Thursday , Dec , 21 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) – Walter Hodge paced five Florida players
with 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting, as the fifth-ranked Gators bested the
Stetson Hatters, 88-67, to give head coach Billy Donovan the school record for
most career wins. The win was Donovan’s 236th at Florida, surpassing Norm
Sloan for the most in school history. Joakim Noah had 16 points and eight
rebounds while Corey Brewer ended with 15 points, six boards and five assists
for the Gators (10-2), who have won three in a row and four of five. Taurean
Green added 11 points and eight assists, while Dan Werner had 10 points
and six rebounds in the win. Garfield Blair had 18 points and four assists
for the Hatters (3-8), who have lost four in a row. Sheldon Oliver donated 14
points in defeat.

Final Score: (9) Arizona 79, (18) Memphis 71

Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Mustafa Shakur netted 23 points and had six
rebounds to lead the ninth-ranked Arizona Wildcats past No. 18 Memphis, 79-71,
in the Chase Fiesta Bowl Classic at the McKale Center. Ivan Radenovic and
Chase Budinger each had 18 points for the Wildcats (9-1), who have won nine
straight since their season-opening loss to Virginia on November 12.
Radenovic also had six rebounds. Jeremy Hunt had 21 points while Andre Allen
chipped in with 15 for the Tigers (8-3), who had won their last two games
and lost for just the second time in eight games. Kareem Cooper had 11 points
and six boards in the loss.

Final Score: (10) Alabama 82, NC State 75

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) – Richard Hendrix poured in 23 points and pulled
down 12 rebounds to lead 10th-ranked Alabama past North Carolina State, 82-75,
at the RBC Center. Mykal Riley added 17 points for the Crimson Tide (10-1),
who have won three straight since suffering their only loss of the season, a
14-point setback at the hands of Notre Dame. Ronald Steele chipped in with 14
points while Alonzo Gee and Jermareo Davidson each had 10. Brandon Costner had
a game-high 25 points for the Wolfpack (7-3), who lost for the first time in
three games. Ben McCauley contributed 24 points and Courtney Fells finished
with 14.

Final Score: (17) Washington 88, (12) LSU 72

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Spencer Hawes scored a season-high 23 points
and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the 17th-ranked Washington Huskies over
the 12th-ranked LSU Tigers at Bank of America Arena. Jon Brockman netted 19
points and had 14 rebounds for the Huskies (9-1), who never trailed in the
contest. Quincy Pondexter added 15 points and Phil Nelson contributed nine
points off the bench. Tasmin Mitchell led the Tigers (6-3) with 20 points.
LSU lost for just the second time in its last six games. The Tigers were
making their first Seattle appearance since defeating the Huskies 70-61 in
their last meeting on Nov. 27, 1985. Terry Martin scored 13 points and was
the only other player in double figures for LSU.

Final Score: (14) Connecticut 88, Pepperdine 66

Hartford, CT (Sports Network) – A.J. Price scored 17 points to lead four
Husky players in double figures, as 14th-ranked Connecticut easily defeated
Pepperdine, 88-66, in a non-league matchup at Hartford Civic Center. Doug
Wiggins came off the bench to contribute 16 points for undefeated UConn
(10-0), while Hasheem Thabeet netted 15 points. Jeff Adrien had 14 points and
seven rebounds, as the Huskies extended their home winning streak to a school-
record 29 games. If Connecticut runs the table in the month of December,
they will become the first group of Huskies to enter the month of January
at 12-0. UConn hosts Coppin State on December 27th and visits West Virginia on
December 30th. Tomas Pranciliauskas scored a team-high 22 points for
Pepperdine (3-10), which has lost four of its last five games. Kingsley
Costain donated 14 points and Chase Griffin added 12 in a losing effort.