Archive for Wednesday, November 21, 2007

UCLA rallies past Spartans

Bruins take CBE title; Saint Mary’s stuns Oregon

November 21, 2007


No. 2 UCLA 68, No. 10 Michigan 63

Kevin Love got UCLA started. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute finished it off.

Love had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Mbah a Moute hit a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left, helping second-ranked UCLA rebound from a miserable first half to beat Michigan State in the championship game of the CBE Classic.

UCLA (5-0) couldn't get anything going in the first half, forcing up shots inside, missing open ones on the outside. The Bruins got back in it behind the shooting of Josh Shipp and Russell Westbrook.

Shipp had 14 of his 18 points in the second half to trim a 13-point first-half deficit to 56-54, then Westbrook scored eight straight points, tying the game at 58-all on a steal and breakaway dunk with 4 minutes left.

Saint Mary's 99, No. 12 Oregon 87

Moraga, Calif. - Patty Mills had the best scoring output by a freshman in program history with 37 points, and also had five assists, two steals and only one turnover that came with 3 minutes to go, and Saint Mary's stunned the Ducks 99-87 on Tuesday night.

Mills led the feisty Gaels (4-0) to their first victory over a ranked opponent in nearly three years in a rocking, sold-out arena. It was only his fourth college game, and the effort tied him for sixth-best ever at Saint Mary's.

Students rushed the floor as soon as the buzzer sounded to celebrate the upset.

No. 1 North Carolina 110, South Carolina State 64

Chapel Hill, N.C. - Tyler Hansbrough scored 26 points, and Wayne Ellington added 19 to help North Carolina beat South Carolina State.

Danny Green had 15 points for the Tar Heels (3-0), who earned their second straight blowout victory in the Las Vegas Invitational.

No. 3 Memphis 84, Arkansas State 63

Memphis, Tenn. - Willie Kemp scored a career-high 22 points, including 6-for-8 from 3-point range, and Doneal Mack added 19 to lead Memphis over Arkansas State. Chris Douglas-Roberts added 16 points for Memphis (5-0), which has won all of its games by double-digit margins.

No. 7 Tennessee 109, Middle Tennessee 40

Knoxville, Tenn. - JaJuan Smith scored 26 of his career-high 32 points in the first half, and Chris Lofton added 17 points to help Tennessee beat Middle Tennessee. Ramar Smith had 12 points, and Tyler Smith added 11 for the Volunteers (4-0), who snapped the Blue Raiders' streak of 216 consecutive games without allowing 100 points.

No. 8 Indiana 95, UNC-Wilmington 71

Bloomington, Ind. - Eric Gordon scored 30 points, and Armon Bassett added 19 to help Indiana beat North Carolina-Wilmington. Indiana (3-0) flirted with the 100-point mark for the third straight game and probably would have hit triple digits in back-to-back games if coach Kelvin Sampson hadn't pulled his starters early.

No. 13 Duke 79, Illinois 66

Lahaina, Hawaii - Gerald Henderson scored 23 points, and DeMarcus Nelson added 16 to lead the Blue Devils over Illinois in the semifinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

Duke (4-0) will meet No. 11 Marquette, which beat Oklahoma State 91-61, on Wednesday night for the shot at title No. 4.

The Blue Devils are 11-0 on the island, having won the championship in 1992, 1997 and 2001. No other school has more than two Maui titles in the 24 years of the tournament.

No. 23 Virginia 72, Drexel 58

Charlottesville, Va. - Sean Singletary had 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and Virginia returned to John Paul Jones Arena after an impressive trip out West with a victory against Drexel. The Cavaliers (4-0) led 31-25 at halftime and used a 10-2 run in the second half to stretch their lead to double digits.

No. 25 Florida 102, North Florida 51

Gainesville, Fla. - Florida's first game as a ranked team this season was a mismatch. Marreese Speights had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Walter Hodge added 14 points, and the Gators overwhelmed North Florida. The two-time defending national champions extended their winning streak to 15 games and pushed their home winning streak to 24.

Big 12

No. 11 Marquette 91, Oklahoma State 61

Lahaina, Hawaii - Marquette defended and hustled its way into the championship game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. Jerel McNeal had 20 points, and Dominic James added 18 to lead the Golden Eagles in a never-in-doubt semifinal victory over Oklahoma State.

Colorado 78, Colorado Christian 58

Boulder, Colo. - Marcus Hall scored 21 points, and Richard Roby added 18, leading Colorado over Colorado Christian. Hall was 4-for-6 on 3-pointers. Roby scored 11 of his points in the second half when Colorado (3-2) blew open the game.

Missouri 84, Maryland 70

Kansas City, Mo. - Leo Lyons had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Missouri swarmed Maryland into numerous mistakes in the consolation game of the CBE Classic.

Missouri (4-1) twice rallied from double-digit deficits Monday in the semifinals against No. 10 Michigan State, using its frenetic defense to rattle the Spartans into 17 turnovers. The Tigers' pressure had the same effect early against Maryland, which had 12 turnovers in the first half, including two at the start of a 10-0 run that put Missouri up 39-29.

Minnesota 68, Iowa State 58

Ames, Iowa - Spencer Tollackson scored 21 points, Lawrence McKenzie had 20 off the bench, and Minnesota beat Iowa State. With the victory, the Gophers matched their road win total from a year ago, when they went a dismal 1-13.

Nebraska 83, Norfolk State 48

Lincoln, Neb. - Ryan Anderson scored 10 of his 12 points after intermission as Nebraska used a 24-5 half-spanning run to take control.


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