Friday , Nov , 19 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

***** Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules *****
(Thursday, November 18th)

Final Score: (2) Wake Forest 81, VCU 67

Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) – Chris Paul scored 16 points to lead No. 2
Wake Forest over Virginia Commonwealth, 81-67, in the quarterfinal round of
the Preseason NIT. Paul scored 14 of his 16 points at the foul line for the
Demon Deacons (2-0), who advanced to a semifinal matchup with Providence in
New York. Justin Gray added 14 points in the win. Eric Williams, Trent
Strickland and Jamaal Levy all scored 10. Alexander Harper posted a game-high
17 points to lead VCU (1-1), which earned its quarterfinal bid with a come-
from-behind victory over American University in overtime. Nick George added 14
points and B.A. Walker had 12 in the loss.

Final Score: (5) Syracuse 71, (12) Mississippi State 58

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Hakim Warrick delivered 21 points, including
17 in the second half, as No. 5 Syracuse downed 12th-ranked Mississippi State,
71-58, in the second of two semifinal matchups at the Coaches vs. Cancer
Classic at Madison Square Garden. Josh Pace posted 12 points while Gerry
McNamara added nine points for Syracuse (3-0), which will face No. 24 Memphis
in the final on Friday night. The Tigers defeated Saint Mary’s earlier
Thursday. Shane Power netted 18 points to lead the way for Mississippi State
(2-1), which reached the semis after beating Birmingham Southern.

Final Score: (10) Arizona 83, Wright State 66

Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Salim Stoudamire went 6-for-9 from three-point
range and finished with 24 points to lead No. 10 Arizona to an easy 83-66
victory over Wright State in the quarterfinal round of the Preseason NIT at
the McHale Center. Channing Frye netted 13 with three blocks for the Wildcats
(2-0), who advanced to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden to face
Michigan. Arizona forward Isaiah Fox, who missed the team’s opening round
victory over San Diego for what head coach Lute Olson termed “failure to meet
team responsibilities,” returned and scored 10 with eight rebounds. Zakee Boyd
led Wright State (1-1) with a career-high 24 points, while DaShaun Wood
contributed 18 in the loss.

Final Score: (19) North Carolina State 71, Elon 45

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) – Julius Hodge poured in a game-high 21 points as
19th-ranked North Carolina State routed Elon, 71-45, in the semifinal round of
the BCA Invitational at the RBC Center. Hodge, the reigning ACC Player of the
Year, shot 8-of-13 from the field and also grabbed seven rebounds, while Ilian
Evtimov added 10 points for North Carolina State (2-0), which will face East
Carolina in the championship game on Friday. Engin Atsur and Tony Bethel each
contributed eight points in the win. Matt Nowlin was the only player in
double-digit scoring with 16 points for Elon (1-1), which earned its way into
Thursday’s game with a convincing 73-59 triumph over Fairleigh Dickinson on
Wednesday.

Final Score: (24) Memphis 81, St. Mary’s (CA) 66

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Rodney Carney poured in 33 points to lead the
24th-ranked Memphis Tigers to an 81-66 victory over the Saint Mary’s Gaels in
the first of two semifinal contests of the Coaches versus Cancer Classic at
Madison Square Garden. Sean Banks added 18 points for Memphis, which comes
into this season on the heels of four straight 20-plus win campaigns and is
playing in this tournament for the third consecutive year. Freshman guard
Darius Washington added 13 points for the Tigers (3-0). Daniel Kickert paced
the Gaels (2-1) with 24 points while Jonathan Sanders added 13 in the setback.
Memphis will move on to face the winner of the other semifinal matchup, which
pits the Syracuse Orange against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.