Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules
***** Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules *****
(Saturday, February 26th)
Final Score: (3) Boston College 70, Seton Hall 58
Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) – Jared Dudley scored 19 points and Craig
Smith added 16, leading No. 3 Boston College to a 70-58 victory over Seton
Hall at Conte Forum. Sean Marshall chipped in 12 points for the Eagles (23-2,
12-2 Big East), who struggled to bounce back from their six-point loss at
Villanova on Wednesday night. Brian Laing scored a career-high 15 points to
lead the Pirates (11-14, 3-11), who have lost four straight and seven of their
last eight games overall.
Final Score: (5) Kentucky 78, (16) Alabama 71
Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) – Patrick Sparks shot 7-of-10 from three-point
range and finished with 26 points to lead No. 5 Kentucky over No. 16 Alabama,
78-71, at Coleman Coliseum. Kelenna Azubuike added 15 for the Wildcats, who
claimed their 43rd outright Southeastern Conference title with the victory.
Ravi Moss contributed 10 points for Kentucky, which made a school- record 68.4
percent (13-of-19) of their shots from beyond the arc. The Wildcats (22-3,
13-1) have won 12 of their last 13 games. Kennedy Winston scored 21 points to
lead the Crimson Tide (21-6, 10-4).
Final Score: (7) Duke 58, St. John’s 47
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Lee Melchionni scored a team-high 16 points
and grabbed nine rebounds to lead seventh-ranked Duke over St. John’s, 58-47,
at Madison Square Garden. J.J. Redick scored 13 points despite struggling from
the field as he went 2- of-11 and just 1-for-7 from three-point distance for
the Blue Devils (21-4), who won their third straight. Lamont Hamilton led the
way for St. John’s (9-16) with 15 points and Daryll Hill added 10 in the
losing effort. The Red Storm have lost six of seven.
Final Score: (14) Washington 93, (9) Arizona 85
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Nate Robinson buried a clutch three-pointer
down the stretch and finished with 22 points, as 14th-ranked Washington held
on for a 93-85 win over ninth-ranked Arizona in a Pac-10 battle from Bank of
America Arena. Tre Simmons scored a team-high 24 points and buried 5-of-10
three-pointers for the Huskies (23-4, 13-3 Pac-10), who have won three
straight and seven of their last eight games. Channing Frye poured in a
career-high 30 points for the Wildcats (24-5, 14-3), who saw their seven-game
winning streak come to an end. Arizona head coach Lute Olson will have to wait
until March 5 versus Arizona State for another attempt to pass UCLA legend
John Wooden for most Pac-10 wins in conference history (304).
Final Score: (11) Louisville 53, Memphis 44
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Taquan Dean recorded 14 points and 11th-ranked
Louisville rallied from an 11-point deficit with under 10 minutes to play to
earn a 53-44 victory over Memphis in a key Conference USA clash at FedEx
Forum. Francisco Garcia added 12 points and Ellis Myles pulled down 11
rebounds to help the Cardinals (24-4, 12-2 C-USA) avenge an 85-68 defeat to
the Tigers earlier this month and remain tied with Charlotte atop the
Conference USA standings. The Cardinals got their fourth straight win with
defense, holding Memphis to 19.6 percent (11-of-56) shooting from the field.
Darius Washington Jr. topped the Tigers with 14 points but hit just 4-of-15
attempts. Rodney Carney, who entered with a team-best 16.7 points per game
average, was held scoreless on 0-of-9 shooting for Memphis (16-12, 9-5 C-USA),
which suffered its second straight league loss.
Final Score: (13) Utah 69, BYU 60
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Andrew Bogut poured in 26 points and
grabbed 13 rebounds and No. 13 Utah struggled early but pulled away from BYU,
69-60, at the Huntsman Center. Justin Hawkins added 21 points and Richard
Chaney netted 10 for Utah (24-4, 12-1 MWC), which rebounded from its only
conference loss on Monday, a 65-54 setback at New Mexico. Marc Jackson dished
out a game-high 11 assists in the win. Austin Ainge paced BYU with 17 points
while Mike Hall added 12 in the losing effort. Brock Reichner contributed nine
points and went 2-of-2 from three- point distance for the Cougars (9-19,
3-10), who have lost three straight and five of six.
Final Score: (15) Syracuse 91, Providence 66
Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – Hakim Warrick poured in a career-high 36
points and Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim earned his 700th career win, as the
15th-ranked Orange pounded Providence 91-66 at the Carrier Dome. Warrick has
been sensational over his last two games for the Orange (24-5, 11-4 Big East),
who have won two straight overall. The senior forward netted 35 points, which
was his previous high, in Wednesday’s win over St. John’s and is shooting 69
percent over his past two games (22-of-32). Ryan Gomes netted 21 points and
Randall Hanke contributed 17 for the Friars (12-16, 2-12), who have dropped
three of their past four contests.
Final Score: (17) Connecticut 73, (18) Pittsburgh 64
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Charlie Villanueva scored 14 points and
grabbed 13 rebounds to lead No. 17 Connecticut over No. 18 Pittsburgh, 73-64,
at the Petersen Events Center. Rudy Gay added 17 for the Huskies (19-6, 11-3
Big East), Denham Brown contributed 16 and Marcus Williams had 13 in the win.
UConn’s Josh Boone, who entered the game averaging 13.4 points, picked up two
early fouls and played just six minutes in the opening half. Boone then
committed his third foul early in the second half and finished with seven
points. Chevon Troutman scored a game-high 22, while Carl Krauser had 21 for
the Panthers (18-7, 8-6).
Final Score: (19) Pacific 75, Cal State-Northridge 61
Stockton, CA (Sports Network) – Christian Maraker and Tyler Newton posted 15
points apiece as 19th-ranked Pacific extended its win streak to 19 straight
with a 75-61 victory over Cal State-Northridge. Johnny Gray added 14 points
for Pacific (23-2, 16-0), which had already clinched the Big West
regular season title and has not lost since a 67-64 defeat to San
Francisco on Dec. 18. Pacific has also won 28 straight conference
tilts. Davin White led the way for Cal State Northridge (15-11, 11-5) with 17
Final Score: (21) Charlotte 81, Southern Mississippi 58
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Curtis Withers scored 25 points with 11
rebounds, and No. 21 Charlotte rolled to an 81-58 victory over Southern
Mississippi at Halton Arena. Eddie Basden collected 17 points, eight rebounds
and six steals for the 49ers (21-4, 12-2 Conference USA), who have won seven
straight. E.J. Drayton added 14 points in the win. Rashaad Carruth scored 22
points to lead the Golden Eagles (10-17, 1-14), whose season-long losing
streak now stands at nine games. Mildon Ambres added 14 points and eight
rebounds in defeat.
Final Score: (22) Oklahoma 103, Baylor 60
Norman, OK (Sports Network) – Taj Gray scored 16 points and Jaison Williams
added 15 to lead 22nd-ranked Oklahoma to a 103-60 thrashing of Baylor at the
Lloyd Noble Center. David Godbold chipped in 14 while Johnnie Gilbert netted
13 for the Sooners (21-6, 10-4 Big 12), who have won four straight games.
Aaron Bruce had a game-high 22 points for the Bears (9-16, 1-13), who have
dropped 11 straight contests.
Final Score: (24) Cincinnati 89, TCU 74
Fort Worth, TX (Sports Network) – Jihad Muhammad scored a team-high 21 points,
James White added 16 and 24th-ranked Cincinnati pulled away from TCU for an
89-74 win at Daniel Meyer Coliseum. Nick Williams contributed 14 while Jason
Maxiell collected 11 points with 11 boards for the Bearcats (22-6, 10-4 C-
USA), who have won four straight. Aaron Curtis paced TCU with a game-high 22
points. Corey Santee added 16 and Marcus Shropshire chipped in 12 for the
Horned Frogs (17-11, 7-7 C-USA), who have dropped two of three.
Final Score: (25) Nevada 76, Fresno State 63
Fresno, CA (Sports Network) – Nick Fazekas posted a game-high 28 points and
also grabbed 11 rebounds, as No. 25 Nevada downed Fresno State, 76-63, in
Western Athletic Conference action at the Save Mart Center. Mo Charlo added
17 points for the Wolf Pack (22-5, 14-2 WAC), who have won eight straight
games since Fresno State handed them a 66-63 home loss on January 29.
Saturday’s win also gave Nevada at least a share of the conference title. The
Wolf Pack hold a two-game lead over Texas-El Paso with two regular- season
games remaining for both teams. JaVance Coleman netted 18 points for the
Bulldogs (14-12, 8-8), who have dropped three consecutive contests. Despite
its win over the Wolf Pack earlier this season, Fresno State has dropped
six of its last eight meetings with Nevada.