Saturday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Sunday, March 4, 2012
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Brandon Triche scored 18 points, Kris Joseph added 11 in the final home game of his career, and second-ranked Syracuse beat No. 19 Louisville 58-49 on Saturday.
Syracuse (30-1, 17-1) matched the Big East record for victories — Connecticut also won 17 conference games in 1995-96 — and the Orange also finished the regular season with 30 wins for the first time in coach Jim Boeheim’s 36-year tenure.
The Orange capped only their second unbeaten season in the Carrier Dome, going 19-0. The only other Syracuse team to go undefeated in the dome was the national championship squad of 2002-03 led by Carmelo Anthony, which finished 17-0.
Dion Waiters had 13 points for Syracuse, which held the Cardinals to 2-of-23 shooting from 3-point range and a season low in points.
Chane Behanan and Russ Smith led Louisville (22-9, 10-8) with 10 points apiece, while Gorgui Dieng finished with six on 3-of-13 shooting.
NO. 3 KANSAS 73, TEXAS 63
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Thomas Robinson had 25 points and 14 rebounds in his likely Allen Fieldhouse finale, and Tyshawn Taylor added 22 points as Kansas rolled past Texas.
Robinson scored 18 of his points in the second half as the Big 12 champion Jayhawks (26-5, 16-2) tuned up for the conference tournament in style. Kansas has won eight straight overall, 22 in a row at home and improved to 20-7 all-time against the Longhorns.
J’Covan Brown scored 29 of his 33 points in the second half for Texas (19-12, 9-9), which missed out on a chance to help its own NCAA tournament resume. The Longhorns head to Kansas City needing a couple wins to feel comfy on Selection Sunday.
NO. 6 NORTH CAROLINA 88, NO. 4 DUKE 70
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Kendall Marshall had 20 points and 10 assists, and North Carolina beat Duke to win the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title.
Tyler Zeller had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Harrison Barnes added 16 points for the Tar Heels (27-4, 14-2).
UNC shot 54.5 percent and sent Duke to its deepest halftime deficit at Cameron Indoor Stadium — 24 points — while winning its seventh straight since a loss to the Blue Devils.
Mason Plumlee had 17 points, and brother Miles Plumlee added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (26-5, 13-3).
NO. 7 MISSOURI 81, TEXAS TECH 59
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kim English scored 20 points, Marcus Denman added 17 and Missouri hit a season-best 16 3-pointers to beat Texas Tech.
Denmon scored all his points in the second half, going 5 of 8 from 3-point range in the half, and Ricardo Ratliffe finished with 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
The Tigers (27-4, 14-3 Big 12) slowly pulled away in the second half with 12 of their 3s coming after halftime. The win gave Missouri a school record for wins in the regular season.
Jaye Crockett scored 17 points and Ty Nurse added 12 for the Red Raiders (8-22, 1-17), who walked away with their worst finish in Big 12 play.
NO. 8 MARQUETTE 83, NO. 11 GEORGETOWN 69
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jae Crowder had 26 points and 14 rebounds in his final home game, helping Marquette beat Georgetown and clinch the No. 2 seed in the Big East tournament.
Fellow senior Darius Johnson-Odom added 17 points for the Golden Eagles (25-6, 14-4). Marquette was 33 of 45 from the free throw line.
Otto Porter and Hollis Thompson scored 19 points each for the Hoyas (22-7, 12-6), who could have clinched a double-bye in the conference tournament with a victory. Marquette already had clinched the double-bye.
The Golden Eagles forced 15 turnovers, scoring 24 points off the miscues.
IOWA ST. 80, NO. 9 BAYLOR 72
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Scott Christopherson had 23 points in his final home game and Iowa State rallied to beat Baylor for its second win over a top-10 opponent this season.
Melvin Ejim added 15 points for the Cyclones (22-9, 12-6 Big 12), who also secured the No. 3 seed for next week’s conference tournament.
Baylor led by as much as nine late in the second half, but the Bears went nearly 5 minutes without a point down the stretch.
Pierre Jackson had a career night with 35 points for the Bears (25-6, 12-6), who fell to the fourth seed for the Big 12 tournament.
NO. 12 MURRAY ST. 54, TENNESSEE ST. 52
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jewuan Long drove the baseline for a layup with 4.4 seconds left, and Murray State rallied from seven points down in the final 5:28 to beat Tennessee State for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament title and an automatic NCAA tournament berth.
Isaiah Canaan stripped Tigers guard Patrick Miller of the ball driving to the basket, and Long guarded Robert Covington on his 3-point attempt at the buzzer to preserve the win, getting the Racers to 30-1 and avoiding a second loss to the only team to beat them this season.
Covington led Tennessee State (20-12) with 14 points and Kellen Thornton had 11.
The Racers are back in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010.
ILLINOIS ST. 65, NO. 15 WICHITA ST. 64
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tyler Brown scored 25 points, including two free throws with 6.4 seconds left, and Illinois State advanced to the final of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.
Jackie Carmichael added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Redbirds (20-12), who rallied from 13 points down early in the second half. Illinois State snapped a 24-game slide against ranked teams dating to 1987. The Redbirds head into the tournament championship game on Sunday against No. 25 Creighton seeking their first NCAA tournament berth since 1998.
Joe Ragland had 17 points for Wichita State (27-5), which had won nine in a row and 17 of 18. Now they must wait to learn if they will receive an at-large bid to the NCAAs.
NO. 17 UNLV 74, WYOMING 63
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mike Moser had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and senior Brice Massamba added a career-high 15 points to lead UNLV past Wyoming in their regular-season finale.
Kendall Wallace had a season-high 14 points and Anthony Marshall 12 for the Runnin’ Rebels (25-7, 9-5 Mountain West Conference), who wrapped up a perfect season at home. They face Wyoming again in the conference tournament on their home floor.
UNLV pulled away in the final 4 minutes. Massamba’s layup with 3:48 left put the Rebels up double digits for good in front of a sellout crowd of 18,577 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Francisco Cruz scored 16 points for the Cowboys (20-10, 6-8).
NO. 21 SAN DIEGO STATE 98, TCU 92, OT
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jamaal Franklin scored a career-high 35 points, including the go-ahead three-point play in overtime, and San Diego State claimed a share of its second consecutive Mountain West Conference title with a victory over TCU.
The Aztecs (24-6, 10-4) blew an 18-point lead in the second half.
Hank Thorns scored 25 points and J.R. Cadot added 24 for TCU (17-13, 7-7), which had won eight straight home games, the last two over Top 25 teams.
San Diego State will share the Mountain West regular-season title with New Mexico (24-6, 10-4), which beat Boise State at home earlier Saturday.
NO. 23 TEMPLE 80, FORDHAM 60
NEW YORK (AP) — Juan Fernandez scored 19 points, backcourt mate Ramone Moore added 16 and Temple beat Fordham to win the outright Atlantic 10 regular-season title for the first time since 1989-90.
The Owls (24-6, 13-3) had clinched at least a share of their conference-record 10th title with a win over Massachusetts on Wednesday. The Owls, who have won 13 of their last 14 games, will be the No. 1 seed for the Atlantic 10 tournament.
Chris Gaston had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Rams (10-19, 3-13), who ended the season losing seven of eight.
NO. 25 CREIGHTON 99, EVANSVILLE 71
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Gregory Echenique had a season-best 20 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots in just 20 minutes as Creighton beat Evansville in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament semifinals.
Doug McDermott added 14 points and Antoine Young 13 for the second-seeded Bluejays (27-5), who were 8 for 10 from 3-point range in the first half while building a 19-point cushion.
Creighton carries a six-game winning streak into the championship game against No. 4 seed Illinois State, which upset No. 15 Wichita State 65-64 in the other semifinal.
Kenny Harris had 17 points and Colt Ryan 13 for Evansville (16-15).