Monday , Nov , 13 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

West Point, NY (Sports Network) – Aaron Gray posted a double-double with 10
points and 13 rebounds to lead Pittsburgh over Western Michigan, 86-67, in the
inaugural Maggie Dixon Classic at Christl Arena. The event is played in honor
of the late Maggie Dixon, who served as the Army women’s basketball coach in
2005-06 and guided the Black Knights to their first ever NCAA Tournament
berth. Dixon, 28, died suddenly last April after suffering a heart
arrhythmia. Her brother, Jamie, is in his eighth year as the Panthers head
coach. Gray converted 5-of-9 shots from the floor for Pittsburgh (1-0),
while Mike Cook scored a game high 17 points and Ronald Ramon added 16
points in the victory. Shawntes Gary and Derek Drews paced the Broncos
offense with 10 points apiece and were the only starters to hit double
figures. Western Michigan (0-1) ended last season in a tie for second in
the Mid-American Conference West Division, posting a 14-17 overall record
and 10-8 clip in the MAC.

Final Score: (7) Ohio State 81, Kent State 59

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Ron Lewis netted 18 points, as seventh-ranked
Ohio State downed the Kent State Golden Flashes, 81-59, to win the BCA Classic
championship at Value City Arena. Jamar Butler notched 14 points and seven
assists for the Buckeyes (3-0), who are still awaiting freshman star
center Greg Oden to return from wrist surgery. Othello Hunter posted 13
points and eight rebounds, and David Lighty added 10 points. Omni Smith scored
a team-high nine points for Kent State (2-1), which defeated South Dakota
State (105-50) and IUPUI (81-74) in order to earn the right to face off
against the mighty Buckeyes. Haminn Quaintance, Chris Singletary, Armon
Gates and Isaac Knight each contributed eight points.

Final Score: (9) Wisconsin 72, Mercer 48

Madison, WI (Sports Network) – Kammron Taylor scored 22 points, shooting 4-
of-5 from three-point range, and Alando Tucker added 21 as ninth-ranked
Wisconsin cruised to a 72-48 win over Mercer in the season-opener for both
clubs. Joe Krabbenhoft added seven points and 10 rebounds for the Badgers
(1-0), who are coming off a disappointing 19-15 record last season. Hrvoje
Pervan was the only player to score in double-figures for the Bears (0-1)
with 10 points. Sam Dolan added nine points for Mercer, which shot just 33.9
percent and was outrebounded 45-38.

Final Score: Virginia 93, (10) Arizona 90

Charlottesville, VA (Sports Network) – Mamadi Diane and Sean Singletary both
netted 25 points, as the upset-minded Virginia Cavaliers edged the 10th-ranked
Arizona Wildcats, 93-90. Diane scored the first points in John Paul Jones
Arena history with a three-point field goal at the 19:33 mark of the first
half. Jason Cain posted 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers (1-0),
who went a modest 15-15 overall and just 7-9 in ACC play last season, but
still managed to make the postseason for the sixth time in the past
seven years. J.R. Reynolds added 10 points. Ivan Radenovic notched 24
points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats (0-1), who were coming off yet
another solid campaign last season, as they finished 20-13 overall and 11-7
in Pac-10 play.

Final Score: (12) Duke 86, Columbia 43

Durham, NC (Sports Network) – Brian Zoubek had 18 points and six rebounds to
lead 12th-ranked Duke past Columbia, 86-43, at the College Basketball
Experience Classic at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Jon Scheyer and Lance Thomas
each had 12 points and DeMarcus Nelson added 11 points for the Blue Devils
(1-0), who won 32 games last season. John Baumann had 13 points while Niko
Scott added eight points for the Lions (0-1), who finished last year with a
record of 11-16, including 4-10 in Ivy League play.

Final Score: (17) Washington 99, Pepperdine 91

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Jon Brockman scored 25 points and added 12
rebounds to lead 17th-ranked Washington past Pepperdine, 99-91, in the BTI
Travelers Classic at the Bank of America Arena. Quincy Pondexter had 21
points and seven rebounds and Justin Dentmon added 13 points for the Huskies
(1-0), won had a 26-7 record during the 2005-06 campaign. Jason Walberg
netted 18 points and Marvin Lea added 16 for the Waves (0-1), who have
steadily declined the past few seasons and last year finished just 7-20

Final Score: (20) Syracuse 83, UTEP 69

Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – Eric Devendorf scored 19 points and grabbed
eight rebounds to lead the 20th-ranked Syracuse Orange to an 83-69 win over
the Texas-El Paso Miners in the final of the BCA Invitational. Devendorf was
among five Orange players to score double-digit points, including Matt
Gorman and Demetris Nichols, who scored 12 apiece. Paul Harris scored 11 for
Syracuse, and Josh Wright and Darryl Watkins added 10 each. Terrance
Roberts pulled down 11 rebounds for Syracuse (3-0). Darren Clarke and Stefon
Jackson both scored 17 points for UTEP (2-1). Malik Alvin added 11 for the