Friday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Saturday, December 31, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Seth Curry scored a season-high 22 points, Austin Rivers added 20 and No. 7 Duke routed Western Michigan 110-70 on Friday night.
Quinn Cook had 16 points and Josh Hairston finished with 13, helping the Blue Devils (11-1) win their fourth straight. They shot 54 percent, held a 50-28 rebounding advantage and used a huge early run and frequent trips to free-throw line to take a 30-point lead in the first half.
Duke hit triple digits for the first time this season after scoring 63 points by halftime, its most in a half since its 66-point second half last year against Colgate.
Matt Stainbrook had 18 points to lead the Broncos (5-8), who had won four straight.
Miles Plumlee had a career-high 15 rebounds and Tyler Thornton added 12 points for the Blue Devils, who won their 42nd in a row at home — only the 46-game winning streak from 1997-2000 was longer — and claimed their 92nd straight win at Cameron against non-ACC teams.
The Blue Devils were playing for just the second time in nearly three weeks.
NO. 8 MISSOURI 75, OLD DOMINION 68
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Marcus Denmon scored 17 of his 19 points after halftime and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 61 seconds to play as Missouri survived a scare against Old Dominion.
Kim English added 16 points for the Tigers (13-0), who continued their best start since opening 19-0 in 1981-82. They got all they could handle in their first true road game under first-year coach Frank Haith from the Colonial Athletic Association power.
Old Dominion (6-7) was spurred on by a raucous sellout crowd and able to match the Tigers physically. The game was tied 67-all before Denmon hit his fourth 3-pointer with 1:01 to go.
Kent Bazemore led Old Dominion with 16 points and Trian Iliadis had 15.
NO. 20 MURRAY STATE 73, EASTERN ILLINOIS 40
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Stacy Wilson scored 16 points to lead Murray State to an easy win over Eastern Illinois.
Jewuan Long added 14 points and three assists for Murray State (14-0, 2-0 Ohio Valley Conference), which hit a season-high 12 3-pointers. Wilson made 4 of 7 from beyond the arc.
Jeremey Granger scored 12 points to lead the Panthers (6-6, 0-1), who have lost four straight and dropped to 5-1 at home.
Murray State, which entered the day as one four unbeaten teams in the country, is off to the program’s best start in 75 years. The Racers opened 16-0 in 1935-36.
NO. 23 VIRGINIA 57, TOWSON 50
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Sammy Zeglinski scored 20 points and Joe Harris added 18 to help Virginia escape against winless Towson.
Mike Scott, Virginia’s leading scorer coming in at 16.3 points per game, was held to just seven as the Cavaliers (12-1) won their 10th straight game despite shooting just 34.8 percent (16 of 46) from the field.
Towson, one of the youngest teams in the nation, was led by freshman Kris Walden’s 15 points, while sophomore Marcus Damas added 13. The Tigers fell to 0-13 and extended their overall losing streak to 32 games dating to last season.
NO. 25 SAN DIEGO ST. 94, REDLANDS 43
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Guard Jamaal Franklin had 26 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double to lead San Diego State over Division III Redlands.
The Aztecs (12-2) won their fifth straight game and matched the second-best start in school history. They made their season debut in the AP Top 25 on Monday. SDSU was ranked all of last season, when it went 34-3 and reached the NCAA regional semifinals before losing to eventual national champion Connecticut.
Brian Kuklok, who’s from suburban Poway, had 11 points to lead Redlands (4-6).
SDSU led 58-24 at halftime.