Monday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Ralston Turner scored 22 points and LSU extended its winning streak to five games while handing No. 10 Marquette its first loss of the season, 67-59 on Monday night.
Turner hit two clutch 3-pointers in the final 4 minutes to give the Tigers the lead and added two free throws to make it 60-54 with 1:19 to go. Justin Hamilton then closed out a 13-point performance by making seven free throws in the last 53 seconds to ensure the Tigers (8-3) held off a comeback attempt by the Golden Eagles (10-1).
Jae Crowder scored 22 points for Marquette, which came in shooting nearly 50 percent on the season but connected on only 36.2 percent (21 of 58). The Golden Eagles attempted 23 3-pointers, hitting only 8.
LSU shot 53.5 percent (23 of 43), far above their 39 percent mark for the season.
DAVIDSON 80, NO. 12 KANSAS 74
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nik Cochran scored 21 points, including a clutch 3-pointer in the closing minutes, and Davidson exacted a little bit of revenge over an epic NCAA tournament loss three years ago.
JP Kuhlman added 15 points and De'Mon Brooks had 13 for the Wildcats (7-3), who led the final 23-plus minutes to knock off the defending Big 12 champs at the Sprint Center.
It was the first meeting between the schools since the NCAA regional final in 2008, when Stephen Curry led the Wildcats on an inspired postseason run. Kansas managed a 59-57 victory when a last-second shot by Davidson's Jason Richards clanked off the rim, and the Jayhawks would go on to win the fifth national championship in school history.
Thomas Robinson had 21 points and 18 rebounds for the Jayhawks (7-3) and Tyshawn Taylor came back from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee to get 15 points and seven assists.
NO. 5 NORTH CAROLINA 99, NICHOLLS ST. 49
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Dexter Strickland scored 14 points to lead North Carolina.
Freshman James Michael McAdoo added a season-high 14 off the bench for the Tar Heels (10-2), who dominated the undersized and overmatched Colonels for their fourth straight victory. North Carolina had a miserable shooting start and missed a bunch of free throws, but the Tar Heels snatched away every loose rebound to get plenty of extra looks.
They finished with a 72-35 advantage, including 31 on the offensive glass that led to 36 second-chance points.
The 31 offensive boards were second-most in program history. The Tar Heels had 39 rebounds by halftime to match or exceed their total for six games this season, and their 72 for the game were tied for second in school history and the program's most since 1954.
Bryan Hammond scored 15 to lead Nicholls State (4-8), which didn't manage a point for the first 5½ minutes and shot just 31 percent for the game.
NO. 6 BAYLOR 95, PAUL QUINN 54
WACO, Texas (AP) — Quincy Acy had 24 points and seven of Baylor's 17 dunks as the Bears defeated Paul Quinn College for their 10th consecutive victory.
Baylor (10-0) has won its first 10 games for only the second time, the best start in team history being 12-0 in 2000-01. The Bears have won 50 of their last 53 non-conference home games over the past six seasons.
Darrell Augustine had 15 points for Paul Quinn, an NAIA school from Dallas that counted the game as an exhibition and not against its 2-7 record.
Brady Heslip added 12 points on four 3-pointers while Anthony Jones had 10 points.
NO. 7 DUKE 90, UNC GREENSBORO 63
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Quinn Cook scored all of his season-high 14 points in the second half as Duke routed UNC Greensboro.
Mason Plumlee had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Austin Rivers added 14 points for the Blue Devils (10-1). They shot 54 percent from the field, shook off a sluggish start and overcame 18 turnovers to win their third straight since the one-sided loss at No. 2 Ohio State.
Kyle Randall scored 12 points but the Spartans (2-10) shot just 34.5 percent in the second half in losing their seventh straight. The last two have come under interim coach Wes Miller, a former North Carolina guard who took over last week.
NO. 11 FLORIDA 82, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ST. 54
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Erving Walker scored 19 points, one of five starters in double figures, and Florida overwhelmed Mississippi Valley State.
Kenny Boynton (16), Bradley Beal (13), Patric Young (12) and Erik Murphy (11) also scored in double digits for the Gators (9-2), who extended their home winning streak to 11.
Florida made its first eight shots, opened a 20-point lead midway through the first half and did anything it wanted against the overmatched Delta Devils (1-9).
Cor-J Cox led Mississippi Valley State with 16 points.
NO. 17 INDIANA 107, HOWARD 50
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Jordan Hulls scored 16 points and five of his teammates also reached double figures as Indiana celebrated its 500th appearance in The Associated Press' Top 25 with a rout of Howard University.
The Hoosiers (11-0) shot 67.3 percent from the field, hit 11 3-pointers and forced 19 turnovers. Indiana fell eight points short of the school record for largest victory margin.
The Hoosiers are 11-0 for the first time since the 1975-76 squad went 32-0 and became the last Division I men's team to complete an undefeated season.
Howard (3-9) played without leading scorer Calvin Thompson. Simuel Frazier had 13 points for the Bison, who shot 30.6 percent from the field.
NO. 19 MICHIGAN ST. 89, UMKC 54
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Branden Dawson got off to a great start in the first few minutes and scored a career-high 16 points to lead Michigan State past UMKC.
Dawson had eight quick points and finished 8 for 12 from the field for the Spartans (10-2), who have won 10 straight.
Brandon Wood also had 16 points, including 3-for-3 shooting from 3-point range, as Michigan State grabbed a 16-2 lead and never led by fewer than 10 points again. Draymond Green added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans, his sixth double-double this season.
Trinity Hall scored 16 points for the Kangaroos (7-6), who had won six of seven after a 46-point loss at Wisconsin.
NO. 21 UNLV 81, LOUISIANA-MONROE 63
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Senior forward Chace Stanback was 8 of 9 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 29 points to lead UNLV.
Carlos Lopez had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Runnin' Rebels (12-2), while Oscar Bellfield had 10 points and four steals. UNLV was 14 of 23 from 3-point range (60 percent) and shot 58 percent overall.
UNLV, which returned to the Top 25 earlier in the day after being out for two weeks, had 11 steals and seven blocks. the Rebels led by as many as 29 points in the second half.
Steve McClellan led Louisiana-Monroe (1-11) with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Hugh Mingo added 15 points.
NO. 23 CREIGHTON 83, TULSA 64
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Sophomore Doug McDermott scored a career-high 35 points and Creighton routed Tulsa.
The 6-foot-7 McDermott had 19 points in the first half on a variety of low-post bank shots as Tulsa elected not to double-team the nation's second-leading scorer.
McDermott finished 16 of 23 from the field and made both of his 3-point attempts.
The Bluejays (9-1) trailed 20-19 but went on an 8-0 run spurred by three baskets by Antoine Young. McDermott scored Creighton's final 11 points of the half as the Bluejays took a 42-34 lead.
Jordan Clarkson scored 14 points for Tulsa (5-7), which lost for the seventh time in nine games.
NO. 25 ILLINOIS 64, CORNELL 60
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Meyers Leonard had 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, overcoming a back injury to lead Illinois over Cornell.
After trailing for most of the game, Illinois (11-1) was sparked by D.J. Richardson's nine points in the second half and narrowly avoided its second consecutive loss.
Josh Figini scored all 14 of his points in the first half to lead Cornell (4-5). The forward sat out the last 7 minutes of the half after picking up two fouls and was limited the rest of the game.
Illinois opened the second half 1 for 13 from the field and fell behind 42-36, then put together a 14-6 run to regain the lead. The teams exchanged leads until the final minute, when Richardson hit a pull-up jumper with 17 seconds left to put Illinois ahead 62-58.
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