Sunday, January 6, 2008

SATURDAY HOOP

#3 Kansas (Jayhawks, 21,915 students, Lawrence, KS) 85, BOSTON COLLEGE 60

Obviously, BC is worried about how the NCAA tournament committee views their RPI. Why else would you make Kansas your final non-conference tune-up for a typical brutal ACC schedule?

Darnell Jackson scored 12 of his 25 points during a 33-8 run that turned a tie game into a blowout, adding nine rebounds to lead No. 3 Kansas to an 85-60 victory over Boston College.

Darrell Arthur added 22 points and seven rebounds for Kansas, which won its first 14 games for the sixth time in school history. The Jayhawks remained one of six unbeaten teams in the nation with one game left before next week's Big 12 opener against Nebraska.

Kansas' Sasha Kaun, center, blocks Boston College's Rakim Sanders, bottom, as Boston College's Tyrelle Blair, right, looks on, in the second half of a college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, in Boston. Kansas won 85-60. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)



MARYLAND 76, Charlotte (49ers, 16,584 students, Charlotte, NC) 72


James Gist scored 25 points and hit the clinching free throw with 5.6 seconds left as Maryland avoided a stunning collapse by holding off Charlotte 76-72 on Saturday.

Greivis Vasquez added 17 of his 24 points in the first half for the inconsistent Terrapins (9-6), who won their third straight game since embarrassing home losses to Ohio and American, but nearly blew a 21-point second-half lead.

In their first true road game of the season, Maryland stormed to a 53-32 lead on Gist's 3-pointer with 15:31 left.

Then the Terrapins began a meltdown that nearly cost them the game. Turnovers, poor shots, foul trouble and defensive breakdowns allowed Charlotte to outscore Maryland 29-11 over the next 10 minutes.

With only one non-conference game left until starting Atlantic Coast Conference play in earnest, Maryland will face more questions after a horrible second half.

Charlotte's An'Juan Wilderness (21) puts up a shot over Maryland's Cliff Tucker (24) and Landon Milbourne (1) during the first half of a college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Rick Havner)


NC STATE 50, Presbyterian (Blue Hose, 1,300 students, Clinton, SC) 43

Gavin Grant had 14 points and Courtney Fells added 10, helping sluggish North Carolina State put away Presbyterian 50-43 Saturday.

Grant finished with seven assists and six rebounds for the Wolfpack (10-3), whose sixth victory in a row came despite a performance coach Sidney Lowe probably would like to forget.

State trailed 20-17 at the half -- going 1-for-11 on 3-pointers against Presbyterian's 2-3 zone -- and held only a three-point lead with less than four minutes left in the game.

It was quite an effort for the first-year Division I program from tiny Clinton, S.C., one in the midst of a brutal schedule. After nearly beating an ACC oopponent on the road, Presbyterian won't have to wait long for another chance -- the Blue Hose travel to Georgia Tech on Sunday, one of 18 away games so far.

(Photo Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News-Observer)


FLORIDA STATE 81, La Salle (Explores, 4,315 students, Philadelphia, PA) 76

Uche Echefu and Ralph Mims scored 19 points each as Florida State beat La Salle (4-8) 81-76 on Saturday night.

Florida State was 20-of-20 from the free-throw line in the second half, and 30-for-32 overall. The Seminoles made 25 straight to end the game.

Echefu was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free-throw line, and Mims made 9-of-11. Echefu added seven rebounds, and an emphatic block with time winding down.

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