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Friday, November 21, 2008

Top 25 Capsules

By The Associated Press

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- Kemba Walker scored 23 points and Jeff Adrien added 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead No. 2 Connecticut to a hard-fought 89-81 victory over La Salle on Friday in the Paradise Jam.

The Huskies (3-0) trailed in the early minutes, but were up 46-40 at halftime under the leadership of guard A.J. Price. They never trailed in the second half, leading by as many as 10 points.

Rodney Green had a game-high 25 points for La Salle (1-2). Ruben Guillandeaux and Yves Mekongo Mbala each had 13 points. No. 4 UCLA 77, Southern Illinois 60

NEW YORK (AP) -- Alfred Aboya scored 22 points and Darren Collison had 17, helping the Bruins rebound from a disheartening loss to beat Southern Illinois in the consolation game of the 2K Sports Classic.

The Bruins (3-1) struggled in a semifinal loss to Michigan, turning the ball over 17 times and showing very little patience against the Wolverines' zone defense.

They had their own problems with Southern Illinois, a team known for its gritty defense, before a 20-2 run covering more than 6 minutes late in the game made it much more comfortable.

Freshman guard Kevin Dillard scored 14 for the Salukis (2-2).

No. 6 Pittsburgh 86, Akron 67

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Sam Young gave Akron problems no matter where he was on the floor, scoring 26 points and taking control during a Pittsburgh surge late in the first half that carried the Panthers.

Levance Fields had 19 points and seven assists and DeJuan Blair added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Panthers (3-0). Young scored 11 of Pitt's final 15 points in the first half as the Panthers doubled their lead from 28-19 to 45-27.

Brett McKnight had 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting, but Akron (2-1) lost its 20th consecutive game against a Top 25 opponent.

No. 10 Duke 71, Michigan 56

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kyle Singler showed up from the start this time, scoring 15 points and leading Duke over surprising Michigan in the championship game of the 2K Sports Classic.

Nolan Smith added 16 points and Gerald Henderson had 12 for the Blue Devils, who won their four games in the 2K Sports Classic by an average of 28.5 points. Duke has won seven straight in-season tournament games after sweeping through the Maui Invitational last season.

Manny Harris scored 25 points to lead Michigan (3-1), which will get another crack at the Blue Devils (5-0) when they visit Ann Arbor on Dec. 6. DeShawn Sims added 10 points off the bench.

No. 17 Miami 70, Southern Miss 60

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- Dwayne Collins scored 14 points to lead Miami over Southern Mississippi in the Paradise Jam opener.

The junior forward also had nine rebounds for the Hurricanes (2-0). Jack McClinton and Lance Hurdle added 13 points apiece, with Hurdle hitting a 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer to give Miami a 36-24 lead.

Junior guard Jeremy Wise led Southern Mississippi (2-1) with 21 points. Courtney Beasley added 14 points for the Golden Eagles, who shot 39 percent.

No. 19 Southern Cal 73, Chattanooga 46

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Taj Gibson scored 17 points to lead Southern Cal over Chattanooga in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Gibson also grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked five shots for the Trojans (3-1), who played a strong second half to claim the win.

Dwight Lewis scored 16 points, DeMar DeRozan added 13 and Daniel Hackett had 10 points and nine assists.

Nicchaeus Doaks led the Mocs (0-4) with 14 points, 15 rebounds and three assists.

No. 21 Davidson 97, Winthrop 70

DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) -- Stephen Curry turned in another dazzling performance with 30 points and a career-high 13 assists, Andrew Lovedale dominated the inside and Davidson wore down Winthrop in the second half.

Three days after Curry scored a career-high 44 points in a loss at No. 12 Oklahoma, the nation's leading scorer drilled five 3-pointers and continued his seamless transition to point guard, committing only three turnovers.

But he got plenty of help from Lovedale, who keyed Davidson's comeback from a six-point first-half deficit. The senior had a career-high 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, helping the Wildcats (3-1) to their 18th straight win at home.

Cameron Stanley scored 13 of his career-high 20 points in the first half for the Eagles (1-3), who went cold from the field in the second half and lost their third straight game.

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