Wednesday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Thursday, November 24, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Terrence Jones scored 17 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 15 points and nine rebounds to help No. 2 Kentucky beat Radford 88-40 on Wednesday night in the Wildcats' first home game in nearly two weeks.
Kentucky (5-0) improved to 35-0 at Rupp Arena since John Calipari took over as coach in 2009 and has a final tuneup against Portland on Saturday before St. John's comes to town Dec. 1 and No. 1 North Carolina visits two days later.
Radford (3-4) struggled against Kentucky's defensive pressure and athleticism. The Highlanders missed their first 12 shots and committed eight turnovers before finally scoring nearly 10 minutes into the game. They finished 2 of 25 from 3-point range.
NO. 6 DUKE 68, NO. 14 KANSAS 61
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Tyler Thornton hit an off-balance 3-pointer with 20 seconds left, his second in the closing minute, to lift Duke past Kansas for its fifth Maui Invitational title.
The Blue Devils and Jayhawks traded leads 16 times in a battle of basketball behemoths before Thornton unleashed his pair of 3s — the first with 1:10 left, the second with the shot clock winding down.
Duke (7-0) remained undefeated at the Maui Invitational, running its record to 15-0. Mason Plumlee had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Ryan Kelly added 17 points.
Kansas (4-1) counterpunched with Duke until the end, when it couldn't stop Thornton — even with a hand in his face.
Thomas Robinson had 16 points and 15 rebounds, and Jeff Withey had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Tyshawn Taylor had 17 points, but 11 of Kansas' 17 turnovers.
NO. 3 OHIO STATE 107, VMI 74
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — William Buford scored 23 points and Jared Sullinger added 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Ohio State past VMI.
Aaron Craft had 13 points and eight assists, Deshaun Thomas 11 points and J.D. Weatherspoon 10 points for the Buckeyes (5-0), who shot 68 percent from the field.
Buford, the only senior on Ohio State's roster, had hit just 8 of 23 field-goal attempts in Ohio State's last two games and was shooting 41.7 percent from the field on the season. He made 10 of 16 shots from the field, including both 3-point attempts, and his only foul shot.
Keith Gabriel led VMI (3-2) with 21 points, with Ron Burks adding 19.
NO. 5 SYRACUSE 69, VIRGINIA TECH 58
NEW YORK (AP) — C.J. Fair and Dion Waters combined for 21 points in the second half — 19 more than they had in the opening 20 minutes — and Syracuse pulled away for a victory over Virginia Tech in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.
Kris Joseph had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Brandon Triche added 18 points for the Orange (5-0), who will play Stanford in the championship game Friday night. The Cardinal beat Oklahoma State 82-67.
Fair finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Waiters scored 11 for Syracuse, which had a 36-16 advantage in the paint and piled up 42 points in the second half.
Jarrell Eddie had 17 points for the Hokies (3-1).
GEORGETOWN 91, NO. 8 MEMPHIS 88, OT
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Jason Clark hit a big 3-pointer in overtime and scored 26 points, helping Georgetown hold off Memphis in the fifth-place game of the Maui Invitational.
The Hoyas (4-1) went up 90-86 in overtime after Clark hit a 3 with 51 seconds left and Markel Starks followed with two free throws.
The Tigers (2-2) cut the lead to two on Stan Simpson's two free throws and had a shot to tie after Georgetown's Hollis Thompson made just 1 of 2 at the other end. But Memphis didn't get a good look at the end of regulation and did it again in overtime, with Antonio Barton's 3-pointer coming up well short at the buzzer.
Henry Sims had 24 points and eight rebounds for Georgetown, while Thompson and Starks scored 12 each.
Will Barton led Memphis with 22 points and Joe Jackson added 20.
NO. 9 BAYLOR 75, TEXAS-ARLINGTON 65
WACO, Texas (AP) — Quincy Miller had 17 points and 11 rebounds as Baylor won its second home game in less than 24 hours, beating Texas-Arlington.
It was the first career double-double for the 6-foot-9 freshman forward, who led five players in double figures for Baylor (5-0). Quincy Acy also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Pierre Jackson added 16 points for the Bears, while Brady Heslip had 12 points on four 3-pointers.
LaMarcus Reed III had 21 points with four 3-pointers to lead Texas-Arlington (3-1), which was also coming off a Tuesday night victory at home. Bo Ingram had 14 points.
NO. 13 ALABAMA 82, ALABAMA A&M 45
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Charles Hankerson Jr. had 16 points and nine rebounds, Nick Jacobs added 15 points and 10 rebounds and Alabama beat Alabama A&M to win its 23rd straight home game.
Rodney Cooper scored 15 points, Trevor Lacey had 12 points and Levi Randolph 11 for the Crimson Tide (6-0).
Demarquelle Tabb had 11 points and seven rebounds, and Casey Canty had 10 points for Alabama A&M.
After winning the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament, the Crimson Tide (6-0) entered the game sporting one of the nation's top defenses, holding opponents to 51.8 points a game, 14th-best in the nation. They improved on that against the outclassed Bulldogs (2-2).
NO. 15 MICHIGAN 79, UCLA 63
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Zack Novak scored a career-high 22 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 and Michigan rolled over UCLA 79-63 for third place in the Maui Invitational.
Michigan (5-1) played well at both ends to build a modest lead in the first half and ran away with it in the second. The Wolverines made 15 of 23 shots in the second half and hit 62 percent overall to bounce back from a tough loss to No. 6 Duke in the semifinals.
Jon Horford scored all 12 of his points in the first half for Michigan.
UCLA (1-4) came to Maui with two embarrassing losses and headed back home with two tough ones to continue one of its worst starts in years. Travis Wear had 16 points for the Bruins, who shot 4 of 17 from 3-point range.
SAN DIEGO STATE 61, NO. 23 ARIZONA 57
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Chase Tapley scored 17 points and San Diego State never trailed, bolting to a 17-point lead in the opening minutes for a victory that ended Arizona's 22-game home winning streak.
James Rahon added 13 points for the Aztecs, playing on the same court where they advanced to the NCAA regional semifinals last season.
The difference came from long range. San Diego State (6-1) made 8 of 12 3-pointers — 3 of 4 by Tapley — to 5 of 26 for the Wildcats (4-2), who lost their second in a row.
Solomon Hill scored 14 for Arizona, but was just 4 of 12 from the field as the Wildcats shot 33 percent overall.