|Top 25 Capsules|
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|Saturday, 16 January 2010 12:18|
Kansas (16-1, 2-0 Big 12) wasn't sharp at the start of its conference home opener, but it worked the ball inside to start the rout and extend their nation-best home winning streak to 52 straight.
John Roberson had 16 points for Texas Tech (12-5, 0-3), which hadn't won at Allen Fieldhouse in 10 previous trips.
The Red Raiders, who lost by 58 points here two years ago, trailed by 24 at halftime and opened conference play with three straight losses for the first time since an 0-9 start in 1999-2000.
No. 5 Syracuse 72, No. 10 West Virginia 71
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Brandon Triche scored 16 points for Syracuse, which nearly blew a 10-point lead in the final minute.
Kris Joseph and Wes Johnson added 13 points apiece for Syracuse (17-1, 4-1 Big East), while Andy Rautins had 12.
Syracuse led 65-55 with 1:18 remaining after a free throw by Johnson.
ia (13-3, 4-2) with 18 points and he hit two 3-pointers in the final 33 seconds, including one with 3 seconds left for the final margin.
Joseph missed two free throws with 2.5 seconds left. West Virginia's Da'Sean Butler got the rebound but couldn't get off a quality shot as time ran out.
Syracuse beat West Virginia for the 11th time in the last 12 meetings. It was the first matchup between top 10 teams in Morgantown since 1960, when the third-ranked Mountaineers beat No. 9 Villanova in Jerry West's senior year.
No. 9 Tennessee 71, No. 21 Mississippi 69, OT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Wayne Chism scored 26 points, including six consecutive free throws in overtime, for Tennessee.
The Volunteers (14-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) had hit only 60 percent of their free throws before DeAundre Cranston's fifth foul sent Chism to the line with 49 seconds left and the game tied at 65.
Chism was perfect on all 10 of his free throw attempts in the game and had his 14th career double-double grabbing 12 rebounds.
Chris Warren, who helped Mississippi (13-4, 1-2) control most of regulation with his shooting, coughed up the ball twice after Chism hit free throws - even though the Vols weren't applying much pressure.
Warren, who missed what would have been a game-winning 3-point shot just before time expired, led the Rebels with 19 points while Cranston grabbed 11 rebounds.
rgia Tech 73, No. 12 North Carolina 71
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Zachery Peacock made the go-ahead shot with 25.7 seconds left to rescue No. 20 Georgia Tech, which blew a 20-point first-half lead before holding on for its first win at North Carolina since 1996.
Iman Shumpert finished with a career-high 30 points to lead the Yellow Jackets (13-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Peacock managed just six points, but his shot in the lane gave the Yellow Jackets a 72-71 lead.
Will Graves had 22 of his career-high 24 points in the second half to lead the Tar Heels (12-6, 1-2), but he missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Tar Heels were coming off an 83-64 loss at Clemson on Wednesday night, the most lopsided defeat for the Tar Heels in seven seasons under coach Roy Williams.
That same night, the Yellow Jackets lost 82-75 at Virginia, a team picked to finish near the bottom of the league.
The Yellow Jackets ran out to a 29-9 lead and led by 16 points with about 12 minutes to play.
No. 16 Pittsburgh 82, Louisville 77, OT
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Nasir Robinson scored a career-high 26 points and Pittsburgh staged a frantic rally in the final minute of regulation to force overtime and avoid a third consecutive home loss to Louisville.
treak in major college basketball to Kansas' 52 - despite trailing most of the second half.
Samardo Samuels scored 25 points for Louisville (12-6, 3-2), which was ahead 68-63 with 34 seconds remaining.
Brad Wanamaker scored 20 points for the Panthers, including the five points they needed to get to overtime after Louisville missed four of five free throws in the final 42 seconds of regulation.
The Cardinals were 10 of 17 at the free throw line after going 39 of 45 during their 92-84 loss at Villanova on Monday. Pitt was 24 of 30 at the line, with Wanamaker going 11 of 12.
No. 19 Temple 76, Massachusetts 64
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Brooks hit seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 29 points to lead Temple.
Brooks became the 45th player in school history to score 1,000 points. He needed 14 entering the game and reached the milestone late in the first half when his fourth 3 of the game gave him exactly 1,000 and the Owls (15-3, 3-0 Atlantic 10) a 30-13 lead.
Temple led by as many as 22 points in its 11th win in the last 12 games. The Owls made 14 of 25 3-pointers. Brooks was two off Temple's single-game mark for 3s.
Anthony Gurley scored 20 points for UMass (7-10, 1-3).
No. 24 Clemson 73, N.C. State 70
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Trevor Booker scored 20 points and Clemson held on to snap a streak of letdowns following big wins that dated to 1997-98.
ith added 11 points,including two late free throws, for the Tigers (15-3, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). They never trailed but blew nearly all of a 21-point lead before coming up with two key defensive stops in the final minute.
Julius Mays had 17 points for the Wolfpack (12-6, 1-3), who trailed 71-70 and missed three shots around Smith's free throws with 18.6 seconds left.
After beating a ranked team, the Tigers had lost the following game 14 consecutive times before this one. They beat North Carolina 83-64 on Wednesday.