Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Darren Collison had 15 points while Arron Afflalo chipped in with 14 as top-ranked UCLA cruised to a 74-53 victory over Oakland. Josh Shipp added 13 points and six rebounds and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute ended with eight points and 12 boards for the Bruins (9-0), who were coming off a tough test from sixth-ranked Texas A&M last Saturday. Shawn Hopes had a game-high 17 points for the Grizzlies (6-7), who have dropped three in a row to fall below .500. Vova Severovas was the only other player to score in double figures for Oakland with 11.
Final Score: (7) Wisconsin 89, (2) Pittsburgh 75
Madison, WI (Sports Network) - Alando Tucker poured in a game-high 32 points and added 10 rebounds, as seventh-ranked Wisconsin rolled past second-ranked Pittsburgh, 89-75, at the Kohl Centre. Brian Butch added a season-high 27 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field for the Badgers (11-1), who have rattled off seven straight wins. Butch also added 11 boards while Kammron Taylor netted 14 points. Aaron Gray had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers (10-1), who suffered their first loss of the season. Pittsburgh also had its 21-game non-conference winning streak snapped. Ronald Ramon had 16 points and Mike Cook donated 14 points in the loss for the Panthers.
Final Score: (3) North Carolina 93, UNC-Asheville 62
Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) - Brandan Wright continued to benefit from the attention to Tyler Hansbrough, scoring 21 points with nine rebounds as third-ranked North Carolina took a break from final exams to down UNC- Asheville, 93-62, at the Dean Smith Center. Speaking of Hansbrough, the All- American added 15 points and seven rebounds while Wayne Ellington also donated 15 points. Reyshawn Terry contributed 13 points for the Tar Heels (8-1), who stepped into competitive action for the first time since December 9 against High Point, when head coach Roy Williams won his 500th game. Bryan Smithson led the Bulldogs (4-6) with 20 points while James Vincent and K.J. Garland donated 11 points apiece. UNC-Asheville dropped to 0-44 against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Final Score: (4) Ohio State 72, Cincinnati 50
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Greg Oden's presence made a large difference on the defensive end Saturday, as the freshman big man blocked five shots, altered countless more and grabbed 11 rebounds to go along with 14 points in fourth-ranked Ohio State's 72-50 thumping of Cincinnati in the nightcap of the Wooden Tradition. The signature event, which dates back to 2000, witnessed its most lopsided game in the brief history. The previous mark was the Bearcats' 79-59 trouncing of Purdue in 2004. Ivan Harris donated 13 points and Ron Lewis added 10 for Ohio State (9-1), which had a full week's rest for this matchup. It didn't look ahead to a much-anticipated bout with defending national champion Florida slated for next Saturday. John Williamson led Cincinnati (7-3) with 17 points and Jamual Warren added 13. Cincinnati shot just 18.8 percent from the floor in the first half, dooming its chances.
Final Score: (9) Alabama 77, Southern Miss 64
Mobile, AL (Sports Network) - Jermareo Davidson posted 25 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high nine blocked shots, as the ninth-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide added another non-league win to their resume with a 77-64 win over the previously-undefeated Southern Miss Golden Eagles as part of the Coors Classic. Alonzo Gee scored 20 points for Alabama (9-1), which had been idle since last Saturday when it rolled to a 92-58 romp over Alabama State. That triumph came just two days after the team's only loss of the season to a strong Notre Dame club. Richard Hendrix scored 11 points and Justin Tubbs added 10 in the victory. Jeremy Wise scored 19 points for Southern Miss (7-1), which came off the best start for the program since the 1985-86 campaign. In fact, the Golden Eagles were 7-0 for just the fourth time in the 88-year history of the basketball program. Craig Craft and Sai'Quon Stone both added 11 points.
Final Score: (13) Texas A&M 97, Jacksonville 58
College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Josh Carter netted 16 points with five assists as 13th-ranked Texas A&M crushed Jacksonville, 97-58, at Reed Arena. Acie Law IV and Antanas Kavaliauskas each scored 15 points for the Aggies (9-2), who have won two straight since dropping two. Joseph Jones had 14 points and Marion Pompey added 11 in the victory. Texas A&M, which has won 14 consecutive home games, shot 51 percent from the field. Jesse Kimbrough led Jacksonville (4-6) with 19 points on 8-of-18 shooting and Corey Claitt posted eight points.
Final Score: Georgia 96, (16) Gonzaga 83
Duluth, GA (Sports Network) - Levi Stukes poured in 25 points, including 19 in the first half, as Georgia upended 16th-ranked Gonzaga, 96-83. Sundiata Gaines had a great all-around game, with 21 points, eight rebounds, six steals and five assists for Georgia (7-1), which has won six in a row and was in action for the first time since crushing Gardner-Webb December 5th. Derek Raivio led Gonzaga (9-3) with 19 points, while Jeremy Pargo added 17. Josh Heytvelt finished with 15 points and seven boards for the Zags, who have dropped two of their last three contests.
Final Score: (17) Washington 105, Portland State 73
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Justin Dentmon had 18 points to lead 17th- ranked Washington to a 105-73 victory over Portland State. Spencer Hawes and Quincy Pondexter each contributed 16 points for the Huskies (8-1), who shot 59.7 percent from the field. Dentmon also had a career-high nine rebounds. Ryan Appleby tallied 15 points for Washington, which came back from a 97-77 loss at Gonzaga last Saturday. Ryan Sommer scored 14 points and dished out six assists for the Vikings (7-4),who ended the game at 35.8 percent from the floor.
Final Score: (18) Butler 68, Purdue 65
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Brandon Crone's three-point play with 59 seconds remaining gave the Bulldogs the lead, and Tarrance Crump's heave for a tie hit off the back iron as time ran out as 18th-ranked Butler bested Purdue, 68-65, at Conseco Fieldhouse in the first game of the Wooden Tradition. With the victory, the Bulldogs (11-1) added another major conference notch in their NCAA at-large belt. Butler won the Preseason NIT by knocking off Notre Dame, Indiana, Tennessee and Gonzaga in succession. A.J. Graves led the way with 25 points and Mike Green donated 18 points in the victory. The Bulldogs forced 19 turnovers, scoring 23 points off the miscues. Gordon Watt led Purdue (8-2) with 20 points and nine rebounds while Chris Kramer chipped in 12 points.
Final Score: (20) Marquette 68, UMBC 46
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Dominic James scored 17 points and dished out six assists to lead 20th-ranked Marquette over UMBC, 68-46, at the Bradley Center. Jerel McNeal netted 15 points, while Lazar Hayward came off the bench to contribute 13 points and seven rebounds for Marquette (10-2). After starting the season 8-0, the Golden Eagles had dropped two of their last three home contests, including a tough loss to seventh-ranked Wisconsin last weekend. Thomas Young contributed 17 points for UMBC (4-7), while Chris Pugh was the only other player in double figures for the Retrievers, scoring 15 points.
Final Score: (21) Notre Dame 94, Elon 63
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Russell Carter scored a game-high 21 points, pulled down six rebounds and also dished out four assists as 21st-ranked Notre Dame crushed Elon, 94-63, at the Joyce Center to remain perfect at home this season. Carter, the reigning Big East Player of the Week, was 5-of-7 from three-point land and had 11 of his 21 points in the first half. He came into the game averaging 16.6 ppg on 45.5 percent shooting from three-point range. Rob Kurz had a double-double, netting 16 points and grabbing 12 boards for Notre Dame (8-1), which has won seven straight since its lone defeat, a two- point setback against Butler. Luke Zeller contributed 14 points and Luke Harangody came off the bench to donate 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Fighting Irish. Devan Carter led Elon (1-7) with 14 points, while Chris Chalko was the only other player in double figures with 12 points on the night. The Phoenix have dropped six in a row and entered the contest following a 12-day break for final exams.
Final Score: (23) Syracuse 94, Baylor 71
Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) - Demetris Nichols scored 28 points and pulled down five rebounds to lead 23rd-ranked Syracuse to a 94-71 rout of Baylor. Paul Harris and Darryl Watkins each had 15 points and eight rebounds and Eric Devendorf added 11 points for the Orange (9-2), who have won two straight after dropping their previous two. Tweety Carter had a game-high 31 points and Curtis Jerrells added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Bears (6-3), who have lost two straight after a four-game winning streak.
Final Score: (25) Nevada 60, Pacific 53
Reno, NV (Sports Network) - Marcelus Kemp netted a game-high 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds as 25th-ranked Nevada edged Pacific, 60-53, at the Lawlor Events Center. Kemp drained 4-of-8 shots from long range in the game. Nick Fazekas added 13 points, 10 boards and three blocks for the Wolf Pack (9-1), who won their second straight game. Kyle Shiloh and Ramon Sessions also reached double figures with 11 points each. Steffan Johnson had 11 points for the Tigers (3-8), who lost their fifth straight contest. Solomon Horsechief and Anthony Brown had 10 apiece for Pacific.