Originally created 12/31/06

Men's basketball wrapup



MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - No. 12 Connecticut's first road game of the season brought an unexpected result.

Frank Young scored 22 points and West Virginia shocked the previously unbeaten Huskies 81-71 on Saturday in the teams' Big East opener.

Playing outside the state of Connecticut for the first time this season appeared as bewildering to the Huskies as West Virginia's 1-3-1 zone defense. West Virginia beat Connecticut for the first time since Feb. 11, 1998, a span of seven games.

The Mountaineers (11-1) were supposed to be in a rebuilding mode after losing their top four scorers and returning just six players from last year's team that reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Yet it leads the nation in fewest points allowed at 49 per game.

Connecticut (11-1) was the Mountaineers' first ranked opponent and didn't play like one.

The Huskies led only in the game's early minutes, trailed at halftime for the first time all season, shot poorly from everywhere and allowed one of the nation's top 3-point shooting teams to hit uncontested shots.

Da'Sean Butler added a career-high 16 points for the Mountaineers, while Darris Nichols had 14 and Joe Alexander 12.

NO. 7 ARIZONA 89, STANFORD 75

In Tucson, Ariz., Marcus Williams scored 23 points and Ivan Radenovic added 22 for Arizona in its 11th consecutive victory.

The Wildcats (11-1, 2-0 Pac-10) blew a 13-point first-half lead and fell behind by five midway through the second half. But the Wildcats closed the game on a 19-6 run.

Point guard Mustafa Shakur had 18 points and nine assists for the Wildcats, who shot 61.2 percent from the field, including going 8-for-10 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Lawrence Hill led Stanford (8-3, 1-1) with 20 points and Brook Lopez added 17.

NO. 18 MARQUETTE 69, SAVANNAH STATE 51

In Milwaukee, Dominic James and Wesley Matthews each scored 22 points for Marquette (13-2).

Joseph Flegler had 15 points for Savannah State (6-12), which lost for the 12th time in 13 games and played without Javon Randolph, their injured leading scorer who is out with a knee injury.

Matthews, who had a career high in points, added a season-high nine rebounds and James had six assists for the Golden Eagles, who finished 22 of 33 from the free-throw line, while the Tigers were 5-for-10.

NO. 19 NOTRE DAME 95, STONY BROOK 66

In South Bend, Ind., Russell Carter scored 23 points to help Notre Dame (12-1) overcome the suspension of starting point guard Kyle McAlarney and extend its winning streak to 11 games, its longest since 1986-87. McAlarney has been suspended indefinitely from the team after his early Friday morning arrest for marijuana possession.

Mitchell Beauford and Mike Popoko both had 14 points for Stony Brook (5-7).

After Stony Brook cut Notre Dame's lead to 11 points three minutes into the second half, the Irish went on a 15-1 run, holding the Seawolves without a field goal for over 6 minutes.

NO. 20 OREGON 76, OREGON STATE 73

In Corvallis, Ore., Bryce Taylor had 22 points and nine rebounds, and Oregon remained unbeaten in the teams' Pac-10 opener.

Maarty Leunen added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Ducks (13-0), who are off to their best start in 69 years and won in Corvallis for the first time in four seasons.

Sasha Cuic, who was saddled with four fouls less than a minute into the second half, and Marcel Jones each had 16 points for the Beavers (8-6).

NO. 24 NEVADA 82, GONZAGA 74

In Seattle, Nick Fazekas had 24 points, and Ramon Sessions scored all 20 of his in the second half for Nevada as Gonzaga lost three consecutive games for the first time since December 2000.

Sessions hit an improbable, leaning 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer with 1:20 remaining that put Nevada up 70-67. The Wolf Pack trailed by as many as 14 points in the game played at KeyArena.

Marcellus Kemp added 21 points for the Wolf Pack (12-1), who are to their best start in 55 years.

Jeremy Pargo scored 18 points for Gonzaga (9-5).

It was the first time the schools met since Nevada upset second-seeded Gonzaga on the same court in the second round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament.



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