Sunday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Monday, November 21, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — John Henson had 18 points and 14 rebounds to help top-ranked North Carolina beat Mississippi Valley State 101-75 on Sunday.
Harrison Barnes also had 18 points for the Tar Heels (3-0), who had little trouble winning their home opener in a ragged game. North Carolina never trailed, led by 14 at halftime then blew the game open in the final 10 minutes to lead by as many as 30.
That's not to say it was a flawless performance. North Carolina struggled to make outside shots and spent most of the game shooting below 50 percent from the foul line. But the Delta Devils (0-3) couldn't take advantage, shooting just 38 percent and 8 for 27 from 3-point range.
Brent Arrington scored 33 points to lead Mississippi Valley State, which is spending the first two months of the season on the road.
NO. 4 CONNECTICUT 87, COPPIN STATE 70
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Shabazz Napier recorded the ninth triple-double in UConn's history with former star Kemba Walker — the last Huskies player to do it — watching from the stands.
Napier had 22 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds, and Jeremy Lamb scored 25 points for the Huskies despite playing on an ankle he sprained in practice Saturday.
UConn (4-0) extended the nation's longest active winning streak to 15 games, a mark that is also the third-longest in school history.
Tony Gallo had 21 points for Coppin State (1-3), which took an early 13-point lead and stayed relatively close for much of the game, thanks in large part to 12 3-pointers.
NO. 16 ALABAMA 65, PURDUE 56
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Trevor Releford scored 20 points and Alabama won the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title while improving to 5-0 for the first time since 2006.
The Crimson Tide point guard added five assists and four rebounds, and Alabama used a 19-4 burst midway through the second half to earn its first regular-season tournament title since winning the Las Vegas Classic in 2007.
Robbie Hummel led Purdue (4-1) with 17 points and Kelsey Barlow added 11.
Tony Mitchell had his 10th double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Crimson Tide, and JaMychal Green added 14 and Levi Randolph had 12.
NO. 21 MARQUETTE 96, MISSISSIPPI 66
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Jae Crowder scored 25 points and Darius Johnson-Odom had 20 to lead Marquette into the finals at the Paradise Jam.
Vander Blue added 11 points for the Golden Eagles (4-0), who will play in the tournament championship Monday against Norfolk State, a 66-53 winner over TCU.
Terrance Henry scored 19 points for Ole Miss (3-1), which shot 25 of 78 from the floor and missed all 14 of its shots from beyond the arc in the first half.
The Golden Eagles led 51-29 at halftime and never looked back after scoring the first six points of the second half.
NO. 25 FLORIDA STATE 80, SOUTH ALABAMA 39
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Luke Loucks scored 18 points and Terrance Shannon had 13 of his 15 in the first half to pace Florida State.
Deividas Dulkys added 12 points, three rebounds, three steals and two blocks for the Seminoles (4-0), who finished with 14 blocks.
Florida State has won four straight games to open a season for the fifth time in Leonard Hamilton's 10 years as coach.
Augustine Rubit scored 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting and pulled down eight rebounds for South Alabama (1-2), which went 0 for 24 from 3-point range and 16 for 68 overall.