Jerrells' triple-double lifts Baylor past Hartford Print
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Monday, 22 December 2008 23:12
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 Curtis Jerrells paid enough attention to late-game passing that it didn't cost him a piece of Baylor basketball history.
Jerrells recorded the school's fourth triple-double and the ninth ever in the Big 12 Conference in the 21st-ranked Bears' 74-59 victory over Hartford on Monday night.
Jerrells had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Baylor (10-1). He secured the statistical feat with an assist to Kevin Rogers, who made a layup and was fouled by Hartford's Andres Torres with 41 seconds left in the game.
It was a flashback to teammate Henry Dugat's near triple-double earlier this season that helped Jerrells earn that last assist.
``Henry was close to a triple-double a couple of games ago and he didn't pass the ball ahead,'' Jerrells said. ``I made sure Kevin was close enough to the basket where he didn't have to dribble.''
Dugat had 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in an 85-43 victory over Southern University on Nov. 22.
Skinner, who plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, notched two triple-doubles and former NBA player David Wesley - now a student manager for the Baylor team and taking classes to complete his degree - recorded the other.
``It was great to see Curtis Jerrells get a triple-double,'' Baylor coach Scott Drew said. ``I think Kevin Rogers had the play of the game to get him that assist with the nice and-one. Kevin, as a freshman and sophomore, might not have gotten that and-one.''
In other games involving ranked teams on Monday, it was: No. 4 Oklahoma 70, Rice 58; No. 6 Wake Forest 95, East Carolina 54; No. 8 Notre Dame 81, Savannah State 49; No. 10 Purdue 70, IPFW 55; No. 15 Ohio State 83, North Carolina-Asheville 59; No. 17 Syracuse 82, Coppin State 71; No. 18 Villanova 78, Navy 68; and No. 24 Michigan 76, Florida Gulf Coast 59.
In Waco, Texas, Dugat scored 16 points, including the 1,000th of his career to join Jerrells and 19 others in reaching that number at Baylor.
``I think it's an accomplishment to be part of that,'' Dugat said. ``Not too many people who come through here get in that club. I'm grateful for it.''
Jaret von Rosenberg's 19 points led Hartford (4-8), which pulled within three twice in the second half. But Jerrells had two layups and Dugat hit four free throws in a 15-6 run that gave the Bears a 71-59 lead.
No. 4 Oklahoma 70, Rice 58
Warren scored a career-high 31 points and Blake Griffin added 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Sooners (12-0), who matched the program's best start since 1989-90. Oklahoma broke a 46-all tie with a 14-2 run to get the road win.
Corey Pflieger had 17 points for the Owls (4-7), who have lost their last 17 games against ranked opponents.
No. 6 Wake Forest 95, East Carolina 54
At Greenville, N.C., Al-Farouq Aminu had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Demon Deacons (11-0), who are off to their best start since winning the first 11 games of 2003-04.
The Demon Deacons arrived at Minges Coliseum as the highest-ranked visitor since No. 5 Memphis took a 77-67 Conference USA victory there in January 2006.
Darrius Morrow had 15 points to lead the Pirates (8-3).
No. 8 Notre Dame 81, Savannah St. 49
At South Bend, Ind., Luke Harangody had his worst shooting game of the season (5-of-14) but still had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (9-2).
Chris Linton led the visiting Tigers (7-5) with 14 points.
No. 10 Purdue 70, IPFW 55
At West Lafayette, Ind., JaJuan Johnson had career highs of 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Boilermakers (10-2) to their fifth straight win.
Nick Daniels had a career-high 14 points for the visiting Mastodons (4-8), who lost their third in a row.
No. 15 Ohio St. 83, UNC-Asheville 59
reshman B.J. Mullens scored 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including six dunks, and added eight rebounds and three blocked shots for the Buckeyes (9-0), who have won 15 straight dating to an 84-66 victory over Asheville in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament last season on the way to winning the title.
John Williams had 10 points for the visiting Bulldogs (4-8).
No. 17 Syracuse 82, Coppin St. 71
At Syracuse, N.Y., Andy Rautins equaled a school record with nine 3-pointers and scored a career-high 29 points to lead the Orange (12-1).
Rautins, starting for the second straight game in place of suspended guard Eric Devendorf, tied Gerry McNamara's school record, set against BYU in the NCAA tournament in 2004.
Tywain McKee hit five 3s and scored a season-high 31 points for the Eagles (1-8), who lost their eighth straight road game and dropped to 0-22 against the Big East.
No. 18 Villanova 78, Navy 68
At Villanova, Pa., Dante Cunningham had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Scottie Reynolds added 23 points for the Wildcats (11-1).
Chris Harris had career highs of eight 3-pointers and 30 points for the visiting Midshipmen (8-4), who closed within 67-64 with 2:38 left, but two free throws by Antonio Pena and one by Cunningham extended the lead to six.
No. 24 Michigan 76, Florida-Gulf Coast 59
eer-high 20 rebounds for Michigan's first 20-20 game since Washington Wizards assistant coach Phil Hubbard had 22 points and 26 rebounds in a victory over Detroit in the 1977 NCAA tournament. The win was the fourth straight for the Wolverines, (9-2), who moved into the Top 25 on Monday for the first time since February 2006.
Delvin Franklin had 19 points and Reed Baker, who transferred from Michigan after the 2006-07 season, added 16 for the visiting Eagles (4-8).

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