Friday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
For Nov. 16, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kyle Wiltjer hit seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points, Alex Poythress added a career-high 22 and No. 3 Kentucky routed Lafayette 101-49 in its home opener Friday night.
The Wildcats (2-1) shot 65 percent from the field, including 11-of-19 shooting from 3-point range, and Wiltjer set the tone by hitting his first two to open the game. He finished 7 of 11 from behind the arc, including 5 of 8 in the second half.
Poythress followed up his 20-point effort in Tuesday night's 75-68 loss to No. 9 Duke by hitting nine of 10 shots and grabbing five rebounds. That led a good night for Kentucky's heralded freshmen class as Nerlens Noel added 15 points, Willie Cauley-Stein 14 and Archie Goodwin 13.
Tony Johnson scored 13 points for Lafayette (1-2).
NO. 6 NC STATE 94, UMASS 76
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) — T.J. Warren had 21 points to lead the Wolfpack over the Minutemen at the Puerto Rico Tipoff.
Richard Howell added 19 points and nine rebounds and Lorenzo Brown had 11 points and 10 assists for the Wolfpack (3-0), who had five players score in double figures and shot 8 for 18 from 3-point range.
N.C. State will play Oklahoma State in the championship game of the tournament on Sunday.
Jesse Morgan had 15 points for UMass (2-1). Chaz Williams and Terrell Vinson each added 13 points for the Minutemen.
NO. 11 NORTH CAROLINA 78, LONG BEACH STATE 63
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — James Michael McAdoo scored 18 points and Marcus Paige added 15 to help the Tar Heels beat the 49ers.
McAdoo scored 12 points in the second half and finished with eight rebounds as the Tar Heels ended Long Beach State's 23-game home winning streak in front of a record crowd of 6,912 at the Walter Pyramid.
The Tar Heels (3-0) got hot from 3-point range during an 18-6 run midway through the second half to pull away. P.J. Hairston had 14 points in a reserve role and Brice Johnson came off the bench and had 10 points and seven rebounds.
James Ennis led the 49ers (1-2) with 18 points and Mike Caffey scored 14. Dan Jennings had nine points and 11 rebounds.
NO. 14 MISSOURI 74, NICHOLLS ST. 54
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Alex Oriakhi had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Earnest Ross added 16 points and the Tigers beat Nicholls State.
The Tigers (3-0) put to rest their tendency to start slowly — at least for one game — after senior forward Laurence Bowers promised to fix the team's energy problems after Missouri shot 23 percent in the first half Tuesday night against Alcorn State. Missouri used a 7-0 run within the first four minutes and wouldn't relinquish the lead after that.
Missouri shot 22 of 51, including 39.3 percent in the first half, bettering its 31 percent from its first two games. The Tigers also hit 7 of 12 from 3-point range and outrebounded Nicholls State 41-25.
Fred Hunter scored 22 points and T.J. Carpenter added 14 for Nicholls State (0-2).
COLORADO 60, NO. 16 BAYLOR 58
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Askia Booker scored 19 points and the Buffaloes survived some dreadful foul shooting down the stretch to hold off the Bears at the Charleston Classic.
The Buffaloes (3-0) advance to Sunday night's championship game. They also earned a measure of payback for last March, when the Bears (3-1) knocked them out in the NCAA tournament's third round.
It wasn't easy for Colorado, though, which went 4 of 18 from the foul line. Andre Roberson missed two free throws with 3.1 seconds left that gave Baylor one final chance.
But Isaiah Austin's catch-and-shoot attempt was off the right rim as the buzzer sounded.
SAINT JOSEPH'S 79, NO. 20 NOTRE DAME 70, OT
NEW YORK (AP) — Ronald Roberts had 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Hawks to an overtime victory over the Fighting Irish in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Barclays Center.
Roberts scored the first seven points of the overtime as the Hawks pulled away, outscoring the Fighting Irish 13-4 in the extra 5 minutes.
Saint Joseph's closed regulation on an 8-0 run to tie it at 66.
The Hawks (2-0) will play Florida State in Saturday night's championship game. The Seminoles (3-0) beat BYU 88-70.
Jack Cooley had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (2-1), who didn't score over the final 4 minutes of regulation and first 4 minutes of overtime.
Chris Wilson had 19 points for the Hawks while Hilil Kanacevic had 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Scott Martin had 13 points for Notre Dame while Eric Atkins had 12 points and 10 assists.
NO. 23 CONNECTICUT 77, WAKE FOREST 71
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright each scored 16 points to lead the Huskies over the Demon Deacons in the Paradise Jam.
Napier scored eight of his points during a 10-0 run midway through the second half that gave the Huskies (3-0) a 59-52 advantage with 7:56 left.
Wake Forest (1-1) would get to within four (73-69) on a Travis McKie 3-pointer with 53 seconds left. But Napier knocked down four free throws over the final 28 seconds to clinch the win.
Daniels added 12 points for the Huskies and junior center Enosch Wolf added a career-high 12 points and six rebounds off the bench.
Codi Miller-McIntyre led the Demon Deacons with 21 points, C.J. Harris added 17 and McKie 16.