Sunday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Monday, January 2, 2012
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Kris Joseph scored 22 points and No. 1 Syracuse used its defense and depth to rout DePaul 87-68 on Sunday, the unbeaten Orange's 15th straight victory.
C.J. Fair added 16 points, Dion Waiters had 13 and Fab Melo scored 12 points to go with six blocks for the Orange (15-0, 2-0 Big East).
Syracuse opened 18-0 last season and the Orange's best start under coach Jim Boeheim was 19 straight wins to kick off 1999-2000.
DePaul (9-4, 0-1) had its five-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 3-18 all-time facing No. 1-ranked teams. Cleveland Melvin led the Blue Demons with 23 points.
Syracuse held DePaul to 30.8 percent shooting in the first half — 0 for 8 on 3-pointers — and blocked five shots, three by the 7-foot Melo. The Orange shot 65.5 percent and had a 19-9 rebounding edge in opening a 45-26 lead.
NO. 5 NORTH CAROLINA 102, MONMOUTH 65
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — John Henson scored 21 points and North Carolina won its seventh straight overall and 26th straight at the Smith Center.
Harrison Barnes added 20 points for the Tar Heels (13-2). They shot 54 percent, built a 55-26 rebounding advantage, used a 33-10 run late in the first half to take a 31-point halftime lead. They cruised from there to break the arena record established from 1992-94.
Freshman Andrew Nicholas led the Hawks (2-12) with 22 points, including six 3-pointers. First-year coach King Rice played at North Carolina from 1988-91.
P.J. Hairston had 16 points for North Carolina.
NO. 7 DUKE 85, PENNSYLVANIA 55
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Kelly had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead Duke.
Seth Curry added 15 points for the Blue Devils (12-1), who scored 20 of the game's first 24 points. Duke led by 18 points at halftime and by as many as 34 after the break, sending the Blue Devils to their fifth straight victory overall and 43rd straight at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Zack Rosen had 11 points for the Quakers (6-8), who played the Blue Devils almost even for the rest of the half after the opening flurry.
The Blue Devils finished with a 47-29 rebounding advantage.
NO. 14 MARQUETTE 81, VILLANOVA 77
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Darius Johnson-Odom matched a season-high with 24 points to lead Marquette.
Reserve forward Davante Gardner had 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles (12-2, 1-0 Big East), who responded from their worst performance of the season — a 17-point drubbing by Vanderbilt on Thursday.
Mouphtaou Yarou had 14 points for the Wildcats (7-7, 0-2) and JayVaughn Pinkston had a career-high 13.
The Wildcats, without a scholarship senior, are off to their worst start in coach Jay Wright's 11 seasons and have lost seven of 10 after starting the season 4-0.
Marquette led 42-39 at halftime and opened the first 2-plus minutes of the second half on a 9-0 run.
NO. 18 MICHIGAN 61, MINNESOTA 56
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Freshman Trey Burke scored a season-high 27 points and Michigan won its seventh straight.
The Wolverines (12-2, 2-0 Big Ten) haven't lost since falling to Virginia in the ACC/Big Ten Classic.
Julian Welch and Rodney Williams had 11 points each for Minnesota (12-3, 0-2). Williams missed an open look at a tying 3-pointer in the final seconds, and Zack Novak clinched the game from the free throw line.
Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr., who had missed 12 of 13 shots, hit a short jumper to make it a three-point lead with 35 seconds left.
CINCINNATI 66, NO. 22 PITTSBURGH 63
PITTSBURGH (AP) — JaQuon Parker scored a career-high 21 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 19 for streaking Cincinnati.
The Bearcats (11-3, 1-0 Big East) have won six straight games since a brawl against crosstown rival Xavier last month led to the suspension of several players, including star forward Yancy Gates.
Cincinnati forced the reeling Panthers (11-4, 0-2) into 17 turnovers to win at Pitt for the first time in 33 years.
Nasir Robinson had 19 points and Ashton Gibbs added 18 for the Panthers, who lost their third straight game.
Cincinnati went 11 of 27 from 3-point range.