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UCF continues to win at home

By wire services
Published December 30, 2005


ORLANDO - Justin Rose led three players in double figures with 19 points to propel Central Florida to a 69-57 victory Thursday over North Florida at the UCF Holiday Classic.

Central Florida (6-4) won its 11th consecutive game at home. Anthony Williams and Josh Peppers each contributed 15 points and four rebounds for the Golden Knights.

Alain LaRoche led North Florida (3-5) with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Chris Timberlake added 13 points, and Derrick Scott had 10 points for the Ospreys. Central Florida used six 3-pointers in the first half to take a 39-22.

The Knights shot 59.3 percent from the field in the first half, including 10 points each from Williams and Rose. They ended the half on a 23-7 run, fueled by eight points from Rose. He had a breakaway dunk and two 3-pointers on the 16-point run.

In the tournament's opening game, Thomas Viglianco scored 19 to lead Birmingham-Southern to a 67-54 victory over Western Illinois.

TAMPA 86, WEST VA. TECH 65: Chris Evans scored a team-high 24 and had 11 rebounds for his second straight double double for the host Spartans (10-2), off to their best start since 2001. Mark Borders recorded his sixth double double with 19 points and a team-high 12 assists. Tampa begins Sunshine State Conference play Wednesday against Florida Southern.

MARIST 84, FAU 75: Will Whittington scored 20 for visiting Marist (5-4). DeAndre Rice scored 20 of his 23 in the second half for the Owls (3-6).

TENNESSEE 69, LIPSCOMB 58: C.J. Watson scored 18 and made nine free throws down the stretch for the host Volunteers (8-1).

Tennessee struggled most of the game to pull away from the Bisons (5-5), who led in the first half and trailed by only two early in the second.

Tennessee is the third SEC opponent for Lipscomb, which lost 67-49 at Kentucky and 69-54 at Auburn.

This game was in doubt late. The Vols led by 10 with 6:36 left, but a basket by Cameron Robinson and a 3 by Brian Fisk cut it to 57-52.

Then Watson took over at the line, going 9-for-10 in the final 3:48. Watson was 13-of-14 from the line for the game.

"We think we are a good team defensively," said Lipscomb coach Scott Sanderson, the son of former Alabama coach Wimp Sanderson.

AUBURN 64, WINTHROP 62: Korvotney Barber made a tip-in with two seconds left for the host Tigers. The teams, both 6-3, swapped leads seven times. Auburn trailed 31-26 at halftime after Winthrop scored five unanswered points. The Tigers opened the second half on an 8-0 run, but Winthrop led by 13 early in the second half. Winthrop outrebounded the Tigers 34-26, but Auburn scored 15 points off 17 turnovers.

Big East

SETON HALL 93, MORGAN STATE 46: Donald Copeland paced a balanced scoring attack with 15 points for the Pirates (7-3), who got their sixth home win in seven nonconference games. Seton Hall closes out its non-Big East schedule Saturday at home against Iona.

Top 25

NO. 7 WASHINGTON 91, ARIZ. ST. 67: Brandon Roy made good on a seasonlong promise to turn up his game in Pac-10 play, scoring a career-high 35 for the Huskies (11-0) in the conference opener for both teams.

Roy matched his season average of 16 points in the first half, which ended with the Huskies rallying to take a 40-38 lead. He scored his next 14 points in the first 11 minutes of the second half as Washington extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 32 games.

The Huskies are off to their best start since the 1975-76 team began 14-0.

NO. 20 NEVADA 65, LA.-LAFAYETTE 58: Nick Fazekas had 26 points and eight rebounds for the host Wolf Pack (10-1), off to its best start since 1978-79. Nevada led 56-35 with 8:53 left, but made only 14 of 27 free throws and missed seven in the final 1:22.

Nation

KANSAS 73, NEW ORLEANS 56: Julian Wright and Jeremy Case each had 12 points and the host Jayhawks (7-4) pulled away with a big run at the end of the first half. Kansas had 10 blocked shots, four off the school record, but committed 18 turnovers.

The Jayhawks outscored New Orleans 28-16 in the paint. Kansas struggled most of the first half until freshman guard Mario Chalmers, who had been too sick to practice Wednesday, ignited an 11-0 run in the final minutes.

"Some guys play a little better when they are ill," KU coach Bill Self said. "Maybe the game slowed down for him a little bit. He made some plays that sparked us.

"The game should have been cracked open earlier than it was. But we have a way of making things interesting."

KANSAS ST. 66, BELMONT 62: Lance Harris scored 13 of his 15 in the second half and the host Wildcats (8-2) held on. Trailing 54-44 with 7:20 left, Belmont's Andy Wicke and Justin Hare combined for eight points in a span of less than two minutes to slice the lead to two, and with 49.5 seconds left the lead was one. But Dramane Diarra made a pair of free throws then Kansas State forced a Hare turnover. Wildcats coach Jim Wooldridge didn't seem pleased: "It's a happy new year somewhere in this country. I'm not saying what I am. I'm just saying it's a happy new year somewhere."

XAVIER 73, SOUTHERN 56: Brian Thornton scored 14 and the host Musketeers (7-2) overcame shooting a season-low 39 percent. Xavier hit 20 of 30 free throws and outrebounded the Jaguars 41-33.

TEXAS TECH 69, NEW MEXICO ST. 63: Guards Jarrius Jackson and Martin Zeno combined for 45 points and the Red Raiders (7-6) made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 36 seconds for their first road win. In other news, junior guard Drew Coffman left the team, saying he wasn't helping the Red Raiders.

ARIZONA 70, WASH. ST. 52: Hassan Adams scored 25 for the visiting Wildcats (8-3) in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.

FRESNO ST. 65, SAN FRANCISCO 60: Dwight O'Neil had 16 points and seven rebounds to help the host Bulldogs (7-3) overcome a career-high 24 points from Alan Wiggins. Fresno State's Kevin Bell made a late 3-pointer as the shot clock was running down.