WCU tops Elon, 74-62, in Southern contest

Area, Top 25 and ACC college hoops
Jan. 04, 2014 @ 08:16 PM

Western Carolina 74, Elon 62
CULLOWHEE (AP) — Trey Sumler scored 21 points and James Sinclair and Tom Tankelewicz combined for 24 as Western Carolina pulled away from Elon in the second half for a 74-62 win on Saturday.
With Tankelewicz knocking down four 3-pointers, the Catamounts (9-8, 2-0 Southern Conference) got 22 points off the bench to just five for the Phoenix (7-8, 0-1).
Austin Hamilton had 19 points, Sebastian Koch 16 and Lucas Martin 15 for Elon but only two other players scored, combining for 12.
Western Carolina led 32-30 at halftime but a Koch 3 and a layup by Hamilton put the Phoenix up 39-38. The Catamounts regained the lead on a Tawaski King layup and Sinclair followed with a dunk he turned into a three-point play.
The Catamounts put it away with a 15-2 run for a 68-51 lead. Brandon Boggs capped the surge at 5:57 with a dunk.

 

Ohio 79, UNC Asheville 70
ASHEVILLE (AP) — Maurice Ndour scored 19 of his career-high 27 points in the second half as Ohio rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat UNC Asheville 79-70 on Saturday.
UNC Asheville (6-8) was up 43-31 at halftime, but remained scoreless after the break until Andrew Rowsey made a 3 with 14:17 left to play. Ohio's 15-3 run tied the game at 46 with 12:36 to go.
The second half consisted of five lead changes and three ties. The Bulldogs came within three after a Jaron Lane layup with 28 seconds to play. Nick Kellogg made 4 of 4 free throws and Stevie Taylor added two in the final 25 seconds to cap the scoring for Ohio.
Kellogg scored 23 points, including 6-of-6 shooting from the free-throw line for the Bobcats (10-3).
Andrew Rowsey scored 28 points for UNC Asheville and made six 3-pointers.

 

No. 1 Arizona 71, Washington 62
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Nick Johnson scored 24 points, Aaron Gordon had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 1 Arizona beat Washington 71-62 on Saturday.
The Wildcats (15-0, 2-0 Pacific-12) are off to their best start since 1931-32, when the team set a school record with 16 wins to open the season.
T.J. McConnell added six assists, five rebounds and four steals for Arizona.
C.J. Wilcox led Washington (9-6, 1-1) with 20 points while Perris Blackwell had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Arizona trailed by two points at halftime but pulled away as the Huskies shot 10 of 33 in the second half, missing all seven 3-point attempts.

 

No. 2 Syracuse 49, Miami (Fla.) 44
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — C.J. Fair scored 15 points, including the go-ahead basket with 4:16 to go, and Syracuse rallied late in its Atlantic Coast Conference debut.
Syracuse (14-0, 1-0) struggled against Miami (8-6, 0-2), the reigning conference champion.
Miami, which trailed by four points at halftime, started the second half with a 14-4 run as the Orange missed their first nine shots. Garrius Adams, who led Miami with nine points, and freshman Manu Lecomte hit 3-pointers and Rion Brown hit a jumper from deep in the right corner to stake the Hurricanes to a 35-29 lead with 12:22 left.
Two free throws by Davon Reed gave Miami a 40-35 lead with 6:11 left before Rakeem Christmas scored twice inside to start a 10-4 Orange run.

 

No. 3 Ohio St. 84, Nebraska 53
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — LaQuinton Ross scored 11 points, including two 3-pointers as Ohio State pulled away.
Amedeo Della Valle had 15 points, Marc Loving scored a career-high 13, Shannon Scott also had 13 and Amir Williams chipped in with 10 points for Ohio State, which shot 54 percent from the field (27 of 50) and 47 percent on 3-pointers (9 of 19).
Terran Petteway scored 15 points and Leslee Smith had 11 for the Cornhuskers (8-6, 0-2), who have lost 20 consecutive road games to ranked teams since beating No. 22 Texas A&M on Feb. 23, 2008.
The Buckeyes, leading the Big Ten in scoring defense at 55.1 points a game, limited the Cornhuskers to 38 percent shooting from the field (21 of 56) while forcing 17 turnovers.

 

No. 5 Michigan St. 73, Indiana 56
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Gary Harris scored 26 points to lead Michigan State.
Harris had 17 points in the first half for the Spartans (13-1, 2-0 Big Ten) and he had a 5-point play midway through the second half.
Michigan State turned 13 Indiana turnovers into 20 points, capitalizing on a problem that has plagued the Hoosiers (10-5, 0-2) all season. They are averaging 16.4 turnovers a game, more than anyone else in the conference.
Branden Dawson added 13 points for the Spartans.
Yogi Ferrell led Indiana with 17 points while Will Sheehey added 13.
Sheehey buried a 3-pointer with 8:54 left to close the gap to 50-41. Harris hit a 3-pointer and drew a foul from Stanford Robinson. And as Harris pumped his first in front of the celebrating Spartans bench, Robinson was hit with a technical foul. Harris made two of the three free throws and the Spartans were up 55-41.

 

No. 12 Florida 67, Richmond 58
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Michael Frazier II scored 18 points, including three huge 3-pointers in the second half, as Florida rallied.
The Gators trailed 48-45 with about 6 minutes to play before seniors Scottie Wilbekin, Casey Prather and Pat Young took over.
Wilbekin hit a baseline floater, Prather followed with his first of two spinning layups and then Florida (11-2) went ahead for good on Young's three-point play.
Dorian Finney-Smith's 3-pointer gave the Gators some cushion down the stretch, and they closed it out from the free throw line — barely. Florida missed six of its final eight free throws in the final minute.
Young finished with 15 points for Florida, which won its 23rd consecutive home game. Prather had 12 and Wilbekin added 10.
Cedrick Lindsay led the Spiders (10-5) with 19 points, and Kendall Anthony added 15.

 

No. 13 Iowa St. 73, Texas Tech 62
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Georges Niang scored 17 points and Melvin Ejim added 16 to extend Iowa State's winning streak to a school record-tying 13 games.
DeAndre Kane had 15 points for the Cyclones (13-0, 1-0) in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Jaye Crockett had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Dusty Hannahs added 16 points to lead Texas Tech (8-6, 0-1).
The Cyclones came into the game averaging just over nine 3-pointers but managed only five against the Red Raiders. Texas Tech held Iowa State 15 points below its average.
Texas Tech tied the Cyclones at 50 on a 3-pointer by Crockett at 12:33 of the second half but the Red Raiders never took a lead.

 

Southern Methodist 74, No. 17 Connecticut 65
DALLAS (AP) — Nic Moore had 20 points and six assists to lead SMU in the Mustangs' first game of the season played on campus in refurbished Moody Coliseum.
Nick Russell added 14 points for SMU (11-3, 1-1) in its first conference win as a member of the American Athletic Conference.
Ryan Boatright had 15 points for the Huskies (11-3, 0-2), who lost their second straight, both in conference and both in Texas. Shabazz Napier and Lasan Kroham had 12 points and DeAndre Daniels added 11 for UConn, which lost to Houston on Tuesday.
SMU went ahead 47-41 on a bank shot by Ben Moore with 11:36 left. The Mustangs went on a 6-1 run to go up 63-51 with 4:04 left.
The victory was the Mustangs' first against a ranked opponent since December 2003, when they beat No. 17 Purdue.

 

Cincinnati 69, No. 18 Memphis 53
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Sean Kilpatrick scored 11 of his 18 points down the stretch and Cincinnati won its sixth straight, while Memphis saw an end to a three-game winning streak.
Justin Jackson finished with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds and a career high-matching seven blocks for Cincinnati (13-2, 2-0 American Athletic Conference), while Shaquille Thomas had 10 points.
Joe Jackson led Memphis (10-3, 1-1) with 13 points, but only had two in the second half. Michael Dixon added 12 points but was 4 of 12 from the field.
Cincinnati broke open a close game in the latter stages of the second half as Kilpatrick began scoring and Memphis was stymied with 24 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes.

 

Maryland 77, Georgia Tech 61
DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Nick Faust scored 16 points, and Maryland launched the home portion of its final trip through the ACC by defeating Georgia Tech 77-61 Saturday.
The Terrapins never trailed in their seventh straight home win over the Yellow Jackets. Maryland (10-5, 2-0) built a double-digit lead in the opening four minutes, increased the margin to 20 early in the second half and coasted to the finish.
Evan Smotrycz contributed 14 points, Dez Wells scored 11 and Charles Mitchell collected 11 rebounds for the Terrapins, who have won three straight and five of six.
Marcus Georges-Hunt led Georgia Tech (9-5, 0-1) with 11 points.


Clemson 62, Boston College 60
KEN POWTAK
Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) — K.J. McDaniels scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Jordan Roper had 15 points and Clemson hung on to win its league opener Saturday, 62-60 over Boston College.
Rod Hall added 12 points for the Tigers (10-3, 1-0 ACC). It was their third victory in four games.
Olivier Hanlan led Boston College (4-11, 1-1) with 27 points, but missed the first of two free throws that could have tied it with 1.3 seconds left. Ryan Anderson had 13 points for the Eagles.
Trailing 62-59, Hanlan was fouled with 1.9 seconds left. He hit the first, but missed the second intentionally, grabbing his own rebound and getting fouled.
He then front-rimmed the first and had to miss second again, but McDaniels secured the rebound and the horn sounded.

 

Kansas St. 74, No. 6 Oklahoma St. 71
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Marcus Foster scored 17 points and Nino Williams made two free throws with 5.7 seconds left for Kansas State in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Williams finished with 15 points, none bigger than his two free throws that gave the Wildcats (11-3, 1-0) a three-point lead. Marcus Smart of the Cowboys raced up court and threw up a running 3-point try as the final buzzer sounded, but it clanked harmlessly off the rim.
Thomas Gipson added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Kansas State, which has won nine straight after losing to the likes of Northern Colorado and Charlotte earlier in the season.
Le'Bryan Nash scored 20 points, Markel Brown finished with 16 and Smart added 15 for the Cowboys (12-2, 0-1), who were plagued by foul trouble after already missing two of their key players.


Virginia 62, Florida St. 50
BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Justin Anderson scored 16 points and Akil Mitchell added 11 points along with 13 rebounds Saturday to lead Virginia to a 62-50 win at Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools.
Virginia (10-4) jumped to an early 6-0 lead and never trailed as it bounced back from an embarrassing 87-52 loss Monday night at Tennessee. The Cavaliers led by as many as 15 in the opening half and 22 in the second half.
Capitalizing on a 20-2 scoring advantage off 13 Florida State first half turnovers, Virginia built an early 28-13 lead on its way to a 30-17 cushion at the midway break despite losing the services of scoring leader Joe Harris early in the game.
Anderson and freshman London Perrantes took up the scoring slack for the Cavaliers with 10 points apiece in the opening half. Perrantes finished with 14 points and teammate Malcolm Brogdon added 11.
Harris played less than three minutes without taking a shot before being injured during a scramble for a loose ball. He remained dressed and on the Cavalier bench for the remainder of the game. Virginia officials wouldn't say what injury Harris suffered, although it appeared he was checked for a possible concussion.
Florida State (9-4) went the opening five minutes without a score until Okaro White's 3-point shot from the side. White was Florida State's lone double-digit scorer with 15 points.