- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 22, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 3 CONNECTICUT 89, No. 20 VILLANOVA 83: A.J. Price scored a career-high 29 points to lead the Huskies (17-1, 6-1 Big East) to their sixth straight victory by beating the Wildcats (14-4, 2-3) on Wednesday night in Hartford, Conn.

Jerome Dyson added 19 points, and Jeff Adrien had 12 points and 14 rebounds, his fourth double-double in as many games, for Connecticut, which improved to 5-1 this season against ranked teams. The only loss came at home to Georgetown.

Dwayne Anderson had 15 points for Villanova, which has dropped three of five, with all the losses to fellow ranked teams in the Big East.

The matchup of teams ranked in the league’s top five in defense looked nothing like that as the first half ended tied at 48-48. The defense picked up in the second half, although both teams allowed more than 20 points over their season average.

Price, the fifth-year senior whose career has been marred by a life-threatening brain injury, a season-long school suspension and major knee surgery, had 20 points in the first half. He hit all of Connecticut’s four 3-pointers in the game, finishing 4-for-6 from beyond the arc.

His previous career high was 26 points against Notre Dame last season and his best outing this season was 24 points in a win over Gonzaga.

Price was 10-for-13 from the field and had five rebounds and five assists.

No. 5 N. CAROLINA 94, No. 10 CLEMSON 70: Wayne Ellington had another big game against Clemson, and the Tar Heels (16-2, 2-2 ACC) added another year of misery for the Tigers (16-2, 2-2) in their streak of futility in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Ellington had 25 points to help keep North Carolina perfect in 54 home games against Clemson.

Tyler Hansbrough added 20 points for the Tar Heels, whose 54-0 run against the Tigers here is an NCAA record for the longest home winning streak against one opponent.

No. 6 OKLAHOMA 72, NEBRASKA 61: Blake Griffin had 27 points and 18 rebounds for his 15th double-double, and the Sooners (18-1, 4-0 Big 12) slugged out a victory over the Cornhuskers (12-5, 2-2) in Norman, Okla., to become the first team in the nation with 18 wins.

Griffin broke a Big 12 record with his eighth game of at least 20 points and 15 rebounds, surpassing the previous mark set by Kevin Durant of Texas and Michael Beasley of Kansas State.

NORTHWESTERN 70, No. 7 MICHIGAN ST. 63: Kevin Coble scored 31 points, and the Wildcats (10-6, 2-4 Big Ten) stunned the Spartans (15-3, 5-1) in East Lansing, ending Michigan State’s 28-game homecourt winning streak.

Northwestern used clutch 3-point shooting and an aggressive 1-3-1 zone to beat turnover-plagued Michigan State.

Kalin Lucas led the Spartans (15-3, 5-1) with 20 points.

No. 9 LOUISVILLE 78, RUTGERS 59: Terrence Williams had 23 points, 11 rebounds and four steals as the Cardinals (14-3, 5-0 Big East) won their sixth straight by beating the Scarlet Knights (9-10, 0-6) in Piscataway, N.J.

Playing its first game since defeating then No. 1 Pittsburgh on Saturday, Louisville got 15 points apiece from Earl Clark and Samardo Samuels and 10 from Edgar Sosa.

Mike Rosario scored 21 points for Rutgers, which lost its seventh straight after playing its sixth ranked opponent in seven games. Gregory Echenique had 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Scarlet Knights.

After Rutgers took its only lead at 7-5, Louisville scored 23 straight points over the next 9:54.

No. 15 XAVIER 84, ST. BONAVENTURE 64: C.J. Anderson scored 15 points, and the Musketeers (16-2, 5-0 A-10), off to the second-best start in school history, beat the Bonnies (11-7, 2-3) in Olean, N.Y.

Backup guard Brad Redford hit his first three 3-point attempts to spark a decisive first-half run and finished with 14 points for Xavier. The Musketeers, who have won seven straight since losing consecutive games to Duke and Butler, are off to their best start since going 24-2 in 1989-90.

No. 17 ARIZONA ST. 53, ARIZONA 47: James Harden scored 21 points and the visiting Sun Devils (16-3, 5-2 Pac-10) beat the Wildcats (11-8, 2-5) to win consecutive games at McKale Center for the first time in 25 years.

Derek Glasser scored 13 points, hitting a pair of late 3-pointers and making four free throws in the final 11 seconds to seal it.

The Sun Devils beat Arizona at McKale Center once from 1984 to 2007. Now they’ve done it twice in 12 months.

No. 22 MEMPHIS 80, RICE 52: Robert Dozier had 13 points and nine rebounds to lead the host Tigers (15-3, 5-0 C-USA) to their ninth straight victory, a win over the Owls (6-12, 1-3).

Doneal Mack added 14 points Memphis, which never trailed in the game.

S. CAROLINA 70, No. 24 FLORIDA 69: Zam Fredrick’s layup at the buzzer lifted the Gamecocks (13-4, 2-2 SEC) to victory over the Gators (16-3, 3-1) in Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina trailed 67-60 with less than three minutes left.

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