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|Thursday, 22 November 2007 19:50|
The Patriots (4-0), who made a surprising run to the Final Four two seasons ago, have won four straight to start a season for the first time in school history. They advanced to Friday's second round against No. 20 Villanova, a 76-68 winner over Central Florida.
Michael Beasley had at least 30 points for the third time in four games for Kansas State (3-1). But the 6-foot-10 freshman rode the bench for long stretches because of foul trouble and the Wildcats were unable to make up for his absence.
Beasley scored 22 after halftime to finish with 30 points and 10 rebounds. But he got little help from his teammates until it was too late.
No. 20 Villanova 76, Central Florida 68
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Scottie Reynolds scored 19 points and Corey Fisher added 18 to lead Villanova to a victory over Central Florida in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic.
Reynolds made five free throws in the final 1:42, and Fisher and Reggie Redding also delivered clutch second-half performances for the Wildcats (3-0), who led by 12 in the first half and were up 10 in the second half before UCF (2-1) rallied to keep the outcome in doubt until the closing seconds.
O'Donnell led UCF with 24 points, 15 of them in the second half when he made four of his six 3-pointers.
No. 19 Southern Illinois 63, Chattanooga 41
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Randal Falker scored 21 points and Southern Illinois dominated the second half in a victory over Chattanooga in the opening round of the inaugural Anaheim Classic.
Bryan Mullins added 10 points for the Salukis, who reached the final 16 of the NCAA tournament last season. Falker and Mullins are among three returning starters from that team.
Southern Illinois (2-0) advanced to Friday's game against Mississippi State, which beat UC Irvine 68-53.
The Mocs (1-2) will play Irvine on Friday.
Stephen McDowell was the only player in double figures with 13 for Chattanooga, which fell to 2-12 on a neutral court against ranked opponents.