Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Josh Shipp scored 18 points and Darren Collison
hit a pair of big free throws down the stretch, as the top-ranked UCLA Bruins
held off the sixth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies, 65-62, in the John Wooden Classic.
Collison finished with 15 points and Arron Afflalo netted 13 for the Bruins
(8-0), who improved to 6-0 all-time in the Wooden Classic when ranked. Acie
Law IV led the Aggies (7-2) with a game-high 21 points, while Dominique
Kirk had 12. Texas A&M won its first seven straight games, but has now dropped
back-to-back tilts to ranked opponents. The Aggies were downed by ninth-ranked
LSU on Tuesday.
Final Score: (2) Pittsburgh 70, Buffalo 67
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) – Aaron Gray’s game-high 19 points and 11
rebounds helped second-ranked Pittsburgh use a late rally to overcome Buffalo,
70-67 at Alumni Arena. Mike Cook chipped in with 12 points and five boards,
while both Levance Fields and Antonio Graves added 11 for the Panthers (10-0),
who have won their first ten games of the season for the fourth consecutive
year. Yassin Idbihi scored 18 and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Bulls (6-4), who
have dropped two in a row. Parnell Smith contributed 15 points and eight
boards, while Eric Moore donated 14, including four three-pointers.
Final Score: (3) North Carolina 94, High Point 69
Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) – Tyler Hansbrough’s 24 points on 9-of-11
shooting led third-ranked North Carolina over High Point, 94-69 at the Smith
Center. Brandan Wright, Reyshawn Terry and Ty Lawson scored 11 apiece, and
Marcus Ginyard added 10 for North Carolina (7-1), winners of four straight
games. Arizona Reid piled up a game-high 26 points to go with eight rebounds,
and Mike Jefferson contributed 14 points for High Point (6-4), which had its
three-game winning streak snapped. The victory was a milestone for Tar Heels
head coach Roy Williams, who won his 500th career game. He reached the 500-win
mark in his 19th season, faster than any other Division-I coach. Jerry
Tarkanian was the former record-setter, winning his 500th game in his 20th
Final Score: (4) Alabama 92, Alabama State 58
Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) – Richard Hendrix scored a game-high 34 points
and added 10 rebounds as fourth-ranked Alabama hammered Alabama State, 92-58,
at Coleman Coliseum. Hendrix was 15-of-19 from the floor and Alonzo Gee
contributed with 16 points as Alabama (8-1) rebounded from a 99-85 loss to
Notre Dame on December 7. The Crimson Tide have won eight of their last nine
games and will host Southern Mississippi on December 16. Justin Tubbs finished
with 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field for the Crimson Tide. Andrew
Hayles had a team-high 21 points on 8-of-19 shooting for Alabama State (2-5),
which has lost three straight. Joel Bosh added nine points and nine rebounds
for the Hornets.
Final Score: (5) Ohio State 78, Cleveland State 57
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Othello Hunter scored 17 points and grabbed 11
rebounds as fifth-ranked Ohio State rolled past Cleveland State, 78-57.
Freshman Greg Oden, playing in just his second career game, was a perfect 8-
for-8 from the floor for 16 points and had three blocks. Mike Conley Jr. added
12 points, five boards and five assists for the Buckeyes (8-1), who have won
two straight since their lone loss of the season, a defeat at the hands of
North Carolina to close out November. J’Nathan Bullock had 21 points on 8-
of-14 shooting for the Vikings (5-6), who were defeated for the third straight
game in blowout fashion. The team was dropped by Butler 70-45 on December 2nd
before getting hammered by Kansas State 93-60 three days later. Joe Davis had
12 points in the loss while Tristan Crawford grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
Final Score: (7) Duke 69, George Mason 53
Durham, NC (Sports Network) – DeMarcus Nelson scored 24 points and Jon Scheyer
added 18, as seventh-ranked Duke cruised to a 69-53 victory over George Mason
at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Josh McRoberts contributed seven points, eight
assists and eight rebounds for the Blue Devils (9-1), who have won five in a
row since their lone loss of the season against Marquette. Duke also extended
its home winning streak against non-conference opposition to a nation’s best
48 games. Nelson and Scheyer combined to make 14-of-22 shots in the victory.
Nelson was 8-for-10 from the floor and hit three of his four three-point
tries, while Scheyer finished 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Folarin Campbell and
Will Thomas each scored 13 points to lead George Mason (4-4). John Vaughan,
the Patriots’ second-leading scorer at 14.7 points per game, made only 2-of-12
shots and finished with four points.
Final Score: (10) Wichita State 83, Wyoming 69
Casper, WY (Sports Network) – Kyle Wilson scored 19 points and added six
rebounds as 10th-ranked Wichita State defeated Wyoming 83-69 in the Wyoming
Shootout. Wilson was only 5-of-15 shooting, but had a pair of key baskets in
the second half for the Shockers (7-0). Matt Braeuer was a perfect 5-for-5
from the field for 18 points and Ryan Martin had a game-high 12 rebounds for
Wichita State. Brandon Ewing had a game-high 29 points on 8-of-17 from the
floor for Wyoming (7-2), which had its four-game winning streak snapped. Brad
Jones had 17 points and six rebounds for the Cowboys.
Final Score: (11) Wisconsin 70, (17) Marquette 66
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Alando Tucker scored a season-high 28 points
and Kammron Taylor added 13, as 11th-ranked Wisconsin earned a 70-66 victory
over No. 17 Marquette for Badger State bragging rights at the Bradley Center.
Marcus Landry chipped in 11 points for the Badgers (9-1), who played their
first true road game of the season and have won five in a row since a loss to
Missouri State in the South Padre Invitational. Wisconsin has won two straight
and seven of the last nine meetings with its state rival. The road team won in
this series for the first time since the Badgers’ 52-47 triumph on December
23, 2000 in Milwaukee. Dominic James scored 19 points and Jerel McNeal added
16 for Marquette (9-2), which has lost two of its last three after opening the
season with eight straight wins.
Final Score: (12) Kansas 68, Toledo 58
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) – Brandon Rush scored 19 points, grabbed
seven rebounds and blocked four shots, leading 12th-ranked Kansas to a 68-58
victory over Toledo at Kemper Arena. Sasha Kaun made all five of his shots for
10 points and added four blocks for the Jayhawks (8-2), who have won two
straight after last week’s loss to DePaul. Kansas finished with a school-
record 15 blocked shots, topping the previous record of 14 set in a February
7, 1996 game against Iowa State. Keonta Howell scored 18 points and Justin
Ingram added 13 for Toledo (2-5), which has lost three straight. The Rockets
have yet to play a home game this season, but will finally do so next Saturday
Final Score: (18) Gonzaga 97, (13) Washington 77
Spokane, WA (Sports Network) – Derek Raivio scored 25 points to lead 18th-
ranked Gonzaga to a 97-77 rout of No. 13 Washington. Matt Bouldin added 21
points and Josh Haytvelt scored 14 and pulled down seven rebounds for Gonzaga
(9-2), which extended the nation’s longest home winning streak to 45 games.
The Bulldogs moved to 33-0 all-time at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Spencer Hawes had 20 points for Washington (7-1), which struggled by going 5-
of-20 from three-point range, and couldn’t overcome a 56-point first half for
the Bulldogs. Jon Brockman had 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Justin
Dentmon also had 13 points for the Huskies.
Final Score: (14) Arizona 69, San Diego State 48
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) – Marcus Williams netted a game-high 21 points
and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead 14th-ranked Arizona past San Diego State
in the San Diego SLAM from Cox Arena. Mustafa Shakur added 14 points and eight
boards for the Wildcats (7-1), who have won seven straight. Jawann McClellan
and Ivan Radenovic each had 10 points for Arizona. Brandon Heath was San Diego
State’s only player in double figures with 14 points. The Aztecs (8-2) have
now lost two straight after matching their best start in school history by
winning eight of their first nine games.
Final Score: Indiana State 72, (15) Butler 64
Terre Haute, IN (Sports Network) – Gabe Moore had a game-high 24 points to
lead the Indiana State Sycamores to a 72-64 upset of the 15th-ranked Butler
Bulldogs at the Hulman Center. Moore shot 8-of-14 and Trent Wurtz added 15
points and eight rebounds for the Sycamores (5-3), who have won four of their
last five games. Mike Green had 18 points and Brandon Crone added 15 points
and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (10-1), who suffered their first loss of the
Final Score: (16) Memphis 82, Ole Miss 70
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 17 points on 7-
of-12 shooting to go along with six rebounds, as 16th-ranked Memphis defeated
Ole Miss, 82-70, at FedEx Forum. Jeremy Hunt added 16 points and finished 3-
of-5 from three-point range for the Tigers (7-2), who were coming off a 76-58
loss at the hands of Tennessee that snapped a four-game winning streak.
Antonio Anderson scored 14 points and Joey Dorsey added 10 rebounds for
Memphis, which as won four of its last five meetings with Ole Miss. Clarence
Sanders scored 18 points and had five assists for the Rebels (7-2), while Todd
Abernethy shot 7-of-11 from the floor to finish with 16 points as Ole Miss’
three-game win streak came to an end.
Final Score: UNLV 58, (20) Nevada 49
Reno, NV (Sports Network) – Wendell White scored 12 points and grabbed nine
rebounds, as the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels earned bragging rights in the Silver
State after upending the 20th-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack, 58-49, at the Lawlor
Events Center in Reno. Gaston Essengue scored 10 points for the Rebels
(7-2), who snapped a three- game losing streak to Nevada. Wink Adams and
Kevin Kruger both added nine points in the win. Nick Fazekas posted 16
points and 17 rebounds for the Pack (7-1), who had run out to a perfect 7-0
mark in the first month of the 2006-07 campaign and recently took out
California by a score of 77-71 during the Pete Newell Challenge in San
Jose on Sunday night. Ramon Sessions also scored 16 points for the Pack, who
had a 12-game home winning streak snapped.
Final Score: (21) Syracuse 79, Colgate 52
Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – Demetris Nichols scored 28 points, as No. 21
Syracuse pulled away in the second half for a 79-52 win over Colgate at the
Carrier Dome. Andy Rautins added 13 points and Terrence Roberts added 12
points and eight rebounds for the Orange (8-2), who beat the Raiders for the
41st straight time. Syracuse also bounced back after consecutive defeats to
Wichita State and Oklahoma State. Nichols made a school-record six consecutive
three-pointers in the second half. Kyle Chones had 18 points for Colgate
(4-4), which struggled by going 8-of-31 from the field in the second half, on
the way to its second loss in three games.
Final Score: (22) Oklahoma State 75, Ball State 56
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) – Mario Boggan scored 24 points and grabbed six
rebounds, as the 22nd-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys downed the Ball State
Cardinals, 75-56, in the first game of the San Diego SLAM. JamesOn Curry
scored 13 points for Oklahoma State (11-0), which has won its first 11 games
for just the fifth time in school history. David Monds and Terrel Harris both
added 10 points in the win. Skip Mills scored 15 points for Ball State (3-6),
which played its second straight game against a nationally-ranked opponent, as
the club was crushed by Butler on Wednesday by a 65-41 final.
Final Score: Creighton 73, (24) Xavier 67
Omaha, NE (Sports Network) – Anthony Tolliver scored 17 points and Nate Funk
added 15 as Creighton upended 24th-ranked Xavier, 73-67, at the Qwest Center.
Isacc Miles had nine points, while Dane Watts had eight points and 10 rebounds
for the Bluejays (4-2), who improved to 4-0 at home this season. Drew Lavender
scored 13 points and Stanley Burrell finished with 12 for the Musketeers
(7-2), who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.
Final Score: Vanderbilt 73, (25) Georgia Tech 64
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Shan Foster netted 25 points to lead the
Vanderbilt Commodores to a 73-64 victory over the 25th-ranked Georgia Tech
Yellow Jackets. Derrick Byars added 18 points and dished out five assists for
the Commodores (5-3), who have won four straight. Alex Gordon added 14 points
and six assists in the victory. Vandy also snapped a nine-game losing streak
against ranked opponents dating back to last season. Thaddeus Young had a
double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (6-3), who
have lost three of their last four games overall. Lewis Clinch had 13 in
defeat and Jeremis Smith scored 10 points and had eight rebounds.