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Saturday, 15 December 2007 20:10
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 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -Brandon Rush drained his first three 3-pointers and helped Mario Chalmers spark a 19-0 run in the opening minutes, and No. 3 Kansas swamped Ohio 88-51 Saturday in its inaugural appearance in Kansas City's new Sprint Center.
Rush, who'd been coming off the bench and easing back into action following knee surgery, made his first start and cooled off after his hot start but still wound up with 13 points.
In addition, guard Sherron Collins made his second appearance after missing six games while healing a stress fracture in his foot, and had 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting. Darrell Arthur had 14 points as the Jayhawks went to 10-0 for the 11th time in school history.
The Bobcats (6-3) tried several different defenses in a futile effort to stop the Kansas onslaught while a sellout crowd roared in the 18,500-seat arena, which was sold out despite a forecast of snow.
No. 2 Memphis 65, Middle Tennessee 41
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Joey Dorsey, Robert Dozier and Shawn Taggart scored 11 points apiece, and the Tigers shook off the rust from an 11-day break by beating Middle Tennessee.
With the victory, the Tigers improved to 8-0 and matched their best start since the 1995-96 season and their fourth such start since World War II.
The Tigers outshot (49 percent to 26) and outrebounded (38-30) Middle Tennessee in a game they never trailed and was tied only once at 16. Dorsey also had a team-high 12 rebounds.
Theryn Hudson, Demetrius Green and Dino Hair each scored eight for the Blue Raiders (3-6).
No. 4 Texas 96, Texas State 81
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Connor Atchley scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Longhorns held off pesky Texas State to stay perfect through 10 games this season.
D.J. Augustin overcame a 1-of-7 shooting start to score 24 points for Texas, which ran its record to 80-7 against in-state opponents over the last 10 years. A.J. Abrams added 20 points.
Brent Benson scored 15, all in the second half, to lead Texas State (5-4), which frustrated Texas early and threatened an upset. The Bobcats trailed by only two at halftime before dropping their third straight game.
No. 5 Georgetown 110, Radford 51
WASHINGTON (AP) - Freshman Austin Freeman scored a season-high 21 to lead the Hoyas, who had a double-digit lead after 3 1/2 minutes against the Highlanders in a first half that featured several scuffles and two double technicals.
Temperamental heads were calmed at halftime, and the second half was more civil.
The Hoyas broke 100 points on freshman Omar Wattad's 3-pointer with 5:28 to play, giving Georgetown its first triple-digit game since John Thompson III became coach in 2004.
Amir Johnson scored 12 points and Kenny Thomas had 10 to lead the Highlanders (4-7).
No. 8 UCLA 89, Idaho St. 49
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Darren Collison scored 20 points and the Bruins rolled past the Bengals, the first time in three games that UCLA didn't have to rally to win.
Ben Howland earned his 100th victory as UCLA coach, tying him with John Wooden and Steve Lavin as the second-fastest to do so. Jim Harrick, who was fired after winning the 1995 NCAA title, reached 100 four games faster, doing it in 136.
Kevin Love scored 17 points and left the game with a leading nine rebounds, one short of the sixth double-double of his freshman season. Josh Shipp added 16 points for the Bruins (9-1).
Matt Stucki had 15 points to lead the Bengals (2-7). Lucas Steijn added 12 and Amorrow Morgan 10.
No. 9 Michigan St. 79, IPFW 57
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Drew Neitzel scored 18 points, including three 3-pointers in the first half, to lead the struggling Spartans past IPFW.
Marquise Gray had a season-high 15 points and Raymar Morgan added 12 for Michigan State (9-1), which led by just four early in the second half in a tougher-than-expected tuneup for next Saturday's matchup with No. 4 Texas.
A 16-4 run put the game out of reach, and gave Michigan State its 32nd consecutive non-conference home win.
Jakari Johnson had 17 points and Jaraun Burrows 15 for the Mastodons (4-5).
No. 10 Marquette 82, Sacramento St. 51
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Jerel McNeal had 13 points, Lazar Hayward added 12 points and seven rebounds and the Golden Eagles showed no letdown from an emotional victory over Wisconsin.
After a week off following the victory over the Badgers, Marquette (7-1) opened with a 14-0 run against the Hornets and were never seriously threatened.
Sacramento State (2-8) lost its 13th straight road game because it had no answer for Marquette's balanced scoring, which included 12 points each from Wesley Matthews and Ousmane Barro, and 10 points from Maurice Acker.
No. 11 Pittsburgh 85, Oklahoma State 68
PITTSBURGH (AP) - DeJuan Blair and Sam Young helped the Panthers open an 18-point lead at halftime, and Pitt held off a brief second-half comeback by Oklahoma State.
The Panthers are 10-0 for the fifth season in a row under coach Jamie Dixon after finally finding a way to handle the Cowboys, who kept them out of the NCAA regional finals four seasons ago and also beat them 95-89 in double overtime last season when Pitt was ranked No. 7.
Blair finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds, five blocked shots and two steals. Young didn't score until nearly 11 minutes were gone, but ended with 15 points. Levance Fields had 17 and Mike Cook had 15.
Marcus Dove had 17 points and Terrel Harris had 16 for Oklahoma State (5-4).
No. 12 Tennessee 88, W. Kentucky 82
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Freshman Brian Williams scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Vols held off Western Kentucky in the second game of the Sun Belt Classic doubleheader.
Even with lots of Tennessee orange, Hilltopper red filled up a good share of the seats, with most of the 18,010 fans who bought tickets for the doubleheader sticking around for the late game.
JaJuan Smith led Tennessee (9-1) with 19 points. Tyler Smith added 16, and Lofton finished with 14 after missing his first six shots.
Courtney Lee scored 23 points for Western Kentucky (7-3). Tyrone Brazelton and Ty Rogers each had 16.
No. 13 Indiana 100, Western Carolina 52
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Eric Gordon made his first five 3-pointers, finished with 26 points, and D.J. White produced his sixth straight double-double to lead the Hoosiers.
Indiana (9-1) used first-half runs of 8-0, 8-0, 11-0 and 7-0 to build its biggest halftime lead of the season, 52-24, and closed out its 24th consecutive home win with a 15-0 run early in the second half.
White finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes.
The Catamounts (3-6) were led by Michael Porrini with 20 points and Arnold Gore with 16, the only Western Carolina players to top six points.
Nebraska 88, No. 16 Oregon 79, OT
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Aleks Maric scored 23 points, including a putback that broke open the game in overtime, and the Cornhuskers overcame the Ducks' 3-point barrage to stage the upset.
Nebraska (8-2) led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but Oregon (8-2) kept coming back behind Tajuan Porter, who scored 29 points and made seven of the Ducks' season-high 14 3s.
Porter's last 3-pointer, with 9.1 seconds left, sent the game to overtime.
Ryan Anderson gave the Huskers the lead for good with a 3-pointer to open overtime. He finished with 21 points, and clamped down defensively on Oregon star Maarty Leunen.
Malik Hairston made all five of his 3-pointers and finished with 25 points for the Ducks.
Arizona St. 77, No. 17 Xavier 55
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Ty Abbott scored 19 points and the freshman-dominated Sun Devils routed Xavier to win their first home game against a non-conference opponent since Dec. 20, 1980.
Jerren Shipp scored 17 points, and James Harden added 16 for the Sun Devils, who started four freshmen - guards Harden, Abbott, Jamelle McMillan and forward Rihards Kuksiks.
B.J. Raymond scored 12 points for Xavier, which snapped a seven-game win streak.
The game matched ASU coach Herb Sendek against Xavier's Sean Miller, who served on Sendek's staffs at Miami of Ohio and North Carolina State.
No. 18 Butler 79, Florida State 68
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A.J. Graves scored 25 points and hit several big shots late in the game, helping the Bulldogs make up for an upset loss last week to Wright State with a win over the Seminoles in the Wooden Tradition.
Mike Green scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and Matt Howard had 11 points for the Bulldogs (9-1), who led by seven with 2:35 remaining before Green sealed the win by scoring nine straight points for Butler.
Jason Rich finished with 17 points, Ralph Mims chipped in 16 and Uche Echefu grabbed 12 rebounds for Florida State (9-3), which had its six-game win streak snapped.
No. 25 BYU 86, Pepperdine 67
PROVO, Utah (AP) - Lee Cummard scored 21 points to help the Cougars extend their nation-best home winning streak to 37 games.
Trent Plaisted had 18 points and matched a career-high with 18 rebounds for his fourth double-double this season, and the Cougars (9-2) overcame 29 turnovers by shooting 57 percent.
Pepperdine (5-7) had 24 turnovers of its own, but only shot 31 percent from the floor and was out-rebounded by the Cougars 46-37.
Jason Walberg led the Waves with 17 points followed by Malcolm Thomas with 14.
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