Tuesday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Mark Lyons scored 17 points, Grant Jerrett added 15 and No. 4 Arizona showed no signs of a letdown after its biggest win of the season, rolling over Oral Roberts 89-64 Tuesday night.
Arizona (9-0) pulled off an improbable victory over then-No. 5 Florida on Saturday and leaves for a tournament in Hawaii on Thursday. The Wildcats had no trouble keeping their focus, racing out to a 17-point first-half lead and shooting 57 percent overall.
Brandon Ashley added 14 points for Arizona, off to its best start since opening 12-0 in 1987-88.
Oral Roberts (5-5) has a history of knocking off power programs, but never had a shot against the rolling Wildcats.
The Golden Eagles shot 38 percent and leading scorer Warren Niles was frustrated most of the night, turning it over eight times and scoring most of his 22 points after the game was out of reach.
Shawn Glover added 18 points for Oral Roberts.
NO. 7 OHIO ST. 65, WINTHROP 55
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Deshaun Thomas scored 21 points — missing nine straight shots at one point and making five in a row at another — to lead Ohio State past Winthrop.
It was the last tuneup for the Buckeyes (9-1) before Saturday's rematch with No. 9 Kansas. The Jayhawks beat them twice last year, once at Allen Fieldhouse and then in the Final Four.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 14 points for the Buckeyes, who have won four in a row, all at home, since a 73-68 defeat at No. 2 Duke on Nov. 28 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Thomas added nine rebounds and a career-high four assists.
Derrick Henry scored 12 points to lead Winthrop (4-5).
NO. 9 KANSAS 87, RICHMOND 59
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Jeff Withey had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Ben McLemore added 14 points and Kansas used another big first-half run to put away Richmond.
Travis Releford and Naadir Tharpe each added 11 points, and Elijah Johnson had seven assists for the Jayhawks (9-1), who will ride an eight-game win streak into Saturday's showdown at No. 7 Ohio State — a rematch of last year's national semifinal won by Kansas.
The Jayhawks used an 18-0 first-half run to bury the Spiders, allowing them to push their home winning streak to 28 games, tied for the sixth-longest in school history.
Derrick Williams had 14 points and Cedrick Lindsay finished with 12 for the Spiders (9-3).
NO. 18 SAN DIEGO ST. 76, POINT LOMA NAZARENE 49
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Xavier Thames scored 17 points and Chase Tapley added 15 as San Diego State beat Point Loma Nazarene, the Aztecs' ninth straight win since opening with a loss to No. 3 Syracuse.
SDSU (9-1) was just fine without leading scorer Jamaal Franklin, who sat out with a back injury.
The Aztecs made it a clean sweep of San Diego-area schools. They've also beaten San Diego, San Diego Christian and, in exhibition games, Cal State San Marcos and UC San Diego.
SDSU now heads to Hawaii for the Diamond Head Classic.
The game was considered an exhibition for Point Loma, an NAIA school. Taylor Wetherell led the Sea Lions with 10 points.
NO. 20 MICHIGAN ST. 64, BOWLING GREEN 53
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Gary Harris and Denzel Valentine scored 12 points apiece to lead Michigan State to a victory over Bowling Green.
Branden Dawson added 10 points for the Spartans (10-2).
Michigan State held Bowling Green (5-5) to just two points over a six-minute stretch in the second half to take control.
The Spartans went on a 14-2 run highlighted by Dawson's dunk after a steal, drawing a big cheer from the many Michigan State fans filling the Bowling Green arena.
Chauncey Orr led Bowling Green with 16 points.
NO. 25 N.C. STATE 88, STANFORD 79
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lorenzo Brown scored 18 of his season-high 24 points after halftime to help North Carolina State pull away and beat Stanford.
Scott Wood scored 15 of his 17 in the first half for the Wolfpack (8-2), who earned a fourth straight win with another high-scoring performance at home. It also allowed N.C. State to avenge a road loss last year in which the Wolfpack blew a 12-point lead in the second half.
Richard Howell finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolfpack.
Dwight Powell continued his recent strong play for the Cardinal (7-4), scoring 23 points, but Stanford gave up its highest point total of the season.
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