|Top 25 Capsules|
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|Monday, 29 December 2008 18:02|
Chris Wright and freshman Greg Monroe both had 16 points for Georgetown (10-1, 1-0), and Austin Freeman added 13.
A.J. Price had 16 points and Jeff Adrien added 15 for the Huskies (11-1, 0-1), who cut a 12-point deficit early in the second half to three twice but couldn't get any closer.
The Hoyas opened the game on an 18-3 run by hitting four of their first five 3-point attempts, then held off Connecticut by making 18 straight free throws in the second half to finish 18-for-21 from the line.
It was the Hoyas' eighth straight victory in a Big East opener, the last five under coach John Thompson III.
The loss snapped Connecticut's seven-game winning streak over ranked opponents, including victories this season over Miami, Wisconsin and Gonzaga.
etown, led by Allen Iverson.
The Big East has seven schools ranked in The Associated Press Top 25.
No. 14 Tennessee beats Louisiana-Lafayette 89-62
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Wayne Chism scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds before a frightening injury forced him out of Tennessee's win over Louisiana-Lafayette.
With 5:12 left in the game, the team's leading rebounder landed hard on his back under the basket after blocking a shot by La'Ryan Gary. Play was delayed for several minutes as Chism was strapped to a board, placed in a neck brace and taken out of the arena on a stretcher.
The extent of his injury wasn't immediately known.
The game was the last chance for the young Volunteers (9-2) to build some needed confidence before heading into a seven-game stretch that includes contests against defending national champion Kansas, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Memphis.
Tennessee got the boost it was looking for from strong play in transition, scoring 20 points on fast breaks and 31 off turnovers.
Randell Daigle led Louisiana-Lafayette (4-7) with 16 points.
No. 15 Villanova 62, Temple 45
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Corey Fisher scored eight straight points in the decisive run and finished with 23 to rally Villanova past Temple for its 23rd straight home win.
Up ahead for Villanova, a stiffer test in the Big East opener on Jan. 1 at Marquette.
The Owls (5-6) led at halftime and stretched it to 32-24 until completely falling apart from the floor. They went 11 1/2 minutes without a field goal and have lost three straight since beating then-No. 8 Tennessee.
Fisher and Scottie Reynolds put an end to Temple's lead, combining for four 3-pointers during a 14-0 run that helped Villanova match its longest winning streak at the Pavilion.
No. 17 Arizona State 84, Central Connecticut State 47
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - James Harden scored 24 points and Arizona State routed Central Connecticut State, matching its best start in 34 years.
Ty Abbott added 15 points and Jeff Pendergraph 14 for the 17th-ranked Sun Devils (11-1), who hit 19 of their first 22 shots from the floor and their first 15 from inside the arc. Arizona State was perfect from inside the 3-point line until Harden missed a runner in the lane with 18:07 to go.
The Sun Devils, who shot 65.3 percent from the floor, also went 11-1 to open the 2004-05 season.
The outburst came one week after the Sun Devils hit a school-record 17 3-pointers in a blowout of Idaho State.
Ken Horton scored 12 for the Blue Devils (5-6).
No. 19 Baylor 79, Portland State 66
WACO, Texas (AP) - LaceDarius Dunn scored 22 points to lead four players in double figures for Baylor in a victory over Portland State.
Curtis Jerrells and Kevin Rogers added 16 points apiece, and Henry Dugat had 11 for Baylor (11-1).
Dominic Waters led Portland State (10-4) with 18 points. Phil Nelson scored 16 and Jamie Jones 12. Jeremiah Dominguez, Portland State's leading scorer at 13.5 points per game, was held to two on 1-of-9 shooting.
No. 23 Michigan 77, North Carolina Central 57
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Manny Harris had 29 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, DeShawn Sims added 17 points and Michigan equaled last season's win total by beating winless North Carolina Central.
The victory was the fifth straight for the Wolverines (10-2), who were 10-22 last season. Laval Lucas-Perry had 10 points for Michigan, which opens Big Ten play Wednesday against Wisconsin.
Nick Chasten scored 15 points and Bryan Ayala 13 for the Eagles (0-15), who played their 13th road game of the season. North Carolina Central is in its second season in NCAA Division I.