Tuesday's Top 25 Men's College Basketball Capsules
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Alex Oriakhi had 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots as No. 10 Connecticut returned to Big East play with a 67-53 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night.
Kemba Walker finished with 18 points. He has led UConn in scoring in every game this season.
The Huskies (13-2, 2-2), coming off a 82-81 overtime win at No. 12 Texas on Saturday, won their 10th straight against the Scarlet Knights (10-6, 1-3), who were led by Mike Poole’s 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Walker came into the game as the nation’s leading scorer averaging just under 26 points per game. He failed to reach 20 points for just the third time this season, but pulled down six rebounds.
Connecticut led 32-27 at halftime, then opened the second half on a 20-2-run to take control of the game.
The Huskies improved to 18-1 against the Scarlet Knights since Rutgers joined the Big East in 1995.
No. 11 BYU 104, Utah 79
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jimmer Fredettte scored 47 points and Jackson Emery added 20 points and set BYU’s career steals record as the Cougars extended their winning streak to seven games.
BYU (17-1, 3-0 Mountain West) has won four straight and eight of the last nine against Utah.
Will Clyburn had 23 points for the Utes (7-10, 0-3), who came out determined to match BYU’s intensity, and led 15-10 and 23-19.
Then BYU followed with a barrage of 3-pointers. A 3 by Emery pulled BYU within 23-22, and Fredette hit consecutive shots from beyond the arc for a 28-25 BYU lead. Fredette’s three-point play with 5:12 left in the half gave BYU a 38-29 lead.
He scored BYU’s final 13 points of the half, including a 40-footer at the buzzer that put the Cougars up 53-42 and gave him 32 points.
Emery made his 196th career steal at the 12:47 mark of the first half, then passed ahead to Fredette for a layup. He entered the game tied with BYU great Danny Ainge, who set the mark in 1981. Emery added one more steal.
No. 12 Texas 83, Texas Tech 52
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Freshman Tristan Thompson scored 20 points to lift Texas.
Jordan Hamilton added 16 points and Cory Joseph had 15 for the Longhorns (13-3, 1-0 Big 12).
Texas got the ball inside with ease, scoring 50 points in the paint. The Longhorns pulled away midway through the first half and Texas Tech (8-9, 0-2) was unable to counter the Longhorns offense.
The Longhorns came into the game ranked fifth in the nation in field goal defense and easily continued that trend. They held the Red Raiders to 23 field goals on 59 attempts. It was the third-worst shooting performance — 39 percent — by Texas Tech this season.
The Longhorns outscored Texas Tech 24-9 in the first 10 minutes of the second half for a 62-31 lead.
Robert Lewandowski scored 13 points for Texas Tech.
No. 13 Kentucky 78, Auburn 54
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Terrence Jones set a Kentucky freshman record with 35 points.
Jones broke the previous record of 32 points — set by teammate Doron Lamb against Winthrop last month — behind a series of jumpers and layups as Kentucky (13-3, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) easily avoided its first losing streak under coach John Calipari.
The Wildcats built a 19-point lead before the game was 10 minutes old and cruised from there.
Allen Payne led the Tigers (7-9, 0-2) with 15 points but the basketball team couldn’t muster the magic the football team used to win the national championship on Monday night.
Jones made 11 of 17 shots, including four 3-pointers, and grabbed eight rebounds in 30 mostly energetic minutes.
Brandon Knight added 13 points and six assists and Lamb finished with eight points and seven assists.
Penn St. 57, No. 16 Illinois 55
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Andrew Jones converted an offensive rebound with 1 second left and Talor Battle scored 26 points to lead Penn State to its second straight upset of a ranked team.
After a layup by Bill Cole of Illinois tied the game with 20 seconds left, Battle set up for the last shot. His off-balance attempt in the lane bounced off the rim and into the hands of Jones, the 6-foot-10 center who dunked in the go-ahead bucket.
Illinois’ desperation heave downcourt was intercepted by Jones, and the blue-and-white faithful rushed the court despite repeated pleas from the public address announcer not to.
It was the first time Penn State (10-6, 3-2 Big Ten) beat ranked foes in consecutive games since the 1954 NCAA tournament. The Nittany Lions beat then-No. 18 Michigan State 66-62 on Saturday.
Mike Tisdale had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Illinois (13-4, 3-1), which had erased a 12-point first-half deficit.
Michigan St. 64, No. 20 Wisconsin 61, OT
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Draymond Green scored a career-high 26 points, and Kalin Lucas made three free throws in the final minute of overtime to lift Michigan State.
The Spartans scored the final nine points of regulation to tie the game at 53, then outlasted the Badgers (12-4, 2-2 Big Ten) in the extra session. Lucas put Michigan State (11-5, 3-1) up by one with a free throw with 30.2 seconds remaining, and Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor then missed from near the top of the key.
Lucas, who finished with 17 points, added two free throws with 2.2 seconds left, and Taylor missed a desperation shot from midcourt.
Taylor scored 21 points for Wisconsin.
After turning the ball over only 13 times in its first three Big Ten games, Wisconsin gave it away 11 times against the Spartans — including a couple of big mistakes as the Badgers were trying to protect their lead.