Tuesday's Top 25 Men's College Basketball Capsules
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — David Lighty scored 13 of No. 2 Ohio State’s first 16 points and sat out most of the second half, finishing with 29 points to lead the Buckeyes past UNC Asheville 96-49 on Tuesday night.
Lighty, who came in averaging 11.6 points, had 23 at halftime. He left with 10:23 left — one shy of his career high — and did not return.
William Buford added 14 points, Deshaun Thomas 13 and Jared Sullinger had nine points and 16 rebounds for the Buckeyes (11-0).
J.D. Primm had 15 points, D.J. Cunningham 13 and Chris Stephenson 11 for the Bulldogs (5-6).
Lighty hadn’t hit double figures in his past four games but had that covered in the opening 2:45.
He almost outscored the Bulldogs in the opening half by himself. He hit nine of 12 shots from the field, including five of seven 3-pointers as the Buckeyes led 48-24.
No. 7 San Diego State 62, San Francisco 56
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to keep San Diego State undefeated with a victory over San Francisco.
D.J. Gay added 14 points for the Aztecs in a Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic game filled with turnovers, missed shots and shaky defense.
Neither team went ahead by more than one score during the second half until Malcolm Thomas hit a layup with less than 4 minutes left to give San Diego State (13-0) a 53-48 advantage.
Michael Williams had 16 points for the Dons (4-7).
UNLV 63, No. 11 Kansas State 59
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tre’Von Willis scored 16 points and Oscar Bellfield hit a key 3-pointer with 70 seconds left, leading UNLV past a Kansas State team whose two best players were suspended shortly before the game.
The NCAA, citing receipt of impermissible benefits, told point guard Jacob Pullen, a four-year starter and preseason All-American, to sit out three games. Curtis Kelly, the Wildcats’ only other senior, also was told not to play and Kansas State said the extent of his punishment would be decided later.
The Wildcats (9-3) had trouble adjusting to the absence of their senior leaders and top two scorers and lost their second in a row.
Bellfield’s 3-pointer gave the Runnin’ Rebels (11-2) a 59-54 lead.
Martavious Irving’s running layup sliced the lead to 59-56, but Willis had two foul shots and Bellfield hit one in the final seconds to seal the victory over the highest-ranked team the Rebels had played in the regular season in more than three years.
No. 14 Purdue 77, IPFW 52
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — JaJuan Johnson had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead Purdue over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne.
D.J. Byrd scored all 15 of his points in the second half, E’Twaun Moore had 11 points, six assists and five steals and Lewis Jackson had eight points and eight assists for the Boilermakers (11-1).
Purdue has won six straight and allowed just 51.8 points per game during the streak. The Boilermakers held the Mastodons (7-4) to 35 percent shooting and forced 17 turnovers.
Oleg Kovalov scored a career-high 12 points and made all four of his 3-point tries for IPFW, which had won six of seven.
IPFW made nine of 24 3-pointers, but only nine of 28 shots inside the arc.
Southern California 65, No. 19 Tennessee 64
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Maurice Jones scored 15 points and Southern California held off a late run by Tennessee.
It was the Trojans’ first road win in seven attempts, dating to a Feb. 18 victory at Washington last season, and it came three days after they lost at No. 3 Kansas by two points. USC coach Kevin O’Neill got his second straight win over Tennessee, the team he coached from 1994-97.
Meanwhile, the Volunteers (7-3) dropped their third straight after beating then-No. 3 Pittsburgh for a 7-0 start. It was only their fourth non-conference loss in coach Bruce Pearl’s six seasons.
Donte Smith hit a 3-pointer from the wing over the heads of three Tennessee defenders to give the Trojans (7-5) a 65-60 lead with 2:13 left. He missed another with a minute left.
No. 23 BYU 72, Weber State 66
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Jimmer Fredette scored 28 points, including a pair of important free throws down the stretch, and BYU held off Weber State.
The Cougars (11-1) bounced back from an 86-79 loss to UCLA on Saturday.
The game was supposed to feature a marquee matchup of point guards, with two NBA scouts on hand to watch Fredette and Weber State star Damian Lillard. But Lillard, who was leading the Big Sky Conference in scoring at 21.5 points per game, sustained a season-ending foot injury last week and is scheduled to undergo surgery Sunday.
Scott Bamforth, who moved into the starting lineup after Lillard’s injury, led the Wildcats (6-5) with 17 points. After trailing by 17 in the second half, they pulled within 67-63 on his 3-pointer with 2:30 to play.
Fredette scored 20 in the second half and hit five 3-pointers.
No. 25 Texas A&M 86, Wagner 51
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — David Loubeau scored 16 points and Texas A&M beat Wagner for its eighth consecutive victory.
B.J. Holmes added 12 points for the Aggies (11-1).
Chris Martin scored 17 points to lead the Seahawks (4-7), who have lost four straight.
Texas A&M outscored Wagner 22-4 in the paint though the first 20 minutes and led 40-20 at halftime. The Aggies outrebounded Wagner 47-20, including 16-3 on the offensive end.
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