Sunday , Mar , 06 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

***** Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules *****
(Saturday, March 5th)

Final Score: (5) Boston College 78, Rutgers 66

Piscataway, NJ (Sports Network) – Jared Dudley scored a team-high 21 points to
lead No. 5 Boston College over Rutgers, 78-66, at the Louis Brown Athletics
Center. Craig Smith finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles
(24-3, 13-3 Big East), who earned a share of the Big East regular season
championship with Connecticut, which won earlier against Syracuse. Nate
Doornekamp chipped in 13 points, while Sean Marshall tallied 11 for Boston
College, which will head into the Big East Tournament as the one seed by
virtue of its regular-season win over the Huskies. Ricky Shields paced Rutgers
with 21 points and Quincy Douby added 18 and seven assists. The Scarlet
Knights (9-18, 2-14) closed the regular season losers of three straight and
six of their last seven.

Final Score: Texas 74, (8) Oklahoma State 73

Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) – Brad Buckman scored a career-high tying 28
points to lead Texas to a 74-73 win over eighth-ranked Oklahoma State at
Gallagher-Iba Arena. Buckman, who missed a pair of free throws late and
committed what could’ve been a costly foul with less than a second
remaining, shot 8-of-11 from the field as the Longhorns (20-9, 9-7 Big 12)
arguably played their way into the NCAA Tournament with the win. Kenny Taylor
added 11 points for Texas, which ended its regular season 2-2 in its last four
games and halted the country’s longest home winning streak at 29 games. Joey
Graham led Oklahoma State (21-6, 11-5) with 17 points. JamesOn Curry added
16 points and John Lucas had 13 for the Cowboys, who head into the Big 12
Tournament dropping three of their last four.

Final Score: (9) Louisville 66, DePaul 62

Rosemont, IL (Sports Network) – Larry O’Bannon scored 18 of his 24 points in
the second half and finished 5-of-5 from three-point range to help Louisville
capture its first-ever outright Conference USA title with a 66-62 victory over
DePaul at Allstate Arena. Taquan Dean contributed 11 points for the Cardinals
(26-4, 14-2 C-USA), who have won 15 of their last 16 games. Sammy Mejia
scored 21 for DePaul (18-9, 10-6), which lost at home in conference
play for the first time this season in eight games. Drake Diener had 15 in
the loss.

Final Score: Stanford 77, (10) Washington 67

Palo Alto, CA (Sports Network) – Matt Haryasz posted a career-high 24 points
and also grabbed 10 rebounds, as Stanford pulled off a 77-67 upset of 10th-
ranked Washington at Maples Pavilion. Jason Haas added 18 points for the
Cardinal (17-11, 11-7 Pac-10), who closed out the regular season with wins
in five of their last seven contests. Nick Robinson and Chris Hernandez
posted 12 points apiece in the victory. Brandon Roy collected 16 points and
eight boards for the Huskies (24-5, 14-4), who will be the second seed in the
upcoming conference tournament.

Final Score: (11) Arizona 70, Arizona State 68

Tempe, AZ (Sports Network) – Salim Stoudamire finished with 22 points and hit
the game-winning basket with six-tenths of a second remaining to lift No. 11
Arizona to a 70-68 victory over Arizona State at Wells Fargo Arena. Hassan
Adams netted 15 points and Mustafa Shakur added 14 for the Wildcats (25-5,
15-3 Pac-10), who won the Pac-10 regular-season title thanks to their win and
Washington’s loss to Stanford earlier on Saturday. The victory also made
Arizona head coach Lute Olson the winningest coach in Pac-10 history. Olson
notched his 305th conference win to surpass legendary UCLA coach John Wooden,
who led the Bruins from 1949-75. Ike Diogu posted a game-high 25 points for
the Sun Devils (18-12, 7-11), who finished the regular season with three
straight losses.

Final Score: (15) Connecticut 88, (13) Syracuse 70

Storrs, CT (Sports Network) – Denham Brown scored 21 points and Rudy Gay added
16 to lead the 15th-ranked Connecticut Huskies to at least a share of the Big
East title with an 88-70 win over the Syracuse Orange at Gampel Pavilion.
Charlie Villanueva contributed nine points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the
Huskies (21-6, 13-3 Big East), who shared the conference title with Boston
College, but will head into the conference tournament as the two seed by
virtue of their regular-season loss to the Eagles. Hakim Warrick had a
game-high 25 points in a losing effort for Syracuse (24-6, 11-5), which
closed its regular season with four losses in its last seven games. The
Orange, though, have already locked up a first- round bye for the
upcoming Big East Tournament, which gets underway on Wednesday.

Final Score: (14) Michigan State 90, Penn State 64

East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) – Alan Anderson scored 22 points with 10
rebounds, and No. 14 Michigan State used a big second half to down Penn State
90-64 on senior night at the Breslin Center. Chris Hill added 21 points and
six assists for the Spartans (22-5, 13-3 Big-10), who have won eight of
nine entering the conference tournament. Maurice Ager and Kelvin Torbert
scored 11 apiece in the win. The Spartans will be the second seed when the
Big-10 Tournament kicks off next week. Mike Walker and Ben Luber scored 12
points apiece to lead the Nittany Lions (7-22, 1-15), who ended their
regular season with 11 straight losses. Danny Morrissey added 11 points in
the loss and Travis Parker had 10.

Final Score: (16) Utah 72, San Diego State 60

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Andrew Bogut scored 20 points and pulled
down 15 rebounds to lead No. 16 Utah to a 72-60 victory over San Diego State
at the Huntsman Center. Justin Hawkins added 18, as the Utes extended their
home winning streak to 17 games in the final regular season game for both
teams. The Utes completed the best season in the history of the
Mountain West Conference. Marc Jackson and Bryant Markson each had 10
points for the MWC champion Utes (25-4, 13-1), who beat the Aztecs for the
sixth straight time. Brandon Heath scored a game-high 23 points for San Diego
State (10-17, 4-10), which has lost six straight.

Final Score: (17) Pacific 64, UC Riverside 48

Riverside, CA (Sports Network) – Guillaume Yango scored a team-high 12 points
as the 17th-ranked Pacific Tigers tied a school-record for consecutive wins
and finished off a perfect Big West Conference schedule with a 64-48 decision
over the UC-Riverside Highlanders at the Student Rec. Center. Yango went 5-
of-12 from the floor and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds for Pacific
(25-2, 18-0 BWC), which has won 21 straight games – the nation’s second
longest winning streak behind undefeated and No. 1-ranked Illinois (29-0).
The victory also set a school record for conference wins and extended the
Tigers’ Big West winning streak to 31 games. Leading the Highlanders (9-19,
4-14), who have lost their last four games, was Steve Williams with a
game-high 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting.

Final Score: South Florida 85, (18) Charlotte 73

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) – Terrence Leather scored 24 points and grabbed
12 rebounds to lead South Florida to an 85-73 win over 18th-ranked Charlotte
at the USF Sun Dome. Brian Swift added 19 points and Marlyn Bryant netted 12
points and hauled in 12 boards for the Bulls (12-15, 5-11 Conference USA), who
snapped a two-game losing streak. Brendan Plavich scored 20 points and
Curtis Withers chipped in 19 for the 49ers (21-6, 12-4), who still earned
a first-round bye in the upcoming conference tournament despite
dropping their final two regular-season contests.

Final Score: (19) Villanova 70, St. John’s 68

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Will Sheridan’s basket with 40 seconds
remaining helped 19th-ranked Villanova edge St. John’s, 70-68, in the
regular- season finale for both teams at Madison Square Garden. Sheridan
finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Allan Ray scored a
team-high 22 points for Villanova (21-6, 11-5 Big East), which ended
the season with seven straight wins to head into the Big East Tournament
on a high note. Daryll Hill continued to be the lone bright spot in an
otherwise disappointing season for St. John’s (9-18, 3-13). Hill poured
in 31 points in a losing effort for the Red Storm, who ended the campaign
with four straight losses and will not participate in next week’s Big East
Tournament because of self- imposed sanctions.

Final Score: (20) Oklahoma 74, Texas Tech 54

Lubbock, TX (Sports Network) – Kevin Bookout scored a game-high 15 points as
the 20th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners continued their surge toward the postseason,
winning their sixth straight game with a 74-54 decision over the Texas Tech
Red Raiders in Big 12 Conference action at United Spirit Arena. Bookout went
7-of-15 from the floor and pulled down nine rebounds for Oklahoma
(23-6, 12-4 Big 12), which has also clinched a first-round bye in the upcoming
conference tournament. Taj Gray scored 14 points and Terrell Everett added 12
in the victory. Leading Texas Tech (18-9, 10-6), which is 2-2 in its last
four outings, was Ronald Ross with 14 points.

Final Score: (21) Alabama 68, Mississippi State 63

Starkville, MS (Sports Network) – Kennedy Winston scored 15 points and pulled
down seven rebounds to lead No. 21 Alabama to a 68-63 victory over Mississippi
State at Humphrey Coliseum. Jean Felix and Ronald Steele each added 13 points
for the Crimson Tide (23-6, 12-4 SEC), who clinched a share of the
Southeastern Conference Western Division title and will be the top seed out of
the West in next week’s conference tourney. Lawrence Roberts had 15 points
and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs (21-9, 9-7) and Ontario Harper chipped in
14 points in the loss. Winsome Frazier had 10 points for the Bulldogs before
fouling out with just over three minutes remaining.

Final Score: (22) Cincinnati 62, Memphis 60

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – James White’s baseline jumper with 16.2 seconds
remaining helped lift 22nd-ranked Cincinnati over Memphis, 62-60, in the
regular-season finale for both teams from the FedExForum. White and Eric Hicks
both ended with double-doubles. White collected 11 points with 11 rebounds,
while Hicks chipped in 12 points with 11 boards for Cincinnati (24-6,
12-4 C-USA), which ended the season on a high note just in time for next
week’s league tournament. Armein Kirkland chipped in a team-high 16 points
for the Bearcats, who have won six straight games. Darius Washington Jr. led
all scorers with 19 points for Memphis. Jeremy Hunt added 13 points for the
Tigers (16-14, 9-7), who ended the season with four straight losses.

Final Score: (23) Wisconsin 64, Purdue 52

Madison, WI (Sports Network) – Mike Wilkinson and Alando Tucker scored 14
points apiece to lead No. 23 Wisconsin past Purdue, 64-52, at the Kohl Center
Kammron Taylor added 11 points for the Badgers (20-7, 11-5 Big Ten), who
have won three straight and four of their last five games. Wilkinson pulled
down five rebounds and Clayton Hanson netted nine points in the win. David
Teague led the way for Purdue (7-19, 3-12) with 17 points and seven
rebounds. Gene Keady coached his final regular-season game with the
Boilermakers after 25 years at Purdue.

Final Score: (24) Pittsburgh 85, Notre Dame 77

South Bend, IN (Sports Network) – Chris Taft poured in a career-high 26 points
and also grabbed 11 rebounds, as 24th-ranked Pittsburgh earned an 85-77
victory over Notre Dame at the Joyce Center. With the win, the Panthers
(20-7, 10-6 Big East) clinched the fifth seed and final bye in next week’s Big
East Tournament. Notre Dame will now have to play an opening-round contest in
the conference tourney. Chevon Troutman posted 22 points and nine boards in
the victory, while Carl Krauser added 15 points and 11 assists. Colin Falls
registered a game-high 28 points for the Fighting Irish (17-10, 9-7), who
finished their regular-season slate with losses in four of their last five
games.

Final Score: (25) Nevada 73, San Jose State 69

San Jose, CA (Sports Network) – Nick Fazekas scored 28 points, and No. 25
Nevada capped off a perfect conference road record with a 73-69 victory over
San Jose State at The Event Center. Mo Charlo added 14 points and Ramon
Sessions scored 11 for the Wolf Pack (24-5, 16-2 Western Athletic
Conference), who became the first WAC team in six years to end conference play
undefeated on the road. The last team to do so was Utah during the 1998-99
season. Marquin Chandler scored 25 points to lead the Spartans (6-22,
3-15), who squandered a 15-point first half lead on the way to their 10th
straight loss to end the regular season. Alex Elam added 16 points in defeat.