Thursday, January 8, 2009

JUST LIKE FOOTBALL: RANKED TODAY, UNRANKED TOMORROW

Harvard (Crimson, 6,715 students, Cambridge, MA) 82, No. 24 BOSTON COLLEGE 70 - Boston College made big headlines when they played a near perfect game upsetting the then No. 1 Tar Heels last Sunday. In fact, they played so well they fired their football coach (but that's another story.)

In their next game against Ivy League powerhouse(?) Harvard, the Eagles promptly puked all over their shoes. So much for being nationally ranked.

Tommy Amakers' Crimson came into the game off an 8-22 season last year, and boasting a 7-6 record which included big wins over New Hampshire, Holy Cross and Army. Say what? (Yep, you gotta give us the Bill Murray Stripes voice: Arrrrmmmmyyy!)

"I tried to pre-warn them," said Skinner after one of the Eagles' more disappointing regular season losses in many years. "We were capable of being this team and capable of being another team."The Eagles (13-3), who had their 10-game winning streak snapped, defeated the unbeaten Tar Heels 85-78 in Chapel Hill for one of the school's biggest regular season wins to move into the Top 25. Not for long.

"I told them its a short trip from the main house to the big house to the out house," Skinner said. (We'd call that a "pre-warning" if we've ever heard one, but isn't that one too many houses?)

Jeremy Lin scored 27 points to lead Harvard. Oliver McNally had 17 points and Andrew Pusar 13 for the Crimson (8-6), who had never beaten a ranked team before and had lost 15 of their last 16 games against the Eagles. Lin added eight assists before fouling out with about a minutes left.

Corey Raji paced BC with 16 points, Tyrese Rice had 14, Joe Trapani had 12. Rice was held to three points until the final four minutes.

The Eagles Rakim Sanders (seven points) who was en fuego vs. UNC was practically invisible against Harvard.

No. 2 DUKE 79, Davidson (Wildcats, 1,700 students, Davidson, NC) 67 - Jon Scheyer (made crazy faces) and Kyle Singler both scored 22 points, and Duke held off a late Stephen Curry-led charge to beat Davidson. 79-67 on Wednesday night.

Gerald Henderson added 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting for the Blue Devils (13-1). They never trailed, outscored the Wildcats 20-7 to start the second half and won their 67th straight nonconference home game by withstanding a furious comeback attempt that for a while seemed destined to add to Curry's legend.

Curry, the nation's leading scorer, scored 29 points -- the most Duke has allowed any player this season -- on 10-of-22 shooting but was just 1-for-8 from 3-point range and turned it over six times for Davidson (10-3).

No. 3 NORTH CAROLINA 108, Charleston (Cougars, 9,866 students, Charleston, SC) 70 - Tyler Tyler Hansbrough had 24 points to help the third-ranked Tar Heels beat College of Charleston. Deon Thompson added 15 points for the Tar Heels (14-1), who used a 19-2 run spanning halftime to turn the game into a rout.

North Carolina shot 59 percent for the game, played improved defense in the second half and cracked the 100-point mark for the fifth time this year.

After shooting 29 percent in the second half against BC, the Tar Heels became the first team in more than three decades to score 100 points against the Cougars (10-3), ending a 951-game streak that began in December 1977 and ranked second nationally.

Hansbrough finished 10-for-13 from the field to go with seven rebounds, while Thompson and Lawson each had strong bounceback performances after struggling against BC. Thompson had six rebounds and made 5-of-6 free throws after scoring just five points and going 1-for-6 from the line against the Eagles.

Lawson had 15 points and eight assists after scoring 10 on 3-for-13 shooting against BC and Tyrese Rice.Tony White Jr. scored 16 points to lead College of Charleston.

Morgan State (Bears, 6,005 students, Baltimore, MD) 66, MARYLAND 65 - That noise you hear? It's not the wind, it's Gary "Nivea Men Fresh Active" Williams screaming. The Terps are at it again -losing to local teams they should beat. Last year it was American, and now Baltimore's Morgan State.

Reggie Holmes scored 25 points, and Morgan State rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final 12 minutes to shock Maryland. The Bears (6-8), a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team were 0-5 against the Terrapins (11-3) in a series that began in 1988. The Bears won the game with a 21-5 second half run.

Vasquez led Maryland with 19 points.

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, AP Photo/Gerry Broome, AP Photo/Sara D. Davis and AP Photo/Gail Burton)

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