- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 17, 2009

From combined dispatches

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SOUTH FLORIDA 66, VIRGINIA 49: Dominique Jones had 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals Monday night to lead the Bulls to a victory over the cold-shooting Cavaliers in Tampa, Fla.

The Bulls (2-0) began the second half with a 17-5 run to take a 48-32 lead with 14 minutes remaining in the game. The closest Virginia (1-1) got the rest of the way was 10 points. The Cavaliers were held to one field goal in the final seven minutes.

Augustus Gilchrist had 18 points for South Florida, and Jarrid Famous finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.

Sylven Landesberg had 14 points to lead Virginia, which shot just under 33 percent (17-for-52).

Virginia played without two key players. Center Assane Sene is serving a three-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, and forward Jamil Tucker is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team to attend to personal matter.

A third player, Calvin Baker, played 15 minutes and scored five points after missing the Cavaliers’ season opener against Longwood while recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

South Florida led 31-27 at the half, shooting 54.7 percent from the field and getting 13 points on 6-for-10 shooting from Jones, who finished 10-for-18. Jones was held to just 13 points in USF’s season-opening victory at SMU on Friday.

Virginia shot 36.7 percent (11-for-30) in the opening half and was even worse (6-for-22, 27.3 percent) after the break. Three starters - Mustapha Farrakhan, Jeff Jones and Sammy Zeglinski - missed nine of 10 3-point attempts and went 5-for-23 overall.

Mike Scott, who had 12 points and 13 rebounds in Virginia’s season opener, scored nine before fouling out with 8:35 to go.

ALBANY 51, AMERICAN 50: Tim Ambrose scored 15 points and added four rebounds in the Great Danes’ victory over the Eagles at Bender Arena.

Stephen Lumpkins led American with 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists.

AP TOP 25

NO. 4 KENTUCKY 72, MIAMI (OHIO) 70: John Wall proved to be worth the wait.

The heralded Kentucky freshman scored 19 points - including the game-winning jumper with 0.5 seconds remaining - to lift the fourth-ranked Wildcats to a win over the RedHawks in Lexington, Ky.

After Miami’s Kenny Hayes hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 70-70 with six seconds left, Wall raced down the floor and pulled up from the wing. The ball fell through the net, and Wall raced up the floor pounding his chest in celebration as the crowd roared.

Patrick Patterson had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and DeMarcus Cousins had 10 points and 10 boards for the Wildcats (2-0).

Nick Winbush led Miami with 26 points, and the RedHawks nearly pulled off the upset thanks to making 15 of 26 3-pointers.

NO. 5 VILLANOVA 103, PENNSYLVANIA 65: Maalik Wayns scored 16 points, Corey Stokes, Scottie Reynolds and Taylor King each added 14 and the Wildcats had no trouble in a rout of the Quakers in Villanova, Pa.

Corey Fisher scored 13 and Antonio Pena contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds for the balanced Wildcats (2-0), who have won 19 of their last 20 games in Big Five play also encompassing Temple, La Salle and Saint Joseph’s. Villanova has won seven straight over Penn.

NO. 9 DUKE 74, COASTAL CAROLINA 49: Kyle Singler had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and the Blue Devils beat the Chanticleers in Durham, N.C., in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Freshman Andre Dawkins had 13 points and Jon Scheyer and Miles Plumlee added 10 apiece for the Blue Devils (2-0).

They held the Chanticleers to three field goals during a 14-minute stretch of the first half, put themselves up by 25 points with a 24-11 spurt midway through the second and cruised from there to a second-round matchup with Charlotte on Tuesday night.

NO. 12 CONNECTICUT 77, COLGATE 63: Stanley Robinson scored 18 points leading five Connecticut players in double figures as the Huskies defeated the Raiders in Storrs, Conn. in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

The Huskies, who led by just a point at halftime, outscored Colgate 44-31 after intermission.

Robinson hit all eight of his shots, including a pair of 3-pointers.

NO. 24 MINNESOTA 82, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 42: High-flying freshman Rodney Williams had three dunks and a pair of 3s, finishing with 14 points to help the Gophers pull away from the Lumberjacks in Minneapolis.

Lawrence Westbrook and Devoe Joseph led the Gophers (2-0) with 15 points apiece and Damian Johnson contributed 11 second-half points, five assists and five steals to lead the romp after a rough start.

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