- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 16, 2009


No. 7 DUKE 113, GARDNER-WEBB 68: Jon Scheyer scored 24 of his career-high 36 points in the first half to lead the Blue Devils (8-1) past the Runnin’ Bulldogs (3-5) in Durham, N.C., on Tuesday night.

Scheyer was 11-for-13 shooting and hit a career-best seven 3-pointers while flirting with a triple-double for Duke.

Duke never trailed, broke the game open with a huge early run and shot 65.2 percent - 60.7 percent in the first half, when this one was decided.

Auryn MacMillan scored 14 points and C.J. Hailey added 11 to lead Gardner-Webb. The Runnin’ Bulldogs turned it over 23 times and went more than six minutes without putting the ball through the rim in losing their fifth straight.

Andre Dawkins scored 16 points for Duke, and Miles Plumlee and Brian Zoubek scored 13 points apiece. Nolan Smith added 11, and Kyle Singler, playing through a sprained right ankle, also finished with 11 points - all in the second half.

But the Blue Devils ultimately didn’t need that much from their injured star in extending several long streaks at Cameron Indoor Stadium: They won their 74th straight nonconference game there, their 34th in a row at home against unranked teams and their 47th consecutive December home game.

Duke was coming off a 10-day break between games for final exams and, with the university on break, had the unusual sight of a few scattered empty seats at the perpetually packed arena. But Scheyer and the Blue Devils clearly were on top of their game and didn’t get caught looking ahead to Saturday’s game against No. 15 Gonzaga at Madison Square Garden.

The first meeting between the schools had all the makings of a mismatch. The teams had only one common opponent - Charlotte - with Duke routing the 49ers by 42 points roughly a month before they beat Gardner-Webb by 29.

No. 2 TEXAS 104, TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN 42: Avery Bradley scored a season-high 18 points and had five assists to lead the Longhorns (9-0) to an overpowering 104-42 victory over the Broncs (1-10) in Austin.

Bradley, who averaged 16.0 points on 13-for-26 shooting in the last two games, led Texas offensively, going 8-for-15 from the field while involving others with his timely passing.

Jordan Hamilton had 15 points for Texas, while Dexter Pittman controlled the low post with 14 points and seven rebounds, Gary Johnson added 12 points and Justin Mason had 10.

Texas broke from a 45-19 halftime lead by going on a 39-13 run over the first 10 minutes of the second half. Bradley, who reached double figures for the sixth time this season, scored 12 points in the run.

No. 9 TENNESSEE 77, WYOMING 58: Scotty Hopson scored 14 points to help the Volunteers (8-1) pull away from the Cowboys (5-5) for a victory in Knoxville, Tenn.

Tennessee struggled to slow down normally high-scoring Wyoming in the first half, but the Volunteers’ defensive pressure and fast-break offense wore the Cowboys down in the second.

Leading by one point at halftime, the Volunteers ran out to a 57-49 lead with 14:45 to go on a steal and layup by Hopson. The sophomore also punctuated Tennessee’s second-half surge with several fast-break dunks.

Melvin Goins put Tennessee up by double figures for the first time with a 3-pointer that made it 64-53, and the Volunteers cruised from there.

Afam Muojeke led Wyoming with 15 points and seven rebounds.


No. 5 LSU 93, HOUSTON BAPTIST 31: Latear Eason and Taylor Turnbow had 12 points each to lead five players in double figures, and the Tigers (8-0) routed the Huskies (2-8) in the first round of the inaugural Sue Gunter Classic in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU is off to its best start under third-year coach Van Chancellor. The Tigers advanced to Wednesday night’s championship game of their own tournament to face North Carolina A&T;, a 95-78 winner over Louisiana-Lafayette in the other first-round game.

Raquel Jones had eight points to lead Houston Baptist, which lost by 69 points to Duke and 79 to TCU earlier this season.

No. 8 OHIO ST. 84, WRIGHT ST. 47: Brittany Johnson scored 14 points, including 10 straight in a 15-3 first-half run, to lead the Buckeyes (11-1) past the Raiders (4-4) in Columbus, Ohio.

Jantel Lavender led Ohio State with 18 points, and Tayler Hill added 12.

Ta-myra Davis had 15 points and Erica Richardson added 12 for Wright State, winless in three meetings with its big, in-state neighbor.

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