- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 14, 2009

From combined dispatches

AP TOP 25 MEN

KENTUCKY 90, No. 24 TENNESSEE 72: Jodie Meeks scored a school-record 54 points to help the Wildcats (13-4, 2-0 SEC) cruise to a win over the Volunteers (10-5, 1-1) on Tuesday night in Knoxville, Tenn.

Meeks, who broke Dan Issel’s 39-year-old record of 53 points at Mississippi, was mobbed by his Kentucky teammates in the middle of the Thompson-Boling Arena court, where the Wildcats handed Tennessee its third loss in January.

The SEC’s leading scorer surpassed his previous high of 46 points, which he set Dec. 20 against Appalachian State, with 4:50 left as he hit an open 3, one of 10 3-pointers he made for the night. He set the record on free throws with 1:31 left.

Down by six at the half, Tennessee cut Kentucky’s lead to 43-41 on a fast-break basket by Wayne Chism a minute and a half into the second half.

But the Vols’ spotty defense couldn’t contain Meeks, who hit a layup and two 3-pointers to help the Wildcats on a 10-0 run that gave them a 53-41 lead. Even contested shots sank perfectly through the nets.

Kentucky began stumbling into foul trouble with 9:34 left, and Tennessee - which to that point had shot 35 percent from the free throw line - sank 11 straight bonus shots to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 71-64 with 6:52 left.

But Meeks, who also went a perfect 14-for-14 from the line, scored nine straight points to put the game away. No other Kentucky player scored in double figures. Patrick Patterson grabbed 12 rebounds.

Tyler Smith led Tennessee with 19 points, Chism had 18 points and Bobby Maze added 11.

With two 3-pointers and a fast-break layup by Meeks, Kentucky used a 12-0 run to grab a 28-20 lead with 7:27 in the first half. Meeks had 26 points in the first half, including going 5-for-7 from behind the arc.

AP TOP 25 WOMEN

No. 1 UCONN 77, DePAUL 62: Maya Moore scored 18 points and the Huskies (16-0, 3-0 Big East) won their 102nd consecutive game against an unranked opponent, beating the Blue Demons (13-5, 1-3) in Storrs, Conn.

The sophomore had 16 points at halftime and needs just 29 more to reach 1,000 for her career.

Natasha Williams and Deirdre Naughton each had 21 to lead DePaul.

No. 8 TEXAS A&M 67, TEXAS TECH 56: Takia Starks had 21 points and Danielle Gant scored 12 of her 18 in the last five minutes to lead the Aggies (14-1, 2-0 Big 12) over the Red Raiders (10-5, 1-1) in College Station.

The win is A&M’s sixth straight over Texas Tech and is the Aggies’ 13th consecutive home win.

MARQUETTE 75, No. 10 NOTRE DAME 65: Angel Robinson scored 19 and Krystal Ellis added 18 to help the Golden Eagles (11-5, 2-1 Big East) upset Notre Dame (14-2, 3-1) in Milwaukee, snapping the Fighting Irish’s seven-game winning streak.

The game was tied at 52 with 10:18 remaining. Marquette closed the game on a 23-13 run. Ellis sparked the surge with two 3-pointers and Robinson added seven points for Marquette.

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GEORGETOWN 64, ST. JOHN’S 48: Karee Houlette had a career-high 22 points and the Hoyas (12-4, 2-1 Big East) defeated the Red Storm (13-3, 1-2) in New York.

Jaleesa Butler added 14 points and Shanice Fuller added 11.

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