- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 24, 2008


PORTLAND ST. 77, No. 7 GONZAGA 70: Jeremiah Dominguez scored 25 points, and the Vikings (9-3) upset the Bulldogs (8-3) on Tuesday night in Spokane, Wash., for their first win over a ranked team since the school reinstated its basketball program for the 1996-97 season.

Portland State, which relied on a short, quick lineup, managed to outrebound Gonzaga 39-30. The Vikings kept the lead by hitting 12 3-pointers.

Gonzaga was coming off an 88-83 overtime loss to No. 2 Connecticut on Saturday that resulted in the Bulldogs rising one spot in the Top 25. But they looked sloppy against the Vikings, committing 11 turnovers, missing layups and shooting only 42 percent.

It was Gonzaga’s third home loss since the McCarthey Athletic Center opened in 2004.

No. 5 TEXAS 74, WISCONSIN 69: Gary Johnson banked in a jump shot with 23.5 seconds left to help the Longhorns (10-2) to a victory over the Badgers (9-3) in Madison, Wis.

It was a rare loss at Kohl Center for Wisconsin, which is 113-8 at home in seven-plus seasons under coach Bo Ryan - including 58-5 in nonconference games.

BUTLER 74, No. 14 XAVIER 65: Matt Howard and Gordon Hayward both scored 19 points, and the Bulldogs (10-1) turned back one late rally after another to beat the Musketeers (9-2) in Cincinnati for their first win over a ranked team in more than a year.

Butler hadn’t beaten a ranked team since its 62-59 victory over No. 18 Maryland in the 2007 NCAA tournament.

NO. 20 ARIZONA ST. 90, IDAHO ST. 55: Rihards Kuksiks made five of the Sun Devils’ school-record 17 3-pointers in a rout of the Bengals (2-9) in Tempe, Ariz.

James Harden scored 18 points in just 26 minutes as Arizona State (10-1) matched its best start in 34 seasons. All five Arizona State starters hit double figures.

No. 23 MINNESOTA 80, SE LOUISIANA 71: Reserves Blake Hoffarber and Lawrence Westbrook both scored 15 points to lift the Gophers (11-0) to a victory over the Lions (6-5) in Minneapolis in Minnesota’s first game as a ranked team in six years.

ILLINOIS 75, No. 25 MISSOURI 59: Demetri McCamey scored all but two of his 20 points in an almost perfect first half, helping the Illini (11-1) manhandle the Tigers (9-2) in St. Louis for their ninth straight victory in the annual Braggin’ Rights game.


VIRGINIA 74, HAMPTON 48: Mike Scott notched a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 15 boards, to lead the Cavaliers (5-4) to a win against the Pirates (5-5) at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.

Sammy Zeglinski, who was 3-for-4 from beyond the arc, added 11 points for Virginia. Jamil Tucker chipped in with 10 points.

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