- The Washington Times - Monday, January 5, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 5 DUKE 69, VIRGINIA TECH 44: Kyle Singler scored 19 points and keyed the decisive run that carried the Blue Devils past the Hokies on Sunday night in Durham, N.C.

Gerald Henderson added 15 points, Nolan Smith had 13 and Jon Scheyer finished with 11 for the Blue Devils (12-1, 1-0 ACC). They held the Hokies to 13 points in the second half and outscored them 30-9 in the final 17 minutes.

Malcolm Delaney scored 12 points to lead Virginia Tech (9-5, 0-1). Leading scorer A.D. Vassallo was held to seven points - 12 below his average - and didn’t score on 0-for-2 shooting in the second half.

The Hokies shot 36.7 percent and committed 18 turnovers. They were denied their second straight victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium and their first win against a ranked team since their overtime victory two years ago at then No. 4 North Carolina.

No. 12 UCLA 83, OREGON 74: Darren Collison scored 22 points, and Josh Shipp added a season-high 17 as the Bruins held off the Ducks‘ second-half rally for a victory in Eugene, Ore.

Tajuan Porter scored 24 points for the Ducks (6-8, 0-2 Pac-10), including 15 in the second half as Oregon pulled within three points after trailing by 11 at halftime.

But Collison and Shipp helped UCLA (12-2, 2-0) keep its lead. Collison went 7-for-7 from the free throw line in the second half; Shipp missed only one 3-point attempt in making a season-high five shots from beyond the arc. He came in shooting 21.6 percent (8-for-37) from 3-point range.

The Bruins lost most of their 40-29 halftime lead when the Ducks went on a 9-2 run early in the second half. A three-point play by Joevan Catron started Oregon’s rally and was followed by layups from Matt Humphrey and Catron and a runner in the lane by Porter that cut UCLA’s lead to 46-43 with 14:48 to play.

CAL 81, No. 17 ARIZONA STATE 71: Jerome Randle converted a four-point play with 2:13 remaining, matching his career high with 26 points to lead the Golden Bears to a victory in Berkeley, Calif., their seventh straight win.

Patrick Christopher added 20 points for California (13-2, 2-0 Pac-10). James Harden finished with 26 points and eight rebounds to lead Arizona State (12-2, 1-1), which had its eight-game winning streak snapped.

No. 18 LOUISVILLE 74, KENTUCKY 71: Edgar Sosa is finally out of Rick Pitino’s doghouse. The much-maligned point guard hit a 30-footer with 2.8 seconds remaining to give the Cardinals a victory against the archrival Wildcats in Louisville.

Sosa finished with 18 points, Terrence Williams had 19 points and eight rebounds and Jerry Smith scored 11 points for Louisville (9-3), which escaped a major meltdown in the final seconds to beat the Wildcats at Freedom Hall for the first time since 2002. Jodie Meeks led Kentucky (11-4) with 28 points, and Patrick Patterson had 22 points and 15 rebounds.

The Wildcats put together a brilliant rally to tie the score at 71-71 on two free throws by Meeks with 23 seconds left. Sosa, whose erratic play led Pitino to bench him earlier in the season, held the ball until six seconds remained, took two dribbles and hit the shot from well above the head of the key over Michael Porter.

No. 23 MICHIGAN 74, ILLINOIS 64: Manny Harris had 16 points, and four of his teammates scored in double figures in Ann Arbor, Mich., as the Wolverines ended the Illini’s seven-game winning streak.

The Wolverines (11-3, 1-1 Big Ten) needed a win to give them a chance to stay in the Top 25 and maintain momentum earned with victories against Duke and UCLA.

DeShawn Sims had 13 points and nine rebounds, Laval Lucas-Perry scored 13 points, Zack Novak had 11 points despite missing much of the second half with a cut above his left eye and Zack Gibson added 10 for the Wolverines.

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