Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules
New York, NY (My Sportsbook) - Syracuse gave coach Jim Boeheim his 900th victory on Monday. No. 901 will have to wait. Khalif Wyatt scored a career- high 33 points and Anthony Lee added 21 with nine rebounds, as Temple handed the third-ranked Orange their first loss of the season with an 83-79 decision at Madison Square Garden. The Owls (9-2) were coming off a 72-62 home loss to Canisius on Wednesday. They made just 4-of-28 shots from three-point range in that setback, but on Saturday connected on 8-of-24 from distance and sank 29- of-36 free throws to beat a top-10 team for the fifth straight year. C.J. Fair scored 25 for Syracuse (10-1), which gave Boeheim his milestone win on Monday in a 72-68 victory over Detroit at the Carrier Dome. The Orange nearly blew a 20-point lead in the second half five days ago, and on Saturday couldn't recover from their first second-half deficit of the season.
Final Score: (9) Kansas 74, (7) Ohio State 66
Columbus, OH (My Sportsbook) - Ben McLemore poured in a game-high 22 points to go with six rebounds, as No. 9 Kansas knocked off seventh-ranked Ohio State, 74-66, Saturday at Value City Arena. Jeff Withey recorded a double- double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford donated 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the Jayhawks (10-1), who have won nine straight since their lone loss of the season to Michigan State on Nov. 13. Deshaun Thomas led the Buckeyes (9-2) with 16 points and Shannon Scott added 15 points off the bench in the setback, which snapped Ohio State's 39-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents.
Final Score: Kansas State 67, (8) Florida 61
Kansas City, MO (My Sportsbook) - Will Spradling scored 17 points and Kansas State used a strong second-half run to deal eighth-ranked Florida a 67-61 loss at the Sprint Center. Spradling added six rebounds and five assists for Kansas State (9-2), which outscored the Gators by an 11-2 count over a five-minute stretch to turn a one-point lead into a 57-47 advantage with 5:20 to play. Rodney McGruder chipped in 13 points and six boards to help the Wildcats post their fourth win in five games. Superior free throw shooting also played a part in Kansas State prevailing. The Wildcats ended the night 20-of-29 from the foul line, while Florida made only 10-of-15 looks from the stripe. The Gators (8-2) suffered their second setback in three outings following a 7-0 start despite a 19-point, 10-rebound effort from Patric Young. Kenny Boynton and Scottie Wilbekin each recorded 11 points in defeat.
Final Score: (12) Missouri 82, (10) Illinois 73
St. Louis, MO (My Sportsbook) - Laurence Bowers had 23 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, and the 12th-ranked Missouri Tigers posted an 82-73 victory over the previously-unbeaten No. 10 Illinois Fighting Illini in the annual Braggin' Rights game. Jabari Brown added 18 points and Alex Oriakhi scored 13 to go with 14 boards for the Tigers (10-1), who have won four straight in the series. Phil Pressey ended with 12 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds against the Fighting Illini but converted just 3-of-19 field goals. Brandon Paul made 11 free throws on his way to 23 points for Illinois (12-1), which got 14 points from Tyler Griffey.
Final Score: (11) Cincinnati 68, Wright State 58
Cincinnati, OH (My Sportsbook) - JaQuon Parker poured in a game-high 21 points as 11th-ranked Cincinnati defeated Wright State, 68-58, on Saturday. Sean Kilpatrick dropped in 12 and Titus Rubles added 11 points and nine boards for the Bearcats (12-0), who improved to 8-0 at home this season. Jerran Young had 14 points and 10 rebounds and JT Yoho scored 13 for the Raiders (8-4), who are 0-9 all-time against Cincinnati.
Final Score: (13) Minnesota 75, Lafayette 50
Minneapolis, MN (My Sportsbook) - Joe Coleman led 11 Minnesota scorers with 12 points and the No. 13 Golden Gophers concluded their non-conference schedule with a 75-50 thumping of the Lafayette Leopards on Saturday. In helping Minnesota (12-1) claim its eighth straight win, Coleman connected on 6-of-8 shots from the field, while the Gophers also received 10 points from Oto Osenieks and eight points apiece from Rodney Williams, Maurice Walker and Maverick Ahanmisi. After winning back-to-back games, the Leopards (5-9) were held to their second-lowest point total of the season with Dan Trist, Seth Hinrichs and Joey Ptasinski combining for 35 points. Trist led the team with 14 points, while Hinrichs and Ptasinski scored 11 and 10, respectively, in defeat.
Final Score: (15) Georgetown 65, American 48
Washington, DC (My Sportsbook) - Otto Porter had 16 points and 13 rebounds off the bench to lead No. 15 Georgetown past American University, 65-48, at the Verizon Center. Greg Whittington added 13 points for the Hoyas (10-1), who have won seven straight since their lone loss of the season. Daniel Munoz paced the Eagles (4-8) with 15 points and Stephen Lumpkins followed with 10 for American, which has now dropped three in a row and seven of nine overall.
Final Score: South Dakota State 70, (16) New Mexico 65
Albuquerque, NM (My Sportsbook) - Nate Wolters posted game highs of 28 points and seven assists as South Dakota State stunned 16th-ranked and previously unbeaten New Mexico, 70-65, at The Pit. Wolters made good on 9-of-15 field goal attempts to pace the Jackrabbits' offense, while South Dakota State (10-4) also delivered on the defensive end to pull off the upset. The defending Summit League champions held the Lobos to a 37 percent success rate from the floor and led nearly wire-to-wire. The shocking victory came just three days after SDSU was routed at Belmont by 27 points (76-49) on Wednesday. Jordan Dykstra added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Jackrabbits, with Chad White contributing 13 points to the triumph. Kendall Williams finished with 21 points for New Mexico (12-1), which saw a 14-game home win streak against non- conference opponents come to an end. Tony Snell had 13 points in defeat.
Final Score: (18) San Diego State 80, San Francisco 58
Honolulu, HI (My Sportsbook) - Chase Tapley dropped in a career-high 33 points on 13-of-19 shooting to go with five rebounds as the 18th-ranked San Diego State Aztecs easily handled San Francisco, 80-58, on Saturday in the Diamond Head Classic. Tapley drained 6-of-10 shots from beyond the arc, while Jamaal Franklin contributed 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Aztecs (10-1), who have won 10 straight games since a season-opening loss to Syracuse on Nov. 11. Deshawn Stephens netted 10 points to go with eight boards and Xavier Thames gave 10 points in the Aztecs' 30th consecutive win over a program from the state of California. Cole Dickerson scored a team-high 15 points to go with 12 rebounds for the Dons (5-5), who have lost four straight. De'End Parker added 10 points in the setback for San Francisco.
Final Score: (19) Butler 75, Evansville 67
Indianapolis, IN (My Sportsbook) - Andrew Smith and Rotnei Clarke each scored 20 points as the 19th-ranked Butler Bulldogs held off the Evansville Purple Aces, 75-67. Kellen Dunham and Roosevelt Jones added 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Bulldogs (9-2), who stunned previously unbeaten and then-No. 1 ranked Indiana in overtime last Saturday. Kameron Woods added 10 points and 12 rebounds. Colt Ryan ended with 25 points for the Purple Aces (7-5), who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Ned Cox and Ryan Sawvell tallied 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Final Score: (20) Michigan State 67, Texas 56
East Lansing, MI (My Sportsbook) - Derrick Nix poured in a career-high 25 points to go with 11 rebounds on Saturday, as No. 20 Michigan State held off Texas, 67-56, at Breslin Center. Keith Appling followed with 14 points and Adreian Payne donated 13 points and seven rebounds for the Spartans (11-2), who have won six straight. Julien Lewis led the Longhorns (7-5) with 16 points, while Sheldon McClellan added 13 points for Texas, which was coming off an impressive 85-67 triumph over No. 23 North Carolina on Wednesday.
Final Score: (23) North Carolina 97, McNeese State 63
Chapel Hill, NC (My Sportsbook) - P.J. Hairston poured in a game-high 20 points to go with eight rebounds on Saturday, as No. 23 North Carolina clobbered McNeese State, 97-63, at the Smith Center. Reggie Bullock buried five 3-pointers en route to 17 points and James Michael McAdoo donated 12 points and seven rebounds for the Tar Heels (9-3), who were coming off an uninspiring 85-67 loss at Texas on Wednesday night. Jeremie Mitchell led the Cowboys (6-4) with 13 points and Craig McFerrin followed with 10 points in the setback, snapping McNeese State's five-game win streak.
Final Score: (24) Oklahoma State 78, Tennessee Tech 42
Stillwater, OK (My Sportsbook) - Phil Forte connected on six 3-pointers en route to a game-high 22 points off the bench, as No. 24 Oklahoma State dominated Tennessee Tech, 78-42, on Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Kamari Murphy added 12 points, while Marcus Smart and Markel Brown donated 11 points apiece for the Cowboys (10-1), who have won five straight since their lone loss of the season at Virginia Tech on Dec. 1. Jud Dillard carried the Golden Eagles (6-6) with 18 points and six rebounds in the setback, Tennessee Tech's second in a row and third in its last four games.
Final Score: (25) North Carolina State 92, St. Bonaventure 73
Raleigh, NC (My Sportsbook) - C.J. Leslie recorded a career-high 33 points to go along with eight rebounds as No. 25 North Carolina State handled St. Bonaventure, 92-73, at PNC Arena. Scott Wood connected on five 3-pointers en route to 23 points, while T.J. Warren finished with 13 points and seven boards for the Wolfpack (9-2), who won their fifth straight game. Eric Mosley paced the Bonnies (7-4) with 18 points and Youssou Ndoye contributed a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds as St. Bonaventure had its two-game win streak snapped.
December 22, 2012, at 11:01 PM ET
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