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Top-25 college basketball capsules

Sunday, January 25, 2009

By The Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Earl Clark scored five of his 16 points in the final two minutes and No. 9 Louisville held off No. 8 Syracuse 67-57 on Sunday.

After Eric Devendorf gave Syracuse a 55-54 lead with 2:55 left, Clark hit a 3-pointer from right wing to put the Cardinals ahead to stay as the Orange misfired repeatedly in the closing minutes. Syracuse, averaging 80.4 points a game, had only two field goals in the last seven minutes in being held to a season-low in points.

It was the seventh straight win for Louisville (15-3, 6-0 Big East), which handed Pittsburgh its first loss of the season, 69-63, eight days ago. Syracuse (17-4, 5-3) lost its second straight -- the Orange lost 78-60 at No. 4 Pitt on Monday.

No. 4 Pittsburgh 79, West Virginia 67

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Sam Young scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half to lead Pittsburgh to its second easy win since surrending its top ranking a week ago.

DeJuan Blair had his 13th double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Pittsburgh (18-1, 6-1 Big East). LeVance Fields had 13 points and Jermaine Dixon scored 11.

Young, who had gone to the bench with his third foul seconds into the second half, took over upon returning. He scored 12 points during a decisive 18-5 run, capping it with a layup with 8:06 remaining that gave Pittsburgh a 68-53 lead.

Da'Sean Butler led West Virginia (14-5, 3-3) with 21 points and Alex Ruoff added 16.

No. 7 Michigan St. 78, Ohio St. 67

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Durrell Summers had 26 points to almost double his career high and the Spartans dominated the boards in beating the Buckeyes.

Kalin Lucas added 20 points and Goran Suton 13 for the Spartans (16-3, 6-1 Big Ten), who were coming off a humiliating 70-63 loss to Northwestern on Wednesday night which had ended an 11-game winning streak and a string of 28 straight wins at the Breslin Center.

Down by 12 early, Michigan State took command with a 9-0 run midway through the second half.

Evan Turner had 19 points, B.J. Mullens and Jon Diebler had 12 apiece and William Buford 11 for Ohio State (13-5, 3-4), which is 4-5 since opening with nine consecutive wins.

Seton Hall 65, No. 12 Georgetown 60

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Jeremy Hazell scored 23 points, including the clinching free throws with 8.1 seconds left that helped Seton Hall get its first Big East win of the season.

The Pirates (10-9, 1-6) won by holding the Hoyas (12-6, 3-4) to their worst shooting game of the season and despite not hitting a 3-pointer in a game for the first time in more than 17 years. Seton Hall had lost six straight and eight of nine and four of the losses were to ranked teams.

Freshman Greg Monroe had 17 points to lead Georgetown, which lost its third straight. The Hoyas entered the game third-best in the Big East in shooting at 48.2 percent but they shot 32 percent (17-for-52), including going 3-for-22 from 3-point range.

No. 24 Florida 94, Vanderbilt 69

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Chandler Parsons hit seven 3-pointers, including his first five, and finished with a career-high 27 points to lead the Gators.

Florida (17-3, 4-1 SEC) won for the 11th time in 12 games and bounced back from a loss to South Carolina by hitting a season-best 15 3-pointers. Erving Walker also scored a career-high 17 points for Florida. Nick Calathes added 15 and Hodge had 10.

Vanderbilt (12-7, 1-4) lost its third straight and fourth in five games after failing to hold onto a six-point margin in the opening minutes.

George Drake led Vandy with 14 points off the bench. Jermaine Beal had 13 and Jeffery Taylor 10. Preseason All-SEC center A.J. Ogilvy finished with four points.

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