College Basketball: Top 25 Roundup
The Top 25 roundup …
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ó Toney Douglas is 6-foot-1 and doesn’t have a lot of veteran help at No. 23 Florida State. That hasn’t kept him from being nearly unstoppable, especially at crunch time.
Douglas scored 23 points and Florida State (22-7, 9-5) held off a late Clemson rally, defeating the 12th-ranked Tigers 73-66 on Saturday to get closer to their first NCAA tournament bid in 11 years.
“I’d say we’re in, but we have more games too,” Douglas said afterward. “I know if we’d lost after having an 18-point lead, I’d have cried afterward.”
He has now scored 20 or more points in 11 of Florida State’s last 13 ACC games and had 19 the other two times.
“He’s certainly a player of the year candidate,” Clemson coach Oliver Purnell said. “He almost opens up the inside by himself.”
Clemson closed to within 63-60 but then it was Douglas, hitting a half dozen straight free throws to ice the game.
Clemson (22-6, 8-6) was led by K.C. Rivers 17 points. Trevor Booker was held to eight points, but had 13 rebounds.
Derwin Kitchen and freshman Chris Singleton each had 10 points for the Seminoles.
No. 1 Pittsburgh 89, Seton Hall 78NEWARK, N.J. ó Sam Young had 29 points and 10 rebounds and No. 1 Pittsburgh bounced back from its loss to Providence with an 89-78 victory over Seton Hall on Saturday night.
The Panthers (26-3, 13-3 Big East) moved back into the top spot in The Associated Press’ poll on Monday and lost 81-73 at Providence the next day.
With Young handling the bulk of the scoring and the Panthers dominating the boards at both ends, Seton Hall was never able to make any kind of run and Pittsburgh improved to 3-2 this season when ranked No. 1.
Jeremy Hazell had 25 points for the Pirates (15-13, 6-10), who have lost four of their last five.
No. 2 UConn 72, Notre Dame 65STORRS, Conn. ó Jeff Adrien had 25 points and nine rebounds in his final home game, and No. 2 Connecticut held off Notre Dame 72-65 on Saturday.
Hasheem Thabeet added 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots for UConn (27-2, 15-2 Big East).
Tory Jackson had 17 points, while Kyle McAlarney and Luke Harangody each added 14 for Notre Dame (16-12, 7-9).
No. 3 Oklahoma 78, Texas Tech 63LUBBOCK, Texas ó Blake Griffin scored 20 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. Taylor Griffin, Blake’s brother, added 22 points for the Sooners (26-3, 12-2 Big 12)
No. 5 Memphis 58, Southern Mississippi 42MEMPHIS, Tenn. ó Robert Dozier had 18 points and seven rebounds, and No. 5 Memphis extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 20 games.
Dozier was 6-of-8 from the field and made both of his 3-point attempts as Memphis (26-3, 14-0 Conference USA) also extended its conference winning streak to 56 games.
Georgetown 56, No. 10 Villanova 54PHILADELPHIA ó DaJuan Summers scored 16 points and Chris Wright had 13, including a crucial driving layup with 47 seconds left, to lead Georgetown (15-12, 6-10 Big East). Dante Cunningham had 13 points for Villanova (23-7, 11-6).
Washington State 51, No. 14 Arizona State 49, OTPULLMAN, Wash. ó Taylor Rochestie made a long 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left in overtime for Washington State (16-13, 8-9 Pac-10.
Ty Abbott’s 40-foot desperation shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim for Arizona State (21-7, 10-6).
No. 16 Purdue 75, Ohio State 50WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. ó Robbie Hummel scored 17 points and Purdue bounced back from a loss to Michigan in which they gave up 50 points in the second half alone.
E’Twaun Moore had 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, Nemanja Calasan had 14 points and JaJuan Johnson added 12 for the Boilermakers (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten).
No. 17 Gonzaga 58, San Diego 47
SAN DIEGO ó Matt Bouldin scored 15 points to lead No. 17 Gonzaga (23-5, 14-0 West Coast) to a 58-47 win over San Diego as the Bulldogs finished conference play undefeated.
Gonzaga became the first team in conference history to go undefeated in three seasons as it won its 21st straight WCC game.
No. 18 LSU 73, Kentucky 70LEXINGTON, Ky. ó Tasmin Mitchell scored 21 ó including the game-winning 3-pointer with 9.8 seconds remaining ó to give the Tigers the Southeastern Conference regular season title.
Marcus Thornton led LSU (25-4, 13-1) with 23 points.
Patrick Patterson had 28 points and nine rebounds and Jodie Meeks scored 24 points for Kentucky (19-10, 8-6), but the SEC’s leading scorer badly missed a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds to go as the Wildcats lost their second straight to put their NCAA tournament hopes in jeopardy.
No. 21 Washington 83, Arizona 78SEATTLE ó Jon Brockman scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half and the 21st-ranked Huskies (22-7, 13-4) clinched at least a tie for the Pac-10 regular season title.
Jordan Hill led Arizona (18-11, 8-8) with 27 points.
No. 24 Butler 58, Cleveland State 56INDIANAPOLIS ó Willie Veasley scored a career-high 16 points and Ronald Nored scored the last three points to rally Butler to a conference-championship clinching victory.
The Bulldogs (25-4, 15-3 Horizon League) have now won three straight regular-season titles.
Oklahoma State 68, No. 25 Texas 59STILLWATER, Okla. ó After trailing by 17 in the second half, the Longhorns (19-9, 8-6 Big 12) had three chances to tie the game in the final four minutes. Keiton Page scored six of his 10 points on free throws in the final 61 seconds to help Oklahoma State (19-9, 8-6).