- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 17, 2009

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AMERICAN 62, DePAUL 57: Nick Hendra hit a go-ahead 3-pointer, and Vlad Moldoveanu scored 26 points in his Eagles debut as AU (2-8) upset the Blue Demons (6-4) on Wednesday night in Rosemont, Ill.

Moldoveanu, a transfer from George Mason, scored seven points during a 9-2 run in the second half. His jumper gave the Eagles a 55-50 lead with 4:32 remaining.

“This kind of game was certainly was within consideration, but I think it’s been a while since he played in games,” AU coach Jeff Jones said. “When he was at George Mason and when he even when he was in high school, he was never the guy. This is different for Vlad.”

Hendra’s 3-pointer put the Eagles up 59-57 with 2:28 left. After Will Walker missed a 3-pointer for DePaul, Daniel Munoz was fouled and made a pair of free throws to put AU up 61-57 with 34.4 seconds left. Hendra finished with 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting.

Devin Hill scored 14 points and Walker added 13 for the Blue Demons, who played without center Mac Koshwal for the seventh straight game because of a left foot injury.

“When you’re missing people and you’re young, you can’t afford to have off days and off possessions,” Blue Demons coach Jerry Wainwright said. “We were just a step slow. We just didn’t have our usual bounce, and it came back to haunt us.”

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UAB 64, No. 25 CINCINNATI 47: Elijah Millsap had 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Blazers (9-1) to a victory over the Bearcats (6-3) in Birmingham, Ala., UAB’s eighth consecutive win.

UAB held the Bearcats (6-3) to 32 percent shooting. It was Cincinnati’s second straight loss following a double-overtime defeat at cross-town rival Xavier on Sunday.

The Bearcats whittled a 15-point halftime deficit to eight twice in the opening minutes of the second half but trailed by as many as 25 points before a last-minute spurt.

They missed nine straight shots as UAB rattled off a 14-0 run to make it a rout.

Howard Crawford added 14 points and George Drake had 10 for the Blazers.

Lance Stephenson, Cincinnati’s leading scorer, fouled out with 4:35 left and had eight points. He missed about nine minutes of the first half after appearing to hurt his left ankle.

No. 18 OHIO STATE 78, PRESBYTERIAN 48: Jon Diebler scored 12 points, including two 3-pointers in a 14-0 run to open the game, to help the Buckeyes (8-2) beat the Blue Hose (2-9) in Columbus.

It was Ohio State’s first home game without injured star Evan Turner.

Walt Allen had 13 points for Presbyterian, which was paid $75,000 to bring six freshmen and no seniors in for the lopsided loss.

No. 19 NEW MEXICO 96, N. ARIZONA 57: Roman Martinez scored 17 points, and the Lobos (11-0) opened the game with a 14-0 run against the Lumberjacks (3-6) in Albuquerque.

Four players hit 3-pointers in the opening run for the Lobos, who led 19-2 before the Lumberjacks scored 11 straight points.

No. 20 MISSISSIPPI 91, UTEP 81 (OT): Chris Warren scored a career-high 32 points, including 11 in overtime, as the Rebels (9-1) erased a double-digit deficit for the third straight game and beat the Miners (5-2) in Southaven, Miss.

Terrico White hit two rally-starting 3-pointers and had three key rebounds in the final minutes, finishing with 19 points for the Rebels, who won their fifth straight.

No. 22 GEORGIA TECH 65, ARK.-PINE BLUFF 53: Gani Lawal had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and freshman Derrick Favors added 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Yellow Jackets (8-1) past the Golden Lions (0-8) in Atlanta.

Mfon Udofia added eight key points and five assists for the Yellow Jackets (8-1), who won their seventh straight. Tavaris Washington and Lebaron Weathers each had 13 points for Pine Bluff (0-8).

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