Sunday, December 20, 2009

SATURDA Y HOOPS - RANKED

NO. 7 DUKE 76, No. 15 Gonzaga 41 - Nolan Smith scored 24 points, point guard Jon "Crazy Face" Scheyer added 20 points and eight assists and No. 7 Duke held No. 15 Gonzaga to its lowest point total in 25 years Saturday in the Aeropostale Classic.

"We got throttled in every aspect of basketball," Stags coach Mark Few said. "Their physical play bothered us as far as finishing shots around the rim. They outrebounded us. We turned the ball over more and they took more free throws. They beat us in every aspect. It was an old-fashioned 'take you out to the woodshed and beat you down.' "

Duke (9-1) missed 12 of its first 15 shots from the field and it was only that the Bulldogs (8-3) were struggling as well, making only two of their first 10 shots, that the game was close for the first 15 minutes.

NO. 24 CLEMSON 94, College of Charleston 55 - Jerai Grant went a perfect 6-of-6 from the field to lead Clemson to its fourth straight victory on Saturday night.

Grant, the son of former Oklahoma standout Harvey Grant and nephew of Clemson great Horace, jammed home the game's first basket and never let up for the Tigers (10-2). He finished with 12 points.

The win spoiled the return of former Georgia Tech coach - and current Cougar leader - Bobby Cremins to Littlejohn Coliseum.

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No. 2 Texas 103, NO. 10 NORTH CAROLINA 90 - Damion James had 25 points and 15 rebounds, leading a four-man scoring frenzy that led the Horns to victory in the first basketball game at Cowboys Stadium.

James was among four Longhorns to score at least 20 points. That group alone nearly outscored the Tar Heels, combining for 89 points.

Texas killed UNC on the boards (56-36), grabbing 26 offensive rebounds. Turnovers (and points off of same) continue to plague the Heels.

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