Friday , Mar , 04 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

***** Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules *****
(Thursday, March 3rd)

Final Score: (1) Illinois 84, Purdue 50

Champaign, IL (Sports Network) – Dee Brown scored a career-high 27 points to
lead top-ranked Illinois to an 84-50 rout of Purdue at Assembly Hall. Brown
tied a school record by hitting eight three-pointers as the Illini improved to
29-0 on the season with one regular-season game remaining. Deron Williams
added 21 points, hitting 7-of-9 shots from the field, and six assists for
Illinois, which has already captured the Big Ten regular-season title and
improved to 15-0 in conference play. Luther Head tallied 11 points and six
assists for the Illini, who close out the regular season at Ohio State on
Saturday. Gary Ware led the Boilermakers (7-19, 3-12) with 12 points. Matt
Kiefer and Charles Davis had 10 points apiece for Purdue, which has
dropped four in a row and 13 of 16.

Final Score: (2) North Carolina 91, Florida State 76

Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) – Sean May enjoyed a historic evening,
scoring a career-high 32 points as the second-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels
won their sixth consecutive game with a 91-76 victory over the upset-minded
Florida State Seminoles in Atlantic Coast Conference action at the Smith
Center. With the victory, North Carolina (25-3, 13-2 ACC) clinched at least a
share of the ACC title, as it holds a one-game lead over Wake Forest. The
Tar Heels have one game remaining this Sunday against arch-rival Duke, which
is ranked No. 6 in the country. May netted the 1,000th point of his career on
a breakaway dunk and became the 57th player in program history to reach the
1,000-point plateau. Marvin Williams netted 17 points in 24 minutes, while
Raymond Felton contributed 15 points, 10 assists and five rebounds for UNC.
Leading Florida State (11-18, 3-12), which has lost nine straight games,
was Al Thornton with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Adam Waleskowski added
13 points and Isaiah Swann chipped in 11 in the loss.

Final Score: (6) Duke 83, Miami-Florida 59

Durham, NC (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick scored a game-high 29 points as the
sixth-ranked Duke Blue Devils ran their winning streak to four games with
an 83-59 shellacking of the Miami Hurricanes in Atlantic Coast
Conference action at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The ACC’s leading scorer at
22.5 points per game, Redick went 8-of-14 from the floor, including 6-of-12
from three-point distance, for Duke (22-4, 11-4 ACC), which ends its regular
season with a showdown at No. 2 North Carolina on Sunday. Daniel Ewing went
out on Senior Night and recorded his first-ever double-double with 14
points and a career-high 10 assists, while Shelden Williams added 14 points
and 12 rebounds in the victory. The Blue Devils also got 12 points from Lee
Melchionni and 10 from DeMarcus Nelson. Leading the Hurricanes (16-11, 7-9),
who have lost four of their last five games, was Robert Hite with 17 points.
Guillermo Diaz netted 14 points and Anthony Harris had 12 in the loss.

Final Score: (9) Louisville 94, (18) Charlotte 82

Louisville, KY (Sports Network) – Larry O’Bannon scored a career-high 33
points to lead ninth-ranked Louisville to a 94-82 win over 18th-ranked
Charlotte at Freedom Hall. O’Bannon, a senior from Louisville, celebrated
his final regular-season home game by shooting 11-of-16 from the field,
including 5-of-9 from three, as the Cardinals have won five straight and 14 of
their last 15 games. Taquan Dean added 27 points for the Cardinals (25-4,
13-2 C-USA), who earned at least a share of the Conference-USA regular-
season title with the win. A victory on Saturday at DePaul would secure the
first outright championship for Louisville, which is leaving the conference
after the season to join the Big East. Ellis Myles had 10 points, eight
rebounds and 10 assists for the Cardinals, who started to pull away late in
the first half. Junior Francisco Garcia ended with 10 points, six boards and
six assists. Brendan Plavich had 28 points, hitting seven of his eight
shots from behind the arc, to lead the 49ers (21-5, 12-3), who entered the
game tied atop the standings with Louisville. Curtis Withers added 20 points
and nine boards for Charlotte, which had a seven-game win streak halted.

Final Score: (10) Washington 106, California 73

Berkeley, CA (Sports Network) – Bobby Jones and Nate Robinson both drained
five three-pointers and scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, as No. 10
Washington crushed the California Golden Bears, 106-73, in late-season Pacific
10 action at Haas Pavilion. Tre Simmons contributed 20 points for the
Huskies (24-4, 14-3 Pac-10), who have won eight of their last nine games and
will conclude their regular season Saturday at Stanford. That is a game
Washington must win to keep its hopes alive for the conference crown. Rod
Benson tallied 17 points and nine rebounds for California (12-15, 5-12),
which has dropped six straight. Marquise Kately and Ayinde Ubaka each added 13
points in the loss.

Final Score: (17) Pacific 92, Fullerton State 88

Fullerton, CA (Sports Network) – Guillaume Yango scored 23 of his game-high 27
points in the second-half and converted a three-point play with 1:30 remaining
to lift No. 17 Pacific to a 92-88 victory over Fullerton State in a Big West
tilt at Titan Gym. Jasko Korajkic had 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting and
David Doubley finished with 12 points for the Tigers (24-2, 17-0 Big West),
who outscored the Titans 13-4 over the final 3:15 to pull out their 20th
consecutive win. Ralphy Holmes poured in 24 points and Yaphett King added
22 for Fullerton State (17-9, 11-6), which gave Pacific all it could handle
before seeing its four-game win streak come to an end.

Final Score: (25) Nevada 55, Hawaii 47

Honolulu, HI (Sports Network) – Nick Fazekas compiled 20 points and 12
rebounds as 25th-ranked Nevada clinched the Western Athletic Conference
regular-season title with a 55-47 victory over Hawaii at the Stan Sheriff
Center. Kevinn Pinkney racked up 14 points and 13 boards for the Wolf Pack
(23-5, 15-2 WAC), who nearly coughed up a 10-point lead late before holding
on for their ninth straight win. Matthew Gibson was the lone Rainbow
Warrior in double-figure scoring, finishing with 14 points. Hawaii (14-12,
6-11) has lost five straight overall and three in a row at home.