- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 26, 2009

From combined dispatches

NO. 13 UCONN 81, LSU 55: Jerome Dyson and backcourt mate Kemba Walker each scored 20 points, and the Huskies routed previously the unbeaten Tigers in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York.

Gavin Edwards added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies, who advanced to play No. 7 Duke for the championship Friday at Madison Square Garden. Stanley Robinson finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

UConn (4-0) had been underwhelming during its first three games this season, even trailing Hofstra by nine late in the second half in the tournament quarterfinals. The Huskies were simply overwhelming in this one.

Connecticut held Tasmin Mitchell to nine points and Bo Simpson to five on 2-for-14 shooting. The Tigers’ leading scorer, Simpson briefly left the game with about 15 minutes remaining after hurting his right ankle while losing control going up for a layup.

The Huskies grabbed the loose ball and raced the other way for an easy layup.

NO. 1 KANSAS 89, OAKLAND (MICH.) 59: Marcus Morris and Xavier Henry each scored 19 points, leading the Jayhawks to a victory over the Golden Grizzlies in Lawrence, Kan., that stretched the nation’s longest homecourt winning streak to 44 games.

Morris, a 6-foot-8 sophomore showing significant progress since an inconsistent freshman campaign, added 11 rebounds. He shot 6-for-10 from the field, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range and committed only one turnover for the Jayhawks (4-0).

The Golden Grizzlies (2-3), the preseason favorites in the Summit League, trailed all night but stayed within shouting distance of the heavily favored Jayhawks until about midway through the second half. By then, Kansas’ depth and talent took a toll.

No. 5 KENTUCKY 73, STANFORD 65 (OT): Freshman John Wall scored 23 points as the Wildcats overcame a late deficit to force overtime and then pull away from the Cardinal at the Cancun (Mexico) Classic.

DeMarcus Cousins added 13 points and seven rebounds for Kentucky.

No. 7 DUKE 64, ARIZONA ST. 53: Jon Scheyer had 16 points and six assists, and the Blue Devils used a 19-3 second-half run to take control of a victory over the Sun Devils in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.

Nolan Smith had 14 points, and Kyle Singler added 13 for Duke (5-0), which led by only four at halftime.

The Sun Devils (4-1), who managed to stay close behind their patient offense and pesky zone defense, tied it at 43 on two free throws by Derek Glasser with 13:11 to play only to see Duke break it open with the deciding run.

NO. 24 VANDERBILT 84, ARIZONA 72: A.J. Ogilvy scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Jermaine Beal added 18 points and five assists to lead the Commodores to a victory over the Wildcats in the fifth-place game of the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii.

The Commodores (4-1) shot 31-for-57 from the field (54.4 percent), including 7-for-20 from beyond the 3-point line. That made up for woeful free throw shooting - 15-for-29.

Arizona (3-2) was led by Solomon Hill’s 17 points and Kyle Fogg’s 10.


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