Thursday , Feb , 23 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

College Basketball Game Capsules

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – J.J. Redick couldn’t become the Atlantic Coast
Conference’s leading scorer on this night, but the All-America guard did shake
off a miserable first half to help top-ranked Duke rally for a 73-66 victory
over Georgia Tech at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Redick scored 18 of his 22
points after halftime and the Blue Devils (26-1, 14-0 ACC) charged back from
an 11-point deficit early in the period to register their ninth consecutive
victory and clinch the ACC’s regular-season title. The Player of the Year
candidate went an uncharacteristic 5-of-21 from the field, but was aided by a
monster game from Shelden Williams, who racked up 26 points and 11 rebounds.
Redick now needs just nine points to eclipse Wake Forest’s Dickie Hemric’s 51-
year-old conference record of 2,587. Jeremis Smith paced Georgia Tech (10-15,
3-11), which has dropped 11 of 12, with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Final Score: (4) Memphis 66, Texas-El Paso 56

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Chris Douglas-Roberts netted 17 points to lead
No. 4 Memphis to a 66-56 win over Texas El-Paso in a battle for first place in
Conference USA at FedExForum. Darius Washington added 11 points for the Tigers
(25-2, 11-0 C-USA), who extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 14
games. Rodney Carney chipped in with 10 points in the win. Jason Williams
recorded a game-high 18 points for the Miners (17-7, 9-2), who lost for the
first time in six games. Kevin Henderson dropped in 13 points while Stefon
Jackson had 12 in the loss. UTEP played most of the game without its leading
scorer. Senior forward John Tofi sprained his knee in the first half and did
not return.

Final Score: (6) George Washington 77, La Salle 65

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Regis Koundjia had 13 points, five rebounds
and five assists to lead the sixth-ranked George Washington Colonials to a
77-65 victory over the La Salle Explorers at Charles E. Smith Center. Maureece
Rice and Carl Elliott added 12 points each and Danilo Pinnock had 10 points,
six assists and five rebounds in the win for the Colonials (23-1, 13-0 A-10),
who have a nation-high 15-game winning streak. Darnell Harris had a game-high
19 points and Steven Smith added 12 points and three assists in the loss for
the Explorers (17-8, 9-5), who lost for the first time in eight games.

Final Score: (7) Texas 65, Kansas State 64

Manhattan, KS (Sports Network) – LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 16 points and
grabbed eight rebounds, as seventh-ranked Texas edged Kansas State, 65-64, in
a Big 12 battle at Bramlage Coliseum. P.J. Tucker added 14 points and 12
rebounds and Daniel Gibson netted 13 points for Texas (23-4, 11-2 Big 12),
which rebounded from an embarrassing 81-60 loss at Oklahoma State on Sunday.
Lance Harris led Kansas State (14-10, 5-8) with 18 points, as the Wildcats
lost for the sixth time in their last seven outings. David Hoskins donated 16
points and six rebounds in the loss.

Final Score: (10) Tennessee 76, (12) Florida 72

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) – Dane Bradshaw snapped a tie game with a
steal and layup with 15.9 seconds remaining, lifting 10th-ranked Tennessee to
a thrilling 76-72 victory over No. 12 Florida in a pivotal Southeastern
Conference matchup at the O’Connell Center. Bradshaw scored 12 of his 15
points in the second half and Chris Lofton scored 16 points for the Volunteers
(20-4, 11-2 SEC), who now hold a comfortable three-game lead over the Gators
for first place in the SEC East Division with four regular-season games left
to play. Florida (22-5, 8-5) failed to avenge its four-point defeat to
Tennessee in Knoxville last month despite a superlative outing from Joakim
Noah, who compiled 20 points, nine rebounds, five blocks and five steals.

Final Score: (13) Ohio State 79, (18) Michigan State 68

East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) – Terence Dials netted 19 points and pulled
down 10 rebounds to lead No. 13 Ohio State over 18th-ranked Michigan State,
79-68, in Big Ten action at the Breslin Center. It was the first loss at home
for Michigan State this season. Je’Kel Foster added 17 points and six boards
for the Buckeyes (20-4, 9-4 Big Ten), who won their second straight outing and
for the sixth time in their past seven games. Ron Lewis chipped in with 13
points and six rebounds while Jamar Butler had 12 points and seven assists in
the win. Maurice Ager had a game-high 26 points for the Spartans (19-8, 7-6),
who lost for the third time in their past four games. Shannon Brown recorded
17 points and eight rebounds while Paul Davis tallied 14 points in the loss.

Final Score: (21) North Carolina 95, (15) North Carolina State 71

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) – David Noel had a career-best 25 points along
with 11 rebounds, while Reyshawn Terry added 20 points as 21st-ranked North
Carolina routed in-state rival North Carolina State 95-71 in Atlantic Coast
Conference action from the RBC Center. Tyler Hansbrough contributed 17 points
for the surging Tar Heels (18-6, 9-4 ACC) and Wes Miller hit 5-of-8 shots from
beyond the arc in a 15-point effort. North Carolina has now won seven of its
last eight games and is 6-1 in ACC play on the road. The Tar Heels also
recorded their sixth consecutive win over the Wolfpack. North Carolina State
(21-6, 10-4) failed to show its usual marksmanship from the perimeter and
suffered only its second defeat in 17 games at the RBC Center this season. The
Wolfpack went just 6-of-25 from three-point range.

Final Score: (23) Georgetown 66, Rutgers 50

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Roy Hibbert had a career-high 25 points on
10-of-13 shooting, eight rebounds and two blocks to lead No. 23 Georgetown
to a 66-50 victory over Rutgers the MCI Center. Darrel Owens scored 11 points
and Jonathan Wallace netted 10 for the Hoyas (18-7, 9-5 Big East), who
snapped a three-game conference losing streak. Wallace also dished off six
assists while Owens had five helpers in the win. Quincy Douby paced the
Scarlet Knights (15-12, 5-8) with 29 points, but nobody else scored more
than six points for Rutgers, who have lost three straight games.

Final Score: (24) LSU 77, Vanderbilt 66

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Darrel Mitchell scored 21 points as No. 24
Louisiana State Tigers defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores, 77-66, at Memorial
Gymnasium. Glen Davis posted 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers (19-7,
11-2 SEC), who have won three straight. Tyrus Thomas notched 15 points and 14
boards. Derrick Byars scored 18 points for the Commodores (14-10, 5-8), who
have split their last four games. Shan Foster scored 15 points and Julian
Terrell added 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Final Score: Bradley 71, (25) Northern Iowa 49

Cedar Falls, IA (Sports Network) – Patrick O’Bryant had 18 points on 8-of-13
shooting to lead the Bradley Braves over the No. 25 Northern Iowa Panthers,
71-49, at the UNI Dome. Tony Bennett had 13 points and six rebounds while
Marcellus Sommerville had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Braves (17-9,
10-7 MVC), who have won their last four games. Ben Jacobson had 16 points and
five assists while Erik Crawford had 15 points and five rebounds for the
struggling Panthers (22-7, 11-6), who have dropped three of their last four