Saturday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Games played Nov. 23, 2013
Originally published November 23, 2013 at 9:33 p.m., updated November 24, 2013 at 1:16 a.m.
NEW YORK (AP) — Keith Appling scored 27 points and No. 1 Michigan State pulled away from Oklahoma in the final minutes for an 87-76 victory Saturday night in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Appling, who was 8 of 12 from the field, scored eight points in the final 3:04 after the Sooners got within 75-71.
It was another unimpressive win for the Spartans (6-0) since their victory over then-No. 1 Kentucky moved them up one spot to the top of the poll.
Gary Harris had 21 points and Branden Dawson added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans, who shot 50 percent from the field (29 of 58) but they were 6 of 19 from 3-point range and 23 of 36 from the free-throw line. They also committed 14 turnovers.
Cameron Clark had a career-high 32 points for Oklahoma.
NO. 3 LOUISVILLE 71, FAIRFIELD 57
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Chris Jones scored 15 points to lead Louisville to the victory in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.
Montrezl Harrell added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinals (5-0), who extended their winning streak to 21 games, including last season's run to the NCAA championship.
Maurice Barrow paced Fairfield (1-4) with 14 points and Marcus Gilbert scored 11.
Louisville will take on No. 24 North Carolina in Sunday's championship game. The Tar Heels beat Richmond, 82-72 in Saturday's first semifinal.
The Stags stayed with the Cardinals for much of the first half and led 11-9 early on. But Louisville went on a 28-12 run to close the half and led by as many as 21 after the break.
NO. 11 MEMPHIS 98, NICHOLLS STATE 59
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Nichols scored 20 points and Joe Jackson had 18 to power Memphis to the win.
Nichols, a freshman forward, connected on 9 of 15 shots to help Memphis (2-1) rebound from a 101-80 loss to No. 7 Oklahoma State on Tuesday. Jackson went 14 of 15 from the free-throw line.
Michael Dixon Jr. added 16 points for the Tigers, while Nick King had 12 points.
Jeremy Smith had 16 points for Nicholls State (0-4), which closed out a four-game road trip to open its season.
Nicholls State had 18 turnovers and shot 36 percent from the field.
NO. 12 WISCONSIN 76, ORAL ROBERTS 67
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Frank Kaminsky scored 21 points to lead five Wisconsin players in double figures.
Josh Gasser added 15 points for Wisconsin (6-0), and Ben Brust finished with 12. Traevon Jackson scored 11 and Sam Dekker had 10.
Shawn Glover led Oral Roberts (2-3) with 24 points. Bobby Word had 14 points and D.J. Jackson finished with 11.
Oral Roberts trailed the entire game, but pulled within four points twice in the final minutes, including 66-62 after Glover converted a three-point play.
But the Golden Eagles could not get over the hump as Wisconsin shot 8 of 8 from the foul line the rest of the way, including four from Jackson.
NO. 23 CREIGHTON 82, TULSA 72
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Doug McDermott scored 21 of his 33 points in the second half, and Austin Chatman had a career-high 19 for Creighton.
McDermott recorded his 16th career 30-point game. He also became the first Creighton player since Cyril Baptiste in 1969-70 to open a season with four straight 20-point games.
The Bluejays (4-0), playing as a Top 25 team for the first time this season, opened the second half on a 13-4 run to increase its 42-41 halftime lead to 55-45. McDermott had eight points during the spurt, closing the surge with two straight 3-pointers.
Rashad Smith had 21 points, Pat Swilling added 18 and James Woodard 11 for Tulsa (0-4). Shaquille Harrison, who was averaging a team-high 19.5 points, was held to seven.
NO. 24 NORTH CAROLINA 82, RICHMOND 72
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Marcus Paige scored 26 points, Brice Johnson had 24 and North Carolina bounced back from its first loss of the season.
The Tar Heels (3-1) were up 66-62 with just under 4 minutes to play when Richmond's Terry Allen picked up his fourth foul. Johnson made a putback that started the run that gave the Tar Heels control of the game. A Paige 3-pointer made it 71-62 and North Carolina held on down the stretch.
Cedrick Lindsay scored 29 points for Richmond. Kendall Anthony added 13.
Johnson added 12 rebounds for the sophomore's first career double-double.
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