- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 22, 2009


No. 3 KENTUCKY 88, DREXEL 44: DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson scored 18 points apiece, and the Wildcats (12-0) became the first team in NCAA history to reach the 2,000-win plateau with a romp over the Dragons (6-6) on Monday night in Lexington, Ky.

Kentucky improved to 2,000-631-1 in 107 seasons. North Carolina is next on the list with 1,992 wins, while Kansas has 1,980.

The Wildcats did it in style, taking control early behind the play of Cousins and John Wall. Wall finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Samme Givens led Drexel with 11 points, but the Dragons shot just 31 percent from the field and spent most of the game as invited guests to Kentucky’s celebration.

No. 12 KANSAS ST. 90, ARK.-PINE BLUFF 76: Jacob Pullen had 18 points, Dominique Sutton added 14 and the Wildcats (11-1) responded to their highest ranking in 36 years with a convincing victory over the winless Golden Lions (0-10) in Manhattan, Kan.

Coming off four resume-building wins over bigger programs, Kansas State used balanced scoring and a swarming defense to wear down a mid-major. Curtis Kelly had 13 points, Denis Clemente and Jamar Samuels added 12 each and the Wildcats shot 50 percent for their eighth consecutive win.


VIRGINIA 68, N.J. TECH 37: Jeff Jones scored 11 points to lead the Cavaliers (5-4) as they cruised past the Highlanders (3-8) in Charlottesville.

Sylven Landesberg chipped in with 10 points for Virginia, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

The Cavaliers ended the first half with an 8-0 run and went into halftime with a 32-19 lead. In the second half, the lead ballooned to 28 points as Virginia used a 14-2 run to take a 61-33 lead with 5:05 left in the game.

PENN STATE 76, AMERICAN 57: Talor Battle scored 16 points as the Nittany Lions (8-4) won for the third time in four games, beating the Eagles (2-10) in State College, Pa.

Penn State made 12 of its first 15 shots of the second half and finished at 54.9 percent from the field (28-for-51). Chris Babb scored 13 points and Bill Edwards had 12 for Penn State.


No. 8 DUKE 75, MAINE 34: Karima Christmas and Bridgette Mitchell each scored 16 points, and the Blue Devils (9-2) cruised past the Black Bears (2-7), giving coach Joanne P. McCallie a victory in her return to Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine.

No. 12 FLORIDA ST. 83, HAWAII 39: Jacinta Monroe scored 18 points and Alexa Deluzio added 17 points to help the Seminoles (11-1) bounce back from their first loss of the season and beat the Wahines (4-7) for third place in the Duel in the Desert tournament in Las Vegas.

No. 16 MICHIGAN ST. 67, ST. BONAVENTURE 59: Allyssa DeHaan scored 18 points, and the Spartans (9-3) handed the Bonnies (11-1) their first loss with a victory in East Lansing, Mich.

No. 25 J. MADISON 85, LONGWOOD 67: Dawn Evans scored 32 points and had six assists to lead the Dukes (8-1) to a win over the Lancers (4-9) in Harrisonburg, Va.

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