|Wednesday's Top 25 Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 30 January 2008 17:42|
Always double- and sometimes triple-teamed when touched the ball inside, the 6-foot-10 Beasley was held to only eight points in the first half but scored six in a row in the first few minutes after intermission and Kansas never caught up.
Beasley, the nation's leading rebounder and No. 4 scorer, was 4-for-4 from behind the 3-point arc as the Wildcats (15-4, 5-0 Big 12) took over first place in a Big 12 conference they've never even competed in, let alone won.
Kansas (20-1, 5-1), two victories short of matching the best start in its storied basketball history, lost on its state rival's home court for the first time since 1983. The 24-game streak in an opponent's home gym came within one of tying the NCAA Division I record which UCLA set against California from 1961-68.
The capacity crowd of 12,528 in Bramlage Colisium, where Kansas had been 19-0, sensed the victory with more than five minutes to go and security guards, worried about a near-riot, moved near the court.
It didn't keep the floor from being flooded by delirious Wildcats fans.
Jacob Pullen had 20 points for Kansas State. Mario Chalmers had 19 and Darrell Arthur had 12 for Kansas.
No. 1 Memphis 89, Houston 77
HOUSTON (AP) - Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 30 points and Joey Dorsey grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds as Memphis finished the night as the only undefeated team left in Division I.
Robert Dozier 17 of his 21 points in the second half and the Tigers (20-0, 6-0 Conference USA), who are matched the best start in school history.
Memphis matched its best start since 1985-86 and won its 15th consecutive road game.
Dion Dowell scored 23 points and Robert McKiver scored 20 for the Cougars (15-4, 4-1), who dropped to 2-10 all-time against the No. 1 team. Houston coach Tom Penders was also denied his 600th career victory.
No. 6 Georgetown 74, St. John's 42
NEW YORK (AP) - Sophomore reserve Vernon Macklin scored a career-high 18 points and Georgetown handed St. John's its worst Big East loss ever.
The Red Storm (7-12, 1-7) finished 10-for-47 from the field (21.3 percent) in losing their sixth straight overall and eighth in their last nine games. St. John's previous worst conference loss was also to the Hoyas, 72-42 on Jan. 6, 1982, also at Madison Square Garden.
Roy Hibbert added 11 points and Jessie Sapp had 10 for the Hoyas (17-2, 7-1), who shot 52.8 percent (28-for-53) led by Macklin's 8-for-10.
Justin Burrell and Anthony Mason Jr. both had nine points for the Red Storm, who finished 1-for-14 from 3-point range.
No. 16 Drake 75, Creighton 65
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Josh Young tied a career-high with 24 points and 16th-ranked Drake pushed its school-record winning streak to 18 games.
Jonathan Cox added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (19-1, 10-0 Missouri Valley Conference), who finished the game on a 10-0 run.
Booker Woodfox scored 19 points and Stinnett had 15 to lead Creighton (14-6, 5-5), which has lost three straight.
No. 18 Pittsburgh 69, Villanova 57
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sam Young and Tyrell Biggs led a game-changing rally in which Pittsburgh turned a one-point deficit in the second half into an 18-point lead and the Panthers bounced back from a rare home loss.
Young scored 15 points and Biggs came off the bench for 14 points. Freshman DeJuan Blair had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Scottie Reynolds scored 26 points for Villanova (13-6, 3-5 Big East), which lost its third in a row.
The Panthers (17-4, 5-3) were coming off their worst Big East loss since moving into the Petersen Events Center in 2002, a 77-64 defeat to Rutgers on Saturday.
No. 24 Mississippi 74, No. 19 Vanderbilt 58
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Chris Warren scored 20 points, Eniel Polynice added 18 and Mississippi's freshmen had one of their best games of the season.
Led by Warren, freshmen scored 18 of Ole Miss' first 26 points in the pivotal opening minutes of the second half as the Rebels (16-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak and sent the Commodores (17-4, 2-4) to their fourth loss in five games.
Shan Foster finished with 14 for Vanderbilt and A.J. Ogilvy had 10, but both were held below their season averages for the second straight game.