Saturday , Nov , 11 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) – Corey Brewer had 19 points and six rebounds
to lead top-ranked Florida to a 79-54 win over Samford. Al Horford and
Taurean Green each scored 15 points and Joakim Noah added 11 points, 15
rebounds, six assists and four blocks for the Gators (1-0), who won their
first contest of the season after winning the National Championship last year.
Joe Ross Merritt netted 17 and Randall Gulina chipped in 16 points for the
Bulldogs (0-1). Travis Peterson added 11 points in the loss.

Final Score: (7) Ohio State 107, VMI 69

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Daequan Cook posted 22 points and nine
rebounds as the seventh-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes opened the season with a
107-69 victory over the VMI Keydets in the BCA Classic. The Buckeyes will
move on to the semifinal round of the eight-team tournament to face Loyola-
Chicago. Jamar Butler netted 18 points for the Buckeyes (1-0), who have been
chosen the favorite to win the Big Ten Conference thanks to a strong mix
of returning talent and tremendous newcomers. Ivan Harris scored 17 points
and Ron Lewis contributed 15. Othello Hunter added 13 rebounds. Reggie
Williams posted 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Keydets (0-1), who
struggled to a 7-20 overall record, including a 2-14 Big South mark last
season. Fred Robinson also scored 16 points, and Matt Murrer added 15.

Final Score: (11) Alabama 96, Jackson State 65

Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) – Jermareo Davidson and Mykal Riley each had
17 points to lift 11th-ranked Alabama over Jackson State, 96-65, at Coleman
Coliseum. Davidson also had 10 rebounds while Alonzo Gee chipped in 16 for
the Crimson Tide (1-0), who never trailed in the game and won their third
consecutive season opener. Richard Hendrix added nine points and eight
rebounds in Alabama’s 13th straight home-opener win. Trey Johnson, the
Southwestern Athletic Conference’s preseason player of the year, netted 36 of
the Tigers’ 65 points on 11-of-30 shooting. No other player had more than
four points for Jackson State (0-1), which has lost both of its all-time
meetings with Alabama.

Final Score: (13) Texas A&M 81, Prairie View 49

College Station, TX (Sports Network) – Antanas Kavaliauskas and Joseph Jones
each scored 16 points to lead 13th-ranked Texas A&M past Prairie View, 81-49,
at Reed Arena. Kavaliauskas finished 6-of-8 shooting while the Aggies were
49 percent from the field. Josh Carter added nine points, seven assists and
five rebounds for the Aggies (1-0), who have won eight straight against
Prairie View. Andy Genao scored 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting and Derek
Johnson and Adenilson Clementino each had six for the Panthers (0-1), who
shot a lousy 31 percent.

Final Score: (15) Boston College 86, New Hampshire 47

Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) – Freshman Shemari Spears scored a game-
high 23 points in his college debut as No. 15 Boston College downed New
Hampshire, 86-47, at the Silvio O. Conte Forum. Spears finished 8-of-10 from
the floor while Jared Dudley netted 19 points and hauled down 11 rebounds
for the Eagles (1-0), who shot 58 percent from the floor. Sean Marshall
added 13 points in the easy win. Tyrece Gibbs led his team with 11 points
while Blagoj Janev, Mike Christensen and Dan McGeary donated eight points
apiece for New Hampshire (0-1), which was just 19-of-57 (33 percent) from the
floor.

Final Score: (16) Marquette 76, Hillsdale 66

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Jerel McNeal posted 19 points and seven
rebounds, as the 16th-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles took their first step to
what they hope will be a successful 2006-07 campaign after a 76-66 victory
over the Hillsdale Chargers at the Bradley Center. Dominic James scored 13
points for the Golden Eagles (1-0), who overachieved last season and
finished 20-11 overall en route to a NCAA Tournament appearance. Jamil
Lott added 11 points and six boards. Tim Homan posted 18 points and eight
boards for the Chargers (0-2), who were coming off a sub par 2005-06 campaign,
finishing just 12-16 at the Division II level. Tony Gugino added 12 points,
as the only other Hillsdale player in double figures.

Final Score: (18) Connecticut 53, Quinnipiac 46

Storrs, CT (Sports Network) – Jeff Adrien posted 14 points and a career-high
16 rebounds, as the 18th-ranked Connecticut Huskies began the 2006-07
season with a 53-46 victory at home against the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Jerome
Dyson scored 16 points for the Huskies (1-0), who finished 30-4 overall last
season and narrowly missed the Final Four, losing to George Mason in
dramatic fashion. No other UConn player finished in double figures, and
Hasheem Thabeet grabbed 11 rebounds. Chris Wehye notched 17 points and
eight rebounds for the Bobcats (0-1), who finished last season 12-16 overall
and have been picked to finish fourth in the Northeast Conference. DeMario
Anderson scored 11 points and Victor Akinyanju added 11 boards.

Final Score: (20) Syracuse 83, Saint Francis 51

Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – Demetris Nichols poured in a game-high 15
points on 7-of-10 shooting to guide No. 20 Syracuse past Saint Francis, 83-51,
in BCA Invitational action at the Carrier Dome. Eric Devendorf netted 13
points while Josh Wright had 11 points and nine assists for Syracuse
(1-0), which will play Penn on Saturday. Robert Hines scored a team-high 14
points and Marcus Williams finished with 11 points and six rebounds for St.
Francis, which will square off against UTEP on Saturday.

Final Score: (21) Texas 92, Chicago State 66

Austin, TX (Sports Network) – A.J. Abrams scored a career-high 28 points,
drilling eight three-pointers, to lead the 21st-ranked Texas Longhorns to a
92-66 rout of the Chicago State Cougars in the quarterfinals of the 2k Sports
College Hoops Classic. Kevin Durant scored 21 and grabbed 13 rebounds for the
Longhorns (2-0). Damion James added 14 points and D.J. Augustin scored 13
points. Cam-Ron Clay led all Cougars with 18 points and added 10
rebounds. Also registering a double-double for Chicago State (1-1) was
Michael Henderson, with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Final Score: (23) Georgia Tech 83, Elon 49

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Javaris Crittenton poured in 17 points and
Thaddeus Young scored 15 as 23rd-ranked Georgia Tech destroyed Elon, 83-49, at
Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Crittenton finished 6-of-13 shooting with five
rebounds and five assists while Young shot 7-of-14 with seven boards for the
Yellow Jackets (1-0), who shot 51 percent from the field. Lewis Clinch added
14 points in the victory. Georgia Tech finished 11-17 overall last season
with a lowly 4-12 record in the ACC. LeVonn Jordan netted 15 points on 6-
of-15 shooting and Chris Chalko scored 13 with five boards for the Phoenix
(0-1), who shot a miserable 33 percent.

Final Score: (24) Nevada 85, Alaska-Anchorage 62

Reno, NV (Sports Network) – Nick Fazekas scored a game-high 29 points
and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading 24th-ranked Nevada to an 85-62 win over
Alaska-Anchorage in their regular season opener at Lawlor Events Center.
Marcelus Kemp added 17 points, including 5-of-8 from three-point land, and
Ramon Sessions helped out with 15 for Nevada (1-0). Eric Draper’s 12
points in 30 minutes led Alaska-Anchorage. Buddy Bailey and Cameron
Burney also finished in double figures with 11 points and 10, respectively.
Ivan Platenik recorded a team-best five boards for the Division II
Seawolves (2-0), whose loss will not count against their record.

Final Score: (25) Tennessee 83, Middle Tennessee 52

Knoxville, TN (Sports Network) – JaJuan Smith scored 16 points and Josh Tabb
added 13 to lead the 25th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers over Middle Tennessee,
83-52, at Thompson Boiling Arena. Dane Bradshaw added 12 points, seven
boards and five assists for the Vols (1-0), who won their season opener.
Wayne Chism and Ryan Childress had 10 points each. Kevin Kanaskie had 13
points, despite shooting just 3-of-13 from the field, for the Blue Raiders
(0-1), who lost the initial game of the campaign. Tim Blue and Calvin
O’Neal had 11 points each for Middle Tennessee, which fell behind in the
first half and never recovered.