Memphis improves to 22-0; Greg Paulus leads Duke past Tar Heels Print
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Thursday, 07 February 2008 00:25
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 Top-ranked Memphis keeps working on an impressive season, and Gerald Henderson and Duke have big plans after snapping a skid against their biggest rival, too.
Greg Paulus scored 18 points and was one of six players in double figures in the second-ranked Blue Devils' 89-78 win over No. 3 North Carolina on Wednesday night, ending a three-game losing streak in the heated rivalry.
``We're looking to take over this league,'' said Henderson, who finished with 12 points. ``We hope that we can continue to play like this and win like this. ... We just want to continue to add in the left side of the column.''
Jon Scheyer added 17 points for Duke (20-1, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which repeatedly knocked down 3-point shots to control the game almost the entire way.
Memphis extended the nation's longest home-court winning streak to 45 games with a 77-48 victory over SMU. Reserve guard Andre Allen scored a career-high 19 points, and Joey Dorsey had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
1; No. 20 Kansas St. 74, Nebraska 59; No. 22 Notre Dame 95, Seton Hall 69; and No. 23 Vanderbilt 67, Georgia 59.
The Tigers played without Robert Dozier, who served a suspension related to an off-the-court incident. Dorsey was held out of the starting lineup because of his inconsistent play in last weekend's win over UTEP and Chris Douglas-Roberts was limited to 13 minutes because of the flu.
``Someone else has to step up,'' Allen said. ``We've got five people on our bench who could start for anyone in the country. I just saw tonight's (situation) as us being a player down.''
Bamba Fall and Jon Killen scored 12 points apiece for SMU (7-13, 1-6), which has lost eight of its last nine games.
At Chapel Hill, N.C., Tyler Hansbrough had 28 points and 18 rebounds for the Tar Heels (21-2, 6-2), who played without injured point guard Ty Lawson and seemed like they had to fight the entire way just to stay within reach.
``They got any shot they wanted,'' North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. ``I don't know very many times tonight that our defense dictated what shot they got. They had better spacing, more patience.''
No. 8 Wisconsin 60, Iowa 54
At Iowa City, Iowa, Marcus Landry scored 16 points, Brian Butch added 12 and Wisconsin earned its 13th victory in 14 games.
Big Ten with surprising Purdue.
Tony Freeman led Iowa (11-13, 4-7) with 18 points.
No. 12 Texas 64, Oklahoma 54
At Norman, Okla., A.J. Abrams scored 22 points and backcourt partner D.J. Augustin added 19 points and seven assists for Texas.
Augustin and Abrams pushed Texas (18-4, 5-2 Big 12) to its first lead by scoring all of the Longhorns' points during a 10-0 surge midway through the second half. Abrams' jumper from the left wing put the Longhorns ahead 46-44 with 9:41 remaining, and he followed that with a 3-pointer from the left corner. Augustin added a 3 of his own to make it 52-44.
Blake Griffin had 19 points and nine rebounds for Oklahoma (15-7, 3-4), which lost to its Red River rival for the fourth straight time. The Sooners played without injured 6-foot-11 forward Longar Longar.
No. 19 Connecticut 63, Syracuse 61
At Syracuse, N.Y., Jeff Adrien had 19 points and 12 rebounds, A.J. Price added 14 points and Connecticut won its sixth straight game.
Connecticut (17-5, 7-3 Big East) survived when Jonny Flynn's desperation 3 from the top of the key fell short at the buzzer.
Hasheem Thabeet blocked seven shots for the Huskies, and Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun moved one ahead of Syracuse's Jim Boeheim with 767 victories, 10th on the career list.
Paul Harris had 24 points, 11 rebounds, four steals, and four assists for Syracuse (16-8, 6-5), which had won three straight.
No. 20 Kansas St. 74, Nebraska 59
At Manhattan, Kan., Michael Beasley had 35 points and 13 rebounds to tie a Kansas State single-season record with his 18th double-double.
The Wildcats (16-5, 6-1 Big 12) played with a heavy heart and without one of their floor leaders.
Senior guard Clent Stewart went home to Tulsa, Okla., shortly after Kansas State's loss to Missouri on Saturday to be with his ailing mother, Vanessa, who died Tuesday after a long battle with bone cancer.
Aleks Maric had 16 points and 15 rebounds for Nebraska (13-7, 2-5).
No. 22 Notre Dame 95, Seton Hall 69
At Newark, N.J., Luke Harangody had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Kyle McAlarney scored 19 for Notre Dame.
The Fighting Irish (17-4, 7-2 Big East) shot 54 percent and outrebounded the Pirates 49-31.
Jeremy Hazell scored 26 points, Brian Laing had 18 and Jamar Nutter 11 for the Pirates (15-8, 5-5), who have lost eight of their last nine games against the Irish.
No. 23 Vanderbilt 67, Georgia 59
At Athens, Ga., Ross Neltner hit two key baskets in the final 2 minutes to help Vanderbilt win its second straight.
Alex Gordon scored 14 points for the Commodores (19-4, 4-4 Southeastern Conference), including two free throws with 30.3 seconds left that clinched it.
Vanderbilt looks to be back on track after losing four of six, which took some of the luster off its 16-0 start. It was the Commodores' first SEC road win of the season after four straight losses.
Sundiata Gaines and Jeremy Price led Georgia (11-9, 2-5) with 16 points apiece.
 

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