Saturday's Top 25 Men's College Basketball Capsules
Sunday, February 20, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Markieff Morris had 26 points and 15 rebounds and No. 1 Kansas bounced back from a lopsided loss to Kansas State with an 89-63 victory over Colorado.
Brady Morningstar hit his first four 3-pointers to help the Jayhawks (25-2, 10-2 Big 12) get off to a flying start after their brand-new No. 1 ranking was tarnished Monday night by a shocking 84-68 loss at the home of the unranked Wildcats.
It was the 28th straight defeat for the Buffaloes (16-11, 5-7) in Lawrence. Colorado will go into the Pac-10 next year with a 5-52 record in Allen Fieldhouse. The last time the Buffs won, their coach, Tad Boyle, was a sophomore on Larry Brown’s 1983 Jayhawks team.
Alec Burks had 15 points to lead Colorado. Cory Higgins added 14 and Marcus Relphorde 12.
Nebraska 70, No. 3 Texas 67
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Brandon Richardson hit a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds left, and Nebraska beat a team ranked in the top three for the first time since 1994.
The Cornhuskers’ second win over a Top 25 opponent this season broke Texas’ school-record Big 12 winning streak of 11 games. Nebraska downed then-No. 13 Texas A&M 57-48 on Jan. 29.
Richardson led Nebraska (18-8, 6-6) with 15 points, including 10 in the second half. Jordan Hamilton and J’Covan Brown each had 18 to top Texas (23-1, 11-1), while Cory Joseph had 13.
St. John’s 60, No. 4 Pittsburgh 59
NEW YORK (AP) — Dwight Hardy’s underhanded flip with 1.2 seconds to play gave St. John’s its fifth win over a highly ranked team this season.
Hardy, who finished with 19 points, started near midcourt, drove to the right, then went baseline for the shot. It gave the Red Storm (17-9, 9-5 Big East) another marquee win to go with those against then-No. 13 Georgetown, No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 3 Duke and No. 10 Connecticut.
Ashton Gibbs, who missed the last three games with an MCL injury, came back to score 26 for the Panthers (24-3, 12-2), who had won five straight overall.
No. 6 San Diego State 70, Air Force 58
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Malcolm Thomas had 20 points and 13 rebounds to help San Diego State set a school record with their 27th win.
Leonard had 18 points and 15 rebounds as the Aztecs (27-1, 12-1 Mountain West) beat the Falcons (13-12, 4-8) for the seventh straight time.
Michael Lyons scored 18 points for Air Force (13-12, 4-8), which fell to 0-30 against top-10 opponents and 1-71 all-time against ranked teams.
No. 7 BYU 79, TCU 56
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jimmer Fredette scored 23 points despite a tough shooting game, and the Cougars had four other players score in double figures in the rout.
BYU (25-2, 11-1 Mountain West) took control with an 18-4 run to end the first half after Garlon Green’s 3-pointer got the Frogs (10-18, 1-12) within 27-24.
J.R. Cadot scored 17 points for TCU, which has lost 10 straight and 14 of 15 overall.
West Virginia 72, No. 8 Notre Dame 58
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Truck Bryant broke out of a slump by scoring 24 points and West Virginia took command early in the second half to snap the Irish’s seven-game winning streak.
Joe Mazzulla added 16 points, and Kevin Jones had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Mountaineers (17-9, 8-6 Big East).
Ben Hansbrough led Notre Dame (21-5, 10-4) with 19 points. Carleton Scott had 11 for the Irish, who were trying to match their best conference record through 14 games, set in 2000-01.
No. 9 Georgetown 61, South Florida 55
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Chris Wright made six free throws in the final 29.7 seconds to finish with a season-high 26 points to lift the Hoyas to their ninth victory in 10 games.
Georgetown (21-6, 10-5 Big East) rebounded from an eight-point loss to Connecticut, pulling away during an 18-8 surge and hanging on despite getting a season-low four points on 2 of 10 shooting by Austin Freeman, the conference’s third-leading scorer.
Jason Clark was the only other Georgetown player in double figures with 10 points.
Augustus Gilchrist led USF (8-20, 2-13) with 22 points.
No. 12 Arizona 87, Washington 86
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Derrick Williams had 26 points, 13 rebounds and a game-saving block on Darnell Gant with less than a second left to lift the Wildcats.
Lamont Jones had 15 points, and Kevin Parrom and Jesse Perry added 11 each as Arizona (23-4, 12-2 Pac-10) pulled out its 15th straight home win.
Matt Bryan-Amaning led Washington (18-8, 10-5) with 20 points, eight rebounds, six blocked shots and four assists. Isaiah Thomas chipped in 12 points for the Huskies.
No. 15 Villanova 77, DePaul 75, OT
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Corey Fisher scored a career-high 34 points, nailing the tying 3-pointer near the end of regulation and boosting the Wildcats in overtime.
Maalik Wayns added 17 points as Villanova (21-6, 9-5) escaped with a tough win over the Big East’s last-place team. DePaul (7-19, 1-13) had lost 12 straight overall and 25 straight league games before beating Providence on Thursday.
Jeremiah Kelly led DePaul with 25 points. Cleveland Melvin scored 16 and Moses Morgan 15.
No. 17 Syracuse 84, Rutgers 80
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Kris Joseph scored six of his 21 points in overtime, and the Orange held on by making seven free throws in the 63 seconds of the extra session.
The game was tied at 70 after regulation, and Joseph gave the Orange (22-6, 9-6 Big East) a 75-71 lead when he swished a feed from Brandon Triche. Syracuse held on from there.
Rutgers (13-13, 4-10) has lost five of six and fell to 1-22 in games played at Syracuse. The lone victory was Feb. 6, 1975 — the season before Jim Boeheim became head coach of the Orange.
No. 18 Vanderbilt 77, Auburn 60
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — John Jenkins scored 22 points and the Commodores used a 23-4 second-half run to ensure their sixth 20-win campaign during coach Kevin Stallings’ 12 season.
Vanderbilt (20-6, 8-4 SEC) won its fifth straight game, pulling away after Auburn (9-17, 2-10) managed to tie it six minutes into the second half.
Earnest Ross led Auburn with 19 points and Kenny Gabriel added 13.
No. 19 North Carolina 48, Boston College 46
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Tyler Zeller scored 16 points, freshmen Kendall Marshall and Harrison Barnes had 10 each and the Tar Heels held Boston College to a season-low for points.
North Carolina (20-6, 10-2 ACC) overcame its lowest-scoring game under Roy Williams to reach the 20-win mark for the seventh straight season under him.
Joe Trapani and Reggie Jackson scored 13 points apiece for the Eagles (16-10, 6-6), who pulled within 48-46 on Jackson’s 3-pointer with 1:10 left.
No. 20 Missouri 76, Iowa State 70
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Marcus Denmon scored 25 points as the Tigers won their first Big 12 road game of the season and first game away from Columbia since December.
Laurence Bowers added 16 for the Tigers (21-6, 7-5 Big 12), who shot 19 of 24 from the free-throw line, including four straight to go ahead 66-60 with 3:27 left.
Jake Anderson had 17 points for Iowa State (14-13, 1-11), which lost its ninth straight.
No. 21 Texas A&M 67, Oklahoma State 66
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — David Loubeau scored 22 points, B.J. Holmes hit two key free throws in the final seconds as the Aggies continued their recent dominance against the Cowboys.
Texas A&M (21-5, 8-4 Big 12) maintained its hold on third place in the conference standings and extended its winning streak to four games. The Aggies have won three straight against Oklahoma State (16-10, 4-8) and four of the last five in the series.
Reger Dowell scored a career-high 22 points for the Cowboys.
No. 22 Kentucky 90, South Carolina 59
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Darius Miller scored a career-high 22 points, Terrence Jones added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Wildcats remained unbeaten at Rupp Arena under John Calipari.
Kentucky (19-7, 7-5 SEC) scored the game’s first 14 points and led by as much as 36 to push its home winning streak to 32, the second-longest in school history.
Malik Cooke led South Carolina (13-12, 4-7) with 12 points, while leading scorers Bruce Ellington and Sam Muldrow combined for 13 points on 3-of-17 shooting.
No. 24 Xavier 79, Fordham 72
CINCINNATI (AP) — Tu Holloway had his second career triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Xavier.
Mark Lyons added 16 points and Kenny Frease had 14 for the Musketeers (20-6, 11-1 Atlantic 10), who won their fifth straight and 12th in 13 games.
Chris Gaston scored 26 points to lead the Rams (6-18, 0-12), who lost their 14th in a row. Brenton Butler added 21 points and Alberto Estwick chipped in 14 for Fordham.
No. 25 Utah State 75, Saint Mary’s 65
MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Tai Wesley and Brockeith Pane scored 22 points apiece to help No. 25 Utah State bolster its position for an NCAA tournament in a BracketBuster game.
The Aggies (25-3) rallied from a 10-point deficit early in the second half by the strong inside play of Wesley and a tight defense that forced the Gaels (23-6) to miss 16 of their first 20 shots in the second half for their first home loss of the season.
Mickey McConnell scored 16 points and Young added 11 to lead the Gaels, who have dropped consecutive games for the first time all season.