Wednesday, December 24, 2008

MONDAY HOOPS

MARYLAND 67, American (Eagles, 5,824 students, Washington, DC) 51 – Landon Milbourne and Dave Neal each scored 14 points, and the Terps avenged last year’s embarrassing loss to American University. Greivis Vasquez scored 13 for the Terrapins (8-2), who have won four straight since successive losses last month against Top 25 foes Gonzaga and Georgetown.

Those folks who say there aren’t any good restaurants in D.C. haven’t talked to foormer Cav and AU coach Jeff “Careful With That Cheerleader, Eugene” Jones.

No. 6 WAKE FOREST 95, East Carolina (Pirates, 25,990 students, Greenville, NC) There have been days when the folks at ECU thought it would be cool to be a member of the ACC. The Pirates have held their own in football on many occasions, but the basketball team is probably quite contend with the status quo.

Al-Farouq Aminu (#1) had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Chas McFarland had 14 points for the Demon Deacons (11-0). Wake is off to their best start since winning the first 11 games of 2003-04.

USC (Trojans, 33,389 students, Los Angeles, CA) 76, GEORGIA TECH 57 – Well it looks like the PAC 10 is better than the ACC based on the simple fact that on one given night in December one of their mediocre (and previously overrated teams) managed to defeat one of the ACC’s mediocre teams.) Dwight Lewis scored 19 points as Southern California pulled away from Georgia Tech at the start of the second half.

Freshman DeMar DeRozan had 17 points while Taj Gibson and Daniel Hackett each added 15 as the Trojans (8-3) improved to 8-0 at home for the first time since the 2001-02 season. Lewis Clinch scored 25 points for the Yellow Jackets (8-2), who shot 35 percent.

No. 23 Marquette (Golden Eagles, 7,995 students, Milwaukee, WI) 68, N.C. STATE 65 – Well it looks like the ACC is better than the Big East based on the simple fact that No. 23 Marquette needed a three-pointer at the buzzer to defeat last year’s last place Wolfpack. Marquette's Dominic James hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 0.4 seconds remaining on the clock to grab the win.

NC State senior Ben McCauley answered with a shot from the top of the key after a three-quarters-court inbounds pass, but officials determined after watching a television replay that the shot went in after the buzzer went off.

(AP Photos/Nick Waas and Karl DeBlaker)

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