Saturday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Sunday, November 20, 2011
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Doron Lamb had 26 points and No. 2 Kentucky routed Penn State 85-47 Saturday in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.
Kyle Wiltjer added 19 points and Terrence Jones had 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Kentucky (3-0), which failed to put five players in double figures for the first time this season.
The Wildcats didn’t need to.
They held Penn State without a field goal for more than 11 1/2 minutes during the first half, opening a 34-point lead, and never looked back.
Tim Frazier had 11 points, six rebounds and six assists to lead Penn State (3-1). The Nittany Lions shot 27 percent from the field, 16 percent in the first half.
NO. 5 SYRACUSE 92, COLGATE 47
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Playing for the first time since an assistant coach was accused of sex abuse, Syracuse romped to an easy win against Colgate.
It was business as usual for the Orange (4-0) on the court, even as the program was trying to come to grips with molestation allegations against assistant coach Bernie Fine.
Syracuse placed Fine on administrative leave “in light of the new allegations” that he molested two former ball boys for years. Fine has dismissed the allegations as “patently false,” and expressed confidence he will be vindicated.
Fine’s usual seat behind coach Jim Boeheim was left vacant. This is Fine’s 36th season working for the head coach, who again defended his friend against the charges.
At the Carrier Dome, a subdued crowd of 21,084 came to watch hoops, not make protest signs or chant for the absent coach.
Fine was listed as associate head coach in the game program and his photo and bio remained. Former Syracuse star Gerry McNamara filled in for him. He played on Syracuse’s 2003 NCAA championship team and was a four-year starter for the Orange.
Fine missed Syracuse’s 46th straight victory against Colgate since 1962, according to STATS LLC.
Dion Waiters scored 16 points, James Southerland had 14 and C.J. Fair 13 for the Orange.
Matt Moore led Colgate (1-2) with 19 points.
No. 8 LOUISVILLE 69, BUTLER 53
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Kuric hit two 3-pointers in the final 5 minutes and finished with 17 points to help Louisville hand Butler a rare defeat at home.
Chris Smith scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half for the Cardinals (3-0), the highest-ranked team to visit Hinkle Fieldhouse since No. 5 North Carolina in 1992.
Kuric was 7 of 11 from the field, including 3 of 6 on 3s. Louisville needed Smith to play well, too, with starting guard Peyton Siva sitting out because of a sprained left ankle and point guards Russ Smith and Elisha Justice in foul trouble.
Butler (1-2) was led by Khyle Marshall with 20 points. It was only the sixth home loss in coach Brad Stevens’ four seasons with the Bulldogs, who lost the NCAA championship game each of the past two years.
NO. 14 WISCONSIN 69, WOFFORD 33
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Josh Gasser scored 16 points and Wisconsin finished the first half on a 19-2 run to take control against Wofford in the first round of the Chicago Invitational Challenge.
Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans each added 13 points for the Badgers (3-0), who led just 13-10 midway through the first half.
Karl Cochran and Kevin Giltner scored 10 points apiece to lead Wofford (1-2), which shot 26 percent. The Terriers were outrebounded 43-22 and outscored in the paint 34-12.
Gasser went 4 for 4 from 3-point range.
NO. 18 VANDERBILT 86, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 79
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — John Jenkins scored 28 points and Vanderbilt closed the game on a 10-2 run to beat North Carolina State in the semifinals of the TicketCity Legends Classic.
Jenkins, who missed the Commodores’ last game with a sprained right ankle, had 20 points in the first half of a game that was close until Vanderbilt (3-1) took the lead for good with a spurt that started with 2:16 to play.
Jeffrey Taylor added 17 points for Vanderbilt and Lance Goulbourne had 15, including 10 in the opening 7 minutes of the second half.
C.J. Leslie scored 20 points for the Wolfpack (2-1). Richard Howell had 16 points and nine rebounds.
PRESBYTERIAN 56, NO. 20 CINCINNATI 54
CINCINNATI (AP) — Khalid Mutakabbir led Presbyterian’s comeback from a 15-point deficit and hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds left, rallying the Blue Hose to a stunning upset of Cincinnati for their biggest win in five years of Division I basketball.
The Blue Hose (3-2) trailed by 15 midway through the second half. Mutakabbir hit one big shot after another, including his 3 from the left wing that gave Presbyterian its first lead of the second half. He matched his career high with 25 points.
Cincinnati (2-1) had the last shot, but point guard Cashmere Wright’s attempt went too hard off the rim, sending the Blue Hose into a celebration at midcourt while the crowd of 4,960 booed.
The Bearcats opened the game in a 1-for-16 shooting slump and made only 35.5 percent for the game.
NO. 22 GONZAGA 73, HAWAII 54
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Robert Sacre had a successful homecoming in Canada, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead Gonzaga past Hawaii.
It was a rare appearance in Vancouver for Sacre, a former British Columbia high school star who is in his final season with the Bulldogs.
Gary Bell had 14 points for Gonzaga (3-0) and another player from Canada, Kevin Pangos of Newmarket, Ontario, added 12.
Shaquille Stokes led Hawaii (1-1) with 17 points.
The game was played at Rogers Arena, home of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks.