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|Saturday, 28 February 2009 13:59|
Hasheem Thabeet added 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots for UConn (27-2, 15-2 Big East), which is assured of byes in the first and second rounds of the Big East tournament.
Tory Jackson had 17 points, while Kyle McAlarney and Luke Harangody each added 14 for Notre Dame (16-12, 7-9). The Irish came in having won four of their last five games, and needed a win to make a strong case for an NCAA tournament bid.
The victory was the 15th in a row for the Huskies at Gampel Pavilion.
No. 3 Oklahoma 78, Texas Tech 63
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Blake Griffin scored 20 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in his first game back from a concussion, leading Oklahoma over Texas Tech.
The Sooners never trailed, but Tech got within 50-49 midway through the second half. The Sooners, though, pulled away steadily after that for the win, which ended a two-game skid.
Taylor Griffin, Blake's brother, added 22 points for the Sooners (26-3, 12-2 Big 12)
The loss was the sixth straight for Tech (12-16, 2-12). John Roberson scored 17 points to lead Tech.
No. 4 North Carolina 104, Georgia Tech 74
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Tyler Hansbrough scored 28 points and set the NCAA's career free-throw shooting record in North Carolina's rout of Georgia Tech.
Danny Green added 23 points for the Tar Heels (25-3, 11-3). The Atlantic Coast Conference leaders bounced back from their overtime loss at Maryland a week earlier and used a pair of huge runs to reach the 25-win mark for the third straight year.
North Carolina took the lead for good during a 21-5 run midway through the first half that also put them up by double figures to stay, and pushed the lead to 20 barely 2 minutes into the second half while opening the half with a 14-2 spurt.
Lewis Clinch scored 22 points and Alade Aminu added 19 to lead the last-place Yellow Jackets (10-17, 1-13), who lost their seventh straight and were emphatically denied their first victory in Chapel Hill since 1996.
No. 5 Memphis 58, Southern Mississippi 42
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Robert Dozier had 18 points and seven rebounds, and No. 5 Memphis extended the nation's longest winning streak to 20 games with a victory over Southern Mississippi on Saturday.
his 3-point attempts as Memphis (26-3, 14-0 Conference USA) also extended its conference winning streak to 56 games, including the postseason.
Tyreke Evans had 14 points for Memphis, and Antonio Anderson finished with 10.
Jeremy Wise and R.L. Horton led Southern Mississippi (14-14, 4-10) with 14 points each, as the Golden Eagles dropped their third straight and eighth of nine.
No. 7 Duke 72, Virginia Tech 65
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Kyle Singler scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half and threw a long pass for a breakaway layup on an inbounds play in the final minute as No. 7 Duke withstood a furious rally by Virginia Tech and beat the Hokies.
The Blue Devils (24-5, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who saw the Hokies erase a 12-point deficit to pull even with six minutes left, won their fourth in a row and stayed a game behind ACC-leading North Carolina. The No. 4 Tar Heels beat Georgia Tech in an early game.
A.D. Vassallo scored 26 points for Virginia Tech (17-11, 7-7), including all 15 in a 15-4 run that drew them even, but the Hokies' NCAA tournament hopes were dealt a harsh blow.
Georgetown 56, No. 10 Villanova 54
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - DaJuan Summers scored 16 points and Chris Wright had 13, including a crucial driving layup with 47 seconds left, to lead Georgetown to a victory over Villanova.
-12, 6-10 Big East), who snapped a two-game losing streak while winning their fifth straight over the Wildcats.
Dante Cunningham had 13 points to pace Villanova (23-7, 11-6), which had won three straight and nine of 10. Scottie Reynolds added 12 points for the Wildcats.
No. 23 Florida State 73, No. 12 Clemson 66
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Toney Douglas scored 23 points and Florida State held off a late Clemson rally, defeating the Tigers to take another step toward the Seminoles' first NCAA tournament bid in 11 years.
The Seminoles (22-7, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 39-27 at halftime and opened their largest advantage at 51-33 early in the second half, but Clemson closed to within 63-60 on five points by Raymond Sykes in a span of just 12 seconds.
Clemson (22-6, 8-6) was led by K.C. Rivers' 17 points. Trevor Booker was held to eight points, but had 13 rebounds.
Derwin Kitchen and freshman Chris Singleton each had 10 points for the Seminoles, who swept Clemson for the first time since the 2000-2001 season.
No. 13 Wake Forest 70, Virginia 60
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Jeff Teague scored 12 points, including a big 3-pointer late, to help Wake Forest beat Virginia.
d been awful from the free-throw line, hit their last nine foul shots to close out the win.
Al-Farouq Aminu and Chas McFarland also scored 12 points for the Demon Deacons.
Virginia (9-16, 3-11) was led by Calvin Baker with 13 points. Mamadi Diane added 12, and Sylven Landesberg finished with 10 after being held scoreless in the first half.
No. 16 Purdue 75, Ohio State 50
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Robbie Hummel scored 17 points and Purdue defeated Ohio State.
E'Twaun Moore had 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, Nemanja Calasan had 14 points and JaJuan Johnson added 12 for the Boilermakers (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten).
Evan Turner scored 14 points before fouling out for Ohio State (18-9, 8-8). The Buckeyes have lost four of five.
No. 18 LSU 73, Kentucky 70
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Tasmin Mitchell scored 21 - including the game-winning 3-pointer with 9.8 seconds remaining - to lead LSU over Kentucky and give the Tigers the Southeastern Conference regular season title.
Marcus Thornton led LSU with 23 points and nine rebounds and Bo Spencer added 16 points as the Tigers (25-4, 13-1) overcame a 10-point second half deficit to win at Rupp Arena for the first time in 20 years.
ldcats lost their second straight to put their NCAA tournament hopes in jeopardy.
Thornton secured the inbounds pass following Meeks' miss and ran out the clock, throwing the ball in the air as the buzzer sounded as the Tigers celebrated.
No. 21 Washington 83, Arizona 78
SEATTLE (AP) - Jon Brockman scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half and the 21st-ranked Huskies clinched at least a tie for the Pac-10 regular season championship by rallying for a 83-78 win over Arizona on Saturday.
Washington (22-7, 13-4) trailed by 10 midway through the second half, but led by their bullying senior forward, the Huskies came back. Washington took the lead for good on Isaiah Thomas' three-point play with 5:25 left and then hit 10 of 12 free throws in the closing minutes.
Jordan Hill led Arizona (18-11, 8-8) with a gutsy 27 points and 10 rebounds, playing the final four minutes after injuring his left ankle.
No. 24 Butler 58, Cleveland State 56
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Willie Veasley scored a career-high 16 points and Ronald Nored scored the last three points to rally Butler to a conference-championship clinching victory over Cleveland State.
The Bulldogs (25-4, 15-3 Horizon League) have now won three straight regular-season titles and will host the conference tournament semifinals next Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. If Butler wins that game, it will also host the tournament's title game.
Cleveland State (21-10, 12-6), the preseason conference favorite, was led by Norris Cole with 17 points and J'Nathan Bullock with 13.