Friday , Dec , 31 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

***** Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules *****
(Thursday, December 30th)

Final Score: (1) Illinois 69, Northwestern State 51

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – Luther Head scored a game-high 18 points to
lead top-ranked Illinois over Northwestern State, 69-51, in the Las Vegas
Holiday Classic at Valley High School. James Augustine added 12 points for the
Fighting Illini (13-0), who are off to their best start since 1988-89 when
the school began the season with 17 straight wins under coach Lou Henson.
Clifton Lee, Jermaine Spencer and Jermaine Wallace each netted seven points
off the bench for the Demons (5-7), who dropped their fifth straight game on
the heels of a five-game win streak. This was Northwestern State’s first-ever
game against a top-ranked team.

Final Score: (4) North Carolina 107, Cleveland State 64

Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) – Sean May led a balanced attack with 16
points as fourth-ranked North Carolina routed Cleveland State, 107-64, in non-
conference action at the Smith Center. Raymond Felton, Melvin Scott and
Jawad Williams each netted 13 points for North Carolina (11-1), which has
won 11 straight after a season-opening loss to Santa Clara back on November
19. Marvin Williams added 14 and Rashad McCants chipped in with 12 points for
the Tar Heels, who shot 57 percent from the floor in the win. Omari Westley
paced Cleveland State (3-5) with 18 points. Modibo Niakate and Patrick
Tatham each scored 10 points for the Bulldogs, who have dropped five in a row
after starting the season with three straight wins.

Final Score: (5) Wake Forest 98, North Carolina A&T 76

Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) – Justin Gray finished with a game-high 23
points to lead No. 5 Wake Forest to an easy 98-76 win over North Carolina A&T
at Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Eric Williams added 19 points and Chris Paul
contributed 10 for the Demon Deacons (11-1), who have won six straight
games and will begin ACC play on January 2 at Virginia. Gray, who scored 21
of the points in the first half, went 6-for-9 from the floor, including 5-
for-7 from behind the 3-point arc, in the game. Sean Booker netted 18 points
and Demetrius Guions scored 14 for the Aggies (1-11), who have dropped seven
straight contests.

Final Score: (7) Syracuse 80, Hofstra 75

Syracuse, NY (Sports Network) – Hakim Warrick scored a game-high 29 points,
Terrence Roberts added 20 with nine rebounds, and No. 7 Syracuse survived a
scare to defeat previously-unbeaten Hofstra 80-75 at the Carrier Dome. Gerry
McNamara collected 17 points and six assists for the Orange (13-1), who have
won six straight since suffering their only loss of the season to
Oklahoma State on December 7th. Antoine Agudio scored 17 points to lead
Hofstra. Carlos Rivera added 16 points and Loren Stokes had 15 for the Pride
(9-1), who entered play as just one of 11 undefeated teams remaining in the

Final Score: (11) Connecticut 123, Quinnipiac 71

Hartford, CT (Sports Network) – Josh Boone scored a career-high 22
points, Charlie Villanueva added 17 and 11th-ranked Connecticut pasted
Quinnipiac, 123-71, at the Hartford Civic Center. Rudy Gay netted 15 while
Rashad Anderson and Antonio Kellogg each chipped in 12 for the Huskies (8-1),
who shot 57 percent from the floor en route to their fourth straight win.
Boone has now scored at least 20 points for the fourth consecutive contest. He
also grabbed 10 rebounds, enabling him to record his seventh double-double of
the season, and the fourth in a row. Rob Monroe paced the Bulldogs with 16
points. C.J. Vick added 12 points for Quinnipiac (4-5), which has dropped
three in a row. The Bulldogs shot 37 percent from the floor, including 9-
of-26 from beyond the arc in the setback.

Final Score: Missouri 63, (12) Gonzaga 61

Columbia, MO (Sports Network) – Jason Conley scored 16 points with a game-high
13 rebounds, and Missouri held on for a 63-61 victory over No. 12 Gonzaga at
Mizzou Arena. Linas Kleiza added 11 points before fouling out, as the Tigers
(7-5) rebounded from a loss to top-ranked Illinois to win for the fifth time
in seven games. J.P. Batista led Gonzaga (10-2) with a game-high 17 points
and 10 rebounds. Adam Morrison added 12 points in the loss, Dereck Raivio
scored 11 with five assists and Erroll Knight had 10 points. Bulldogs center
Ronny Turiaf, playing on an injured ankle, was just 2-of-15 from the field
for six points. He missed a pair of free throws in the final seconds that
would have tied the game, and followed with a missed jumper on Gonzaga’s
final possession.

Final Score: (14) Arizona 84, Richmond 71

Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Chris Rodgers tied a career high with 20 points
to lead 14th-ranked Arizona to an 84-71 win in the championship game of the
Fiesta Bowl Classic at the McKale Center. Ivan Radenovic added 16 points and
nine rebounds for the Wildcats (10-2), who won their seventh in a row.
Salim Stoudamire also netted 16 points in the victory. Jamaal Scott scored
16 points to lead the Spiders (5-5), who have dropped five of their last

Final Score: St. John’s 63, (17) North Carolina State 45

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Daryll Hill had 19 points to lead the St.
John’s Red Storm to a shocking 63-45 victory over the 17th-ranked North
Carolina State Wolfpack in the ECAC Classic championship game at New York’s
Madison Square Garden. Hill averaged 21 points in the two games and was
named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Eugene Lawrence added 10 points
for the Red Storm (6-4), who scored the game’s first eight points and did not
trail thereafter. Julius Hodge came on late in the game and led the
Wolfpack (10-2) with 19 points. Hodge, however, missed his first nine shots,
and did not get his first field goal until his dunk with 11:13 to go.

Final Score: (19) Louisville 78, Eastern Kentucky 63

Louisville, KY (Sports Network) – Francisco Garcia scored a game-high 23
points to lead No. 19 Louisville to a 78-63 win over Eastern Kentucky in a
non-conference matchup at Freedom Hall. Juan Palacios added 15 for the
Cardinals (10-2), who won their fourth straight game. Ellis Myles collected 10
points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Michael Haney scored 22 for the
Colonels (8-3), who have dropped two in a row after a three-game win streak.
Eastern Kentucky was coming off a 98-49 loss at Florida on December 22.

Final Score: (21) Mississippi State 71, Virginia Tech 65

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Lawrence Roberts scored 25 points and
grabbed 19 rebounds, as 21st-ranked Mississippi State fought off the Virginia
Tech Hokies, 71-65, at the Nokia Sugar Bowl Classic. Marcus Campbell added a
dozen for the Bulldogs (12-2), who have won six straight games to
end the non-conference portion of their schedule. Mississippi State was
able to escape with the victory despite shooting just 39 percent from the
field, including 2-of-12 from behind the arc. Virginia Tech was paced by
Carlos Dixon’s 19 points. Coleman Collins added 16 for the Hokies (6-5), who
lost for the third time in four tries.

Final Score: (22) Cincinnati 95, Longwood 69

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – Jason Maxiell scored a game-high 30 points,
Eric Hicks added 17 and 22nd-ranked Cincinnati pulled away in the second half
to rout Longwood, 95-69, in the Las Vegas Holiday Classic at Valley High
School. Maxiell ended 10-of-14 from the floor and 10-of-14 from the line
for the Bearcats (11-0), who have won 11 consecutive games to start the season
for the second straight year. Jihad Muhammad added 15 for Cincinnati, which
wraps up participation in the Las Vegas Holiday Classic against top-ranked
Illinois on Friday night in a marque matchup.