Thursday, November 22, 2007

WEDNESDAY PM, THURSDAY AM HOOP

DUKE 77, MARQUETTE 73
This Singler kid is good. And Duke maybe better than their ranking, and they certainly appear to be much better than they were at the end of last year.

It took Kyle Singler five games to place himself on an elite list of Duke basketball players. The freshman forward scored 25 points, including the clinching free throws with 13 seconds to play, and fought off a leg injury to lead the #10 Blue Devils to a 77-73 victory over #13 Marquette(Golden Eagles, 7,718 students, Milwaukee, WI) on Wednesday night as the Dookies claimed their fourth EA Sports Maui Invitational championship.

It was a whistle happy game with 43 fouls called. Shockingly, only 16 on Duke. Greg Paulus made a dumb mistake late in the close game, but, in typical Duke fashion, one of his boys was there to bail him out.

Duke's Gerald Henderson celebrates. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

BOSTON COLLEGE 76, RHODE ISLAND 72
Tyrese "Red Beans And" Rice scored 24 points and Rakim "Colonel" Sanders 21 to lead Boston College to a 76-72 win over Rhode Island (Rams, 19,995 students, Kingston, RI) on Wednesday afternoon.

Shamari "Britney or Broccoli" Spears had 12 points and 12 rebounds for BC. Biko "Last Tango In" Paris chipped in with 9 points -- six in the final 5 1/2 minutes -- for the Eagles (4-0).

Will “Boone” Daniels led the Rams (5-1) with 25 points and Lamonte “Tennessee Football Coach Phil F” Ulmer had 13.

The game was tied six times in the second half before Rice's 3-point play pushed the Eagles ahead 67-64 with 3:50 to play.

BC's Rice tries to delay Rhode Island's Keith “Johhny” Cothran. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

CLEMSON 74, PRESBYTERIAN 57
K.C. Rivers saw Clemson's dwindling lead over Presbyterian and quickly thought back to his freshman year when the Tigers fell to Elon (and Lord knows, we know all about Elon.)

Rivers made sure the same thing didn't happen to Clemson on Wednesday night.

Rivers had 11 of his 18 points in the second half and the 24th-ranked Tigers (4-0) held off Presbyterian (Blue Hose, 1,300 students, Clinton, SC) 74-57.

Clemson's K.C. Rivers scores against Presbyterian's Al'lonzo Coleman. (AP Photo/ Patrick Collard)

VIRGINIA TECH 69, EASTERN WASHINGTON 52
The Hokies utilized 10-20 shooting from behind the arc and 51% shooting over all to take down Eastern Washington (Eagles, 8,309 students, Cheney, WA) 69 to 52 in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout. Tech's stingy man-to-man defense was a factor as was 18 points from Malcolm Delaney.

The Hokies face Butler Friday at 9:30 pm. An NCAA sweet sixteen team last season, Butler beat Michigan 79-65 Wednesday with a Great Alaska Shootout-record 17 three pointers.

Eastern Washington's Trey Gross, right, drives past Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney.
(AP Photo/Al Grillo)

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