- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 18, 2008

From combined dispatches

TOP 25

NO. 21 DAVIDSON 99, JAMES MADISON 64: Most everyone else is talking about Stephen Curry’s switch to point guard this season. Wildcats’ coach Bob McKillop wants to discuss his team’s defense.

Curry had 33 points and nine assists Monday night and Davidson beat the Dukes in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off in Norman, Okla., a rout that began with an 11-0 start fueled by defense.

“Our defense set the tone for this night,” McKillop said. “The defensive capacity of this team grows day by day, practice by practice, and I think it can become a major foundation upon which we build this season. What particularly impressed me most was our communication on defense.”

Curry made the move from shooting guard to point guard for his junior season, but so far it hasn’t affected his scoring. His outing against James Madison (0-1) marked the 16th time in his career he’s scored 30 or more points in a game for Davidson (2-0).

NO. 2 UCONN 99, HARTFORD 56: Craig Austrie and freshman Kemba Walker scored 21 points each and the Huskies ran away from the Hawks in Hartford, Conn., UConn’s 63rd consecutive win against an instate opponent.

NO. 6 PITT 82, MIAMI (OHIO) 53: Jermaine Dixon hit two 3-pointers while scoring nine points during the Panthers’ 16-2 run to start the second half and Pittsburgh went on to a home victory over the RedHawks.

NO. 11 PURDUE 87, E. MICHIGAN 58: Robbie Hummel scored 18 points, and the Boilermakers defeated the Eagles in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off in West Lafayette, Ind.

NO. 12 OKLAHOMA 94, MISS. VALLEY ST. 53: Blake Griffin scored 20 points and added 19 rebounds and six steals as the Sooners advanced in the NIT Season Tip-Off with a victory over the Delta Devils in Norman, Okla.

NO. 15 MARQUETTE 106, CHICAGO ST. 87: Wesley Matthews scored 26 points and Lazar Hayward added 21 to lead the Golden Eagles past the Cougars in Milwaukee.

NO. 23 VILLANOVA 107, FORDHAM 68: Dante Cunningham scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Corey Stokes and Corey Fisher each scored 17 points to lead the Wildcats past the visiting Rams.


VIRGINIA TECH 62, MOUNT ST. MARY’S 57: Three players scored in double figures for the Hokies, who held on to beat the Mountaineers in Blacksburg, Va.

Malcolm Delaney led Virginia Tech (2-0), scoring 18 points with 13 coming from the free-throw line. Virginia Tech was solid from the free-throw line, shooting 84.4 percent (27 of 32).

GEORGE MASON 89, BROWN 52: John Vaughan scored 18 points, leading the Patriots (2-0) to a rout of the Bears in their home opener at Patriot Center.

AMERICAN 67, SAINT FRANCIS 46: Garrison Carr scored 28 points and hit five 3-pointers to lead the Eagles (1-1) to a win over the Red Flash (0-2) at Bender Arena.

BOSTON COLLEGE 90, LOYOLA (MD.) 57: Joe Trapani scored 20 points and Tyrese Rice returned from a suspension to score 16 to lead the Eagles to a convincing victory over the Greyhounds in the opener of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament.

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