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|Wednesday, 21 January 2009 18:03|
Malcolm Delaney scored 21 points and the Hokies held on to upset No. 1 Wake Forest 78-71 on Wednesday night.
A.D. Vassallo and Jeff Allen added 16 points apiece for the Hokies (12-6, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). They led nearly from the opening tip to the final buzzer, pushed their lead to 16 and made it stand up for their first victory over a No. 1 team since they beat North Carolina two seasons ago in Blacksburg.
Jeff Teague scored 23 points and James Johnson added 18 before fouling out with 1:17 remaining for Wake Forest (16-1, 3-1), playing as the nation's top-ranked team for the first time since November 2004 when Chris Paul was running the show.
The Demon Deacons cut it to two twice in the final 4 minutes - the last coming when Teague's 3-pointer with 1:49 remaining made it 71-69. But Delaney hit two free throws 7 seconds later and the Hokies allowed one field goal after that to clinch one of the biggest victories in school history.
mon Deacons. The Hokies have won five of their last six meetings with Wake Forest.
No. 3 Connecticut 89, No. 20 Villanova 83
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A.J. Price scored a career-high 29 points to lead Connecticut over Villanova for its sixth straight victory.
Jerome Dyson added 19 points and Jeff Adrien had 12 points and 14 rebounds, his fourth double-double in as many games, for the Huskies (17-1, 6-1 Big East), who improved to 5-1 this season against ranked teams, with the only loss coming at home to Georgetown.
Dwayne Anderson had 15 points for the Wildcats (14-4, 2-3), who have dropped three of five, with all the losses to fellow ranked teams in the Big East.
The matchup of teams ranked in the league's top five in defense looked nothing like that as the first half ended tied at 48. The defense picked up on both sides in the second half, although both teams allowed more than 20 points over their season average.
Northwestern 70, No. 7 Michigan State 63
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Kevin Coble scored 31 points and Northwestern stunned Michigan State, ending the Spartans' 28-game home-court winning streak.
The Wildcats (10-6, 2-4 Big Ten) used clutch 3-point shooting and an aggressive 1-3-1 zone to beat a turnover-plagued Michigan State team that got little from leading scorer Raymar Morgan.
ering flulike symptoms. He came off the bench early in the first half but finished with only one point in 18 minutes.
Michael Thompson had 20 points for Northwestern.
Kalin Lucas led the Spartans (15-3, 5-1) with 20 points.
Michigan State's home-court winning streak had been tied for third-longest in the nation. Only Notre Dame (45) and Kansas (35) had longer runs.
No. 9 Louisville 78, Rutgers 59
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Terrence Williams had 23 points, 11 rebounds and four steals as Louisville beat Rutgers for its sixth straight victory.
Playing for the first time since defeating then-No. 1 Pittsburgh on Saturday, the Cardinals (14-3, 5-0 Big East) got 15 points apiece from Earl Clark and Samardo Samuels and 10 from Edgar Sosa.
Mike Rosario scored 21 points for Rutgers (9-10, 0-6), which lost its seventh straight game - six against ranked opponents. Gregory Echenique had 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Scarlet Knights.
No. 15 Xavier 84, St. Bonaventure 64
OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) - C.J. Anderson scored 15 points and Xavier, off to the second-best start in school history, beat St. Bonaventure.
e off to their best start since going 24-2 in 1989-90.
Freshman forward Andrew Nicholson scored 13 for St. Bonaventure (11-7, 2-3), which has lost four in a row at home. Maurice Thomas added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bonnies, who have lost eight straight to the Musketeers and 13 in a row against ranked opponents.
The Musketeers improved to 17-1 against conference opponents dating to last season, and are closing in on their 13th 20-win season in 14 years, and fourth straight.
South Carolina 70, No. 24 Florida 69
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Zam Fredrick's layup as time expired lifted South Carolina over Florida.
The Gamecocks (13-4, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) trailed 67-60 with less than three minutes left. Devan Downey began the comeback with four straight foul shots, and his 3-pointer with 26.5 seconds left cut it to 69-67.
After Nick Calathes missed a foul shot, Fredrick had a chance to tie the game as he went to the line with 4.7 seconds to go but missed his second attempt.
Chandler Parsons had a chance to ice it at the line for Florida with 3.3 seconds remaining. He, too, missed the foul shot.
Mike Holmes rebounded the miss and threw a long pass to the streaking Fredrick who laid the ball in as time expired.
The loss ended a 10-game win streak for Florida (16-3, 3-1), which got 20 points from Calathes.