Sunday , Mar , 04 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

Ann Arbor, MI (Sports Network) – Greg Oden poured in 16 points and grabbed six
rebounds as Ohio State escaped with a 65-61 victory over Michigan. Ron Lewis
also chipped in 16 points for the Buckeyes (27-3, 15-1 Big Ten), who closed
out the regular season with 14 consecutive wins. Last Sunday, Ohio State
knocked off then top-ranked Wisconsin, 49-48, and earned the top seed in the
Big Ten Tournament and a first-round bye in the event. Mike Conley Jr. added
11 points with four assists in the win. Don Harris scored 19 points for the
Wolverines (20-11, 8-8), who most likely missed out in their chance for an
NCAA Tournament bid with the loss. Brent Petway donated 11 points and
pulled down eight boards, while Courtney Sims netted 11 points.

Final Score: Washington 61, (2) UCLA 51

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Jon Brockman scored 20 points and grabbed 13
rebounds to lead Washington to a 61-51 upset of second-ranked UCLA at Bank of
America Arena. Spencer Hawes had 13 points and pulled down 15 boards for the
Huskies (18-12, 8-10 Pac-10), who were coming off a win over No. 23 Southern
California. Ryan Appleby also netted 13 points in the win. Josh Shipp had 13
points with six rebounds for the Bruins (26-4, 15-3 Pac-10), who had a five-
game winning streak snapped. On Thursday, the Bruins defeated No. 13
Washington State to capture its second straight Pac-10 title. Arron Afflalo
donated 12 points and Lorenzo Mata poured in 10 with nine boards in defeat.

Final Score: (3) Kansas 90, (15) Texas 86

Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) – Mario Chalmers scored 21 points and added five
assists as the third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks clinched the Big 12 regular season
title with a 90-86 win over the 15th-ranked Texas Longhorns at Allen
Fieldhouse. Russell Robinson and Julian Wright each had 17 points, with
Wright also pulling down 13 rebounds and dishing out five assists, for the
Jayhawks (27-4, 14-2 Big 12), who closed out their regular season with eight
straight wins. Kevin Durant had a game-high 32 points and also pulled down
nine boards and added four steals while D.J. Augustin added 19 points and 13
helpers for the Longhorns (22-8, 12-4), who had won their last six games
coming into the contest.

Final Score: (4) Wisconsin 52, Michigan State 50

Madison, WI (Sports Network) – Alando Tucker poured in 26 points, but it was
Kammron Taylor’s three-pointer with 3.9 seconds left in regulation that lifted
No. 4 Wisconsin over Michigan State, 52-50, at the Kohl Center. Taylor, who
finished with eight points, took the ball after an inbounds pass to Marcus
Landry and hit the game-winning bucket from the top of the arc. Drew Neitzel
then rushed the length of the court, but his long trey fell short at the
buzzer. Wisconsin (27-4, 13-3 Big Ten) finished shooting just 36 percent
from the floor. Neitzel finished with 22 points for the Spartans (21-10,
8-8), who dropped their final two games of the season. Two weeks ago,
Michigan State posted a 64-55 upset of then top-ranked Wisconsin in East

Final Score: (6) Memphis 64, SMU 61

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 19 points, and the
sixth-ranked Memphis Tigers won their 19th straight, 64-61, over a pesky
Southern Methodist team. Ike Ofoegbu scored 21 points and raked in six
rebounds for SMU (14-16, 3-13 C- USA), but airballed a three-pointer at the
buzzer that would have sent the game to overtime. Devon Pearson scored 16
points and grabbed nine boards for the Mustangs, who have lost four
straight. Donatas Rackauskas scored 14 points, but fouled out with nearly
11 minutes left in the game. Joey Dorsey scored 13 points for Memphis (27-3,
16-0), which survived a scare from SMU to finish off a perfect Conference-
USA slate, and extended the longest winning streak in Division I men’s
basketball. Jeremy Hunt added 11 points for the Tigers.

Final Score: (7) Texas A&M 94, Missouri 78

College Station, TX (Sports Network) – Antanas Kavaliauskas scored a career-
high 26 points, as the seventh-ranked Texas A&M Aggies closed out the regular
season for both teams with a 94-78 victory over the Missouri Tigers. Acie Law
IV and Josh Carter added 20 points apiece for Texas A&M (25-5, 13-3), which
carried a three-game winning streak into Wednesday’s showdown at Texas, but
despite an outstanding effort on the road, fell by a 98-96 final in double
overtime. Stefhon Hannah scored 17 points and Keon Lawrence and Marshall
Brown both added 13 for Missouri (18-11, 7-9), which seems to be on the
outside of the NCAA Tournament picture as of now and dropped two of their last

Final Score: (9) Georgetown 59, Connecticut 46

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Roy Hibbert scored 18 points and grabbed 12
rebounds, leading ninth-ranked Georgetown to a 59-46 victory over Connecticut
in the regular-season finale for both at the Verizon Center. Jeff Green added
14 points and Patrick Ewing Jr. contributed 12 for the Hoyas (23-6, 13-3 Big
East), who bounced back from Monday’s loss at Syracuse and won for the 12th
time in their last 13 games. Georgetown also snapped an 11-game losing
streak against Connecticut and clinched the Big East Tournament’s No. 1 seed
after Syracuse’s loss at Villanova on Saturday. Jeff Adrien scored 14 points
for Connecticut (17-13, 6-10), which closed out a disappointing regular
season. The Huskies lost their final three games heading into the Big East
Tournament and the six conference wins marked the fewest for the team since
the 1988-89 campaign — Jim Calhoun’s third year with the school.

Final Score: (10) Nevada 69, New Mexico State 65

Reno, NV (Sports Network) – Marcelus Kemp and Nick Fazekas combined for 54
points as 10th-ranked Nevada held off New Mexico State, 69-65, at Lawlor
Events Center. Kemp scored 32 points to go along with seven rebounds, while
Fazekas chipped in with 22 points and nine boards for Nevada (27-3, 14-2
WAC), which had its nine-game overall winning streak snapped Thursday at Utah
State. The Wolf Pack had already clinched sole possession of the 2007 WAC
regular-season title. It is the fourth consecutive year that the team has
earned at least a share of the top spot in the conference and the third
straight season Nevada has won the WAC title outright. Tyrone Nelson had a
team-high 15 points for New Mexico State (22-8, 11-5). Elijah Ingram added
13, and Ted Knauber finished with 12 for the Aggies.

Final Score: (11) Southern Illinois 53, Bradley 51

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Matt Shaw’s tip in with 3.2 seconds left
helped 11th-ranked Southern Illinois hold off Bradley, 53-51, in Missouri
Valley Conference semifinal action at Scottrade Center. Shaw finished with
11 points while Jamaal Tatum netted 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the
floor for the Salukis (27-5), who have won 13 straight. Southern Illinois now
moves on to the final and will play Creighton on Sunday. Jeremy Crouch
had 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc for the Braves (21-12),
who lost for just the second time in their last seven games. Daniel Ruffin
contributed 12 points and seven boards for Bradley.

Final Score: (20) Marquette 75, (12) Pittsburgh 71

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – David Cubillan and Wesley Matthews each
scored 20 points, leading No. 20 Marquette over 12th-ranked Pittsburgh, 75-71,
in the final game of the regular season for both teams at the Bradley Center.
Ousmane Barro added 10 points and eight rebounds for Marquette (23-8, 10-6
Big East), which bounced back from a February 27 loss at Notre Dame and won
for just the second time in its last six contests. The squad also locked up
the No. 6 seed in the Big East Tournament. Dominic James finished with eight
points and 10 assists for the Golden Eagles. Aaron Gray scored 18 points and
pulled down 13 rebounds for Pitt (25-6, 12-4), which had already clinched a
first round bye in the Big East Tournament. The Panthers’ seed, however,
depends on the outcome of the Louisville-Seton Hall matchup on Sunday. If
Louisville prevails, then Pitt is the No. 2 seed, Louisville is No. 3 and
Notre Dame is No. 4. Mike Cook chipped in with 13 points, and Sam Young added
11 for Pittsburgh.

Final Score: (13) Washington State 88, (23) Southern California 86 (2-OT)

Pullman, WA (Sports Network) – Taylor Rochestie scored 21 points and made six
free throws in the final 28 seconds of the second overtime, as 13th-ranked
Washington State secured the No. 2 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament with an 88-86
victory over No. 23 Southern California. Aron Baynes had a career-high 25
points and made all 10 of his field goals for the Cougars (24-6, 13-5
Pac-10), who won for the seventh time in nine games. They swept the season
series from the Trojans, also winning 58-55 on December 30. Kyle Weaver added
15 points and 13 rebounds for Washington State. Lodrick Stewart scored 22 for
the Trojans (21-10, 11-7), who lost their second in a row for the first
time this season, also falling at Washington on Thursday. Nick Young and
Gabe Pruitt each added 19 points, while Taj Gibson ended with 11 points and
nine boards.

Final Score: (17) Oregon 70, Oregon State 49

Eugene, OR (Sports Network) – Bryce Taylor scored 22 points as No. 17 Oregon
routed arch-rival Oregon State, 70-49, at McArthur Court. Aaron Brooks added
18 points for the Ducks (23-7, 11-7 Pac 10), who have won three games in a
row. Maarty Leunen donated 14 points and 10 rebounds for Oregon, which tied
its all-time high with 16 home wins. Marcel Jones deposited 13 points and
grabbed eight boards for the Beavers (11-20, 3-15), who have lost four of
their last five outings.

Final Score: (18) Butler 67, Loyola-Chicago 66 (OT)

Dayton, OH (Sports Network) – Pete Campbell’s 18 points and A.J. Graves’
free throws with 19 seconds remaining in overtime sent 18th-ranked Butler
to a thrilling 67-66 victory over Loyola-Chicago in Horizon League semifinal
action at the Nutter Center. Brandon Crone scored 17 and grabbed 10
rebounds for the Bulldogs (27-5), winners in four of their last six.
Graves added 12 points, all from the charity stripe, and Mike Green donated
nine points and five assists. Blake Schilb scored a game-high 29 points for
the Ramblers (21-11), who have dropped two of three. J.R. Blount added
15 points, while Andy Polka contributed eight points and a team-high 10

Final Score: Arkansas 82, (19) Vanderbilt 67

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Gary Ervin scored 21 points and Patrick
Beverley added 20 with 10 rebounds, as Arkansas helped its slim NCAA
Tournament hopes with an 82-67 upset of 19th-ranked Vanderbilt at Memorial
Gym. Michael Washington chipped in 15 points for the Razorbacks (18-12, 7-9
SEC), who have won two in a row heading into the SEC Tournament. Arkansas
hadn’t won consecutive games since January 2 against Tulsa and January 6
versus Alabama. Derrick Byars scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds
for Vanderbilt (20-10, 10-6), which had won two straight and four of
five entering the contest.

Final Score: (22) Notre Dame 73, Rutgers 66

Piscataway, NJ (Sports Network) – Colin Falls scored 22 points to lead 22nd-
ranked Notre Dame over Rutgers, 73-66, at the RAC in the regular-season finale
for both clubs. Russell Carter added 17 points for the Irish (23-6, 11-5 Big
East), who have won five straight and secured a first-round bye in the
upcoming Big East Tournament as one of the top four teams. Rob Kurz had 13
points and six boards for Notre Dame, which could be ranked as high as third
if Louisville loses to Seton Hall on Sunday. Adrian Hill had 16 points and 18
rebounds to lead Rutgers (10-19, 3-13), which ended its season with four
straight setbacks and finished out of the Big East Tournament. Marquis Webb
added 13 points and Courtney Nelson had 12 for the Scarlet Knights, who lost
12 of their final 14 games after starting the season 8-7.

Final Score: (24) Maryland 79, North Carolina State 59

College Park, MD (Sports Network) – Mike Jones scored 21 points to lead No. 24
Maryland over North Carolina State, 79-59. D.J. Strawberry added 16 points
and Ekene Ibekwe had 14 and 12 rebounds for the Terrapins (24-7, 10-6 ACC),
who have won seven games in a row. James Gist donated 10 points and nine
boards for Maryland, which outrebounded North Carolina State 47-31. Brandon
Costner deposited 20 points and Gavin Grant registered 15 for the Wolfpack
(15-14, 5-11), who have lost six of their last eight games.