- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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FLORIDA 76, AMERICAN 60: Alex Tyus had 20 points and nine rebounds, Kenny Boynton added 19 points and the Gators snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over the Eagles on Monday night in Gainesville, Fla.

Vernon Macklin finished with a career-high 18 points for the Gators (9-3), who won for the first time since Dec. 4.

Florida had been ranked as high as No. 10 but dropped close games against Syracuse, Richmond and South Alabama.

The Gators rebounded against American, an NCAA tournament team in 2009 that is rebuilding after losing several seniors. The Eagles (2-11) made it close by outscoring Florida in the second half and finishing 10-for-24 from the 3-point line.

Nick Henden led AU with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Vlad Moldoveanu added 14 points and was 4-for-6 from behind the arc.

GEORGE WASHINGTON 70, HOLY CROSS 68: Sophomore guard Devin Brown scored a season-high 20 points and pulled down five rebounds, but it was not enough as the Crusaders fell to the Patriots in Worcester, Mass.

The Crusaders trailed by 18 points in the first half and were down by 14 at the break. Holy Cross fell to 2-10 on the season with the loss, while George Washington improved to 9-2 overall.

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NO. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 81, RUTGERS 67: Freshman Dexter Strickland scored a season-high 18 points, including a key 3-pointer late, to help the Tar Heels beat the Scarlet Knights in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Deon Thompson added 14 points for the Tar Heels (10-3), who played without injured fifth-year senior Marcus Ginyard. North Carolina turned in a relatively ho-hum performance coming out of a five-day Christmas break, gradually increasing a six-point halftime lead to 17 points midway through the second half.

But the Tar Heels never put away Rutgers (9-3), which hung in and even inched as close as four points with about 2 minutes left. Strickland responded by burying a 3 with 1:54 left that pushed the margin to 74-67 and ultimately helped the Tar Heels pull away late.

NO. 18 TEMPLE 63, BOWLING GREEN 39: Ryan Brooks scored 19 points, Ramone Moore had 17 and the Owls won their sixth straight game, beating the Falcons in Philadelphia.

The Owls (10-2) used runs of 13-0 in the first half and 10-0 in the second to break it open and win in their first game as a ranked team since 2001.

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