College Basketball Roundup

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Associated Press

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Being atop the ACC in early February isn’t quite the same as being there in March. So Virginia coach Dave Leitao isn’t bragging about his basketball team — yet.

J.R. Reynolds scored 23 points, and the surprising Cavaliers gained sole possession of first place in the ACC with their seventh straight victory, 69-65 over Maryland on Tuesday night.

Adrian Joseph had 13 points for the Cavaliers, who moved a half-game ahead of idle Boston College. Picked to finish eighth in the ACC preseason poll, Virginia has won seven consecutive league games — its longest streak since an 11-game run during the 1981-82 season.

The Cavaliers (16-6, 8-2) held on after blowing most of a 15-point lead in the second half. Reynolds made two free throws for a 68-65 lead with 11.4 seconds left, and Mike Jones missed a jumper for Maryland before Tunji Soroye clinched it with two foul shots.

Jones led the Terrapins (17-7, 3-6) with 18 points.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mike Conley Jr. scored a career-high 23 points and Greg Oden created havoc at the defensive end to lead No. 3 Ohio State past Michigan

76-63.

Oden added 15 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots for the Buckeyes (21-3, 9-1 Big Ten).

San Diego State 62, No. 15 Air Force 41

SAN DIEGO — Mohamed Abukar scored 16 points and San Diego State beat Air Force for its first win against a ranked team in more than five years.

The defending Mountain West Conference champion Aztecs (16-7, 5-4) have won three straight. Air Force

(20-4, 7-3) lost for the third time in six games.

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DAVIDSON — Stephen Curry led five Davidson players in double figures with 24 points as the Wildcats defeated Chattanooga 87-57.

Jason Richards scored 16 points and had eight assists, and Thomas Sander chipped in 13 points for Davidson

(21-4, 12-1 SoCon).

Winthrop 80, Liberty 76

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Craig Bradshaw had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Winthrop to an 80-76 win over Liberty.

The Eagles (20-4, 10-0 Big South Conference) trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half before rallying to win their 17th straight home game.

Winthrop hit five of its last six free throws to secure the victory, which marked coach Gregg Marshall’s 100th Big South win.

Former West Rowan star Phillip Williams scored only three points.

High Point 70, Savannah St. 49

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Arizona Reid scored 15 points, for High Point, who neer trailed in an easy win.

Tennessee 70, LSU 67

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — JaJuan Smith scored 15 points and Ramar Smith added 14 to lift Tennessee (16-8, 4-5) to a 70-67 win over LSU (13-10, 2-7).

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