Thursday , Feb , 24 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

***** Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules *****
(Wednesday, February 23rd)

Final Score: (1) Illinois 84, Northwestern 48

Champaign, IL (Sports Network) – Dee Brown scored 20 points and Roger Powell
added 18, as top-ranked Illinois kept its dream of an unbeaten season alive
with an easy 84-48 victory over Northwestern at Assembly Hall. Brown made 6-
of-8 three-point shots and 7-of-10 from the field overall, while Powell hit
8-of-11 field goals, as Illinois (28-0, 14-0 Big Ten) clinched at least a
share of the Big Ten title. The Illini shot a blistering 59 percent from
the field and will have a nice week-long break before Purdue visits
Champaign next Thursday. Luther Head chipped in 14 points and Deron Williams
contributed 13 with six assists in the victory. Illinois finished 14-of-23
from beyond the arc. Northwestern, meanwhile, missed its first 14 three-
point shots and finished just 1-of-17 from distance. Mohamed Hachad scored 15
points and Vedran Vukusic added 14 to lead the Wildcats (13-13, 5-8), who had
won two straight and four of their previous five.

Final Score: (23) Villanova 76, (3) Boston College 70

Villanova, PA (Sports Network) – Randy Foye scored 23 points and Curtis
Sumpter added 20 to lead 23rd-ranked Villanova over No. 3 Boston College,
76-70, at The Pavilion. Sumpter went 10-of-10 from the foul line, while Foye
connected on 3-of-6 from three-point range to lead the Wildcats (18-6, 8-5
Big East), who won for the fourth straight time. Kyle Lowry chipped in 11
points filling in for an injured Mike Nardi. Craig Smith led the charge for
Boston College with 18 points and six rebounds. The Eagles (22-2, 11-2) saw
their two-game winning streak come to an end and fell to 3-15 at Villanova
all-time. Jared Dudley tallied 15 points, while Steve Hailey netted 11
before fouling out. The free throw line proved to be the difference, as
Villanova made 36-of-41 from the stripe and Boston College went 17-for-23.

Final Score: (5) Kentucky 81, Auburn 73

Lexington, KY (Sports Network) – Kelenna Azubuike had career-highs of 30
points and 11 rebounds as No. 5 Kentucky beat a pesky Auburn squad, 81-73, at
Rupp Arena. Chuck Hayes added 13 points for Kentucky, which clinched a
share of the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title. Randolph Morris
contributed 12 for the Wildcats (21-3, 12-1 SEC), who have won two straight
after being upset by South Carolina on February 15. Toney Douglas scored all
of his 21 points in the second half for Auburn (12-14, 3-10), which has
not won in Lexington in over 17 years.

Final Score: (6) Wake Forest 88, Longwood 47

Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) – Eric Williams scored 12 points and pulled
down 11 rebounds to lead No. 6 Wake Forest to a lopsided 88-47 victory against
overmatched Longwood. Taron Downey added 13 for Wake Forest (23-4), which
rebounded from a loss at Duke to win for the seventh time in eight games.
Justin Gray, who averages better than 16 a game, scored eight points in
limited action. Chris Paul, who entered the contest with an average of 15
points a game, had 10 in 24 minutes. Michael Jefferson scored 14 points
for the Lancers (1-29), who have lost a school-record 18 straight games
since beating Howard on December 18 for their only win of the season. Maurice
Sumter added nine for Longwood, an independent playing its first full season
in Division I.

Final Score: (7) Duke 60, Georgia Tech 56

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick scored a team-high 21 points to
lead seventh-ranked Duke to a hard fought win over Georgia Tech, 60-56 at
Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Daniel Ewing chipped in 14 points, while
Shelden Williams netted 12 and 10 boards for the Blue Devils (20-4, 10-4
ACC), who snapped a three-game road losing streak. Lee Melchionni finished
with nine points on three key trey’s down the stretch. Jarrett Jack led the
way for Georgia Tech with 20 points and Luke Schenscher tallied 16 in the
losing effort. The Yellow Jackets (15-9, 6-7) have now lost four of their last
six games. B.J. Elder scored only two points before fouling out.

Final Score: (15) Syracuse 83, St. John’s 69

Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – Hakim Warrick poured in a career-high 35
points and Syracuse overcame an ankle injury to Gerry McNamara, as the 15th-
ranked Orange snapped a two-game losing streak with an 83-69 victory over St.
John’s at the Carrier Dome. Warrick made 10-of-15 shots and hit 15-of-19 free
throws while grabbing 10 rebounds for the Orange (23-5, 10-4 Big East). Josh
Pace contributed 12 points in the victory, which was the 699th in the
career of Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, who will try for No. 700 on
Saturday when Providence visits the Carrier Dome. Daryll Hill scored a
career-high 33 points for St. John’s (9-15, 3-11), which was coming off a
victory over Georgetown. He made 7-of-13 three-point shots for the Red Storm.

Final Score: West Virginia 70, (18) Pittsburgh 66

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Kevin Pittsnogle scored 20 of his team-high
22 points in the second half to help West Virginia upset 18th-ranked
Pittsburgh, 70-66, in a wild Big East affair at Petersen Events Center.
Pittsnogle, who was quiet in the first half, ended 6-of-10 from the floor,
including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, for West Virginia (17-8, 7-7 Big East),
which kept its NCAA Tournament hopes alive with the dramatic victory. Patrick
Beilein added 12 points and Joe Herber chipped in 11 for the
Mountaineers, who shot 6-of-8 from three-point land in the second half to
spark the comeback. Chevon Troutman paced the Panthers with 15 points.
Antonio Graves added 14, while Carl Krauser and Chris Taft each netted 10
for Pittsburgh (18-6, 8-5), which relinquished a 14-point second-half lead en
route to its second straight loss.

Final Score: (21) Charlotte 80, Memphis 77

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Eddie Basden scored 24 points and Curtis
Withers recorded 14 of his 20 points in the second half, as 21st-ranked
Charlotte rallied for an 80-77 victory over Memphis in a key Conference USA
clash at Halton Arena. Withers added nine rebounds for the 49ers, who
trailed 52-42 with 16 minutes remaining. Brendan Plavich shot 4-of-8 from
three-point range in a 12-point effort, which helped Charlotte (20-4, 11-2
C-USA) to its sixth straight win overall and 10th consecutive triumph at
home. The 49ers also moved into a tie with No. 11 Louisville atop the
conference standings. Darius Washington poured in a career-high 29 points
for the Tigers (16-11, 9-4), who entered the contest having won three in a
row and six of seven. Rodney Carney registered 22 points, 16 of which came
after halftime.