Sunday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Monday, March 5, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Freshman Anthony Davis had 22 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks, Terrence Jones added 19 points and No. 1 Kentucky capped a perfect Southeastern Conference season with a 74-59 victory over No. 16 Florida on Sunday.
Kentucky (30-1, 16-0) extended its winning streak to 22 games and secured its hold on a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
The Wildcats become just the third team since Alabama in 1956 to go unbeaten in SEC play. The other two were Kentucky in 1996 and 2003.
The Wildcats used an 8-0 run in the second half to make it a double-digit lead, and then added a 7-0 run to put the game out of reach.
Patric Young led Florida (22-9, 10-6) with 21 points while Erik Murphy added 14 points and eight rebounds.
NO. 10 OHIO ST. 72, NO. 5 MICHIGAN ST. 70
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — William Buford made a high-arcing jumper from the top of the key with 1 second left to lift Ohio State and forge a three-way tie for the Big Ten title.
The Buckeyes (25-6, 13-5) earned a share of their third straight conference championship and forced the Spartans (24-7, 13-5) to settle for having a piece of it along with No. 13 Michigan. The Wolverines, who won their first Big Ten title since 1986, beat Penn State earlier Sunday.
Michigan State, which led by as many as 15 in the first half, lost at home for the first time this season. The Spartans also lost standout freshman Branden Dawson for the rest of the season when he tore the ACL in his left knee during the first half.
Draymond Green finished 6 of 18 from the field with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Buford scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half.
NO. 13 MICHIGAN 71, PENN ST. 65
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Trey Burke scored 19 points and Michigan shot 59 percent from the field to earn a share of the Big Ten title for the first time since 1986.
Evan Smotrycz added 17 points for the Wolverines (23-8, 13-5), who needed Ohio State to beat Michigan State later Sunday.
Jermaine Marshall had a career-high 27 points and eight rebounds for Penn State (12-19, 4-14), including a layup that closed a 19-point deficit with 9 minutes left to 62-58 with 2:38 to go.
Ross Travis added 15 points for Penn State.
NO. 14 WISCONSIN 70, ILLINOIS 56
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Senior Jordan Taylor scored 16 points in his final home game for Wisconsin.
Josh Gasser added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Badgers (23-8, 12-6), who have won three straight.
Brandon Paul had 22 points for Illinois (17-14, 6-12), which had only three assists, a season-low, and lost its seventh straight road game.
It was the 265th victory at Wisconsin for coach Bo Ryan, tying Harold "Bud" Foster for most wins in the program's history.
Wisconsin came into Sunday's game allowing an NCAA-best 51.8 points per game, and they looked every bit like the nation's top defensive team as they held the struggling Illini, who have lost 11 of 13, to only 18 points in the first half.
NO. 18 INDIANA 85, PURDUE 74
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Christian Watford scored 19 points and Will Sheehey added 16, leading Indiana over archrival Purdue on Senior Day.
The Hoosiers (24-7, 11-7 Big Ten) finished the season with an 18-1 home record, five wins over ranked teams and three against clubs ranked in the top 5. Indiana also swept Purdue for the first time since 2005-06.
Purdue (20-11, 10-8) was trying to win its third straight in Bloomington for the first time since 1968-71, but it fell behind early and never caught up. Lewis Jackson had 17 points and Robbie Hummel added 16 for the Boilermakers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
NO. 22 FLORIDA ST. 80, CLEMSON 72
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Michael Snaer scored a career-high 23 points to lead Florida State.
Bernard James added 13 points and 11 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season while Xavier Gibson had 13 points for Florida State, which had five players finish in double figures.
The Seminoles (21-9, 12-4) finished third in the Atlantic Coast Conference behind No. 6 North Carolina and No. 4 Duke and have a first-round bye in the league tournament.
Ian Miller, whose 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Seminoles a 63-60 win at Virginia on Thursday, added 11 points and Luke Loucks had 10, including three free throws over the final 18 seconds.
K.J. McDaniels and Andre Young scored 16 points each for Clemson (16-14, 8-8), which pulled within 75-72 with 30 seconds left on two free throws by McDaniels, but Florida State made five of six free throws over the final 28 seconds.
Devin Booker had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Clemson, which had won five of six.
NO. 24 VIRGINIA 75, MARYLAND 72, OT
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Mike Scott had a career-high 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Sammy Zeglinski scored 20 points as Virginia overcame a late collapse in regulation.
Scott accounted for half of Virginia's 14 points in overtime. The 6-foot-8 senior had never scored more than 28 points in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.
The Cavaliers blew a 12-point lead over the final 8 minutes of regulation but survived the extra session to break a two-game skid. The victory gave Virginia (22-8, 9-7) its most regular-season wins since the Ralph Sampson-led team produced 25 in 1982-83.
Terrell Stoglin scored 25 points and Sean Mosley added 17 for Maryland (16-14, 6-10).
NO. 25 CREIGHTON 83, ILLINOIS ST. 79, OT
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Doug McDermott had 33 points and Antoine Young scored eight of his 14 in overtime as Creighton survived an upset bid in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final.
Grant Gibbs added a career-high 20 points for second-seeded Creighton (28-5), which won the conference tournament for the seventh time in 14 seasons and earned its first NCAA bid since 2007.
The Bluejays were 3-0 against fourth-seeded Illinois State (20-13), which beat top-seeded and 15th-ranked Wichita State in the semifinals, the first two wins by nine and 28 points.
Freshman Nic Moore had 20 points for Illinois State and drove the length of the court for a layup with 6.5 seconds to go in regulation that forced overtime.
Jackie Carmichael added 17 points and nine rebounds for Illinois State, which hasn't made the NCAA tournament since 1998.
McDermott, the conference player of the year, was 12 of 18 from the field with three 3-pointers. He broke the school's 43-year-old season scoring record in the first half and scored 17 of the Bluejays' 19 points in one stretch in the second half.
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