Top 25 Capsules
The Associated Press
Dec. 23, 2014
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Nigel Hayes had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 6 Wisconsin returned from a nine-day break to beat California 68-56 on Monday night.
Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky added 14 points apiece in the first game for the Badgers (11-1) since beating Nicholls State 86-43 on Dec. 13.
Tyrone Wallace scored 17 points and Jordan Mathews added 15 for the Golden Bears (10-2), who had their seven-game winning streak snapped. Cal had been off to its best start in 55 years under first-year coach Cuonzo Martin, with the only previous loss coming in New York against nationally ranked Texas.
Wisconsin was a bit sluggish early but built a double-digit lead late in the first half and was never really threatened the rest of the way.
TEMPLE 77, No. 10 KANSAS 52
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Will Cummings scored 19 points, Quenton DeCosey had 18 and Temple stunned Kansas with a rout that snapped the Jayhawks' eight-game winning streak.
Jesse Morgan added 17 points and keyed a dominant second-half performance from the Owls, who were swallowed up after the game by a sea of Temple fans rushing the court at the Wells Fargo Center, home of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers.
Frank Mason III scored 20 points for Kansas (9-2), which shot 32.7 percent from the field and committed 17 turnovers.
No one else on the Jayhawks hit double figures, and leading scorer Perry Ellis was held to five points on 1-for-10 shooting.
The Owls (8-4), who have won four of their last five, shot a blistering 58.3 percent from the field to beat a ranked opponent for the first time this season.
No. 11 WICHITA STATE 80, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 53
HONOLULU (AP) — Darius Carter was a force inside with 12 points and eight rebounds, and Wichita State had no trouble with Loyola Marymount in the quarterfinals of the Diamond Head Classic.
The Shockers (9-1) used 14-0 runs early in the first and second periods to seize control of a game that was a mismatch from the start. The Lions (3-7) lost their fifth straight.
Carter had six offensive rebounds, two of them leading to baskets during the first big surge. He even dropped in a rare 3-pointer during the second-half run by the Shockers. Carter played only 18 minutes because of the rout.
Evan Payne led Loyola Marymount with 15 points.
No. 13 WASHINGTON 66, TULANE 57
SEATTLE (AP) — Shawn Kemp Jr. scored 16 points, Nigel Williams-Goss added 14 and Washington remained undefeated by pulling away in the second half against Tulane.
The Huskies improved to 11-0, matching the best start in Lorenzo Romar's tenure as Washington's coach. The Huskies also started 11-0 during the 2005-06 season.
Washington committed a season-high 18 turnovers coming off a short turnaround after its win over Oklahoma in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The Huskies were sloppy and careless for stretches, but used a 14-3 run midway through the second half to take control.
Dylan Osetkowski led Tulane (9-2) with 12 points. The Green Wave had their nine-game winning streak snapped.
No. 16 NOTRE DAME 91, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 66
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Pat Connaughton had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Notre Dame over Northern Illinois.
Zach Auguste added 16 points, on 7-for-7 shooting, and eight rebounds for the Fighting Irish (12-1). Demetrius Jackson also scored 16, with five assists and four steals.
All five starters scored in double figures for Notre Dame, which shot 58.9 percent from the field and hit 12 of 28 attempts from 3-point range. Connaughton was 8 for 12 from the floor, including 5 of 9 from beyond the arc.
Notre Dame finished the first half with a 27-14 run to go up 48-35 at halftime.
Darrell Bowie led the Huskies (4-5) with 15 points.
No. 17 ST. JOHN'S 66, LONG BEACH STATE 49
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Obekpa had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead St. John's over Long Beach State.
The Red Storm (10-1) have won 10 of their first 11 games for the first time since 1990-91. That team went 23-9 and lost to No. 2 Duke in the Midwest Regional Final.
Sir'Dominic Pointer had 11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three blocks. Phil Greene IV chipped in 16 points. D'Angelo Harrison, the Big East's leading scorer at 19.8 points per game, finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Long Beach State (5-8) lost its fourth straight. Mike Caffey was the only 49ers player in double figures with 10 points.
No. 18 WEST VIRGINIA 77, WOFFORD 44
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Juwan Staten had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead West Virginia past Wofford.
West Virginia (11-1) is off to its best start since opening 11-0 during the 2009-10 season, when it reached the Final Four. Elijah Macon and Jonathan Holton each added 11 points, and Jevon Carter scored 10 for the Mountaineers.
Spencer Collins scored 12 points and Karl Cochran had 10 for Wofford (9-3), which had won four in a row.
Wofford wilted under West Virginia's full-court press, committed a season-high 21 turnovers and was held to its lowest scoring output this season.
The Mountaineers used a strong start to win their fourth straight. West Virginia scored 16 unanswered points to lead 18-2 just 7 minutes into the game.
No. 19 OKLAHOMA 85, WEBER STATE 51
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma set an NCAA Division I record by scoring 39 straight points in a rout of Weber State.
The Sooners were led by Jordan Woodard and Ryan Spangler, who each scored 15 points.
Oklahoma (8-3) broke the previous record for a scoring run against a Division I opponent of 37 points, set by Utah State vs. Idaho on Feb. 15, 2006. Oklahoma's run turned a 10-4 lead into a 49-4 margin.
The Sooners shot 68.8 percent from the field while building a 51-12 halftime lead. They finished the game shooting 58.1 percent.
The 12 points allowed by Oklahoma were the fewest the Sooners had given up in a half since allowing Texas A&M 10 points in the first half on March 1, 2008. Weber State (4-6) scored eight of those points in the final 1:52 of the half.
The Wildcats shot 13.6 percent (3 of 22) from the field in the first half and 25.5 percent for the game.
No. 21 OHIO STATE 93, MIAMI (OHIO) 55
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Reserve guard Kam Williams scored 18 points and Ohio State went on a 26-3 run in the first half to beat Miami (Ohio).
Marc Loving had 16 points, D'Angelo Russell added 15 points and eight assists, and Keita Bates-Diop scored 12 for the Buckeyes (10-2), who are 10-0 at Value City Arena and 0-2 against ranked opponents away from home this season.
Ohio State fell behind early against No. 24 North Carolina on Saturday and lost 82-74 — similar to the scenario in a 64-55 loss to No. 5 Louisville on Dec. 2. But the Buckeyes never trailed against overmatched Miami.
LJ Livingston Jr. had 17 points and Geovonie McKnight 10 for the RedHawks (3-8), who have lost seven of eight.
No. 22 BAYLOR 70, SOUTHERN U 66
WACO, Texas (AP) — Rico Gathers had 16 points with 11 rebounds, and Baylor held off Southern to win its first game this season as a ranked team.
Freshman Johnathan Motley had 19 points for the Bears (10-1), who moved into the Top 25 earlier Monday. His two free throws with 42 seconds left in the first half put Baylor ahead to stay after Southern (3-10) used a 12-0 run to take the lead.
Adrian Rodgers had 26 points for the Jaguars, who scored the most points against Baylor this season.
Baylor's last field goal of the game was Motley's tip-in with 6:09 left for a 59-51 lead. But the Bears made 11 of their 12 free throws the rest of the way.
No. 24 COLORADO ST. 75, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 54
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Daniel Bejarano scored 15 points, John Gillon had 14, and Colorado State won its 12th straight game to extend the best start in school history with a victory over Charleston Southern.
Stanton Kidd had 13 points and J.J. Avila added 11 for Colorado State (12-0), which also set the longest single-season winning streak in school history. The previous high was an 11-game run during the 1988-89 season.
Saah Nimley scored 18 points to lead Charleston Southern (5-5). Arlon Harper added 11.
Up by 17 at the break, the Rams stretched their lead to 50-21 by scoring the first 12 points of the second half. The spurt included 3-pointers by Bejarano and Kidd and a rim-rattling, fast-break dunk by Tiel Daniels after a Charleston Southern turnover.
No. 25 TCU 80, GRAMBLING STATE 39
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kyan Anderson scored 17 points and TCU beat Grambling State in the Horned Frogs' first game as a ranked team in almost 16 years.
TCU (12-0) entered The Associated Press poll earlier in the day and continued the best start in school history, topping the 1997-98 team that opened with nine straight wins before making the Frogs' most recent trip to the NCAA tournament.
Freshman Chauncey Collins made all four of his 3-pointers and had a season-high 13 points for the Frogs, who are ranked for the first since January 1999.
A'Torri Shine scored 10 points for Grambling State (2-8), which shot 24 percent and lost by at least 40 for the fifth time this season.