Tuesday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jared Sullinger scored 21 points and three teammates were close behind as No. 2 Ohio State roared out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back in beating third-ranked Duke 85-63 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Buckeyes (7-0) never trailed, weathering a Duke rally in the first half and then leading by 20 for most of the second half.
Austin Rivers had 22 points and Mason Plumlee 16 for the Blue Devils (7-1), coming off wins over ranked opponents Michigan and Kansas in their previous two games.
William Buford scored 20, Deshaun Thomas 18 and Aaron Craft 17 for the Buckeyes, who gave the Big Ten a 4-2 edge in the conference matchups.
Duke came in with a record of 11-1 in ACC/Big Ten games and had beaten its last five Big Ten opponents. The Blue Devils had also won their last four games in which both teams were ranked in the top five.
Craft had eight assists and five rebounds for the Buckeyes, who built a double-digit lead in the first half and were never really threatened the rest of the way.
NO. 4 SYRACUSE 84, EASTERN MICHIGAN 48
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Playing for the first time since assistant coach Bernie Fine was fired, Syracuse remained unbeaten with an easy victory over Eastern Michigan.
Fine has been accused by three men of molesting them and was fired Sunday after 35-plus years on the bench next to coach Jim Boeheim. Fine has denied the allegations.
James Southerland scored 19 points to match his career high for the Orange (7-0).
Boeheim was greeted by a standing ovation when he walked onto the Carrier Dome court that bears his name. First-year Eastern Michigan coach Rob Murphy, an assistant for seven years under Boeheim, greeted the Hall of Famer with a warm hug, and Boeheim received another raucous cheer when he was introduced after the players.
Then, it was back to basketball after a tumultuous weekend of new revelations in the investigation of child molestation allegations against Fine.
Darrell Lampley led the Eagles (4-3) with 19 points.
No. 7 BAYLOR 90, PRAIRIE VIEW 54
WACO, Texas (AP) — Perry Jones III scored 27 points with some high-flying plays in his season debut and No. 7 Baylor wrapped up its season-opening six-game homestand undefeated.
The Bears, after quickly falling behind 11-2, never trailed after Pierre Jackson’s bounce pass to Jones for a one-handed slam dunk that made it 17-16 midway through the first half. That was part of 16 consecutive points by Baylor in a 4-minute spurt when Jones scored nine points.
Jones, the 6-foot-11 sophomore forward who was the preseason Big 12 player of the year, had to sit out the first five games to complete an NCAA suspension for accepting improper benefits before he got to Baylor. His six-game penalty included the Bears’ finale last season in the Big 12 tournament.
Baylor has won all 42 games it has played against SWAC teams, including 12 against Prairie View (2-6). The Bears opened the season with consecutive wins over Texas Southern and Jackson State, also SWAC teams.
VIRGINIA 70, No. 14 MICHIGAN 58
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Mike Scott had 18 points and 11 rebounds Tuesday night and Virginia used a 19-2 run in the second half to take command in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.
The Cavaliers limited Michigan to 44 percent shooting, won the rebounding battle 36-26 and didn’t get careless with the ball as they had in previous games. They had eight turnovers, two after halftime.
Joe Harris added 18 points as the Cavaliers (6-1) went from trailing 39-34 to leading 53-41 with 6:43 remaining. Harris’ floater sparked the burst. Brogdon scored eight points during the run, and Scott had six.
Scott hit back-to-back baskets to break a 41-all tie as the Cavaliers held Michigan scoreless for 6 1/2 minutes, running off 15 consecutive points.
The Wolverines (5-2), who used a 16-10 run starting the second half to match their biggest lead of the game, repeatedly had only one shot on possessions as Virginia crashed the boards.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 75, NO. 23 SAINT LOUIS 68
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LaRon Armstead scored a career-high 22 points, Anthony Ireland added 17 and Jarred DuBois 16 to help Loyola Marymount beat Saint Louis, snapping the Billikens’ six-game winning streak that returned them to the Top 25 for the first time since 1993-94.
The trio combined to go 19 of 20 from the free throw line for the Lions (4-2), whose previous biggest win this season came in their opener when they beat then-No. 17 UCLA by 11 points on the road.
Cody Ellis scored 18 points, including four 3-pointers, for the road-weary Billikens (6-1). They were coming off a tournament title at the 76 Classic in Anaheim, where they beat Boston College, Villanova and Oklahoma.
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