Saturday's Top 25 Men's College Basketball Capsules
Sunday, January 9, 2011
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Kris Joseph scored 17 points and Brandon Triche had all 15 of his in the second half to lead No. 4 Syracuse to a 61-56 victory over Seton Hall on Saturday in a game in which both teams struggled offensively.
Scoop Jardine added 12 points and Rick Jackson had nine points and 14 rebounds for the Orange (16-0, 3-0 Big East), who entered the game as one of the last seven unbeaten teams in Division I.
The Orange’s last 16-0 start was in 1999-2000, when they won their first 19 games of the season.
Jeff Robinson had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Herb Pope had 14 points and 20 rebounds for Seton Hall (7-9, 1-3), which has lost three straight and six of seven.
No. 5 Pittsburgh 89, Marquette 81
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ashton Gibbs scored 19 points and Brad Wanamaker led a first-half surge in which Pittsburgh rapidly opened up a 16-point lead, carrying the hot-shooting Panthers past Marquette.
Wanamaker scored 15 points and Gilbert Brown added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Panthers (15-1, 3-0 in Big East), who were tied at 26 before going on a 22-6 run lasting six minutes that put them ahead 48-32.
Darius Johnson-Odom scored 20 points, Dwight Buycks had 19 and Jimmy Butler 17 for Marquette (11-5, 2-1), which had four players in double figures yet still lost its fourth in a row against Pittsburgh in Big East play.
With Pitt shooting a season-high 60 percent, the Panthers maintained a double-digit lead throughout most of the second half. Pitt won its 18th in a row and 49th in its last 50 at home.
No. 6 San Diego State 71, Utah 62
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points, D.J. Gay hit four 3-pointers in the second half and San Diego State survived a scare from Utah to remain undefeated.
The Utes, who came in on a five-game losing streak, led 34-33 at halftime thanks to Will Clyburn’s 14 points.
But then Gay, who was making his 100th career start despite a leg injury, found his shot. His back-to-back 3-pointers capped a 13-5 run to open the second half that gave the Aztecs a 46-39 lead.
After Utah pulled within 57-56 on a layup by J.J. O’Brien with 8:45 left, Gay fueled a 10-0 run with two more 3-pointers to extend San Diego State’s lead to 67-56.
The win improved San Diego State to 17-0 (2-0 Mountain West Conference), while Utah fell to 7-9 (0-2).
Josh Watkins led Utah with 24 points.
No. 8 Connecticut 82, No. 12 Texas 81, OT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Kemba Walker, the nation’s leading scorer, made a 15-foot jumper with 5 seconds left in overtime to lift Connecticut over Texas.
The Longhorns quickly moved the ball to midcourt before calling timeout, but freshman Cory Joseph’s juggling 3-pointer after the inbound pass fell well short.
Walker shot 8 for 27 and finished with 22 points against a tough defensive effort.
Connecticut (12-2) ended Texas’ 27-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents. Jordan Hamilton and J’Covan Brown each scored 20 points for the Longhorns (12-3).
Alex Oriaki had a career-high 21 rebounds for the Huskies.
Colorado 89, No. 9 Missouri 76
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Super sophomore Alec Burks scored a career-high 36 points and Colorado beat Missouri in their final Big 12 opener.
The Buffaloes (12-4, 1-0), who join the expanded Pac-12 next season, snapped a streak of 13 straight losses in conference openers going back to 1997.
The Tigers (14-2, 0-1) had won nine straight games overall and nine in a row against the Buffaloes, whose last win over a top-10 team was a 93-80 upset of third-ranked Texas on Feb. 4, 2003.
The Buffs took control early behind Burks and a solid supporting cast. Cory Higgins scored 18, Levi Knutson added 13 and Austin Dufault had 12. Michael Dixon Jr.’s 17 points led the Tigers, who were outrebounded 47-33.
Georgia 77, No. 10 Kentucky 70
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Trey Thompkins scored 25 points and Georgia pulled away from Kentucky for its ninth straight win.
The Bulldogs (12-2) stamped themselves as a contender in their Southeastern Conference opener, snapping a seven-game winning streak by the Wildcats (12-3, 0-1) in the biggest win of coach Mark Fox’s two-year tenure.
Thompkins hit a key one-handed shot from the baseline with 2:40 remaining, giving Georgia a 66-59 lead after it had squandered an 11-point halftime advantage. From there, the Bulldogs clinched it at the line, hitting 11 of 12 free throws.
Terrence Jones led Kentucky with 24 points, but three teammates fouled out in the closing minutes. The Wildcats shot only 38 percent from the field in putting up their second-lowest total of the season, nearly 10 points below their average.
West Virginia 65, No. 13 Georgetown 59
WASHINGTON (AP) — Casey Mitchell scored 28 points and West Virginia forced 18 turnovers, taking advantage of another subpar game from Georgetown’s top seniors.
Mitchell had his best Big East game yet for what is already a spark-plug season for the senior, whose scoring average has risen from 3.7 points last season to 17.6 this season. The National Junior College Athletic Association player of the year at Chipola College in 2009, Mitchell went 10 of 19 from the field, including 4 for 7 from 3-point range.
Kevin Jones added 15 points for the Mountaineers (10-4, 2-2) in a rematch of last year’s Big East tournament championship game, won by West Virginia 60-58.
Jason Clark scored 16 points to lead the Hoyas (12-4, 1-3), off to their worst Big East start since the 2003-04 season, Craig Esherick’s last as coach.
No. 14 Notre Dame 76, St. John’s 61
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ben Hansbrough scored 26 points, making four 3-pointers, and Notre Dame beat St. John’s 76-61 to end the Red Storm’s five-game winning streak and hand them their first Big East loss.
Tim Abromaitis and Scott Martin added 12 points each for the Irish (14-2, 3-1 Big East), and Abromaitis had nine rebounds. Notre Dame improved to 11-0 at home, delighting the Joyce Center crowd that turned out despite a storm that dumped nearly 3 feet of snow on the South Bend area.
Justin Brownlee led St. John’s (10-4, 3-1) with 17 points and seven rebounds. But unlike the last five games, when four players averaged double figures, he didn’t get much help. Dwayne Polee II (12 points) was the only other player in double figures, and St. John’s shot just 38 percent.
No. 15 BYU 76, Air Force 66
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Jimmer Fredette scored 22 points, Jackson Emery tied Danny Ainge as BYU’s career steals leader and the Cougars beat Air Force.
Noah Hartsock had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Brandon Davies added 10 points and six boards for BYU (16-1, 2-0 Mountain West Conference).
Michael Lyons scored 14 points and Mike Fitzgerald added a career-high 13 for Air Force (10-5, 1-1).
Fredette had 13 points after the break to stretch the Cougars’ seven-point halftime lead to 18 midway through the second half.
No. 16 Texas A&M 69, Oklahoma 51
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Khris Middleton had 16 points and five assists as Texas A&M won its 11th straight game, beating Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.
Texas A&M matched the third-longest winning streak in school history and handed Oklahoma its first loss in nine games this season at Lloyd Noble Center. The Aggies have won six of their last nine against Oklahoma (8-7, 0-1) after losing 25 of their first 26 matchups.
The Aggies (14-1, 1-0), who shot 54 percent from the field, have won four of their last five Big 12 openers.
Andrew Fitzgerald scored 17 points to lead Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State 76, No. 17 Kansas State 62
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Jean-Paul Olukemi scored a career-high 22 points in his Big 12 debut and fueled a big second-half run.
Olukemi provided 11 points during a 27-7 surge that propelled the Cowboys (13-2, 1-0 Big 12) into the lead while Kansas State (12-4, 0-1) failed to score a basket for nearly eight minutes.
Preseason All-America guard Jacob Pullen scored 20 points and Rodney McGruder added 19 to lead the Wildcats as the preseason conference favorites played their fifth straight game without suspended No. 2 scorer Curtis Kelly.
K-State had its top four remaining frontcourt players foul out, and no one was able to make up for the absence of Kelly. The Wildcats lost in Gallagher-Iba Arena for the 11th straight time since 1994 — before the start of Big 12 play.
Penn State 66, No. 18 Michigan State 62
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Andrew Jones had 16 points and Talor Battle hit an off-balance jumper with 18 seconds left.
The Spartans (10-5, 2-1 Big Ten) had one last shot to tie, but Durrell Summers’ 3 from the corner with 10 seconds left sailed wide, and Tim Frazier hit 1 of 2 from the foul line to seal the win in an entertaining game.
The teams traded buckets down the stretch, none bigger than Jones’ tip-in with two minutes left. Jones hit a foul shot a minute later for a 63-61 lead.
After Summers hit a foul shot, Penn State (9-6, 2-2) put the ball in the hands of its star guard. Battle shook off Korie Lucious, then hit his 12-footer near the baseline for a 65-62 lead as fans in the Jordan Center erupted in delight.
Summers finished with 21 and Kalin Lucas added 14 for the Spartans.
Houston 76, No. 19 Central Florida 71
HOUSTON (AP) — Kirk Van Slyke scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half as Houston built a big early lead and handed the Knights their first loss of the season.
Zamal Nixon also had 17 points for Houston (9-6, 1-1 Conference USA). Maurice McNeil scored 15 and Alandise Harris added 14.
Keith Clanton and Tom Herzog each scored 13 points for UCF (14-1, 1-1). Leading scorer Marcus Jordan, son of former NBA great Michael Jordan, was held to 10.
Strong shooting and pressure defense gave Houston control from the start as Van Slyke led the Cougars to a 22-8 lead.
On the other end, Jordan, averaging 16.7 points per game, missed his first five field goal attempts, and frustration mounted. Jordan tangled for a loose ball with Houston’s Darian Thibodeaux midway through the first half and both players had to be restrained.
No. 21 Memphis 61, East Carolina 58
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tarik Black had 12 points and seven rebounds and No. 21 Memphis survived another scare.
Will Coleman added 11 points for the Tigers (12-3, 1-0), who did not have a field goal in the final 5:23 of the game, and didn’t help themselves by hitting on 6 of their 11 free throws over that stretch.
That allowed the Pirates (8-7, 0-1) to stay within striking distance. East Carolina had a chance at the last shot to tie the game. But Chris Crawford stole the ball on the possession, ending the threat.
Darrius Morrow led East Carolina with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Jamar Abrams added 15. Brock Young scored 10 for East Carolina, which lost its second straight.
South Carolina 83, No. 22 Vanderbilt 75, OT
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sam Muldrow had the second triple-double in South Carolina history and freshman Bruce Ellington scored 22 points in his Southeastern Conference debut to lead South Carolina over Vanderbilt.
Muldrow had 16 points, 14 rebounds and a career-best 10 blocked shots.
The Gamecocks (10-4, 1-0) never led in regulation, but used a 20-9 run to come back after trailing 63-52 with 8:42 left. Ellington’s layup on the first possession of overtime gave them a lead they never relinquished and his quick pass to Muldrow for an open 3-pointer put South Carolina up 81-75 with 2:18 to go.
John Jenkins lad Vanderbilt (11-3, 0-1) with 27 points after missing the previous last game with a concussion.
No. 23 Washington 103, Oregon State 72
SEATTLE (AP) — Matthew Bryan-Amaning had 24 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for Washington.
Jared Cunningham led Oregon State (7-8, 2-2) with 21 points. Roberto Nelson had 15 points.
Washington (12-3) is 4-0 in the Pac-10 for the first time since winning its first six in 1984.
The Beavers led 37-28 in the first half, but Washington closed out the half with a 12-2 run.
The Huskies kept it up after halftime, opening with a 16-2 run before Beavers coach Craig Robinson called a timeout to regroup with 16:05 left. Bryan-Amaning had eight points during the surge.
No. 25 UNLV 83, TCU 49
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tre’Von Willis had 22 points, seven rebounds and five steals to lead UNLV past TCU.
Chace Stanback added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Rebels (13-3, 1-1 Mountain West Conference), who opened a 49-28 lead in a dominant first half as the Horned Frogs (9-8, 0-2) committed 14 turnovers to only three for UNLV.
The Rebels went on a 24-0 run that gave them a 32-12 lead with 7:55 left in the opening half.
Garlon Green led TCU with 11 points and six rebounds.
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