Friday , Mar , 09 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Ayinde Ubaka scored eight of his 29 points
in overtime as California stunned No. 4 UCLA, 76-69, in the quarterfinals of
the Pac-10 Tournament at Staples Center. Ubaka was 9-of-12 from the floor and
a sizzling 5-of-6 from beyond-the-arc for the eighth-seeded Golden Bears
(16-16), who were coming off a 70-51 triumph over Oregon State in the
opening round and will now move on to face Oregon in the semifinals on
Friday. Ryan Anderson added 18 points and Eric Vierneisel chipped in with 10
points. Darren Collison tallied 20 points for the top-seeded Bruins (26-5),
who were the Pac-10 regular season champs and still have a chance at a No.
1 seed in the upcoming NCAA tourney despite the loss. Josh Shipp finished with
19 points and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 13. Reigning Pac-10 player of the
year, Arron Afflalo had just three points in the game and did not have a field
goal until overtime.

Final Score: (5) Memphis 92, Marshall 71

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Doneal Mack and Jeremy Hunt both poured in 19
points to lead top-seeded Memphis to a 92-71 rout of Marshall in the
quarterfinals of the Conference USA Tournament at FedExForum. Joey Dorsey
scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the fifth-ranked Tigers
(28-3), who hold the nation’s longest winning streak at 20 games. Chris
Douglas-Roberts chipped in 11 points, while Robert Dozier added 10 with seven
boards in the win. Memphis will play Tulane in the semifinals on Friday. Mark
Dorris netted 21 points for the Thundering Herd (13-19), who committed 22
turnovers in the contest. Markel Humphrey posted 14 points in defeat.

Final Score: (9) Georgetown 62, Villanova 57

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Roy Hibbert scored 14 points and Jeff Green
added 12, as ninth-ranked Georgetown used a dominant opening half and held on
for a 62-57 victory over Villanova in the quarterfinals of the Big East
Tournament at Madison Square Garden. The Hoyas (24-6) scored the first 14
points of the game and led by 25 during the first half on the way to their
13th win in 14 games. Georgetown, which is the tournament’s top seed for the
first time since last winning it in 1989, will face 20th-ranked Notre Dame
in Friday’s semifinals after the Irish disposed of Syracuse 89-83. Curtis
Sumpter scored 18 points for Villanova (22-10), which beat DePaul in the
opening round of the tournament on Wednesday and will most likely earn an at-
large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Final Score: (10) Nevada 88, Idaho 56

Las Cruces, NM (Sports Network) – Marcelus Kemp scored 14 points and dished
out three assists, and 10th-ranked Nevada rolled over Idaho, 88-56, in the
quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament at the Pan
American Center. David Ellis had 11 points, and senior Nick Fazekas chipped
in with 10 points and 10 rebounds for top-seeded Nevada (28-3), which has won
the tourney two of the last three years. Kyle Shiloh added 12 points for the
Wolf Pack, who will be back on the floor on Friday to face Utah State in the
semifinals. Shiloh, however, may not be. He suffered a hamstring injury in the
second half after slipping on a logo sign on the court. He could miss the
remainder of the postseason. David Jackson scored a team-high 17 points for
Idaho (4-27), which defeated San Jose State 50-49 in Tuesday’s play-in
game, snapping a 12-game losing streak and giving the squad its first-ever
WAC tourney win.

Final Score: (11) Washington State 74, Washington 64

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Taylor Rochestie scored 20 points as
No. 11 Washington State defeated Washington, 74-64, in the quarterfinals of
the Pac-10 Tournament. Derrick Low added 15 points for Washington State
(25-6), which has won eight of its last 10 games and will now face USC in the
semifinals on Friday. Robbie Cowgill donated 14 points and Kyle Weaver 13 in
the win. Washington State put the game away with an 18-8 run to close
the game. Rochestie scored nine points during the spurt. The Cougars shot 52
percent from the field Quincy Pondexter deposited 15 points for Washington
(19-13) while Jon Brockman had 13 points and eight rebounds. Artem Wallace
added 10 points for the Huskies, who lost for the third time in as many
tries versus WSU this season.

Final Score: (12) Louisville 82, West Virginia 71 (2-OT)

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Terrence Williams scored 21 points and pulled
down nine rebounds, as 12th-ranked Louisville beat West Virginia, 82-71, in
double-overtime in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament. Earl Clark
added 17 points for the Cardinals (23-8), who will face Pittsburgh
in Friday’s semifinals. David Padgett ended with 16 points for Louisville,
which blew a 17-point lead in the second half, only to get a layup from Edgar
Sosa at the regulation buzzer. Brandon Jenkins chipped in 11 points, as the
second-seeded Cardinals won their seventh straight contest. They also snapped
a nine-game skid at Madison Square Garden, winning a contest at the
“World’s Most Famous Arena” for the first time since January 5, 1984 versus
Iona. Frank Young had 19 points and Da’Sean Butler 17 for the Mountaineers
(22-9), who beat Providence, 92-79, on Wednesday night.

Final Score: (13) Pittsburgh 89, (18) Marquette 79

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Aaron Gray scored 22 points and pulled down 10
rebounds to boost 13th-ranked Pittsburgh to an 89-79 win over No. 18 Marquette
in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament. Sam Young added 17 points
and Mike Cook had 16 for the Panthers (26-6), who will take on Louisville in
the semifinals on Friday. Levance Fields ended with 13 points and Antonio
Graves 10 for Pittsburgh. This was the second meeting between the teams
in less than a week. After beating the Panthers in overtime on the road
back in January, the Golden Eagles completed the sweep in the regular
season finale last Saturday by a 75-71 final. Dan Fitzgerald scored 20 and
Wesley Matthews 19 for the Golden Eagles (24-9), who beat St. John’s Wednesday
night. Pittsburgh’s bench outscored Marquette’s reserves, 21-5, and the
Panthers had 20 points off 14 Marquette turnovers.

Final Score: (16) Oregon 69, Arizona 50

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Freshman Tajuan Porter scored 21 points on
5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc as No.16 Oregon trounced Arizona, 69-50,
in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament at Staples Center.
Aaron Brooks added 16 points — all in the first half — and was 4-of-8 from
long range for the fourth-seeded Ducks (24-7), who won their fourth straight
game and will now move on to face California in the semifinals on Friday.
Jordan Hill finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds for the fifth-
seeded Wildcats (20-10), who lost for the first time in four games but are
still expected to receive a bid to the NCAA tourney. Marcus Williams finished
with 13 points but was a miserable 6-of-20 from the floor, while Chase
Budinger had 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting.

Final Score: Miami-Florida 67, (17) Maryland 62

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) – Jack McClinton scored 17 points as Miami-Florida
stunned No. 17 Maryland, 67-62, in the opening round of the 2007 ACC
Tournament at St. Pete Times Forum. The 12th-seeded Hurricanes (12-19) will
move on to face fourth-seeded Boston College in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Dwayne Collins added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Miami, which snapped a
three-game skid. Brian Asbury also contributed 12 points and had seven boards.
Mike Jones tallied 15 points for the fifth-seeded Terrapins (24-8), who lost
for the first time in eight games. D.J. Strawberry finished with 13 points but
was just 4-of-12 from the floor, while James Gist had 12 points and eight
rebounds.

Final Score: (20) Notre Dame 89, Syracuse 83

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Russell Carter scored 24 points and Colin
Falls added 23, as 20th-ranked Notre Dame ended Syracuse’s bid for a third
straight Big East Tournament championship with an 89-83 triumph in the
quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden. The Orange (22-10) had won the last
two conference tournament titles and were victorious in Wednesday’s opening
round against Connecticut, but came up one victory shy of UConn’s conference
tournament record of nine straight wins. Falls and Carter made sure it
would end with a barrage of three-pointers. Falls was 7-of-17 from beyond
the arc and Carter made 4-of-10 as the fourth- seeded Irish finished 13-of-34
from long distance. Luke Harangody did the dirty work inside with 20 points
and 11 rebounds, as the Irish (24-6) advanced to a semifinal matchup with
ninth-ranked and top- seeded Georgetown. The Hoyas were a 62-57 winner
over Villanova earlier on Thursday. Paul Harris scored 24 points and grabbed
15 rebounds for Syracuse, while Eric Devendorf chipped in 19 points.
Demetris Nichols rebounded from a one-point first half to finish with 17 and
Terrence Roberts contributed 10 points with 20 rebounds in defeat.

Final Score: North Carolina State 85, (21) Duke 80

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) – Brandon Costner scored seven of his 30 points in
overtime as North Carolina State upended No. 21 Duke, 85-80, in the opening
round of the ACC Tournament at the St. Pete Times Forum. Engin Atsur added 21
points for the 10th-seeded Wolfpack (16-14), who bounced back from a 20-point
drubbing at the hands of Maryland in their regular season finale and will
now move on to face Virginia in the quarterfinals. Ben McCauley chipped
in with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Greg Paulus netted 18 points for the
seventh-seeded Blue Devils (22-10), who have dropped three straight games.
Josh McRoberts and DeMarcus Nelson both finished with 17 points, while
Martynas Pocius and Jon Scheyer each had 14 points apiece.

Final Score: LSU 76, (22) Tennessee 67 (OT)

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Glen Davis scored 25 points and grabbed 15
rebounds to lead the LSU Tigers to a 76-67 overtime win against the 22nd-
ranked Tennessee Volunteers in the first round of the SEC Tournament. Terry
Martin added 15 points and Magnum Rolle 10 for LSU (17-14), which has won
three of its last four games and will face Mississippi on Friday. Chris
Lofton deposited 21 points for Tennessee (22-10), who had a four-game
winning streak snapped. Duke Crews added 11 points and Ramar Smith donated 10
for the Volunteers, who had defeated the Tigers 70-67 in Knoxville earlier in
the season.

Final Score: (23) BYU 77, TCU 64

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – Trent Plaisted scored 22 points and grabbed
nine rebounds, as 23rd-ranked BYU downed the TCU Horned Frogs, 77-64, in the
quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament at the Thomas & Mack
Center. The Cougars (24-7), who claimed their first outright conference
championship since 1987-88, will be back in action on Friday to face
Wyoming in the semifinals. The Cowboys downed Air Force 67-62 in the
later quarterfinal matchup. Mike Rose scored 16 points for the top-seeded
Cougars, who closed out the regular season with back-to-back victories
against both Air Force and Utah, snapping the homecourt win streak of the
Falcons at Clune Arena and pushing their own run to a national-best 31
straight at the Marriott Center with a 85-62 thrashing of the Utes on
Saturday. Jimmy Balderson had 10 points, and Conference player of the year
Keena Young posted eight points and eight boards against TCU. Kevin Langford
scored 23 points for the eighth-seeded Horned Frogs (13-17), who were in
Vegas on Tuesday, defeating New Mexico by a score of 62-54 for their first-
ever MWC Tournament victory, in just their second season in the league after
coming over from Conference USA.

Final Score: (25) UNLV 80, Utah 54

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – Kevin Kruger scored 21 points and made
4-of-8 three-pointers, as 25th-ranked UNLV crushed Utah, 80-54, in Mountain
West quarterfinal action at the Thomas and Mack Center. Wendell White had 15
points and a team-best eight rebounds for the Rebels (26-6), who face
Colorado State in the semifinals on Friday. Wink Adams added 15 points and
Gaston Essengue contributed 10 in the win. Luke Nevill posted game-highs
with 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Utes (11-19). Daniel Deane was the
only other player to finish in double figures with 11 points for Utah.