Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules
(Tuesday, December 17th)
Final Score: (5) Michigan State 78, North Florida 48
East Lansing, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Adreian Payne poured in a game-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds, as No. 5 Michigan State pounded North Florida, 78-48, on Tuesday at Breslin Center. Branden Dawson donated 12 points and seven boards, while Denzel Valentine tallied 11 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Spartans (9-1), who have won two straight since suffering their lone loss of the season against North Carolina on Dec. 4. Jalen Nesbitt netted 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Demarcus Daniels and Devin Wilson each supplied seven points for the Ospreys (5-7), who have dropped three straight and four of their last five games.
Final Score: (7) Oklahoma State 75, Delaware State 43
Stillwater, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Markel Brown and Le'Bryan Nash led a balanced Oklahoma State attack with 14 points apiece, and the 14th-ranked Cowboys pounded Delaware State, 75-43, at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Stevie Clark scored nine for the Cowboys (10-1), who used a huge run early in the second half to make this game a rout. Kendall Gray had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Kendal Williams tallied 11 points for the Hornets (2-9), who lost their fourth in a row.
Final Score: (11) Wichita State 72, Alabama 67
Tuscaloosa, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Cleanthony Early poured in 26 points and 11th-ranked Wichita State continued its best start in school history with a 72-67 win over Alabama at Coleman Coliseum. Fred VanVleet and Tekele Cotton both scored 11 for the Shockers (11-0), who are three victories shy of their all-time best winning streak, set during the 1953-54 season. The Shockers missed just two of their 27 foul shots and got a big offensive rebound and putback from Darius Carter in the final minute. VanVleet made two from the charity stripe with 11 seconds left to seal the outcome, after Retin Obasohan missed a 3-point shot for the Crimson Tide with his team down by three. Obasohan's shot hit off the rim and went over the backboard to give the ball back to the Shockers. Trevor Releford had 22 points for Alabama (5-5), which also received 14 points from Rodney Cooper.
Final Score: (6) Louisville 90, Missouri State 60
Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Montrezl Harrell scored 17 points on 6- of-8 shooting and No. 6 Louisville dominated from start-to-finish in a 90-60 blowout of Missouri State at the KFC Yum! Center. Russ Smith, Terry Rozier and Wayne Blackshear each contributed 11 points to help the Cardinals (10-1) cap off a 5-0 homestand that followed their only loss of the season, a 93-84 setback to North Carolina on Nov. 24. Smith added eight assists and Louisville outrebounded the Bears by a 50-28 margin en route to the easy win. Mangok Mathiang pulled down nine boards and Harrell and Rozier had eight apiece. Missouri State (8-2) shot just 37.9 percent from the field and had one player score in double figures, with Jamar Gulley posting 14 points.
Final Score: (16) Florida 77, (15) Memphis 75
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Casey Prather scored Florida's final eight points and finished with 22 as the No. 16 Gators eked by the No. 15 Memphis Tigers, 77-75, in a non-conference showdown at Madison Square Garden. A matchup between two probable NCAA Tournament teams on a neutral floor was fittingly decided just before the buzzer, as Florida swarmed on a driving Joe Jackson in the lane and forced the guard into a tough left-handed layup that failed to even hit the rim. Dorian Finney-Smith totaled 14 points and six rebounds off Florida's bench, while Scottie Wilbekin and Michael Frazier II each chipped in 11 points for the Gators (8-2), who were coming off another quality win over nationally- ranked Kansas. Jackson had a team-high 17 points for Memphis (7-2), which had a six-game winning streak snapped despite five players scoring in double figures.
Final Score: (13) Oregon 91, UC Irvine 63
Eugene, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Joseph Young shot 7-of-10 from the field for 18 points as the 13th-ranked Oregon Ducks stayed unbeaten with a 91-63 rout of UC Irvine in a non-conference bout from Matthew Knight Arena. Mike Moser and Damyean Dotson contributed 15 and 14 points, respectively, as the Ducks (10-0) welcomed sophomores Dominic Artis and Ben Carter back to the lineup after the pair served nine-game suspensions to start the season. Artis had five points and eight rebounds while Carter scored four. Jason Calliste scored 10 points for Oregon, which shot 12-of-19 as a team from behind the arc. Oregon is one of just 13 undefeated teams in the nation. Will Davis II netted a game-high 20 points in the setback, while Luke Nelson tallied 13 points, six assists and five rebounds. Chris McNealy scored 14 for UC Irvine (6-6), which has lost three of four. Mamadou Ndiaye, the 7-foot-6 freshman from Senegal, went for seven points with seven boards and four blocked shots for the Anteaters.
12/18 01:14:13 ET