Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules
***** Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules *****
(Saturday, December 18th)
Final Score: (2) Kansas 64, South Carolina 60
Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) – Wayne Simien scored a game-high 20 points and
grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 2 Kansas overcame an early 11-point deficit and
rallied for a hard-fought 64-60 win over South Carolina in a non-conference
matchup at Allen Fieldhouse. J.R. Giddens had 13 points and Keith Langford
added 11 for the Jayhawks (7-0), who won their 14th straight at home and are
7-0 since the 2000-01 team won its first seven games. Carlos Powell collected
13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Gamecocks (5-2), who have dropped two of
three. Josh Gonner netted 12 points and Tarence Kinsey chipped in with 11 in
Final Score: (22) Gonzaga 85, (3) Georgia Tech 73
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – Adam Morrison scored 24 points, Derek Raivio
added 21, and No. 22 Gonzaga knocked off third-ranked Georgia Tech in
convincing fashion, 85-73, in the nightcap of the Las Vegas Showdown. Ronny
Turiaf chipped in 17 points for the Bulldogs (8-1), who have won five straight
since a loss to now top-ranked Illinois on November 27. Will Bynum scored a
career-high 28 points off the bench for Georgia Tech (7-1), but he couldn’t
keep the Yellow Jackets from their first loss since falling to Connecticut in
last season’s championship game. B.J. Elder added 16 points for the Yellow
Jackets and Jarrett Jack had 15.
Final Score: (4) Oklahoma State 79, UNLV 67
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – Joey Graham netted 20 points to lead No.4
Oklahoma State to a 79-67 victory over UNLV in the Las Vegas Showdown at the
Thomas & Mack Center. John Lucas and Ivan McFarlin added 17 points apiece for
the Cowboys (8-0), who shot 49 percent from the field. Stephen Graham chipped
in with eight points in the win. Romel Beck scored a game-high 25 points to
lead UNLV (3-4) and Jerel Blassingame tallied 17 while dishing out nine
assists. The Runnin’ Rebels, who play seven of their next nine games at home,
have lost three of their last four overall.
Final Score: (6) Wake Forest 89, (14) Texas 88
Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) – Chris Paul scored 23 points and dished
out 12 assists to lead sixth-ranked Wake Forest to an 89-88 win over No. 14
Texas at Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Eric Williams had 19 points and Justin Gray
added 15 for the Demon Deacons (9-1), who have won four straight since their
only loss of the season against top-ranked Illinois on December 1. P.J. Tucker
tied a career high with 27 points and 14 rebounds for Texas (7-2), which had
its five-game winning streak halted. Brad Buckman chipped in 17 points and
Kenny Taylor contributed 13 in a losing effort.
Final Score: (7) Duke 78, Oklahoma 67
New York, NY (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick poured in a game-high 26 points,
helping No. 7 Duke overcome a 12-point second-half deficit on the way to a
78-67 victory in the Dreyfus Classic at Madison Square Garden. Daniel Ewing
added 17 points for the unbeaten Blue Devils (8-0), while Shelden Williams
chipped in 14 with 13 rebounds. This was the first meeting in over a decade
between the two schools, but it still produced the same result as Duke has
come out on top on all four occasions. Taj Gray paced the Sooners (6-2) with
18 points and 12 boards and Terrell Everett scored 17 despite shooting just 5-
for-17. Gray’s opening bucket of the second half handed Oklahoma a 41-29 lead,
but it was all Duke from there.
Final Score: (8) Syracuse 74, Drexel 54
Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – Hakim Warrick scored a game-high 21 points to
lead No. 8 Syracuse over Drexel, 74-54, at the Carrier Dome. Darryl Watkins
added 14 with a game-high 13 rebounds for the Orange (9-1), who have won two
in a row after losing for the only time this season to Oklahoma State. Josh
Pace also contributed 14 points in the win. Chaz Crawford scored 15 points to
lead the Dragons (3-4). Phil Goss had 11 for Drexel, which shot just 34
percent from the field and was outrebounded 44-17.
Final Score: (9) Kentucky 60, (13) Louisville 58
Louisville, KY (Sports Network) – Patrick Sparks sank three foul shots with
6/10ths of a second remaining in the game, lifting ninth-ranked Kentucky to a
60-58 come-from-behind win over No. 13 Louisville at Freedom Hall. Sparks
finished with a game-high 25 points for the Wildcats (7-1), who rebounded from
a 16-point halftime deficit to squeak out the two-point win. The Wildcats, who
got 12 points from Kelenna Azubuike, have won three straight since their only
loss of the season to North Carolina on December 4. Kentucky also halted a
two-game skid versus Louisville. Larry O’Bannon paced the Cardinals (6-2) with
16 points. Juan Palacios chipped in 11 points for Louisville, which had its
six-game winning streak stopped.
Final Score: (10) Pittsburgh 73, Coppin State 42
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Chris Taft scored a game-high 18 points and
grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 10 Pittsburgh rolled to a 73-42 win over Coppin
State in a non-conference matchup at the Petersen Events Center. Carl Krauser
added 17 points for the Panthers (8-0), who recorded their third consecutive
8-0 start to a season. Pittsburgh has won 17 of its last 20 contests overall.
Robert Pressey scored all of his team-high 12 points in the second half for
the Eagles (2-7), who fell to 1-6 on the road this season. Nicholas King added
10 points in the loss.
Final Score: (15) Arizona 48, Marquette 43
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Chris Rodgers scored a game-high 16 points to
lead No. 15 Arizona over Marquette, 48-43, in non-conference action at the
Bradley Center. Hassan Adams added 14 points for the Wildcats (7-2), who
won their fourth straight game. Travis Diener tallied 14 points for the Golden
Eagles (9-1), who tasted defeat for the first time all season.
Final Score: (16) Iowa 88, Western Carolina 75
Iowa City, IA (Sports Network) – Pierre Pierce scored 21 points on 8-of-11
shooting from the field — and pulled down eight rebounds — to lead 16th-
ranked Iowa to an 88-75 win over Western Carolina at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Jeff Horner made 4-of-5 three-point shots to finish with 20 points and dished
out 10 assists for the Hawkeyes (9-1), who posted their sixth consecutive
victory. Greg Brunner chipped in with 11 points and 11 rebounds. David
Berghoefer posted 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Catamounts (6-7), who
had won two straight. Trey Hopkins and Corey Muirhead both notched 13
Final Score: (17) Alabama 87, Tennessee State 79
Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) – Chuck Davis scored 24 points, grabbed 12
rebounds and blocked seven shots to lead No. 17 Alabama over Tennessee State,
87-79, in non-conference competition at Coleman Coliseum. Kennedy Winston
added 19 points and six boards for the Crimson Tide (9-1), who rolled to their
fifth straight victory. Bruce Price netted a game-high 26 points for the
Tigers (5-6), who suffered their third setback in the last four games. The
Tigers are still winless in true road games this season, dropping six straight
decisions, even though they are 2-0 in neutral site affairs.
Final Score: (19) George Washington 85, Towson 69
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Pops Mensah-Bonsu scored 15 points to lead
six players in double digits as No. 19 George Washington beat Towson, 85-69,
at the Smith Center. Mensah-Bonsu also had a game-high 13 rebounds. T.J.
Thompson and Ricky Lucas each had 14 points for the Colonials (7-1), who have
reeled off seven straight wins. Lawrence Hamm scored a game-high 18 points
for Towson (3-7), which has lost six of its last seven games. Jonathan Pease
recorded his first career double- double with 15 points and a career-high 11
rebounds in a losing effort.
Final Score: (20) Mississippi State 80, Xavier 74
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Winsome Frazier and Lawrence Roberts each
scored 20 points as 20th-ranked Mississippi earned a tough win over Xavier,
80-74, at the Cintas Center Gary Ervin added 15 points for the Bulldogs
(9-2), who have won three straight. Mississippi State converted 8-of-12
from three-point land led by Frazier, who nailed 4-of-4 from beyond the arc.
Josh Duncan paced Xavier with 13 points. Justin Cage and Stanley Burrell each
netted 10 points for the Musketeers (3-3). who have lost three in a row.
Final Score: (21) Michigan State 63, Delaware State 45
East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) – Chris Hill scored 14 points to lead 21st-
ranked Michigan State to an easy 63-45 win over Delaware State at the Breslin
Center. Kelvin Torbert added 12 points and Shannon Brown contributed 10
for the Spartans (6-2), who have won three straight games. Michigan State
shot 52 percent from the field (23-of-44) and held its opponent to only 37
percent shooting from the field (14-of-38). Jahsha Bluntt had 11 points for
the Hornets (2-6), who have dropped two of their past three contests.
Final Score: (25) Cincinnati 81, Northwestern State 65
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Jason Maxiell poured in a game-high 21
points, Armein Kirkland added 15 and 25th-ranked Cincinnati rolled over
Northwestern State, 81-65, in the Las Vegas Classic. Jihad Muhammad added 13
and Eric Hicks netted 11 for the Bearcats (7-0), who have won seven straight
to start the season. Tramaine Hancock paced the Demons with 12 points on 4-
of-8 shooting. Clifton Lee chipped in with 11 points for Northwestern State
(5-5), which has dropped three straight — all on the road.