Wednesday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Thursday, November 10, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Jordin Mayes scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half, Jesse Perry had his second straight double-double and No. 16 Arizona pulled away from Duquesne for a 67-59 victory Wednesday night.
Arizona (2-0) struggled against the Dukes' pressure well into the second half before pulling away on a run triggered by Mayes and its defense.
Mayes scored nine points in a 3-minute span and the Wildcats hounded Duquesne into one tough shot after another. Perry finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Duquesne (0-1) created havoc on defense, as usual, forcing Arizona into 20 turnovers. The Dukes just couldn't hit any shots, going 4 of 25 from 3-point range while shooting 33 percent overall.
Eric Evans and Sean Johnson had 13 points each to lead Duquesne.
No. 20 Texas A&M 81, Liberty 59
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Ray Turner scored a career-high 20 points and Texas A&M shot 65.4 percent from the field while cruising past Liberty in the season opener for both teams.
Texas A&M played without first-year coach Billy Kennedy, on leave following his recent diagnosis of an early stage of Parkinson's disease. Associate head coach Glynn Cyprien has run the team in Kennedy's absence.
Kennedy was at Reed Arena for the game and talked to the team in the locker room afterward, Cyprien said.
Aggies guard Khris Middleton left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury and is day to day, Cyprien said. Middleton played 10 minutes and scored six points.
Texas A&M put away the Flames early with a 24-4 run midway through the first half, building a 37-14 lead at the break before a crowd of 6,118.
Elston Turner had 16 points for the Aggies, who began their 100th season in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. Texas A&M has won 61 straight non-conference home games dating to 2005.