Friday , Dec , 31 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

***** Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules *****
(Friday, December 31st)

Final Score: (1) Illinois 67, (22) Cincinnati 45

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – Deron Williams scored 18 points to lead top-
ranked Illinois to a 67-45 victory over No. 22 Cincinnati in the championship
game of the Las Vegas Holiday Classic at the Valley Athletic Complex. Dee
Brown and Roger Powell, Jr. each had 13 points for the Fighting Illini
(14-0), who are off to their best start since the 1988-89 team began 17-0.
Jason Maxiell scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Bearcats
(11-1), who lost for the first time this season and failed to atone for a
92-68 defeat to Illinois in last year’s NCAA second round.

Final Score: (13) Washington 81, California 67

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Tre Simmons scored 18 points to lead
13th-ranked Washington to an 81-67 win over California in the Pac-10 opener
for both teams at Bank of America Arena. Bobby Jones finished with 16 points
and nine rebounds for the Huskies (11-1, 1-0 Pac-10), who have won seven
straight overall. Will Conroy contributed 11 points and seven assists. Richard
Midgley posted 18 points for the Golden Bears (7-4, 0-1), who erased a 16-
point hole in the first half before having their three-game winning streak
snapped. Marquise Kately chipped in with 15 points.

Final Score: (16) Iowa 67, Saint Louis 58

Iowa City, IA (Sports Network) – Pierre Pierce scored 24 points and drained a
number of key baskets down the stretch to lead 16th-ranked Iowa over Saint
Louis, 67-58, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Adam Haluska ended with 13 points for
the Hawkeyes (12-1), who have won nine straight. Jeff Horner added 12 for
Iowa, which needed two late runs to earn the victory. Izik Ohanon had 15
points for the Billikens (2-10), who have dropped four in a row. Anthony
Drejaj tallied 14 points for Saint Louis, which failed to hold on to a second-
half lead.