Tuesday's Top 25 Men's College Basketball Capsules
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
SAN DIEGO (AP) — D.J. Gay scored 15 points and keyed a 21-3 run in the first half that carried No. 6 San Diego State to an 85-53 win over Utah on Tuesday night.
Billy White scored 15 points while sophomore forward Kawhi Leonard had 12 points and 14 rebounds for his 17th double-double of the season and 34th of his career. The Aztecs (24-1, 9-1 Mountain West) won their fourth straight game since their only loss, 71-58 at BYU on Jan. 26. Freshman reserve guard Jamaal Franklin scored a career-best l3 and Brian Carlwell added 10.
Will Clyburn, the second-leading scorer in the conference at 18.3 points per game, had 18 for Utah (10-14, 3-7).
Gay, a senior guard, played in his 128th consecutive game, the most in school history. He came up big in the 21-3 run, which spanned 4 minutes and helped SDSU go from a 7-6 lead to a 28-9 advantage with 11:32 left before halftime.
No. 14 Purdue 76, Indianan 53
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — E’Twaun Moore scored 25 points and JaJuan Johnson added 15 for Purdue.
This was the first time since 1996-97 that the Boilermakers (19-5, 8-3 Big Ten) have won four straight from the Hoosiers.
Indiana played again without injured sophomore starters Maurice Creek and Christian Watford. Freshman Will Sheehey scored a season-high 14 points and Jordan Hulls finished with 13 to lead the Hoosiers (12-13, 3-9), who fell under the .500 mark for the first time this season. They have lost four straight at Mackey Arena, where they last won March 1, 2006.
Johnson had 15 points and eight rebounds but was 4 of 10 from the field.
Moore hit three 3-pointers and finished 7 of 15 from the field with eight rebounds.
Verdell Jones had 10 points for Indiana, which was trying to beat a ranked team for the third time since Jan. 27.
No. 18 Kentucky 73, Tennessee 61
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — DeAndre Liggins tied a career-high with 19 points and Kentucky ruined Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl’s return to the bench.
Josh Harrellson added 16 points as the Wildcats (17-6, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) broke a modest two-game losing streak by burying the Volunteers with a big run in each half.
Pearl, suspended for Tennessee’s first eight conference games by SEC commissioner Mike Slive as punishment for lying to NCAA investigators during an ongoing probe into the school’s recruiting practices, wore his trademark creamsicle blazer but was more subdued than usual.
Melvin Goins led Tennessee (15-9, 5-4) with 16 points and Scotty Hopson had 11 after missing two games with a left ankle injury but the Volunteers never got going.
Tennessee shot 41 percent from the field, turned it over 14 times and never got closer than five points over the game’s final 30 minutes.