Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules
***** Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules *****
(Friday, November 19th)
Final Score: (1) Kansas 68, Vermont 61
Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) – Wayne Simien had 25 points and 14 rebounds as
the top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks survived a scare and fought off the Vermont
Catamounts, 68-61. Keith Langford and J.R. Giddens each added 12 for the
Jayhawks (1-0), who won despite committing 16 turnovers. A Simien dunk and a
three-pointer by Giddens allowed the Jayhawks to grab a 59-58 edge with 3:32
remaining. Coppenrath hit one-of-two free throws on the other end to tie the
game at 59 apiece, but Christian Moody grabbed an offensive rebound and hit
two free throws and Aaron Miles canned a jumper to put Kansas up 63-59 with
just under two minutes remaining. Kansas never trailed again.
Final Score: (3) Georgia Tech 74, Alabama State 37
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Jarrett Jack scored 20 points and B.J. Elder
added 15, as third-ranked Georgia Tech opened its season with a 74-37 rout of
Alabama State at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Isma’il Muhammad chipped in nine
points and 10 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (1-0), who used a big run to
start the game and another to close it. Alexander Oliver led Alabama State
(0-1) with 11 points and Joel Bosh, the younger brother of former Yellow
Jacket star Chris, added nine. The Hornets, who reached the NCAA Tournament
last year as SWAC champions, were without Ralfael Golden, their top returning
scorer who is sidelined with a broken bone in his shooting hand.
Final Score: Santa Clara 77, (4) North Carolina 66
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Travis Niesen scored a career-high 26 points,
Kyle Bailey added 20 and Santa Clara shocked No. 4 North Carolina with a 77-66
victory in a Pete Newell Challenge game at The Arena. The Broncos (3-1)
earned their first victory over a ranked opponent since beating a 19th-
ranked Alabama squad in 1996. Doron Perkins added 11 points in the win. Rashad
McCants scored 20 to lead North Carolina (0-1), which was without
suspended sophomore point guard Raymond Felton. Sean May added 19 points and
Jawad Williams had 11 in the loss.
Final Score: (5) Syracuse 77, (24) Memphis 62
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Hakim Warrick scored 25 points and Gerry
McNamara added 21, as fifth-ranked Syracuse pulled away late for a 77-62
victory over No. 24 Memphis in the championship game of the Coaches versus
Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden. Warrick was named the tournament MVP
for the Orange (4-0). He scored 21 points in Syracuse’s win over Mississippi
State in the semifinals on Thursday. Rodney Carney scored 25 points to lead
Memphis (3-1), but had only five in the second half. Carney poured in 33
during Thursday’s win over St. Mary’s.
Final Score: (6) Illinois 87, Delaware State 67
Champaign, IL (Sports Network) – Dee Brown scored 17 points to lead a balanced
attack, as sixth-ranked Illinois opened its season with an 87-67 victory over
Delaware State at Assembly Hall. Luther Head and James Augustine each
chipped in 15 points, while Deron Williams added 12 for the Illini
(1-0). Illinois, which returns all five starters from last year’s Big Ten
championship team, shot 64 percent and hit 12-of-22 from three-point range.
Final Score: (7) Oklahoma State 91, Northwestern State 53
Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) – John Lucas scored a game-high 24 points to
lead No. 7 Oklahoma State to a lopsided 91-53 win over Northwestern State at
Gallagher-Iba Arena. Joey Graham added 18 points and nine rebounds for the
Cowboys (1-0), who are returning four starters from last year’s team that lost
to Georgia Tech in the Final Four. Ivan McFarlin contributed 14 points and
Jameson Curry chipped in 12 in the victory.
Final Score: (12) Mississippi State 67, St. Mary’s (CA) 54
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Lawrence Roberts scored 20 points to lead
12th-ranked Mississippi State to a 67-54 victory over Saint Mary’s (CA) in the
consolation game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Roberts added seven rebounds and made only 6-of-18 field goals in just his
second game of the year. He again played with a mask protecting his broken
nose. Winsome Frazier added 12 points for the Bulldogs (3-1), who bounced
back nicely from a 13-point loss to Syracuse in Thursday’s semifinals.
Final Score: (13) Michigan State 104, Florida A&M 72
East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) – Kelvin Torbert scored 21 points and
Maurice Ager had 20, leading No. 13 Michigan State to a 104-72 rout of Florida
A&M at the Breslin Center. Shannon Brown chipped in 18 points and Chris Hill
scored 14 for the Spartans (1-0), who improved to 42-3 when playing home
games in the month of November. Paul Davis and Alan Anderson added 10 apiece
in the win.
Final Score: (15) Maryland 93, Jackson State 57
College Park, MD (Sports Network) – Travis Garrison scored a career-high 21
points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead 15th-ranked Maryland to a 93-57 rout
of Jackson State at the Comcast Center. Ekene Ibekwe added a career-high 17
points and eight boards for the defending ACC tournament champion Terps (1-0),
who improved to 13-3 in season openers under head coach Gary Williams. Nik
Caner-Medley tallied 12 points for Maryland, which is 102-2 at home against
non-conference foes since 1989.
Final Score: (16) Texas 95, Texas State 63
Austin, TX (Sports Network) – P.J. Tucker scored 18 points and collected a
game-high four steals to lead No. 16 Texas over Texas State, 95-63, in the
season-opener for both squads at Frank Erwin Center. Brad Buckman and Kenton
Paulino each added 13 points for the Longhorns (1-0), who tipped off their
99th season of intercollegiate basketball. Anthony Dill netted 19 points
and grabbed eight rebounds for the Bobcats (0-1), who finished last year
with an even 8-8 mark in Southland Conference action.
Final Score: (18) Alabama 97, Western Carolina 66
Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) – Kennedy Winston poured in 24 points to lead
18th-ranked Alabama to an easy 97-66 win over Western Carolina at Coleman
Coliseum. Chuck Davis added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Crimson Tide
(1-0), who are expected to be one of the top teams in the Southeastern
Conference this year. Earnest Shelton also chipped in 16 in the blowout win.
Final Score: (19) North Carolina State 100, East Carolina 66
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) – Tony Bethel scored 15 of his 22 points in the
first half, as 19th-ranked NC State routed East Carolina, 100-66, in the final
of the BCA Invitational at the RBC Center. Julius Hodge added 12 points for
the Wolfpack (3-0), who have won at least their first three contests for a
fourth straight season. Levi Watkins tallied 11 points for NC State, which
has yet to win by less than 26 points this season.
Final Score: (20) Notre Dame 66, Harvard 59
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) – Chris Quinn scored a game-high 20 points to
lead No. 20 Notre Dame over Harvard, 66-59, in the season-opener for both
teams at the Joyce Center. All-American Chris Thomas added 17 points for
the Fighting Irish (1-0), who opened up their 100th year of college
Final Score: (22) Washington 89, Seattle-Pacific 71
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Brandon Roy shot 10-of-15 for 23 points to lead
22nd-ranked Washington to a 89-71 victory over Seattle-Pacific in the season
opener for both teams at Bank of America Arena. Nate Robinson added 22 points
for the Huskies (1-0), who were without four players due to NCAA rules
violations. Mike Jensen helped out with 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds
for Washington. Jordan Lee scored 22 points for the Division II Falcons (0-1),
losers of nine straight against Washington and 14 overall against Division I-A
teams. Jason Chivers collected 17 points and seven boards in a losing cause.
Final Score: (23) Florida 81, Jacksonville 59
Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) – Anthony Roberson netted a game-high 19
points to lead 23rd-ranked Florida over Jacksonville, 81-59, in the season
opener for both teams at Veterans Memorial Arena. David Lee collected 15
points and Matt Walsh added 14 for the Gators (1-0), who have won 14
straight openers, including a 9-0 mark under head coach Billy Donovan.
Final Score: (25) Gonzaga 98, Portland State 80
Spokane, WA (Sports Network) – Ronny Turiaf poured in a career-high 33 points
and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 25 Gonzaga over Portland, 98-80, in the
season opener for both teams at the brand new McCarthey Athletic Center. Sean
Mallon added 18 points and eight boards for the Bulldogs (1-0), who opened the
season at home for just the second time since the 1998-99 season. Although
the Bulldogs moved into a new facility, they extended their home winning
streak to 13 games. Blake Walker netted 22 points and Seamus Boxley added 21
for the Vikings (0-1), who will play four of their first five on the road.