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No. 2 Huskies upended

January 4, 2006

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— Steve Novak wasted no time introducing himself to the Big East.

The 6-foot-10 senior had career highs of 41 points and 16 rebounds, and Marquette won its first Big East game with a 94-79 upset of No. 2 Connecticut on Tuesday night.

Novak set a record for the most points by a player in his Big East debut, bettering the 30 shared by Notre Dame's Troy Murphy in 1998 and Georgetown's Allen Iverson in 1994.

"It's great company to be in. Tonight, just a lot of things were clicking," Novak said. "It's our first game in our Big East. It's our first game playing those guys, so it was hard to know exactly what to expect."

The higher-ranked teams should expect the best from Novak.

His previous career high of 30 points came in 2004 in a road victory at No. 4 Louisville, and he scored 16 as a freshman to beat No. 1 Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament, which sent the Golden Eagles to the Final Four in 2003.

No. 5 Florida 92, Morgan State 49

Gainesville, Fla. - Lee Humphrey scored 14 points, and Florida extended the best start in school history.

No. 11 Boston College 91, Massachusetts 62

Boston - Sean Marshall scored 18 points, and Craig Smith scored 17 to help BC win its fifth straight game since losing two in a row.

Rashuan Freeman had 18 points for UMass.

No. 13 N.C. State 83, UNC-Greensboro 52

Raleigh, N.C. - Tony Bethel was 8-for-9 from the field and scored 20 points to lead the Wolfpack to their seventh straight victory.

No. 16 Indiana 70, Michigan 63

Bloomington, Ind. - Robert Vaden scored 17 points, all in the second half, and extended his school record to 12 straight threes. Graham Brown had 21 rebounds for the Wolverines.

No. 19 Kentucky 59, Central Florida 57

Lexington, Ky. - Central Florida tied the game late, but Rajon Rondo stopped his dribble, spun around and hit the winning shot with one second left.

No. 23 Wake Forest 58, East Carolina 54

Wiston-Salem, N.C. - Trent Strickland had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Demon Deacons.

Courtney Captain led the Pirates (5-7) with 14 points.

No. 25 North Carolina 82, Davidson 58

Chapel Hill, N.C. - Freshman Tyler Hansbrough scored a season-high 23 points for the Tar Heels, who closed their preconference schedule with a third straight win in the series.

Big 12 Men

No. 12 Oklahoma 50, SMU 47

Dallas - David Godbold, who had missed 16 of 17 shots during the last five games, hit consecutive three-pointers in the second half for the Sooners and then made two free throws with 34 seconds left.

Nebraska 60,

Northern Colorado 50

Lincoln, Neb. - Nebraska blew a 17-point lead before coming back to defeat Northern Colorado. Tuesday's game was Nebraska's final nonconference game of the season.

Oklahoma State 69, Pepperdine 49

Malibu, Calif. - Torre Johnson career highs of 20 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma State.

Mario Boggan and Jamaal Brown each added 11 points for the Cowboys (10-4), who held Pepperdine to a season-low 27.1 percent (13-of-48) shooting percentage.

Pacific 63, Texas A&M 56

Stockton, Calif. - Johnny Gray scored a career-high 28 points to lead Pacific and hand the Aggies their first loss of the season.

Gray scored 14 consecutive points for Pacific (9-4) during a five-minute span of the second half to put the Tigers in control after Texas A&M had taken a 40-33 lead with 12:32 remaining to play.

Joseph Jones had 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead Texas A&M (10-1).

Colorado 116, Savannah State 52

Boulder - Seldom-used Glenn Eddy scored 17 points, and seven players reached double figures as Colorado won its ninth straight.

Julius Ashby added 16 points for Colorado (10-1), off to its best start since 1941-42, when it began 14-0.

Jayson Randolph led Savannah State (1-15) with 27 points.

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