Wednesday , Feb , 28 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

Knoxville, TN (Sports Network) – With Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning sitting in
the stands and Tennessee legendary women’s coach Pat Summitt dressed as a
cheerleader, the Volunteers rode early momentum to beat No. 5 Florida, 86-76,
handing the defending national champions their second consecutive loss.
Chris Lofton had 21 points and JaJuan Smith scored 16 for the
Volunteers (21-9, 9-6 SEC), who won for the sixth time in their last
seven games to solidify their spot for at least an at-large bid to the
NCAA Tournament. Ramar Smith and Dane Bradshaw each scored 10 for
Tennessee, which shot a season-high 58 percent to complete a perfect home
season at 16-0 for the first time since 1976. Al Horford scored 17 and
had 10 rebounds for the Gators (25-5, 12-3), who were coming off a 10-
point loss at LSU Saturday. Chris Richard and Corey Brewer each chipped
in 12 points for Florida, which trailed by as many as 27 points before
trying to rally late. Joakim Noah was limited to eight points, but had 11
boards, as the Gators lost for a third time in four games following a 17-game
winning streak.

Final Score: (12) Pittsburgh 80, West Virginia 66

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Levance Fields had 14 points, four rebounds
and five assists, leading 12th-ranked Pittsburgh over West Virginia, 80-66, in
its final home game of the season at Petersen Events Center. Mike Cook, Levon
Kendall and Aaron Gray had 12 points apiece for Pitt (25-5, 12-3 Big East),
which has won three of its last four games. Cook also dished out five
assists, while Kendall and Gray finished with nine and 13 rebounds,
respectively. Ronald Ramon chipped in with 10 points for the Panthers, who
shot a scorching 60 percent (29-for-48) in the contest. Pitt remained in
contention for the Big East regular season title. The Panthers are tied
with Georgetown atop the conference with one game remaining for each team.
The Panthers will play at Marquette Saturday, while the Hoyas host Cincinnati
the same day. Darris Nichols scored 14 points to lead West Virginia (20-8,
8-7), which has dropped four of its last six games. Jamie Smalligan finished
with 13 points, Joe Mazzulla had 11, and Da’Sean Butler poured in 10
points for the Mountaineers.

Final Score: BYU 62, (25) Air Force 58

Colorado Springs, CO (Sports Network) – Austin Ainge poured in 14 points,
pulled down six rebounds and dished out five assists to lead BYU over 25th-
ranked Air Force, 62-58, at Clune Arena. Keena Young added 12 points and six
boards for the Cougars (22-7, 12-3 MWC), who have won nine of their last 10
games and are assured at least a share of the Mountain West Conference
title. Jimmy Balderson donated 11 points and Trent Plaisted scored 10 in
the victory. BYU, which finished 51 percent from the floor, can clinch the
league title with a win Saturday at home against Utah. A UNLV loss in
one of its two remaining games would also clinch the title for the Cougars.
Tim Anderson and Jacob Burtschi each contributed 15 points for the Falcons
(23-7, 10-6), who had a 30-game home winning streak snapped. Dan Nwaelele
posted 14 points and became the 21st player at Air Force to eclipse 1,000
points for his career.