Saturday Recapitulation

By - December 03, 2006

Checking in with you Internet people from the Verizon Center with a little over an hour to go before Bucknell and George Mason get underway in the first game of the BB&T Classic Tripleheader. Here’s a quick look at some notable results from a wild Saturday’s journey into night around college hoops:

  • North Dakota State 64, No. 8 Marquette 60: Last year, the Bison — still a Division I baby — topped then-No. 15 Wisconsin on the road. On Saturday, they took down another BCS program on its home court in upending the eighth-ranked Golden Eagles in the title game of the Blue and Gold Classic.

  • No. 3 Ohio State 78, Valparaiso 58: Playing in his first competitive game since his June ligament injury, 7-foot wunderkind Greg Oden recorded 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots coming off the bench to lift the Buckeyes to their seventh victory in eight tries.

  • Marist 81, Richmond 73 (OT): Marist floor general Jared Jordan, one of my All-November team selections, enjoyed his best outing of the season with 30 points, seven rebounds and eight assists as the Red Foxes improved to 6-2 overall. The six wins matches the program’s season total from the 2003-04 campaign — the season prior to third-year coach Matt Brady’s arrival in Poughkeepsie.

  • No. 16 Arizona 84, Illinois 72: The Wildcats got the best of the Illini in the first meeting between the two schools since their Elite Eight classic from 2005.

  • DePaul 64, No. 5 Kansas: Behind a 23-point, eight-rebound effort from Sammy Mejia, the maddeningly inconsistent Blue Demons secured their first scalp of a Top 5 team since 1999.

  • Drexel 72, Saint Joseph’s 56: Frank Elegar mauled the underdeveloped St. Joe’s frontcourt for 23 points and 13 boards in a surprisingly easy win at the Palestra. Drexel coach James “Bruiser” Flint got his second victory in the last three contests against his alma mater.

  • Villanova 99, Penn 89: Later in the evening at that veritable basketball cathedral at 33rd and Spruce, the Wildcats and Quakers kicked off the Big 5 city series with a high-scoring affair that saw Penn senior Mark Zoller pour in a career-high 33 points in a losing effort. Curtis Sumpter logged a team-high 28 points for the winners.

  • No. 11 Duke 61, No. 18 Georgetown 52: Super soph Josh McRoberts notched team highs with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Blue Devils avenged last year’s upset loss at the MCI Center and sent the Hoyas to their second straight loss.

  • Lincoln (Pa.) 201, Ohio State-Marion 78: Senior guard and Philadelphia Public League product Sami Wylie established an NCAA record with 21 three-pointers and finished with 69 points in a record-setting performance at the Salem International Tournament in Salem, W.Va. Should Lincoln coach Garfield Yuille have stopped pressing against an overwhelmed and undermanned opponent that dressed just six players? Let the debate begin.

Posted by at 12:39 PM on December 03, 2006

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