Friday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Saturday, December 3, 2011
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Fourth-ranked Syracuse remained unbeaten with a 72-68 win over No. 10 Florida on Friday night, as coach Jim Boeheim maintained a stoic facade amid an intense federal investigation into his program.
It’s the second game since the firing of longtime associate head coach Bernie Fine, who has been accused by three men — including two former Syracuse ballboys — of molesting them as minors. Fine, who was fired Sunday, has denied the allegations.
Brandon Triche had 20 points and Scoop Jardine finished with 16 and seven assists for the Orange (8-0). Kenny Boynton led Florida (5-2) with 22 points and Erving Walker had 17.
Neither team led by more than six points in a first half that was tied six times. Syracuse took a 31-27 lead into the break.
Jardine hit a runner in the lane as the shot clock neared zero, Kris Joseph fed C.J. Fair for a baseline jumper, and Jardine hit a 3 from the left wing in a span of 2:19. That gave Syracuse a 61-53 lead with 3:52 left and the Gators couldn’t rally back.
NO. 6 LOUISVILLE 62, NO. 20 VANDERBILT 60, OT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Peyton Siva drove through the middle of Vanderbilt’s defense for a layup with 1.4 seconds left in overtime to lift Louisville.
The Cardinals (7-0) rallied from two big deficits — nine in the second half and five in overtime. Kyle Kuric’s 16-footer gave Louisville a 60-58 lead with 34 seconds left.
John Jenkins, who finished with 27 points, hit two free throws for the Commodores (5-3) to tie it with 12.2 seconds left, but Siva broke the defense on a high pick-and-roll and got to the hoop for the game-winning basket to finish with 15 points.
NO. 13 MISSOURI 90, NORTHWESTERN STATE 56
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Marcus Denmon scored a career-high 31 points and Missouri used runs of 18-0 and 24-8 to take control of the game.
Michael Dixon also set a career high with 19 points and Ricardo Ratliffe matched his personal best with 22. The Tigers (7-0) are off to their best start since winning their first nine games during the 2006-07 season.
James Hulbin led the Demons (4-4) with 14 points. Demetrice Jacobs and Louis Ellis added 10 apiece, while William Mosley had eight points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.