LSU topples 10th-ranked Marquette

LSU topples 10th-ranked Marquette

Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:02 pm

By The Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Ralston Turner scored 22 points and LSU extended its winning streak to five games while handing No. 10 Marquette its first loss of the season, 67-59 on Monday night.
Turner hit two clutch 3-pointers in the final 4 minutes to give the Tigers the lead and added two free throws to make it 60-54 with 1:19 to go. Justin Hamilton then closed out a 13-point performance by making seven free throws in the last 53 seconds to ensure the Tigers (8-3) held off a comeback attempt by the Golden Eagles (10-1).
Jae Crowder scored 22 points for Marquette, which came in shooting nearly 50 percent on the season but connected on only 36.2 percent (21 of 58). The Golden Eagles attempted 23 3-pointers, hitting only eight.
LSU shot 53.5 percent (23 of 43), far above their 39 percent mark for the season.
Davidson 80, Kansas 74
Nik Cochran scored 21 points, including a clutch 3-pointer in the closing minutes, and Davidson exacted a little bit of revenge over an epic NCAA tournament loss three years ago.
JP Kuhlman added 15 points and De’Mon Brooks had 13 for the Wildcats (7-3), who led the final 23-plus minutes to knock off the defending Big 12 champs at the Sprint Center.
It was the first meeting between the schools since the NCAA regional final in 2008, when Stephen Curry led the Wildcats on an inspired postseason run. Kansas managed a 59-57 victory when a last-second shot by Davidson’s Jason Richards clanked off the rim, and the Jayhawks would go on to win the fifth national championship in school history.
Thomas Robinson had 21 points and 18 rebounds for the Jayhawks (7-3) and Tyshawn Taylor came back from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee to get 15 points and seven assists.
Fla. 82, Miss. Val. St. 54
Erving Walker scored 19 points, one of five starters in double figures, and Florida overwhelmed Mississippi Valley State.
Kenny Boynton (16), Bradley Beal (13), Patric Young (12) and Erik Murphy (11) also scored in double digits for the Gators (9-2), who extended their home winning streak to 11.
Florida made its first eight shots, opened a 20-point lead midway through the first half and did anything it wanted against the overmatched Delta Devils (1-9).
Cor-J Cox led Mississippi Valley State with 16 points.
Indiana 107, Howard 50
Jordan Hulls scored 16 points and five of his teammates also reached double figures as Indiana celebrated its 500th appearance in The Associated Press’ Top 25 with a rout of Howard University.
The Hoosiers (11-0) shot 67.3 percent from the field, hit 11 3-pointers and forced 19 turnovers. Indiana fell eight points short of the school record for largest victory margin.
The Hoosiers are 11-0 for the first time since the 1975-76 squad went 32-0 and became the last Division I men’s team to complete an undefeated season.
Howard (3-9) played without leading scorer Calvin Thompson. Simuel Frazier had 13 points for the Bison, who shot 30.6 percent from the field.
No. Car. 99, Nicholls St. 49
Dexter Strickland scored 14 points to lead North Carolina.
Freshman James Michael McAdoo added a season-high 14 off the bench for the Tar Heels (10-2), who dominated the undersized and overmatched Colonels for their fourth straight victory. North Carolina had a miserable shooting start and missed a bunch of free throws.
Published in The Messenger 12.20.11

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