Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules
(Wednesday, December 18th)
Final Score: (3) Ohio State 76, Delaware 64
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - LaQuinton Ross had a game-high 19 points to lead the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes to a 76-64 win over the Delaware Blue Hens as a part of the Gotham Classic. Lenzelle Smith Jr. netted 14 and Aaron Craft added 12 points for the Buckeyes (11-0), who will face Notre Dame Saturday. Amir Williams contributed 11 points and 12 rebounds. Devon Saddler scored 17 and Jarvis Threatt added 14 points and nine rebounds for Delaware (5-6), which has lost three straight.
Final Score: Texas 86, (14) North Carolina 83
Chapel Hill, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Javan Felix put up eight of his 12 points in the final 3 1/2 minutes, enabling Texas to hold on and knock off No. 14 North Carolina by an 86-83 score at the Smith Center. Felix hit two big baskets down the stretch to help the Longhorns (10-1) record their most significant win of the season despite squandering an 11-point halftime lead. The sophomore point guard's jumper off a screen snapped a 77-77 tie with just under two minutes left, and his clutch 3-pointer on Texas' next possession proved to be too much for the Tar Heels to overcome. Isaiah Taylor added a team-best 16 points and Jonathan Holmes posted 15 along with 10 rebounds in the victory, the Longhorns' sixth straight since their lone loss of the season, an 86-82 setback to BYU on Nov. 25. Marcus Paige racked up 23 points and seven rebounds for North Carolina (7-3), which came in riding a three-game win streak that included marquee decisions over Michigan State and Kentucky. Leslie McDonald, playing for the first time this season after having his eligibility restored by the NCAA on Wednesday, hit four 3-pointers in a 15- point effort.
Final Score: (22) Massachusetts 83, Ohio 71
Athens, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Maxie Esho led five players in double figures with 16 points to go with 10 rebounds as No. 22 Massachusetts downed Ohio, 83-71, on Wednesday. Sampson Carter totaled 14 points, Derrick Gordon had 13 and Chaz Williams and Raphiael Putney each contributed 11 for the Minutemen (10-0), winners of 10 straight to begin a season for the first time since going 26-0 in 1995-96. Maurice Ndour poured in 16 points, adding six rebounds and four assists for the Bobcats (7-3). Nick Kellogg added 12 points in the setback.
12/18 22:58:08 ET