Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules
Austin, TX (Sports Network) – The long arm of the Law could only extend so
far. Despite an inspired performance from their leader Acie Law IV, the
seventh-ranked Texas A&M Aggies fell to No. 15 Texas, 98-96, in a classic
double-overtime duel in the Frank Erwin Center. Law twice resuscitated his
teams’ hopes with a pair of clutch three-pointers at the end of both
regulation and the first OT, and finished with 33 points and five assists.
The Longhorns, though — behind 30 points from freshman Kevin Durant — made
just enough plays in the closing minutes to pull out the hard-fought win.
Durant added 16 rebounds and three blocks while D.J. Augustin finished with
25 points and seven assists for Texas (22-7, 12-3 Big 12), which is now tied
with the Aggies for second place in the conference just behind Kansas. Damion
James chipped in 22 points and A.J. Abrams added 16. Kavaliauskas had 18
points and Josh Carter scored 17 for the Aggies (24-5, 12-3), who had a
three-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: (24) Maryland 85, (14) Duke 77
Durham, NC (Sports Network) – Maryland moved from the proverbial bubble to
NCAA Tournament sleeper in a matter of four days, as Mike Jones scored 25
points in a 85-77 victory over 14th-ranked Duke. After struggling to find
an identity through an up-and-down conference campaign, the 24th-ranked
Terrapins (23-7, 9-6 ACC) capped a six-game winning streak — all against
conference opponents — with a pair of resume builders. D.J. Strawberry
continued his stellar play of late with 17 points, Ekene Ibekwe also
donated 17 points and Greivis Vasquez totaled 13 points and 12 assists.
Paulus scored 20 points for the Blue Devils, who rallied from 12 points down
to a deadlock before falling down the stretch.
Final Score: (19) Vanderbilt 99, South Carolina 90 (OT)
Columbia, SC (Sports Network) – Shan Foster poured in a career-high 33
points, including five three-pointers, leading No. 19 Vanderbilt over South
Carolina, 99-90, in overtime at the Colonial Center. Derrick Byars scored 18
points — eight in the extra session — for Vanderbilt (20-9, 10-5 SEC),
which locked up the Eastern Division No. 2 seed in next week’s SEC
Tournament. Ross Neltner finished 14 points, while Dan Cage chipped in 12 for
the Commodores. Tre’ Kelley scored a team-high 32 points and dished out
eight assists for South Carolina (14-14, 4-11), which has dropped two of
three and seven of its last 10 overall.