Thabeet comes up huge for UConn
Hasheem Thabeet had career highs of 25 points and 20 rebounds and just missed his second triple-double in two weeks with nine blocks, helping No. 1 Connecticut win its 13th straight game, 62-54, over Seton Hall yesterday in Newark.
The 7-foot-3-inch Thabeet was 10 for 13 from the field and dominated again inside for the Huskies (24-1, 12-1 Big East), who matched the 1995-96 team for the best start in school history.
Thabeet had 11 points, 15 rebounds, and a career-high 10 blocks against Providence Jan. 31. He's been an intimidating force inside all season, but especially over the last six games.
"Thabeet, to me, might be the best player in the country," Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez said. "In my opinion, from what I have seen, you know I am not trying to push him out the door, have him go pro, but if I was an NBA franchise, I would take him No. 1 in the draft."
Jeff Adrien had 14 points and 15 rebounds - his 44th career double-double - for UConn, which finished with a 55-43 rebounding advantage and blocked 11 shots.
John Garcia had a career-high 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Pirates (14-10, 5-7), who had won their last five, all in the Big East.
Oklahoma 95, Texas Tech 74 - Blake Griffin set career highs with 40 points and 23 rebounds to set a school record with his 22d double-double of the season, and the second-ranked Sooners (25-1, 11-0 Big 12) throttled the visiting Red Raiders for their 13th straight win.
Nick Okorie scored a career-high 24 points to lead Texas Tech (12-13, 2-8) in its 11th straight road loss.
Pittsburgh 85, Cincinnati 69 - In Pittsburgh, Sam Young scored 18 points and DeJuan Blair had 17 to lead the fourth-ranked Panthers to their fifth straight win.
Jermaine Dixon added 14 points and Gilbert Brown 12 for Pitt (23-2, 10-2 Big East), which tied a school record by shooting 67.4 percent from the field. The Panthers missed only eight 2-point field goal attempts the entire game. Mike Williams had 17 points and Larry Davis 13 for Cincinnati (17-9, 7-6).
Wake Forest 86, Florida State 63 - Al-Farouq Aminu scored 17 points to help the seventh-ranked Demon Deacons beat the No. 25 Seminoles in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Jeff Teague added 15 points for Wake Forest (19-4, 6-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), which led the entire way to bounce back from a frustrating stretch that followed its appearance at No. 1. Wake Forest used a 13-0 run in the second half to take control, ending the Seminoles' three-game winning streak.
Memphis 72, Southern Miss 47 - Tyreke Evans scored 19 points, including 9 straight during the clinching run, to lead the eighth-ranked Tigers (22-3, 10-0 Conference USA) past the host Golden Eagles.
Jeremy Wise scored 15 points and Courtney Beasley added 12 for Southern Miss (13-11, 3-7), which has lost five straight.
Marquette 73, St. John's 59 - In Milwaukee, Jerel McNeal scored 20 points, helping the 10th-ranked Golden Eagles (21-4, 10-2 Big East) snap a two-game losing streak.
Paris Horne scored 23 points for St. John's (12-13, 3-10), which has lost four straight.
Arizona 84, UCLA 72 - Nic Wise scored 26 points and Jordan Hill had 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead the host Wildcats (18-8, 8-5 Pac-10) over the 11th-ranked Bruins for their seventh win in a row.
Arizona broke an eight-game losing streak against the Bruins, who were swept in the desert for the first time since 2005. UCLA (19-6, 8-4), which lost at Arizona State Thursday, has dropped consecutive games for the first time this season.
Xavier 88, Fordham 53 - Brad Redford matched his career high with 15 points, all from behind the arc, and the 14th-ranked Musketeers (21-4, 9-2 Atlantic 10) recovered from back-to-back losses by dominating the second half in Cincinnati.
Kansas 85, Kansas St. 74 - Cole Aldrich had 21 points, Sherron Collins added 19, and the 16th-ranked Jayhawks (20-5, 9-1 Big 12) used defense to rally from a 16-point first-half deficit and beat the rival Wildcats in Manhattan, Kan.
Missouri 70, Nebraska 47 - DeMarre Carroll and Matt Lawrence had 13 points apiece and the 17th-ranked Tigers (22-4, 9-2 Big 12) hit seven of their first nine shots in the second half, pulling away in Columbia, Mo.
Gonzaga 78, San Francisco 73 - Austin Daye had 17 points and eight rebounds as the 19th-ranked Bulldogs (19-5, 10-1 West Coast) edged the host Dons.
Purdue 49, Iowa 45 - E'Twaun Moore scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the 20th-ranked Boilermakers (19-6, 8-4 Big Ten) outlasted the Hawkeyes in Iowa City, Iowa.
Boise State 66, Utah State 56 - Mark Sanchez scored 20 points, Anthony Thomas had 18, and the host Broncos (17-7, 7-4 WAC) beat the 21st-ranked Aggies (24-2, 12-1), whose nation-best winning streak was snapped at 19 games.
Syracuse 98, Georgetown 94 - Jonny Flynn and Eric Devendorf combined for 48 points, including 14 in overtime, as the No. 23 Orange (19-7, 7-6 Big East) won at home.
Wisconsin 55, Ohio State 50 - Marcus Landry scored 17 points, and Joe Krabbenhoft made a key 3-pointer and steal down the stretch to help host Wisconsin (16-9, 7-6 Big Ten) beat the 24th-ranked Buckeyes (17-6, 7-5).