- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 9, 2009

AP TOP 25 MEN

No. 23 TEXAS TECH 80, TCU 70: John Roberson scored eight of his 21 points in a game-turning run that finally put the Red Raiders (9-0) ahead as they overcame an early 14-point deficit to beat the host Horned Frogs (5-4) in Fort Worth, Texas.

Texas Tech played its first game as a ranked team since the end of the 2004-05 season and the first for Pat Knight since he succeeded father Bobby as coach in February 2008. The Red Raiders are off to their best start since a 12-0 start in 1929-30.

Zvonko Buljan had 24 points and 10 rebounds for TCU.

Texas Tech didn’t lead until Theron Jenkins made a free throw with 16:09 left to break a 44-44 tie. He was intentionally fouled at midcourt after stealing a pass, and the whistle nullified his breakaway slam dunk.

AREA WOMEN

No. 19 VIRGINIA 74, FURMAN 43: Monica Wright scored 30 points and sparked a first-half run of 22 straight points by the Cavaliers (7-2) in a victory over the Paladins (2-8) in Charlottesville.

Wright scored 20 points in the first half for Virginia, including back-to-back 3-pointers that started the 22-0 run.

Raegan Thompson paced Furman with nine points. Kali Holtfreter added eight.

The score was tied at 8-8 in the opening half before Wright made the two 3s, and Virginia kept Furman scoreless for almost 13 minutes.

MARSHALL 56, GEORGE WASHINGTON 47: Mystee Dale scored 15 points as the Thundering Herd (4-4) beat the Colonials (2-6) at Smith Center in a game that saw George Washington go scoreless for more than 10 minutes in the second half.

Sara Mostafa, who scored 12 points, hit a jumper with 10:55 left to give the Colonials a 45-39 lead. GW went the next 10:44 without scoring, missing 14 shots from the floor and four from the foul line.

AP TOP 25 WOMEN

No. 3 NOTRE DAME 96, IPFW 60: Becca Bruszewski had 18 points and five assists, and Lindsay Schrader added 14 points and eight rebounds, leading the Fighting Irish (8-0) to a victory over the Mastadons (2-5) in South Bend, Ind.

Notre Dame, playing with its highest ranking in five seasons, is off to its best start since going 23-0 and winning the national championship in 2000-01.

No. 10 TEXAS A&M; 108, NORTH TEXAS 49: Tanisha Smith scored 16 points and the Aggies (7-0) showed no signs of fatigue in their fourth game in seven days, routing the Mean Green (3-7) in College Station.

It was the largest margin of victory for Texas A&M;, which outscored North Texas 54-11 in points off turnovers. The Aggies have won their first seven games by an average of 29 points.

No. 11 N. CAROLINA 74, RADFORD 48: Cetera DeGraffenreid scored 15 points to help the Tar Heels (7-1) beat the Highlanders (1-6) in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Italee Lucas and Waltiea Rolle added 11 points apiece for North Carolina, which overcame a season-high 26 turnovers by shooting a season-high 56.6 percent from the floor.

No. 13 GEORGIA 71, TENNESSEE ST. 50: Meredith Mitchell scored a career-high 17 points to help the Bulldogs (9-0) overcome a sluggish start and beat the Tigers (3-5) in Athens, Ga.

No. 15 PITTSBURGH 77, VALPARAISO 52: Taneisha Harrison had a career-high 27 points as the Panthers (8-0) remained unbeaten with a home victory over the Crusaders (3-4).


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