Monday , Mar , 07 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

***** Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules *****
(Sunday, March 6th)

Final Score: Ohio State 65, (1) Illinois 64

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Matt Sylvester buried a three-pointer with 5.1
seconds remaining and Ohio State held on to shock top-ranked and previously
unbeaten Illinois, 65-64, at Value City Arena. Sylvester finished with a
game-high 25 points and Terence Dials added a big block down the stretch
for Ohio State (19-11, 8-8 Big Ten). Dials ended with 21 points and eight
rebounds. Dee Brown paced Illinois with 13 points. Luther Head added 12
points in the loss for the Illini (29-1, 15-1), who were trying to become the
first Big Ten team to finish a regular season undefeated since Indiana in
1976.

Final Score: (2) North Carolina 75, (6) Duke 73

Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) – Marvin Williams converted a three-point
play with 17 seconds remaining to lift second-ranked North Carolina to a
thrilling 75-73 victory over No. 6 Duke at the Smith Center. With the win,
the Tar Heels (26-3, 14-2 ACC) won their first outright ACC title since
1993. North Carolina will now be the top seed in next week’s conference
tournament. Sean May had a monster game for the Tar Heels, as he posted 26
points and a career-high 24 rebounds in Carolina’s seventh straight victory.
Shelden Williams registered 22 points to lead the Blue Devils (22-5, 11-5),
who had a four-game winning streak against North Carolina halted.

Final Score: Florida 53, (3) Kentucky 52

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) – Anthony Roberson scored a game-high 21
points and converted both ends of a one-and-one with 15.2 seconds remaining to
give Florida a 53-52 victory over third-ranked Kentucky at the O’Connell
Center. David Lee contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Gators,
(20-7, 12-4 SEC), who had lost eight straight to Kentucky. Florida finished
the regular season with four straight wins and will head to the SEC Tournament
with a bye as the second seed from the Eastern Division. Kentucky (23-4, 14-2)
had won four straight since its lone conference loss at South Carolina on
February 15 and will be the top seed from the East in the SEC tourney.

Final Score: (4) Wake Forest 55, North Carolina State 53

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) – Chris Paul made an off-balance runner at the
buzzer to lift fourth-ranked Wake Forest to a 55-53 victory over North
Carolina State at the RBC Center. Justin Gray finished with 15 points for
the Demon Deacons (26-4, 13-3 ACC), who will be the second seed when the
ACC Tournament gets underway this Thursday. Vytas Danelius netted 12
points, Eric Williams added 11 and Paul chipped in nine for Wake Forest.
Ilian Evtimov was the only NC State scorer in double figures with 19 points.
The Wolfpack (17-12, 7-9) lost for just the second time in six games.

Final Score: Missouri 72, (7) Kansas 68

Columbia, MO (Sports Network) – Thomas Gardner scored a game-high 23 points
and Jimmy McKinney added 21, as Missouri upset seventh-ranked Kansas, 72-68,
in the regular-season finale for both teams at Mizzou Arena. Linas Kleiza
collected 15 points and 14 rebounds for Missouri (15-15, 7-9 Big
12), which notched its biggest win of the season en route to snapping a two-
game slide. Wayne Simien paced Kansas with 17 points and nine rebounds. J.R.
Giddens and Aaron Miles each added 13 points for the Jayhawks, who played
all but three minutes without Keith Langford. The star guard injured his
ankle early in the contest and may be sidelined for the upcoming Big 12
Tournament. Kansas (22-5, 12-4) was trying to capture the outright Big 12
regular season title, but will instead share it with Oklahoma.

Final Score: (12) Gonzaga 90, San Diego 74

Santa Clara, CA (Sports Network) – Sophomore Adam Morrison scored 25 points
and added eight assists as 12th-ranked Gonzaga thumped San Diego, 90-74, in
the semifinals of the Western Coast Conference tournament at the Leavey
Center. Morrison connected on 10-of-17 attempts from the field and
grabbed four rebounds. J.P. Batista added 24 points and 10 rebounds for
the top-seeded Bulldogs (24-4), who have reached the WCC title game for the
eighth straight year. They will face the St. Mary’s-CA Gaels in Monday’s
tournament final. Floyd North III paced the fourth-seeded Toreros (16-13)
with 16 points. Brandon Gay added 15 points, 13 of which came in the first
half. Nick Lewis also had 15.