- The Washington Times - Friday, January 23, 2009

From combined dispatches

AP TOP 25

No. 18 PURDUE 70, No. 21 MINNESOTA 62: Behind relentless defensive pressure and 19 points and five blocks from JaJuan Johnson, the Boilermakers (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten) banged their way to a victory over the Golden Gophers (16-3, 4-3) in Minneapolis on Thursday night.

E’Twaun Moore added 16 points for Purdue, which won its fourth straight conference game after an 0-2 start. The Boilermakers entered charged-up Williams Arena with the second-ranked field goal percentage defense in the country and made life miserable all evening for Minnesota.

Al Nolen had 17 points on 3-for-14 shooting and four steals for Minnesota, which shot a season-low 27.6 percent, including 3-for-19 from 3-point range, to lose its second in a row.

No. 13 UCLA 61, WASHINGTON ST. 59: Nikola Dragovic scored a career-high 20 points as the Bruins (15-3, 5-1 Pac-10) hung on to beat the Cougars (11-7, 2-2) for their 16th straight win in Pullman, Wash.

Washington State had a chance to win at the buzzer, but Marcus Capers’ long shot missed the rim.

No. 16 BUTLER 68, WIS.-GREEN BAY 59: Matt Howard scored 15 points, and the Bulldogs (17-1, 8-0 Horizon) got their offense in sync in the second half, rallying to beat the conference rival Phoenix (14-6, 6-2) in Indianapolis.

Butler won its ninth in a row overall and its ninth straight over Green Bay and is now 17-1 for the first time in school history.

Rahmon Fletcher scored 22 points for Green Bay, which lost for only the second time in 10 games.

No. 23 GONZAGA 83, PEPPERDINE 69: Josh Heytvelt scored a season-high 25 points and Matt Bouldin delivered a career-high 10 assists as the Bulldogs (12-4, 4-0 West Coast) remained perfect in conference play by beating the Waves (4-16, 1-3) in Malibu, Calif.

Keion Bell led Pepperdine with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

AREA

DAYTON 63, GEORGE WASHINGTON 61: Chris Wright made three free throws - the first two after a technical foul on George Washington for having six players on the court - as the Flyers (17-2, 3-1 A-10) escaped Smith Center with a victory over the Colonials (6-10, 0-4).

GW was assessed the technical when Dayton attempted to inbound the ball at its own end with 21.9 seconds left.

Wright made both free throws for a 62-61 lead. He was fouled again when Dayton inbounded and made the first of two free throws with 21.3 seconds left.

Tony Taylor missed a 3-point attempt with 2.5 seconds left and Rob Diggs’ putback rimmed out as the horn sounded.

Marcus Johnson had 17 points to lead Dayton, which has won three straight and nine of its last 10.

Wynton Witherspoon had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead GW, which lost its eighth straight.

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