Sunday , Feb , 25 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Mike Conley Jr. hit a shot while leaning in
the lane with 3.9 seconds remaining and Ron Lewis rejected Kammron Taylor’s
jumper at the buzzer, as No. 2 Ohio State won the Big Ten regular season title
by edging top-ranked Wisconsin, 49-48, in a dramatic finish at Value City
Arena. Ivan Harris had 13 points, while Conley and Greg Oden each scored 11
for the Buckeyes (26-3, 14-1 Big Ten), who secured their 13th win in a row
overall, including 12th straight in the conference. It was also Ohio
State’s 25th consecutive home win, moving the Buckeyes to an incredible
50-3 in Columbus under head coach Thad Matta. Alando Tucker ended with 12
points, Jason Bohannon 11 and Taylor 10 for the Badgers (26-4, 12-3), who
suffered their second straight defeat and will fall hard from the No. 1
spot, especially since they lost on Tuesday, 64-55, at Michigan State.

Final Score: Maryland 89, (5) North Carolina 87

College Park, MD (Sports Network) – D.J. Strawberry scored a career-high 27
points on 12-of-18 shooting as Maryland stormed back to edge fifth-ranked
North Carolina, 89-87, at the Comcast Center. Mike Jones added 18 points for
the Terrapins (22-7, 8-6), who won their fifth straight game and may have
secured an NCAA tourney berth with the upset. James Gist chipped in with 12
points and nine rebounds, while Bambale Osby finished with 11 points and nine
boards. Tyler Hansbrough tallied 22 points for the Tar Heels (24-5, 10-4 ACC),
who fell into a three-way tie with Virginia Tech and Virginia in the ACC
standings. Wayne Ellington had 17 points and six assists and Brandan Wright
finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Final Score: (7) Memphis 77, Houston 64

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Joey Dorsey scored 16 points on 8-of-10
shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds as seventh-ranked Memphis extended the
nation’s longest winning streak to 17 with a 77-64 win over Houston. Chris
Douglas-Roberts added 19 points for the Tigers (25-3, 14-0 Conference USA),
who won their 29th consecutive home game. Jeremy Hunt deposited 14 points
despite shooting just 4-of12 from the field for Memphis, which clinched the
Conference USA title earlier in the week. McKiver single-handedly attempted
to keep Houston (15-13, 9-5) in the game scoring 32 points on 13-of-28
shooting. No other player scored in double figures for the Cougars, who have
lost three of their last four games.

Final Score: (17) Vanderbilt 67, Kentucky 65

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Derrick Byars’ rebound putback with under 30
seconds left gave Vanderbilt its first lead of the game, and guided the team
to a 67-65 win over Kentucky at Memorial Gym. Byars finished with a game-high
26 points and also collected six rebounds for 17th-ranked Vanderbilt (19-9,
9-5 SEC), which claimed sole possession of second place in the SEC
Eastern Division with the win. Shan Foster donated 21 points, seven rebounds
and four steals, and was a key factor down the stretch. Bobby Perry netted 18
points on 7-of-10 shooting and Jodie Meeks scored 15 for the Wildcats
(19-9, 8-6), who have dropped four of their last five contests.

Final Score: (18) Duke 67, St. John’s 50

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Greg Paulus scored 19 points to lead 18th-
ranked Duke to a 67-50 thumping of St. John’s at Madison Square Garden.
DeMarcus Nelson added 14 points and seven boards for the Blue Devils (22-7),
who have won four straight after losing four in a row. Jon Scheyer had 11
points for Duke, which never trailed in this game and led by as many as 26
points. LaMont Hamilton had 17 points to lead the Red Storm (15-14), who
have lost three straight. Anthony Mason Jr. tallied 13 points for St.
John’s, which attempted to make it interesting in the second half.

Final Score: (20) Louisville 76, Connecticut 69

Hartford, CT (Sports Network) – Terrence Williams scored 17 points and grabbed
seven rebounds to lead 20th-ranked Louisville over Connecticut, 76-69, at the
Hartford Civic Center. Derrick Caracter scored all 16 of his points in the
first half and Earl Clark had 11 points and seven boards for the Cardinals
(21-8, 11-4 Big East), who have win five in a row and nine of 11. Jerome
Dyson score 23 points to lead the Huskies (17-11, 6-8), who have lost three
of five. Jeff Adrien added 16 points for UConn, which will make the Big East
Tournament but likely had its slim NCAA Tournament hopes officially
deflated.