Illinois rips Gonzaga

Posted: Sunday, November 28, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS Deron Williams and Luther Head each scored 20 points to lead No. 5 Illinois to an 89-72 victory over No. 24 Gonzaga on Saturday in the John Wooden Tradition.

The Illini (4-0) set the tone from the opening tip, using superior 3-point shooting and suffocating defense to dominate the Bulldogs (3-1) and set up an early season showdown with top-ranked Wake Forest this coming Wednesday in Champaign, Ill.

Illinois made 14 of 28 3-pointers and scored 29 points off 19 Gonzaga turnovers to turn the game into a rout in the first 5 minutes.

Adam Morrison led Gonzaga with 26 points and 11 rebounds and Ronny Turiaf added 12 points and nine rebounds.

No. 4 Syracuse 78, Siena 56

ALBANY, N.Y. Gerry McNamara scored 29 points and Hakim Warrick grabbed 15 rebounds as Syracuse (5-0) won its 29th straight game against an in-state opponent.

Warrick and Josh Pace each scored 13 points for Syracuse, which held Siena to 32 percent shooting and outrebounded the Saints 54-29.

Siena (0-5) is off to the worst start in school history.

Syracuse took an 18-2 lead in the first 5 minutes. McNamara, the Orange's best outside threat, paced the early surge with a layup and his first career dunk after a steal and court-long dash. He then completed a four-point play after hitting his 200th career 3-pointer and finished 6-for-14 from long range.

No. 6 Oklahoma St. 73, Sam Houston St. 57

STILLWATER, Okla. Joey Graham scored 25 points, John Lucas III added 17 and Oklahoma State recovered from another subpar first half to beat Sam Houston State.

Graham scored 18 points in the second half, and Lucas had 14 of his 17 after the break to help the Cowboys (3-0) overcame a six-point halftime deficit.

Othello Alford led Sam Houston State (1-4) with 13 points.

No. 9 Duke 98, North Carolina-Greensboro 44

DURHAM, N.C. Shelden Williams had 16 points and 11 rebounds to help Duke rout North Carolina-Greensboro.

Daniel Ewing and J.J. Redick also scored 16 points for the Blue Devils (3-0), who built a 20-point lead midway through the first half and were never challenged.

No. 10 Michigan St. 102, Nicholls St. 52

EAST LANSING, Mich. Led by Maurice Ager's 19 points, Michigan State scored more than 100 points for the third straight game.

Kelvin Torbert added 16 points, Shannon Brown and Alan Anderson had 15 apiece and Paul Davis had 11 for the Spartans (3-0). Michigan State will take a 105.3-point average into Tuesday night's game at No. 9 Duke in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

No. 16 Pittsburgh 93, Loyola, Md. 57

PITTSBURGH Chevon Troutman and Chris Taft dominated much-smaller Loyola, Md., inside at both ends of the floor and Pittsburgh cruised to its third consecutive victory against weak opposition.

The 6-foot-10 Taft and the 6-foot-7 Troutman were in control from the start against Loyola (0-3), which hasn't had a winning season since going to the NCAA tournament in 1994 under current Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser.

Pepperdine 75, No. 20 Wisconsin 61

MALIBU, Calif. Glen McGowan scored 29 points to help Pepperdine beat Wisconsin for its fourth straight victory.

No. 23 Florida 84, Providence 66

MIAMI Matt Walsh scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, helping Florida defeat Providence the alma mater of Gators coach Billy Donovan.


No. 2 LSU 75, Colorado 44

BOULDER, Colo. Seimone Augustus had 15 points and six assists and Sylvia Fowles scored 16 points to lead LSU over Colorado in the championship game of the Coors Classic Saturday night.

Augustus finished 7-of-14 and scored in double figures for the 33rd straight game for LSU (7-0). The Tigers held Colorado to 24 percent shooting and without a basket for 13 minutes.

TCU 64, No. 3 Georgia 63

HONOLULU Sandora Irvin had 28 points and 15 rebounds to help Texas Christian upset Georgia in the semifinals of the Rainbow Wahine Classic.

No. 5 North Carolina 63, No. 24 Villanova 56

LAS VEGAS Camille Little had 13 points to lead the Tar Heels in the opener of the Lady Rebel Shootout.

No. 10 Duke 63, No. 16 Kansas State 51

FREEPORT, Bahamas Monique Currie had 25 points and eight rebounds to lead Duke in the Freeport Division championship game at the Junkanoo Jam.

No. 11 Ohio St. 80, Yale 43

COLUMBUS, Ohio Jessica Davenport had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead Ohio State.

No. 13 Michigan St. 81, Santa Clara 59

HONOLULU Kelli Roehrig had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead Michigan State in the semifinals of the Rainbow Wahine Classic.

No. 14 Vanderbilt 76, Siena 47

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Ashley Earley scored 21 points and Abi Ramsey added 20 points and earned MVP honors at the Vanderbilt Tournament.

No. 17 Rutgers 75, Kentucky 60

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands Michelle Campbell scored 17 points and earned MVP honors for Rutgers, which won the Paradise Jam.

No. 19 DePaul 118, Northwestern 49

CHICAGO Khara Smith and Jenni Dant each scored 21 points, and Jenna Rubino added 16 points and 14 rebounds for DePaul.

DePaul's point total narrowly missed the school record of 121 points, scored against Illinois-Chicago in January 1988.

DePaul (4-0) shot 57 percent and outrebounded the Lady Wildcats 53-29.

Northwestern (1-3) got 14 points from Kelly Rae Finley.

No. 20 Boston College 62, UMass 47

AMHERST, Mass. Brooke Queenan scored 21 points to lead No. 20 Boston College to a 62-47 win against Massachusetts on Saturday.

Iowa 54, No. 21 Oklahoma 47

FREEPORT, Bahamas Jamie Cavey scored seven of her 12 points in the last eight minutes to lead Iowa in the Lucaya Division championship game of the Junkanoo Jam.

No. 22 Maryland 76, Penn 56

BOULDER, Colo. Shay Doron and Crystal Langhorne each had 16 points to lead Maryland over Penn in the consolation game of the Coors Classic.

Langhorne also had eight rebounds and Kalika France added 11 points and seven assists for Maryland (3-1).

Katie Kilker led Penn (2-2) with 10 points.

No. 25 Arizona 76, BYU 73

PROVO, Utah Dee-Dee Wheeler had 19 points, eight assists and four steals to lead Arizona.

Wheeler hit a key jumper with 1:17 left to put the Wildcats up 74-69, then made two free throws 23 seconds later.

The Cougars (2-1) had a chance to tie after Wheeler missed a pair of free throws with 6.8 seconds left, but BYU couldn't get a shot off.

Shawntinice Polk had 14 points and Shannon Hobson added 12 for Arizona (3-1).

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