky held the Delta Devils (1-9) to 33 percent shooting, forced 23 turnovers and was hardly challenged over the final 30 minutes.
D’Angelo Jackson led the Delta Devils with 17 points. Mississippi Valley coach Sean Woods, a member of “the Unforgettables” while playing at Kentucky under Rick Pitino in the early 1990s, received a warm welcome from the Rupp Arena faithful.
No. 19 Purdue 65, Indiana St. 52
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — JaJuan Johnson scored 25 of his career-high 31 points in the first half for Purdue.
Johnson, a senior center, reached his career high with free throws with 39 seconds remaining. He was 10 of 19 from the field and made 11 of 12 free throws in the game played at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Purdue led 32-30 at halftime, then held Indiana State to 22 points and 32 percent shooting in the second half. E’Twaun Moore scored all of his 16 points in the second half for the Boilermakers (10-1).
Purdue won despite shooting 33 percent from the field. Though Johnson shot well, his teammates combined to make 9 of 38 field goals. The Boilermakers made up for it by outscoring Indiana State 24-7 from the free-throw line.
Dwayne Lathan had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Carl Richard added 11 points and six rebounds for the Sycamores (5-6).
No. 20 Louisville 78, Gardner-Webb 49
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Preston Knowles scored a career-high 24 points and Louisville bounced back from its first loss of the season.
Freshman center Gorgui Dieng added eight points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks in his first career start while reserve Mike Marra broke out of a prolonged slump to score 10 points for the Cardinals (9-1).
Laron Buggs led Gardner-Webb (6-8) with 16 points, but the Runnin’ Bulldogs couldn’t find the same magic they used three years ago when they knocked off Kentucky.
Knowles and Dieng made sure of it, keying a dominant defensive effort that limited Gardner-Webb to 31 percent shooting, blocked 14 shots and came up with seven steals.
The Cardinals took control with a 20-0 run midway through the first half.
No. 22 UNLV 72, Southern Utah 50
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Anthony Marshall scored a career high 17 points to lead UNLV over Southern Utah 72-50 Saturday night.
Freshman forward Carlos Lopez had season-highs of 12 points and 11 rebounds for UNLV (10-2), which had lost its previous two. The Rebels, who never trailed, also won despite shooting 3 of 16 from 3-point range.
Matt Hodgson led Southern Utah (3-8) with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Teammate Jordan Weirick added 10 points. The Thunderbirds were 2 of 11 from 3-point range and made 14 of 29 free throws.
UNLV, which never trailed, went on a 21-3 run that made it 37-13 shortly before letting Southern Utah close out the first half with five straight points.
No. 22 Texas 78, North Carolina 76
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Cory Joseph hit a turnaround jumper over Dexter Strickland with 1.4 seconds for Texas.
Joseph had a season-high 21 points for the Longhorns (9-2), while Jordan Hamilton had a team-high 24 points as Texas trailed for most of the second half before rallying in the final 3 minutes to beat the Tar Heels (7-4) in front of an instate crowd.
Strickland matched his career-high with 18 points for North Carolina. Freshman Harrison Barnes added 16 points, including the tying 3 with 12.7 seconds left.
The Tar Heels inbounded the ball to halfcourt and called a timeout to set up a final play with 0.8 seconds left, but Kendall Marshall managed only a desperation 3 that hit all backboard as the horn sounded.
Hamilton went 10 for 18 from the field, made four 3-pointers and had 10 rebounds.
Tyler Zeller had 14 points for the Tar Heels.
No. 25 Texas A&M 71, Arkansas 62, OT
DALLAS (AP) — Khris Middleton scored 19 of his 31 points after a bench-clearing scuffle early in the second half, including the go-ahead free throw in overtime, and Texas A&M extended its winning streak to seven games.
The first meeting between the old Southwest Conference rivals in 20 seasons got feisty when the Aggies (10-1) were calling a timeout after Arkansas scored the first seven points of the second half. The Razorbacks (7-2) led 42-33 at the time.
It took the officials more than 10 minutes to sort out the situation. They looked at several replays, taking notes on a piece of paper. Arkansas’ Marvell Waithe and Kourtney Roberson of Texas A&M were ejected for coming off the bench and getting involved in the fracas.
The Razorbacks forced overtime when Julysses Nobles made two free throws with 1:06 left.
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