- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 28, 2009

From combined dispatches

AREA MEN

GEORGE MASON 78, DELAWARE 55: Dre Smith and Michael Morrison scored 14 points apiece as the Patriots (15-5, 8-2 Colonial Athletic Association) halted their first losing streak of the season with a win over the Blue Hens (9-13, 3-7) on Tuesday night at Patriot Center.

The Patriots overcame a slow start to end a two-game skid. George Mason took a 37-35 halftime advantage, then used a 20-4 run to open the second half to cruise to its 11th straight home win.

The Patriots played their second game without second-leading scorer John Vaughan, who is expected to return later this week after suffering a concussion Jan. 21 at Northeastern.

Marc Egerson had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Delaware.

Cam Long recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds as George Mason outrebounded Delaware 47-29 and held the Blue Hens to 37.9 percent shooting (22-for-58).

AP TOP 25 MEN

No. 11 TEXAS 78, BAYLOR 72: A.J. Abrams scored 19 points while matching the Big 12 career record for 3-pointers and the visiting Longhorns (15-4, 4-1 Big 12) beat the Bears (15-5, 3-3) in Waco, Texas, their 23rd consecutive win against Baylor.

After LaceDarius Dunn hit two free throws to get Baylor within a basket, Abrams dribbled inside the 3-pointer line with just under a minute to play and hit a jumper.

No. 16 PURDUE 64, WISCONSIN 63: Robbie Hummel’s go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute left in the game lifted the Boilermakers (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten) to a victory over the free-falling Badgers (12-8, 3-5) in Madison, Wis.

It was the fifth straight win for Purdue, including two straight on the road - and the fifth straight loss for a Wisconsin team that suddenly can’t even defend its home court.

MISSISSIPPI 85, No. 24 KENTUCKY 80: Terrico White and David Huertas each scored 21 points, and the Rebels (11-9, 2-4 SEC) upset Kentucky (16-5, 5-1) in Oxford, Miss., snapping the Wildcats‘ five-game winning streak a day after they entered the Top 25 for the first time this season.

Neither Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks nor Huertas - the SEC’s Nos. 1 and 3 scorers - managed a field goal in the first half. But Huertas hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds gone in the second half, and injury-ravaged Mississippi managed to overcome 24 points from Patrick Patterson for a rare win over the Wildcats.

AREA WOMEN

No. 21 PITTSBURGH 50, GEORGETOWN 39: Shavonte Zellous scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half to lead the Panthers (15-4, 5-2 Big East) to a win over the Hoyas (13-7, 3-4) at McDonough Arena.

Xenia Stewart scored all 11 of her points in the first half for Pittsburgh. Shayla Scott had her third double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

For Georgetown, it was the fewest points it has scored since losing to Pittsburgh 70-33 in the final game last season.

Karee Houlette led the Hoyas with 11 points.

AP TOP 25 WOMEN

No. 14 KANSAS STATE 51, NEBRASKA 40: Ashley Sweat scored 18 points, and the Wildcats (18-1, 5-1 Big 12) fought back from a halftime deficit of the season to beat the Cornhuskers (10-9, 1-5) in Manhattan, Kan.

Shalin Spani made three 3-pointers a crucial second-half run for Kansas State, which only trailed in the second half one other time this season.

RUTGERS 78, No. 17 NOTRE DAME 68: Brittany Ray scored a career-high 26 points, Epiphanny Prince added 24 and the Scarlet Knights (12-6, 4-3 Big East) beat the Fighting Irish (15-4, 4-3) in South Bend, Ind.

Rutgers, which on Monday fell out of the Top 25 for the first time since Dec. 3, 2007, rebounded with just its third win in eight road games this season.

No. 25 DEPAUL 59, ST. JOHN’S 58: Deirdre Naughton scored 15 points, and the Blue Demons (16-5, 4-3 Big East) used a balanced offense to beat the Red Storm (13-6, 1-5) in New York.

DePaul entered the Top 25 for the first time this season Monday coming off a 60-58 victory over then-No. 21 Rutgers. The Blue Demons have already faced the top half of the Big East with their three conference losses coming to No. 6 Louisville, top-ranked Connecticut and No. 17 Notre Dame. The only ranked opponent they have left is another matchup at Notre Dame on Feb. 8.


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