Sunday , Dec , 19 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

***** Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules *****
(Sunday, December 19th)

Final Score: (1) Illinois 93, Valparaiso 56

Champaign, IL (Sports Network) – Deron Williams scored 15 points, grabbed
seven rebounds and handed out seven assists to lead No. 1 Illinois over
Valparaiso, 93-56, at Assembly Hall as part of the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.
Dee Brown added 19 points for the Fighting Illini (10-0), who started the
season with 10 straight wins for the first time since the 1989-90 campaign.
Dan Oppland netted 16 points for the Crusaders (2-6), who had a two-game win
streak snapped.

Final Score: (5) North Carolina 85, Virginia Tech 51

Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) – Sean May and Jawad Williams each scored 17
points as fifth-ranked North Carolina introduced Virginia Tech to the Atlantic
Coast Conference with an 85-51 whipping of the Hokies at Cassell Coliseum.
Raymond Felton added 15 points for the Tar Heels (8-1, 1-0 ACC), who shot a
sizzling 64.6 percent (31-of-48) from the floor and made 7-of-14 attempts from
three-point range. Williams hit on 7-of-8 shots and May finished 6-of-8 as
North Carolina cruised to its eighth straight win following a season-opening
defeat to Santa Clara. Zabian Dowdell buried five three-pointers in a 21-
point performance for Virginia Tech (5-3, 0-1), which dropped three of four
after a 4-0 start.

Final Score: (11) Connecticut 81, Rice 72

Hartford, CT (Sports Network) – Rashad Anderson poured in 27 points to lead
11th-ranked Connecticut to an 81-72 win over Rice at the Hartford Civic
Center. Josh Boone had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Huskies (5-1), who
rebounded from their loss at Massachusetts to win for the fifth time in six
games. Rudy Gay added 10 points and nine rebounds in the win. Michael Harris
scored 22 points and grabbed nine boards while Lorenzo Williams added 13 for
the Owls (5-2), who had their three-game winning streak halted.

Final Score: (18) Washington 68, (12) North Carolina State 64

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Will Conroy and Tre Simmons each scored 12
points to lead 18th-ranked Washington past No. 12 North Carolina State, 68-64,
at Bank of America Arena. Simmons also pulled down six rebounds, while
teammate Brandon Roy netted 10 points. Jamaal Williams chipped in nine points
and six boards for the Huskies (8-1), who have won four in a row. Cameron
Bennerman paced the Wolfpack with 16 points. Julius Hodge had 15 points and
Andrew Brackman added 14 for North Carolina State (8-1), which suffered its
first loss of the season.

Final Score: (23) Maryland 90, Florida State 88 (OT)

College Park, MD (Sports Network) – John Gilchrist hit two foul shots with 6.6
seconds left in overtime to snap a tie and lift 23rd-ranked Maryland to a
90-88 win over Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both
teams at the Comcast Center. Gilchrist finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds
and eight assists for the Terrapins (6-2, 1-0 ACC), who have won two straight
games and three of their last four. Chris McCray chipped in with 14 points for
Maryland. Adam Waleskowski scored 23 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for
the Seminoles (5-5, 0-1), who have lost two of their last three. Al Thorton
posted 16 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.