Hairtson questionable for Saturday
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CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina says freshman P.J. Hairston is questionable for the fifth-ranked Tar Heels’ trip to No. 1 Kentucky with a wrist injury.
Hairston hurt his left wrist when he tried to brace his fall during the second half of Wednesday night’s 60-57 win against No. 9 Wisconsin. Hairston left for the locker room with about 12 minutes left.
The school said Thursday evening that Hairston has a sprained wrist and bone contusion.
Earlier in the day, Hairston tweeted that he wouldn’t play against the Wildcats, adding “I’ll be back ripping the net soon.”
The 6-foot-5 reserve is averaging 8.3 points off the bench and shooting 45 percent from 3-point range, best among the team’s regulars.
KENTUCKY 81, ST JOHN’S 59
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Anthony Davis had no idea just how close he was to a triple-double. It was just a dominating night for the Kentucky freshman.
Davis scored 15 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and had eight of a school-record 18 blocks in the top-ranked Wildcats’ 81-59 victory over St. John’s on Thursday night.
“He changed everything about the game,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “He blocked shots, he scored baskets, he rebounded tough rebounds, he came up with balls.”
Terrence Jones added 26 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats (7-0), who head into a highly anticipated showdown with No. 5 North Carolina on Saturday on a high note after a stalwart defensive performance.
“We did our job on defense. They were kind of rattled,” Davis said. “When we lock down defensively, we’re a great defensive team. If we keep playing defense like we are right now, we’ll be fine.”
Davis blocked four shots before the first timeout, and Kentucky set the team record with Eloy Vargas’ swat with 2:42 to go. Davis finished one block short of tying the individual mark of nine set by Sam Bowie in 1981 and matched by Andre Riddick in 1993.
GEORGETOWN 57, ALABAMA 55
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Hollis Thompson hit a long 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to lift Georgetown to a 57-55 win over No. 12 Alabama on Thursday night, ending the Crimson Tide’s 24-game home winning streak.
Jason Clark, who had 22 points, dribbled up the court and practically handed off to Thompson in front of the Hoyas’ bench. Thompson drilled it to give Georgetown (6-1) its second win in three games over a team ranked in the Top 12.
Alabama (7-1) had taken its first lead of the second half on Trevor Releford’s two free throws with 13 seconds remaining.
The Tide rallied from a nine-point deficit over the final 3 minutes. Thompson hit the final two baskets for Georgetown, which also beat then-No. 8 Memphis in overtime last week.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim did not address the Bernie Fine investigation at the start of his weekly radio show.
Thursday night’s show began with host Matt Park saying Boeheim made “extensive comments” Tuesday and nothing more would be said about the inquiry.
Three men, including two former Syracuse ballboys, have accused Boeheim’s longtime assistant, who was fired Sunday, of molesting them as minors.
SOONERS ADD PAIR
NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger has announced the addition of two more recruits.
Kruger says 6-foot-9 forward Jarion (JAIR’-ee-on) Henry from Dallas and 6-foot-7 forward C.J. Cole from Sperry will join OU for the 2012-13 season.
Henry is the son of former Sooner Skeeter Henry who was an All-Big Eight first-team selection in 1990. Jarion Henry is from Dallas and currently attends La Jolla Prep in San Diego.
Cole is a two-time All-State selection from Sperry High School.
Kruger previously announced guards Buddy Hield and Jelon Hornbeak as members of OU’s 2012 recruiting class.
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