College basketball roundup

St. Aug's captures fourth straight win

Falcons shut down Lenoir-Rhyne

The Associated PressDecember 20, 2008 

St. Augustine's won its fourth straight contest, limiting Lenoir-Rhyne to 30-percent shooting in a 59-49 men's basketball victory Friday in Savannah, Ga.

The game was part of the 2008 Chatham Orthropaedics Holiday Classic hosted by Armstrong Atlantic State at Alumni Arena.

The Bears (4-4) made just 15 of 50 shots and committed 17 turnovers for the game.

In the second half, the Falcons (5-4) held the Bears to 24-percent shooting on 6-of-25 shooting. Keyed by their defense, the Falcons opened a double-digit lead in the closing minutes of the second half after leading by three points (30-27) at halftime.

Sophomore forward Shaun Washum led the way with 16 points and junior guard Chris Jordan added 11 points.

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NO. 24 MARQUETTE 94, WESTERN CAROLINA 77: Lazar Hayward scored a career-high 27 points as Marquette defeated visiting Western Carolina.

Hayward provided the fireworks in a decisive 12-4 Marquette run midway through the first half, powering the Golden Eagles (9-2) to a 20-point lead and quickly putting the game out of reach for the Catamounts (5-4).

Jerel McNeal scored 19 and Wesley Matthews added 18 for Marquette, which made a strong recovery from its loss at Tennessee on Tuesday night.

But Friday's victory, which came in front of a sparse crowd after a winter storm dumped 10-plus inches of snow on the Milwaukee area, might not be enough to keep the Golden Eagles from falling out of the top 25 next week.

Hayward played a starring role, showing his versatility in Marquette's decisive first-half run. With the Golden Eagles already leading 19-7, Matthews stole the ball and passed it ahead to Hayward, who scored a layup in traffic. Showing decent outside touch for a big man, Hayward then hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

Then Hayward leaped to block a layup attempt by Western Carolina's Kendall Russell and hit two free throws after being fouled on the other end to put Marquette up 26-7.

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NO. 1 CONNECTICUT 85, NORTHERN COLORADO 40: Sophomore forward Maya Moore scored 19 points to lead Connecticut over Northern Colorado in the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico.

Senior guard Renee Montgomery added 15 points for the Huskies (9-0), who wiped out a first-half deficit with a 14-2 run that put the game in their control. Each of UConn's 10 players scored, and junior center Kaili McLaren had eight points and a season-high 10 rebounds.

Senior guard Jamie Schroder led the Bears (4-6) with 17 points. Whitley Cox added 10, all in the first half.

NO. 3 STANFORD 78, SOUTH CAROLINA 47: Kayla Pedersen and Jayne Appel had double-doubles to lead Stanford past host South Carolina.

Pederson had 15 points and tied her career high with 16 rebounds. Appel had 15 points and 14 rebounds as the Cardinal (8-2) bounced back from a loss at No. 8 Duke earlier this week.

Stanford outrebounded South Carolina (5-4) 53-21 and held the Gamecocks to five field goals in the second half.

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NO. 8 GONZAGA 84, TEXAS SOUTHERN 42: Josh Heytvelt scored 21 points for Gonzaga in one of the few scheduled events that occurred after the city was hit by almost two feet of snow.

Micah Downs added 14 points for the host Bulldogs (8-1), who rebounded from a loss at Arizona in its previous game by posting its highest point total of the season. This was Gonzaga's first home game since Nov. 18, after six road contests.

Deandre Hall and Damian Henderson both had nine points for Texas Southern (0-10).

Gonzaga led 53-19 at halftime, holding the Eagles without a field goal for the final 7 minutes of the half to take their biggest lead of the season.

NO. 9 LOUISVILLE 77, MISSISSIPPI 68: Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy's day started off with chaos and ended with contrition, but not a victory.

Louisville's do-everything forward Earl Clark made sure of that.

Clark had career highs of 25 points and 16 rebounds and the Cardinals held off the Rebels in Cincinnati, hours after Kennedy's arrest following an altercation with a cab driver.

"I'm not going to lie, it's been a difficult 24 hours," Kennedy said.

A former assistant and interim head coach at Cincinnati, Kennedy was arrested Thursday morning and charged with first-degree misdemeanor assault after a cab driver said Kennedy punched him and called him "bin Laden."

Kennedy, who played basketball at N.C. State, entered a written not guilty plea on Thursday afternoon and a pretrial date was set for Jan. 16. Kennedy decided to coach against the Cardinals after meeting with university officials. He received a warm ovation after being introduced.

Clark made sure it was the highlight of Kennedy's night.

Dominating at both ends of the court at times, Clark helped the Cardinals (7-1) hold off a valiant rally by the Rebels (7-4) to win their fifth straight.

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