Men’s College Basketball Roundup
Kentucky snapped a rare two-game losing streak, and North Carolina lost its second straight for the first time in nearly two years.
Geno Carlisle scored 29 points as California upset No. 9 North Carolina 78-71 Tuesday night in the Pete Newell Challenge at Oakland, Calif.
``We couldn’t stop Carlisle,″ North Carolina coach Bill Guthridge said. ``We were all over him on several of those shots. It’s uncanny, the way he gets those shots off.″
Brendan Haywood scored 24 points for North Carolina (12-3), which played for the first time since losing to Georgia Tech on Dec. 22. The Tar Heels have their first two-game losing streak since January 1977.
``They’re very quick and athletic and they certainly used that,″ Guthridge said of Cal (9-1), which made 14 steals and forced the Tar Heels into 24 turnovers.
At Lexington, Jamaal Magloire had 15 points and eight rebounds as No. 7 Kentucky routed Tennessee State 97-47.
The Wildcats (11-3), coming off losses to Duke and Louisville, shot 74 percent from the field in the second half to halt their first two-game losing streak since the 1993-94 season.
``We needed a game like this heading into conference play on Saturday against Florida,″ said Ryan Hogan, who scored 12 points in his first career start. ``We moved the ball around and finally shot the ball the way we can shoot it.″
Kentucky, which shot only 40 percent from the field in its two recent losses, shot 56 percent against Tennessee State (4-5).
``I was impressed with our passing and how we took care of the basketball,″ coach Tubby Smith said. ``We played unselfishly to score points.″
In other Top 25 games, it was No. 5 Stanford 57, Temple 50; No. 10 UCLA 92, Loyola Marymount 67; Illinois 67, No. 14 Clemson 50; No. 15 New Mexico 84, Houston 69; No. 16 Minnesota 98, Sacramento State 57; No. 17 Auburn 99, Bethune-Cookman 46; and No. 22 Syracuse 75, Notre Dame 63.
No. 5 Stanford 57, Temple 50
Arthur Lee, fighting the flu, scored 16 points and hit four of Stanford’s 11 3-pointers in the second game at the Pete Newell Challenge.
Kris Weems added 15 points for Stanford (10-2), which had eight 3-pointers and just one other field goal in the second half _ a dunk by Mark Madsen on an alley-oop pass from Lee. Mark Karcher scored 14 points for Temple (6-5).
No. 10 UCLA 92, Loyola Marymount 67
At Los Angeles, freshman Jerome Moiso scored 21 points as UCLA won its final tuneup for the Pac-10 season.
Loyola Marymount (4-7), which trailed by 20 points early in the second half, closed to 54-41 with 15:24 left on consecutive 3-pointers by Robert Davis and Rupert McClendon. But UCLA (8-2) responded with an 11-1 spurt, capped by Ray Young’s 3-pointer, to take a 65-42 lead.
Illinois 67, No. 14 Clemson 50
At Greenville, S.C., Arias Davis scored a career-high 20 points as Illinois snapped Clemson’s eight-game winning streak.
The Tigers (11-2) missed 11 of 12 shots to start the second half as Illinois (8-4) turned a close game into a romp with a 15-3 run. Terrell McIntyre scored 15 points for Clemson, which shot only 29 percent from the field.
No. 15 New Mexico 84, Houston 69
At Albuquerque, Kenny Thomas and Lamont Long each scored 23 points as New Mexico won the Lobo Invitational.
The Lobos (10-1), who have won 37 straight at home against non-conference opponents, put the Cougars away with a 12-2 run that made it 63-49 with 10:18 left. Gee Gervin, son of former NBA star George Gervin, led Houston (5-6) with 29 points.
No. 16 Minnesota 98, Sacramento St. 57
At Minneapolis, Quincy Lewis scored 22 points and Kevin Clark added 19 as Minnesota routed winless Sacramento State.
Minnesota (9-1) led 49-30 at halftime and opened the second half with a 22-4 run to take a 37-point lead. Sean Houston led Sacramento State (0-10) with 24 points.
No. 17 Auburn 99, Bethune-Cookman 46
At Auburn, Mamadou N’diaye and Scott Pohlman scored 18 points apiece as the Tigers beat Bethune-Cookman.
Auburn (12-0), off to its best start in 40 years, used runs of 25-4 and 26-4 to take control. The Tigers forced Bethune-Cookman (3-7) into 33 turnovers and held the Wildcats to 29 percent shooting.
No. 22 Syracuse 75, Notre Dame 63
At South Bend, Ind., Jason Hart scored 18 points and Syracuse shut down Notre Dame star Troy Murphy.
Murphy was 0-for-11 from the field and finished with five points, snapping his streak of 12 straight games in double figures. Notre Dame (7-6, 1-1 Big East) trailed by only one point midway through the second half, but the Orangeman (9-3, 1-2) went on a 12-4 run to go up 58-49.