Sunday , Jan , 07 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

Eugene, OR (Sports Network) – Aaron Brooks hit a jumper with 13.9 seconds
remaining for Oregon and Josh Shipp missed a contested three-pointer at the
other end just before time expired, as the 16th-ranked Ducks held on for a
68-66 victory over No. 1 and previously-unbeaten UCLA at McArthur Court.
Brooks finished with 25 points and Maarty Leunen added 18 for Oregon (14-1,
2-1 Pac-10), which bounced back nicely from its first loss of the season — an
84-82 setback to Southern California on Thursday. Shipp and Arron Afflalo
each scored 14 points for UCLA (14-1, 3-1), which was coming off a 71-56
rout of Oregon State on Thursday. The Bruins trailed for most of the contest,
but nearly pulled it out late.

Final Score: (3) Florida 67, Georgia 51

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) – Corey Brewer had 19 points, 10 rebounds and
seven assists, as the third-ranked Florida Gators defeated the Georgia
Bulldogs, 67-51, in the Southeastern Conference opener for both clubs. Lee
Humphrey finished with 16 points and Joakim Noah chipped in with 13 points
and 13 rebounds for the Gators (14-2, 1-0 SEC), who won their seventh straight
game. Florida also ran its winning streak over Georgia to six. Taurean Green
had nine points and four assists, as the Gators won their sixth consecutive
SEC opener. Steve Newman, Takais Brown and Billy Humphrey all ended with 10
points for the Bulldogs (8-5, 0-1), who have lost four straight. Brown added
seven rebounds, while Humphrey had five boards.

Final Score: (4) Wisconsin 68, Minnesota 45

Madison, WI (Sports Network) – Alando Tucker had 14 points and six rebounds,
as fourth-ranked Wisconsin defeated Minnesota, 68-45, in the Badgers’ Big Ten
opener. Kammron Taylor had 13 points, while Michael Flowers netted 11
points and recorded three steals for the Badgers (15-1, 1-0 Big Ten), who
have won 11 straight since suffering their only loss of the season. Wisconsin
defeated Minnesota for the ninth time in the last 10 meetings. Dan Coleman
had a game-high 15 points to go along with five rebounds for the Golden
Gophers (7-9, 1-1), who had a modest two-game winning streak ended.
Spencer Tollackson added 11 points and six boards in the loss.

Final Score: Virginia Tech 69, Duke 67 (OT)

Durham, NC (Sports Network) – Greg Paulus’ off-balance three-pointer was
blocked by Deron Washington at the buzzer in overtime and Virginia Tech
upset fifth-ranked Duke, 69-67, at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Jamon Gordon’s
running jumper with 30.9 seconds left in overtime, Virginia Tech’s only field
goal of the extra session, gave the Hokies a 68-67 edge. David McClure missed
a short jumper on the other end before A.D. Vassallo made 1-of-2 from the
charity stripe. DeMarcus Nelson scored 22 points with five rebounds and Josh
McRoberts contributed 16 points and 10 boards for Duke (13-2, 0-1 ACC),
which saw its 10-game winning streak in conference openers come to an end.

Final Score: (6) Ohio State 62, Illinois 44

Champaign, IL (Sports Network) – Daequan Cook scored 13 points, but it was
Greg Oden’s four blocks and a Buckeye defense that held Illinois to 24 percent
shooting that pushed sixth-ranked Ohio State to a 62-44 victory at Assembly
Hall. Jamar Butler added 12 points, while Othello Hunter and Ron Lewis
added 10 points apiece for the Buckeyes (13-2, 2-0 Big Ten), who have
won three straight since the loss at Florida. Oden had only seven points on
3-of-12 shooting, but collected 15 rebounds in the victory. Warren Carter had
11 points for the Illini (12-5, 0-2), who have lost three straight since
knocking off Missouri.

Final Score: Washington State 77, (7) Arizona 73 (OT)

Pullman, WA (Sports Network) – Sophomore forward Daven Harmeling scored a
career-high 28 points, with seven shots coming from three-point territory, as
Washington State upset the seventh-ranked Arizona Wildcats, 77-73, in overtime
at Friel Court. Arizona (12-2, 3-1 Pac-10) tied the score at 67 to force
overtime, but was outscored 10-6 over the extra five minutes. Kyle Weaver
scored 15 points and pulled down ten rebounds for the Cougars (14-2, 2-2
Pac-10), who have won their last three games. Robbie Cowgill contributed 13
points in the effort, while Ivory Clark had nine points. Mustafa Shakur
had a team-high 19 points and pulled down eight boards for the Wildcats,
who saw their 12- game winning streak halted. Ivan Radenovic had 17 points
and eight rebounds, and Marcus Williams contributed 18 points and grabbed
nine boards in a losing effort.

Final Score: Arkansas 88, (8) Alabama 61

Fayetteville, AR (Sports Network) – Gary Ervin scored 18 points and added
11 assists as the Arkansas Razorbacks knocked off the eighth-ranked Alabama
Crimson Tide in a Southeastern Conference clash. Patrick Beverley and Sonny
Weems each scored 18 points and Charles Thomas added 12 points and 11
rebounds for the Razorbacks (12-3, 1-0 SEC), who have won their last four
games. Alonzo Gee had a team-high 14 points and 10 rebounds and Mykal Riley
added 11 points for the Crimson Tide (13-2, 0-1), who had a six-game
winning streak halted.

Final Score: (11) Texas A&M 69, Kansas State 65

College Station, TX (Sports Network) – Acie Law scored 18 points, as the 11th-
ranked Texas A&M Aggies downed the Kansas State Wildcats, 69-65, in a back-
and-forth game to open up Big 12 play for both teams at Reed Arena. With the
Aggies holding a three-point lead, Akeem Wright scored on a layup in the lane
with seven ticks remaining. However, Law followed with a pair of free throws
to seal the win for Texas A&M. Law scored 18 points for Billy Gillispie’s
Aggies (13-2, 1-0 Big 12), who are an impressive 12-0 at home and extended
their overall home win streak to 17 games. Joseph Jones added 17 points in the
win. Wright scored a career-high 18 points for Bob Huggins’ Wildcats (10-5,
0-1 Big 12), who had a six-game win streak snapped last time out, as
Huggins’ return to the Cincinnati area was not a pleasant one with a 76-66
loss to Xavier on Wednesday. David Hoskins added 11 points.

Final Score: (12) Oklahoma State 81, Baylor 77

Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) – Mario Boggan had a game-high 26 points and
13 rebounds to lead the 12th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys to an 81-77 victory
over the Baylor Bears at Gallagher-Iba Arena. JamesOn Curry added 20 points
and Terrel Harris contributed 13 points for the Cowboys (15-1, 1-0 Big 12),
who have won their last four games. Kevin Rogers had 18 points and six
rebounds and Tweety Carter added 15 points for the Bears (10-4, 0-1), who had
a four-game winning streak snapped.

Final Score: (13) Butler 73, Wright State 42

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – A.J. Graves finished with 19 points and
hit four three-pointers, as the 13th-ranked Butler Bulldogs pounded the Wright
State Raiders, 73-42, in a Horizon League clash. Pete Campbell also nailed
four treys and ended with 12 points for the Bulldogs (14-1, 3-0 Horizon),
who have won four in a row since suffering their lone loss of the season to
Indiana State. Drew Streicher shot a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor for 10
points, while Julian Betko donated eight points as Butler improved to 6-0 at
home. DaShaun Wood was the lone Wright State player in double-figures with 12
points as the Raiders (9-7, 2-1) had a four-game winning streak ended while
suffering their first conference loss. Todd Brown had nine points in the loss
— all in the first half.

Final Score: (14) LSU 66, (18) Connecticut 49

Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) – Tasmin Mitchell posted a double-double with
16 points and 10 rebounds as No. 14 LSU toppled 18th-ranked Connecticut,
66-49, at Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Glen Davis also scored 16 points
on 5-of-13 from the field and pulled down eight boards for the Tigers
(11-3), who have won five straight games. Garrett Temple contributed 14 points
off the bench with seven rebounds in the victory. LSU finished with 40 percent
shooting from the floor. Jerome Dyson netted 12 points while Marcus
Johnson, Stanley Robinson and Hasheem Thabeet each added eight points for
the Huskies (12-2), who have lost two of their last three.

Final Score: Georgetown 66, (17) Notre Dame 48

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Roy Hibbert scored 18 points and Jeff Green
added 15, leading Georgetown to a 66-48 rout of 17th-ranked Notre Dame at the
Verizon Center. Georgetown (11-3, 1-0 Big East), playing its Big East opener,
won its seventh straight game and halted a 12-game winning streak for Notre
Dame (13-2, 1-1). Hibbert was 8-for-9 from the field to lead a Hoyas team
that shot a sizzling 56.8 percent. Jonathan Wallace chipped in 13
points and Jessie Sapp contributed 10 in the victory. Russell Carter was
the lone Irish player in double figures with 12 points. Notre Dame shot
just 30.8 percent and suffered its first loss since a 71-69 setback to Butler
on November 13.

Final Score: (20) Air Force 56, UNLV 50

Colorado Springs, CO (Sports Network) – Nick Welch led a trio of Falcons with
13 points, as Air Force held on to down UNLV, 56-50, in a Mountain West
Conference clash at Clune Arena. Matt McCraw and Dan Nwaelele each scored
13 points as well for the Falcons (15-1, 2-0 MWC), who are off to the best
start in team history with their 11th straight victory. Wendell White led
all scorers with 20 points and added 12 rebounds for the Rebels (14-3, 1-1),
who were coming off a victory against Utah. Gaston Essengue and Joel Anthony
each donated 10 points for UNLV, which shot just 36 percent from the floor
and made only 1-of-18 from beyond the arc. Kevin Kruger was the large
culprit, making just 1-of-9 from long distance.

Final Score: (21) Nevada 81, Idaho 55

Reno, NV (Sports Network) – Marcelus Kemp scored 22 points as No. 21 Nevada
began its quest for a fourth straight WAC title by routing Idaho, 81-55, at
Lawlor Events Center. Nick Fazekas added 19 points for the Wolf Pack (13-1,
1-0 WAC), who have won 16 of their past 17 games in Reno. Keoni Watson paced
the overmatched Vandals (2-12, 0-2), who have lost 11 of their past 12 games,
with 19 points. No other Idaho player scored in double figures in the
game. Miles Webb finished with eight points for the Vandals.

Final Score: (23) Clemson 75, Georgia Tech 74

Clemson, SC (Sports Network) – James Mays scored the winning layup with four
seconds left, as the 23rd-ranked Clemson Tigers continued their magical
2006-07 season when they edged the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 75-74, in ACC
action from Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers (16-0, 2-0) are the only
undefeated team in Division I basketball, as the 16th-ranked Oregon Ducks
held on for a 68-66 victory over No. 1 and previously-unbeaten UCLA at
McArthur Court earlier Saturday. It marks the second longest win streak in
Clemson history. K.C. Rivers scored 20 points for the Tigers, who opened ACC
play on Wednesday, escaping Tallahassee with a 68-66 decision against
Florida State. Cliff Hammonds netted 17 points and Mays contributed 16
points and seven rebounds. Javaris Crittenton scored 22 points for Georgia
Tech (11-4, 0-2), which had a five-game winning streak snapped, including
three routs in the row against Troy, St. Francis (Pa) and most recently,
Winston-Salem State (97-46). Thaddeus Young scored 15 points and Ra’Sean
Dickey added 12 points and seven boards.

Final Score: (24) Washington 64, Arizona State 53

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Ryan Appleby scored 20 points to lead 24th-
ranked Washington over Arizona State, 64-53, at Bank of America Arena. Appleby
hit 6-of-8 three-pointers to help the Huskies (11-4, 1-3 Pac-10) end a three-
game slide. Jon Brockman added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Washington, which
used a 10-4 run in the second half to pull away and earn its first
conference win. Jeff Pendergraph had 18 points and eight rebounds for the
Sun Devils (6-9, 0-4), who have dropped five in a row. Derek Glasser
added 13 points for Arizona State, which remains winless in conference play.

Final Score: (25) West Virginia 73, St. John’s 46

Morgantown, WV (Sports Network) – Darris Nichols poured in 20 points on 8-
of-10 shooting as No. 25 West Virginia beat up on St. John’s, 73-46, at WVU
Coliseum. Frank Young scored 12 points and pulled down six rebounds while Joe
Alexander netted 10 points with seven assists and five boards for the
Mountaineers (13-1, 3-0 Big East), who have won eight straight games and
improved to 9-0 on their home court. West Virginia finished 49 percent from
the floor. Lamont Hamilton posted 15 points for the Red Storm (10-5, 1-1),
who have lost two of three since winning seven consecutive contests. Eugene
Lawrence, Larry Wright and Daryll Hill each added five points in defeat.