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UCF (10-0) beats Miami, nears first ranking

SUNRISE — UCF used a big second half and a game-high 23 points from sophomore guard Marcus Jordan to beat Miami 84-78 in the Orange Bowl Classic on Saturday.

The Knights (10-0) trailed by 10 at halftime then outscored the Hurricanes (7-3) 51-35.

The Knights, one of nine unbeaten teams in Division I, have nonconference wins over Miami, Florida and USF. UCF could move into the rankings for the first time in school history Monday.

"We're trying to build our program, and this is a result," first-year coach Donnie Jones said of possibly being ranked. "Our kids continue to stay humble. Being ranked is great, but our goal is to be ranked at the end of the year."

Freshman guard Isaiah Sykes gave UCF the lead for good, 59-58, with a layup, and UCF held on by making 10 of 18 free throws.

Jordan, named the game's MVP, shot 8-of-18 and added five assists in 37 minutes, leaving late with an ankle injury.

"We have an attitude this year that we expect to win," Jordan said. "It's made a big difference."

"In the second half, our defense was nonexistent," Miami coach Frank Haith said.

no. 2 ohio state 79, south carolina 57: Freshman Jared Sullinger had 30 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for the host Buckeyes (10-0), who dominated throughout. Sullinger's 14 defensive rebounds were a school freshman record.

No. 3 Kansas 70, USC 68: Guard Josh Selby, making his collegiate debut, hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26 seconds left for the host Jayhawks (10-0). "It was so loud I couldn't even hear myself talking," said Selby, the best recruit in Bill Self's seven-plus seasons at KU who had 21 points (five 3-pointers), five rebounds and four turnovers. He could have passed to an open Tyshawn Taylor but hit the key shot instead.

No. 5 Syracuse 83, Iona 77: Kris Joseph scored 21 for the host Orange, which is 11-0 for the 11th time in coach Jim Boeheim's 35 seasons and 15th time overall.

No. 8 Pitt 97, Md.-eastern Shore 64: Gilbert Brown scored a career-high 28 for the host Panthers (11-1).

Gonzaga 68, No. 9 Baylor 64: Kelly Olynyk put the Zags ahead to stay with a 3-pointer after the Bears scored four points on one possession in Dallas. Olynyk made his go-ahead basket with 1:46 left, then Gonzaga made 7 of 9 free throws. Baylor (7-1) took a 59-58 lead when Perry Jones made a jumper and as the ball was in the air, a foul was called under the basket, leading to two Quincy Acy free throws.

No. 10 Villanova 78, Delaware 59: Corey Fisher scored 21 and the host Wildcats (9-1) won their fourth straight.

Illinois-Chicago 57, No. 12 Illinois 54: Guard Robo Kreps scored 15 and the Flames rallied from eight down in Chicago. "This is something that when Robo is 40 years old and has a pot belly, we can talk about this," coach Howard Moore said. The Illini (10-2) shot 33 percent. Illinois guard Brandon Paul sustained a late ankle sprain; his status is unknown for Wednesday's game against Missouri.

No. 13 Missouri 116, Central Arkansas 63: Marcus Denmon scored 21 and the Tigers (10-1) set a Mizzou Arena record for points in a game. The previous record of 107 was achieved twice in the past two seasons.

No. 14 Mich. St. 90, Prairie View 51: With suspended coach Tom Izzo watching on TV from home, the host Spartans (8-3) won behind a season-high 25 points from Durrell Summers. Associate head coach Mark Montgomery took over and said he didn't get any in-game tips from Izzo: "No text messages."

No. 15 Georgetown 99, Loyola, Md. 75: The host Hoyas (10-1) shot 78 percent in the first half. The Greyhounds are 0-22 all time against teams ranked in the Associated Press poll.

UCLA 86, No. 16 BYU 79: Reeves Nelson scored a career-high 23 and the Bruins beat the Cougars (10-1) in the John R. Wooden Classic in Anaheim, Calif. UCLA ended a five-game skid against ranked teams since beating Washington in 2009.

No. 17 UK 85, Miss. Valley St. 60: Terrence Jones scored 15 of his 19 in the second half for the host Wildcats (8-2), who played the last 6:26 without coach John Calipari, who got his second career ejection after picking up two technical fouls while arguing with officials. Delta Devils coach Sean Woods, a member of "the Unforgettables" while playing at Kentucky under Rick Pitino in the early 1990s, received a warm welcome at Rupp Arena.

No. 19 Purdue 65, Indiana St. 52: JaJuan Johnson scored 25 of his career-high 31 in the first half for the Boilermakers (10-1) in Indianapolis.

No. 20 Louisville 78, Gardner-Webb 49: Preston Knowles scored a career-high 24 for the host Cardinals (9-1). Freshman center Gorgui Dieng made his first start in place of Terrence Jennings as coach Rick Pitino sought to have Louisville "rebound and act like junkyard dogs." Dieng, a 6-foot-10 native of Senegal, had eight points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks.

No. 22 Texas 78, UNC 76: Freshman Cory Joseph scored a season-high 21, hitting a turnaround jumper over Dexter Strickland with 1.4 seconds left as the Longhorns (9-2) won in Greensboro, N.C. Texas trailed for most of the second half then rallied in the last three minutes. "We are a very ticked-off team right now," Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said.

No. 25 Texas A&M 71, Arkansas 62, OT: Khris Middleton scored 19 of his 31 after a bench-clearing scuffle early in the second half, including the go-ahead free throw in overtime, and the host Aggies won the first meeting between the old Southwest Conference rivals in 20 seasons.


st. bonaventure wins its longest game: Andrew Nicholson had 44 points and 12 rebounds, and host St. Bonaventure survived the longest game in school history to beat Ohio 112-107 in four overtimes. The score was tied 17 times, and neither team led by more than 10.

Xavier 83, Wake Forest 75: Point guard Terrell "Tu" Holloway (12 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds) had the school's first triple-double in nine years as the Musketeers won a school-record 29 straight at home. Xavier hosts Florida on Dec. 31.


Georgia State 76, FAMU 67: Jihad Ali scored 15 for the host Panthers, whose previous four games resulted in two overtime losses, a last-second win and a last-second loss. The Rattlers (5-6) couldn't get all the way back from a 62-47 deficit with 7:12 left.

UCF (10-0) beats Miami, nears first ranking 12/18/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:42pm]
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