Virginia routs Demon Deacons, 74-51

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Jan. 08, 2014 @ 10:16 PM

Virginia 74, Wake Forest 51
HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Malcolm Brogdon scored 14 points and Virginia started the game with a 22-6 run and never let up in a 74-51 victory against Wake Forest on Wednesday night.
Joe Harris and Justin Anderson added 11 points each for the Cavaliers (11-4, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who scored a season-high 41 first-half points and led by 17 at the break. The Demon Deacons scored the opening basket of the second half, and then the Cavaliers clinched it with an 18-2 run.
Wake Forest (11-4, 1-1), coming off a 73-67 victory against then-No. 19 North Carolina, trailed by as many as 31 in losing its second straight to Virginia after having won seven in a row in the series. The loss also dropped the Demon Deacons to 1-25 on the road in the conference under coach Jeff Bzdelik.
Coron Williams led Wake Forest with 11 points.

 

No. 8 Villanova 83, Seton Hall 67
TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points and No. 8 Villanova hit a dozen 3-pointers in an 83-67 victory over undermanned Seton Hall on Wednesday night.
JayVaughn Pinkston added 17 points, Ryan Arcidiacono had 14 and the Wildcats (14-1, 3-0 Big East) shot 52 percent from the field and 3-point range in beating Seton Hall (10-6, 1-2) for the 11th time in the last 12 games.
Brian Oliver had 20 points to lead Seton Hall, which has lost two straight for the first time this season.
The Pirates played without swingman Fuquan Edwin, their second leading scorer, and Eugene Teague, their top rebounder. Edwin, who beat Villanova last season with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, has a knee injury. Teague missed his third straight game with a concussion.

 

No. 10 Florida 74, South Carolina 58
MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Scottie Wilbekin scored 17 points before getting helped to the locker room with a sprained right ankle, and No. 10 Florida opened Southeastern Conference play with a 74-58 victory against South Carolina on Wednesday night.
Casey Prather and Patric Young added 13 points apiece for the Gators, (12-2, 1-0) who won their sixth straight and tied a school record by winning their 24th consecutive home game.
A fast start and strong finish were keys to the latest victory in the O'Connell Center.
But Wilbekin's injury was all that mattered afterward. The senior point guard badly sprained the same ankle Dec. 2 against Connecticut. He entered the game averaging 11.8 points and 4.0 assists.
Tyrone Johnson led South Carolina (7-7, 0-1) with 12 points.

 

No. 19 Massachusetts 66, Saint Joseph's 62
KEN POWTAK
Associated Press
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Chaz Williams scored eight of his 22 points in the closing six minutes Wednesday night, leading No. 19 Massachusetts to a 66-62 comeback win over Saint Joseph's in the conference openers for both teams.
Maxie Esho scored 12 points and Raphiael Putney had 11 for the Minutemen (13-1 overall, 1-0 Atlantic-10).
Halil Kanacevic led Saint Joseph's (9-5, 0-1) with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Langston Galloway had 18 points and DeAndre Bembry 16 for the Hawks, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.
UMass pulled out the win despite an off night by center and second-leading scorer Cady Lalanne, who picked up two early fouls. He finished with four points.

 

No. 18 Kansas 90, Oklahoma 83
MURRAY EVANS
Associated Press
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Wayne Selden Jr. shot 5 for 10 from 3-point range and finished with a career-high 24 points as No. 18 Kansas started Big 12 Conference play with a 90-83 win over Oklahoma on Wednesday night.
Kansas (10-4, 1-0) won its conference opener for the 23rd straight year, a streak that began with the 1991-92 season. Oklahoma, in January 1991, was the last team to beat the Jayhawks in a conference opener.
After a 5-0 start, Kansas lost four of its next eight and was coming off a 61-57 loss to San Diego State on Sunday that ended the Jayhawks' 68-game home winning streak against nonconference foes. Perry Ellis had 22 points on 6-for-8 shooting and 11 rebounds, helping the Jayhawks shoot 55 percent from the field.
Cameron Clark had a career high-tying 32 points for Oklahoma (12-3, 1-1), which lost for the second time in three games.

 

UNC-Ashville 81, Gardner-Webb 77
BOILING SPRINGS (AP) — Jaron Lane scored a career-high 26 points and D.J. Cunningham scored four points in the final 30 seconds as UNC-Asheville opened Big South Conference play with an 81-77 win at Gardner-Webb.
Cunningham hit a tie-breaking jumper with 30 seconds left, snagged a defensive rebound and then made two free throws with 14 seconds left for Asheville (7-8). After another miss by the Gardner-Webb, Corey Littlejohn iced the game with two free throws at 4 seconds. Gardner-Webb (7-9) got a layup at the buzzer.
Asheville had a 64-54 lead after an Andrew Rowsey jumper with 7:07 to go.
Rowsey and Cunningham had 12 points each and Dave Robertson 13. Asheville shot 53.7 percent and made 19 of 22 free throws.
Gardner-Webb had five players in double figures, led by Donta Harper with 15. Tyler Strange had 10 with 13 assists. Jerome Hill had 13 points and nine rebounds.

 

Northeastern 79, NC-Wilmington 68 - OT
BOSTON (AP) — David Walker scored eight of his 18 points in overtime as Northeastern exploded away from North Carolina-Wilmington 79-68 on Wednesday night, scoring 21 in the extra period.
Walker, Scott Eatherton and Reggie Spencer hit quick baskets in overtime as Northeastern broke away. Eatherton finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Demetrius Pollard 17 points and Reggie Spencer 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Huskies (4-11, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association).
NC-Wilmington scored eight points in the final 37 seconds of regulation to force the extra period — Cedric Williams and Chris Dixon hitting 3-pointers and Williams making two free throws. Dixon led the Seahawks (6-11, 0-2) with 15 points and Williams added 11, but the Seahawks hit just 39.7 percent from the field and made 4 of 14 3-point tries.
Northeastern went to the line 37 times thanks to 26 NC-Wilmington fouls, and added 26 points on free throws.