Thursday , Nov , 25 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

***** Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules *****
(Wednesday, November 24th)

Final Score: (1) Wake Forest 79, Providence 67

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Justin Gray scored 21 points to lead top-
ranked Wake Forest over Providence, 79-67, in semifinal action of the
Preseason NIT at Madison Square Garden. Eric Williams added 18 points for the
Demon Deacons (4-0), who are 2-0 since being voted the top team in the nation
for the first time in school history. All-American Chris Paul recorded 11
points, eight rebounds and six assists for Wake, which will face Arizona in
Friday night’s championship. Ryan Gomes scored a game-high 24 and added
nine rebounds for Providence (3-1). Dwight Brewington added 23 points for
the Friars, who will face Michigan in the third-place game.

Final Score: (5) Illinois 85, Oakland 54

Champaign, IL (Sports Network) – Luther Head had 22 points and nine assists to
lead fifth-ranked Illinois to an easy 85-54 win over Oakland at Assembly Hall.
Deron Williams added 17 points and also dished out nine assists for the
Fighting Illini (3-0), who have outscored their opposition by an average of
just over 27 points per game this season. Roger Powell Jr. scored 10
points and James Augustine grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds in the win. Rawle
Marshall, Kris Krzyminski and Cortney Scott all netted 11 points for the
Grizzlies (0-2), who have lost both all-time meetings with Illinois.

Final Score: (11) North Carolina 106, Iowa 92

Maui, HI (Sports Network) – Rashad McCants scored 22 points to lead No. 11
North Carolina to a convincing 106-92 win over Iowa in the championship of the
Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center. Jawad Williams had 18 points and
Sean May added 16 points and six rebounds for the Tar Heels (3-1), who won
this event for a second time in school history. North Carolina has now won
three straight following a stunning season-opening loss at Santa Clara.
Raymond Felton, who was named the tournament MVP, chipped in 13 points and
handed out nine assists in the win. Adam Haluska scored 19 points and Jeff
Horner netted 18 points and grabbed nine boards for the Hawkeyes (3-1),
who were looking for their second Maui Invitational title. Iowa had a
great run in Hawaii, as the school upset nationally-ranked teams
Louisville and Texas en route to the championship game.

Final Score: (12) Louisville 82, Stanford 67

Maui, HI (Sports Network) – Taquan Dean poured in a game-high 30 points and
Francisco Garcia added 16 points to lead 12th-ranked Louisville over
Stanford, 82-67, in the fifth-place game of the Maui Invitational at the
Lahaina Civic Center. Dean also grabbed six boards and handed out three
assists, while Ellis Myles chipped in eight points and 13 boards for
Louisville (3-1), which shot 11-of-20 from three-point land. Larry O’Bannon
collected 14 points and shot 4-of-6 from beyond the arc for the Cardinals. Rob
Little paced Stanford with 19 points. Matt Haryasz added 18 points with
eight rebounds, while Chris Hernandez contributed 13 points in the loss.

Final Score: (15) Texas 95, Tennessee 70

Maui, HI (Sports Network) – Daniel Gibson poured in a team-high 19 points and
Kenny Taylor added 16, leading 15th-ranked Texas over Tennessee, 95-70, in the
third-place game of the Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center. Brad
Buckman, Sydmill Harris and P.J. Tucker each chipped in 11 points for Texas
(3-1), which rebounded from Tuesday’s 82-80 loss to Iowa in the
tournament semifinals. Jason Klotz collected 10 points and hauled down a game-
high 11 boards for the Longhorns, who shot 10-of-25 from three-point range.
C.J. Watson paced Tennessee with 19 points. Scooter McFadgon added 13 points
for the Volunteers (1-2), who have dropped two straight.

Final Score: (16) Pittsburgh 83, Robert Morris 59

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Chris Taft posted game-highs of 21 points
and nine rebounds as 16th-ranked Pittsburgh defeated local rival Robert
Morris, 83-59, at the Petersen Events Center. Carl Krauser compiled 18 points,
five assists and five steals as the Panthers (2-0) remained unbeaten in 24
meetings with the Colonials and improved to 60-0 all-time against Northeast
Conference foes. Maurice Carter had 17 points and seven rebounds for Robert
Morris (1-3), which has dropped three straight. Mark Anderson and Chaz
McCrommon netted 18 and 14 points, respectively, in the loss.

Final Score: (18) Arizona 61, Michigan 60 (OT)

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Mustafa Shakur scored 13 points, grabbed eight
rebounds and dished out six assists to lead 18th-ranked Arizona over Michigan,
61-60, in overtime of the Preseason NIT at Madison Square Garden. Ivan
Radenovic, who hit the free throw that turned out to provide the
difference, ended with 12 points and 10 boards for the Wildcats (3-1), who
will face top-ranked Wake Forest in the final on Friday. Dion Harris
finished with 16 points for Michigan (3-1), which failed in its attempt to
become the first team to win NIT postseason and preseason titles in
consecutive seasons. Chris Hunter went for 11 points, but made just one-of-
two free throws with 50 seconds left that would have tied the game. Daniel
Horton added 13 points and six assists, but he also missed a potential shot
with only seconds left that would have given the Wolverines the win.

Final Score: (19) Alabama 90, Alaska-Anchorage 55

Anchorage, AK (Sports Network) – Earnest Shelton finished with 18 points to
lead 19th-ranked Alabama to a 90-55 win over Alaska-Anchorage in the
quarterfinal round of the Great Alaska Shootout at Sullivan Arena. Jermareo
Davidson posted 17 points for the Crimson Tide (3-0), who advanced to
Friday’s semifinals. Carl Arts and Mark Drake both scored eight points
for the Division II Seawolves (1-2), who have lost two straight.

Final Score: (24) Gonzaga 88, Idaho 74

Spokane, WA (Sports Network) – Ronny Turiaf finished with a career-high 40
points on 13-of-18 shooting from the field and 11 rebounds to lead 24th-ranked
Gonzaga to an 88-74 win over Idaho at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Adam
Morrison contributed 13 points and five assists for Bulldogs (3-0), who have
won five straight in the series. Sean Mallon added 11 points and 10
rebounds in the win. Dandrick Jones scored 23 points to lead the Vandals
(0-3). Dillon Higdon added 16 in the loss.