Sunday, December 23, 2007

SATURDAY HOOP

NORTH CAROLINA 105, UC Santa Barbara (Gauchos,17,726 students, Santa Barbara, CA) 70

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Roy Williams spent the past few days running his North Carolina players hard during practice. Once the game started Saturday, it was UC Santa Barbara's turn to run.

Tyler Hansbrough scored 21 points and No. 1 North Carolina bounced back from a lackluster performance by dominating the Gauchos 105-70.
"Our plan all the time is to push the ball, push the tempo, play as fast as we can," Williams said. "If we're going up and down the court so blessed fast, I don't have time to have negative thoughts."

Marcus Ginyard added a career-high 17 points, Wayne Ellington also had 17 and Ty Lawson finished with 15 for the Tar Heels (11-0), who shot 57 percent in continuing their best start since the 1997-98 team won its first 17 games.

UC Santa Barbara's James Powell (42) has his shot blocked by North Carolina's Danny Green (14) with Carolina's Wayne Ellington (22) and Will Graves, right, nearby during the second half. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)

American (Eagles, 7,263 students, Washington, DC) 67, MARYLAND 59

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- American University limited Maryland to five first-half baskets, got 18 points from Derrick Mercer and snapped a 14-game losing streak against the Terrapins.

Bryce Simon scored a career-high 17 for the Eagles (7-5), whose only previous win against Maryland came during the 1926-27 season. American led by 12 with 11 minutes left and never let the margin shrink below 5 points in handing the Terrapins (6-6) their third straight loss, all of them at home.

Greivis Vasquez scored a career-high 28 points for Maryland while going 6-for-9 from 3-point range. Coming off a nine-day layoff, the Terrapins shot only 36 percent, committed 13 turnovers and were outrebounded 40-33.
It was the second consecutive non-conference home defeat for Maryland. Before falling to Ohio on Dec. 12, the Terrapins were 131-3 at home against foes outside the Atlantic Coast Conference under coach Gary Williams.

Maryland shot 5-for-24 from the floor in the first half, went more than 10 minutes without a basket and trailed 25-20 at halftime.


Look familiar? He should, that’s ex-UVA coach Jeff Jones signaling to his AU team against Maryland as the bench cheers during the second half. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Ole Miss (Rebels, 17,323 students, Oxford, MS) 85, CLEMSON 82

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Mississippi had trouble shooting but Clemson couldn't keep the Rebels off the glass.

Dwayne Curtis and Chris Warren both scored 19 points to lead the Rebels to an 85-82 victory over No. 15 Clemson on Saturday night in a matchup of unbeaten teams in the championship game of the San Juan Shootout.

"Our undoing was the offensive glass," said Clemson coach Oliver Purnell, whose team grabbed 12 offensive rebounds compared to 23 for the Rebels. "They're a gutsy team, I give them a lot of credit."

Warren and Curtis, who had nine rebounds, went a combined 4-for-5 from the free throw line in the final 90 seconds for Mississippi (11-0), which matched the best start in school history.

The Rebels started 11-0 in 1936-37 and 2000-01.
Mississippi's Kenny Williams, right, blocks a shot by Clemson's KC Rivers. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

BOSTON COLLEGE 57, Northeastern (Huskies, 4,268 students, Boston, MA) 55

Providence (Friars, 4,600 students, Providence, RI) 101, FLORIDA STATE 95

GEORGIA TECH 86, Centenary (Gents, 899 students, Shreveport, LA) 41

VIRGINIA 91, Elon (Pheonix, 4,939 students – including future NFL QB Scott Riddle, Elon, NC) 61

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