Saturday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Sunday, February 26, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Freshman Anthony Davis scored a career-high 28 points on 10-of-11 shooting, and No. 1 Kentucky beat Vanderbilt 83-74 on Saturday to win the Southeastern Conference regular season title for the 45th time.
The Wildcats (28-1, 14-0) have won 51 straight at home and are on a 20-game winning streak overall. But Kentucky trailed at halftime and needed a late surge to put away the scrappy Commodores.
Davis, who had 11 rebounds and five blocks, hit an 18-foot jumper as the shot clock expired with 1:06 left. Terrence Jones added a dunk, and Davis blocked Lance Goulbourne’s shot with 31 seconds to go to put the game away.
Jeffery Taylor scored 19 points for Vanderbilt (20-9, 9-5), and John Jenkins added 15 of his 18 points in the second half.
NO. 2 SYRACUSE 71, CONNECTICUT 69
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Fab Melo’s follow-up dunk with 31 seconds left lifted Syracuse over Connecticut and clinched the Big East regular-season title for the Orange.
C.J. Fair blocked a shot by Roscoe Smith just before the buzzer to preserve the victory for Syracuse (29-1, 16-1) which has won nine in a row since its only loss of the season Jan. 21 at Notre Dame. Kris Joseph had 21 points to lead the Orange.
Jeremy Lamb had 19 points and Andre Drummond added 17 points and 14 rebounds for UConn (17-11, 7-9), which overcame a 17-point second-half deficit to tie the game with 47 seconds to go.
The win was the first for Syracuse at Gampel Pavilion, where the Orange had been 0-4.
NO. 4 KANSAS 87, NO. 3 MISSOURI 86, OT
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Thomas Robinson made a three-point play in the closing seconds of regulation, and Tyshawn Taylor’s made two free throws with 8.3 seconds left in overtime for Kansas in the final scheduled regular-season matchup with Missouri.
The Tigers, who blew a 19-point second-half lead, never got a potential winning shot off in the final seconds. Michael Dixon was boxed in by Robinson as he tried to get to the basket, and the buzzer eventually sounded on the 105-year-old rivalry.
Robinson finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds for Kansas (24-5, 14-2), which wrapped up at least a share of its eighth straight Big 12 title. Taylor added 24 points, seven in overtime.
Marcus Denmon had 28 points to lead Missouri (25-4, 12-4), which heads off to the Southeastern Conference next season. Ricardo Ratliffe finished with 22 points, Dixon had 17 and Kim English 11.
Robinson took a feed in the post and backed down Dixon, getting the leaner to go as he was undercut for the foul. His free throw with 16.1 seconds left tied the game at 75.
The Tigers had the final possession, clearing the lane for Phil Pressey to drive to the rim. But Robinson swatted his shot to force overtime.
NO. 5 DUKE 70, VIRGINIA TECH 65, OT
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Austin Rivers scored 23 points and Seth Curry added 19 for Duke.
Miles Plumlee added 15 rebounds and two free throws with 9.6 seconds left for the Blue Devils (25-4, 12-2), who made 6 of 8 foul shots in the final minute of overtime to win their sixth straight and remain atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.
Dorenzo Hudson, one of three players with 16 points for the Hokies (15-14, 4-10), pulled them to 64-63 with a deep jumper with 1:19 left in overtime.
Mason Plumlee’s free throw with 51.1 seconds left made it a two-point game, and he had a hand in Hudson’s face during his jumper that would have tied it.
After Rivers’ free throw with 19.4 seconds left made it 66-63, Erick Green missed a layup and Miles Plumlee’s free throws made it a five-point game.
Green and Cadarian Raines also scored 16 points for the Hokies, who were just 7 of 16 from the free throw line.
NO. 6 MICHIGAN STATE 62, NEBRASKA 34
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Draymond Green had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help Michigan State beat Nebraska for its seventh straight victory.
Undefeated at home this season, the first-place Spartans (24-5, 13-3 Big Ten) lead No. 8 Ohio State by 1 1/2 games and No. 11 Michigan by two games with three games left in the regular season.
The last-place Cornhuskers (12-15, 4-11) have lost six of seven. Leading scorer Bo Spencer didn’t play after injuring his left ankle in the final seconds of the first half.
Michigan State, which led by eight at halftime, turned the game into a rout early in the second half with a 13-0 run that put the Spartans ahead 38-17.
Green joined Greg Kelser, Johnny Green and Antonio Smith as Michigan State players with 1,000 career rebounds.
NO. 7 NORTH CAROLINA 54, NO. 25 VIRGINIA 51
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Tyler Zeller scored 20 points, including a critical dunk with 13.3 seconds left and the shot clock winding down, as North Carolina swep5t the season series.
John Henson added 15 points, including 11 in the second half, as the Tar Heels (25-4, 12-2) kept pace with No. 5 Duke for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Jontel Evans had 13 points and Joe Harris added 12 for Virginia (21-7, 8-6), which played much of the game with leading scorer and ACC player of the year candidate Mike Scott in foul trouble. Scott scored just six points, more than 11 below his average, and missed 10 of 13 shots.
Harrison Barnes had a poor shooting day for the Tar Heels, missing 12 of 15 shots. He scored seven points.
NO. 9 GEORGETOWN 67, VILLANOVA 46
WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Otto Porter had 15 points and six rebounds in his second start of the season and Jason Clark had 15 points and six rebounds for Georgetown.
The victory moves the Hoyas (21-6, 11-5) into sole possession of fourth place in the Big East, one-half game ahead of Cincinnati and South Florida, who play Sunday. The top four teams get a double-bye in the conference tournament
Dominic Cheek scored 19 points to lead the Wildcats (11-17, 4-12), who have lost four straight. Maalik Wayns returned for Villanova after missing three games with a sprained left knee, but he finished 1 for 10 from the field and had three points.
Villanova remained without guard James Bell, who missed his third straight game with a sprained left ankle.
The Hoyas outrebounded the Wildcats 43-25 to improve to 14-1 at home, while Villanova is 1-9 in true road games. Georgetown allowed the Wildcats to shoot just 28 percent, quite a turnaround from the 61 percent that Seton Hall shot in its 18-point win over the Hoyas on Tuesday.
PURDUE 75, NO. 11 MICHIGAN 61
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Terone Johnson scored a career-high 22 points and Robbie Hummel added 17 to help Purdue hand Michigan its first home loss of the season.
Michigan (21-8, 11-5 Big Ten) entered 15-0 at the Crisler Center but couldn’t finish off the third unbeaten home season in school history. Trey Burke and Zack Novak led the Wolverines with 12 points each, while Tim Hardaway Jr. had 10.
The Boilermakers (19-10, 9-7) won for the fourth time in five games, improving their postseason resume.
GEORGIA 76, NO. 12 FLORIDA 62
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points and Gerald Robinson added 15 as Georgia snapped Florida’s three-game winning streak.
The Gators, who never led in the game, trailed by double digits most of the second half. They whittled the lead to five points on Kenny Boynton’s 3-pointer with 1:53 remaining.
Georgia (13-15, 4-10 Southeastern Conference) scored the next six points as Dustin Ware and Donte’ Williams both made two free throws and Caldwell-Pope followed with a breakaway dunk to make it 73-62.
Bradley Beal had 19 points for Florida (22-7, 10-4), which had won 10 of 12 overall and had taken of 15 of 17 against Georgia, including three straight.
They held the Bulldogs to 48 points in a 22-point victory in Gainesville on Jan. 10, but Georgia got 12 points from Nemanja Djurisic and 11 each from Williams and Ware.
NO. 13 BAYLOR 70, OKLAHOMA 60
WACO, Texas (AP) — Pierre Jackson scored 18 points, including the tiebreaking 3-pointer that started Baylor’s game-deciding spurt.
The game was tied for the 12th time before Jackson’s 3 put the Bears (24-5, 11-5 Big 12) up 49-46 with 10:48 left. That started a 13-2 run that was capped by consecutive 3-pointers by Brady Heslip, who had 16 points.
Jackson and Heslip both had four 3-pointers.
Quincy Miller had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Bears, whose 11th Big 12 victory matched the most in school history.
Steven Pledger had 21 points for Oklahoma (14-14, 4-12), which led 34-31 at halftime.
Oklahoma went 0 for 12 on 3-pointers, ending a streak of 510 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer. Baylor, the league’s top-shooting team from beyond the arc, has made a 3-pointer in 648 consecutive games.
NO. 14 MURRAY STATE 69, TENNESSEE TECH 64
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Isaiah Canaan scored 18 points and Murray State beat Tennessee Tech to finish the season undefeated on the road for the first time in school history.
The victory capped the best regular season ever for the Racers (28-1, 15-1 Ohio Valley Conference), who were the last Division I team to lose this season. Their 28 victories surpassed the 2009-10 team, which won 27 games in the regular season and finished with 31 victories overall.
The Racers are one of three Division I teams with only one loss. Murray State clinched the OVC regular-season title on Feb. 15.
Kevin Murphy led Tennessee Tech (18-12, 9-7) with 26 points, going 7 of 12 from 3-point range.
TCU 83, NO. 18 NEW MEXICO 64
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Amric Fields scored eight consecutive points for TCU in a 48-second span during the tiebreaking run and the Horned Frogs upset another ranked team at home, beating New Mexico.
TCU (17-11, 7-5 Mountain West Conference) has won eight consecutive home games, the last two over Top 25 teams.
In their previous home game 11 days earlier, the Horned Frogs beat then-No. 11 UNLV 102-97 in overtime. That was their first win over a ranked team in five years.
J.R. Cadot had 15 points and 10 rebounds for TCU, leading six players in double-figure scoring.
New Mexico (22-6, 8-4) has lost both games since a seven-game winning streak that had pushed it to the top of the Mountain West standings and into the latest Top 25 poll.
A.J. Hardeman scored 15 points for the Lobos.
NO. 19 WICHITA ST. 81, DRAKE 58
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Ben Smith scored 18 points to lead Wichita State.
Garrett Stutz added 15 points and Toure Murry chipped in 14 for Wichita State (26-4, 16-2), which had already clinched the Missouri Valley regular season championship.
The Shockers avenged their only loss, a 93-86 triple-overtime thriller at Drake on Jan. 28, in their last 17 games.
Ben Simons scored 21 points, hitting seven 3-pointers, to lead the Bulldogs (16-14, 9-9).
Drake missed its first eight shots of the game, as Wichita State took a 12-1 lead. But that vanished once Simons hit four 3-pointers to close Drake within 15-13.
ST. JOHN’S 61, NO. 20 NOTRE DAME 58
NEW YORK (AP) — Moe Harkless had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead St. John’s to its first win over a ranked team in 11 games this season.
D’Angelo Harrison added 15 points for St. John’s (13-16, 6-10 Big East), while Amir Garrett had 11, including the drive that gave the Red Storm a 61-58 lead with 8.9 seconds to play.
Scott Martin and Jack Cooley both had 18 points for the Fighting Irish (20-9, 12-4), who had won a program-record nine straight conference games. Alex Dragevich missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer for Notre Dame, which shot a season-worst 4 for 31 from 3-point range (12.9 percent). The Fighting Irish could have moved into a tie for second place in the Big East with No. 10 Marquette.
Cooley had 11 rebounds, his fifth double-double in his last six games.
NO. 21 UNLV 68, AIR FORCE 58
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Chace Stanback scored 21 points to lead UNLV.
Stanback scored 13 points in the first half for UNLV (24-6, 8-4 Mountain West), including his first three 3-point attempts. He had eight rebounds and finished 5 of 7 from 3-point range.
Michael Lyons scored 18 points and Kyle Green added 17 for Air Force (13-13, 3-9), which missed 11 of its first 13 shots and scored four points in the game’s first 10 minutes.
Air Force had an 8-0 run with just over 8 minutes left in the first half, but the Rebels responded with a 17-3 run to go up by 20 points.
SAINT JOSEPH’S 82, NO. 22 TEMPLE 72
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Langston Galloway scored 22 points while Carl Jones and Ronald Roberts each added 18 to lead Saint Joseph’s past Temple.
Halil Kanacevic added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks (19-11, 9-6 Atlantic 10), who snapped the Owls’ 11-game winning streak.
Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson and Ramone Moore had 15 points for the Owls (22-6, 11-3), who needed a win to clinch the Atlantic 10 regular-season title.
St. Joe’s took control with a 14-3 run over 5 1/2 minutes late in the second half, with Galloway’s two free throws capping it and putting the Hawks ahead 78-65 with 2:36 remaining.
NO. 24 SAN DIEGO STATE 74, COLORADO STATE 66
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jamaal Franklin matched his career high with 31 points and added a career-high 16 rebounds for San Diego State, which beat Colorado State to pull into a tie for first place in the Mountain West Conference with New Mexico and UNLV.
Franklin scored 13 of SDSU’s final 16 points in the last 4:25.
Xavier Thames scored all 15 of his points in the second half and James Rahon had 14 as the Aztecs (22-6, 8-4) avenged one of their more painful losses of the season. CSU routed SDSU by 17 points on Jan. 28, ending the Aztecs’ 11-game winning streak and beginning a stretch in which they lost four of six.
The Rams (17-10, 6-6) were coming off a home upset of New Mexico.
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