Toliver's big 2nd half lifts Terps

Texas men stop UCLA

college basketball

December 05, 2008|By From Sun staff and news services

Kristi Toliver scored 22 of her 24 points in the second half, helping No. 8 Maryland beat No. 17 Purdue, 70-59, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge last night in West Lafayette, Ind.

"My teammates kept telling me to shoot the ball, and I was just shooting every shot like the next one was going in," Toliver said.

Toliver, who shot 0-for-5 from the field in the first half, went 5-for-10 in the second and made all 10 of her free throws after the break.

"Kristi Toliver is Kristi Toliver," Purdue coach Sharon Versyp said. "She's an amazing player. We respect her quite a bit. First half, we frustrated her; second half, she took over."

Marah Strickland and Marissa Coleman each scored 16 points for the Terrapins (7-1), who have won seven straight.

Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton led Purdue (5-2) with 20 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three blocks.

Toliver and Coleman, Maryland's top two scorers, shot a combined 12-for-38 from the field but made enough plays to give Maryland the win. Toliver had seven rebounds and six assists, and Coleman had 12 rebounds and three steals.

"That's what big-time, special players do," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "They played with so much poise, so much confidence, and that energy really fed off for all their teammates."

No. 12 Duke 71, Iowa 47: : Chante Black scored 18 points and host Duke (5-1) beat Iowa (4-4).

No. 13 Louisville 67, Middle Tennessee State 44: : Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) had a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds, lifting visiting Louisville (6-1) over Middle Tennessee (5-2).

No. 20 Virginia 63, Illinois 39: : Monica Wright scored 23 points to lead visiting Virginia (6-2) past Illinois (3-5).

American 66, UMES 40: : Adobi Agbasi scored nine points in a losing effort for the host Hawks (0-5).

McDaniel 66, Juniata 58: : Whitney Snoops (Spalding) recorded her third career double double (18 points, 10 rebounds) as the Green Terror (2-3) ended a three-game skid by defeating the Eagles (3-4).

Men

No. 8 Texas 68, No. 12 UCLA 64: : A.J. Abrams scored 31 points, including the last six of the game for host Texas, sending the Longhorns to a victory over UCLA. Abrams' three-pointer broke a 62-62 tie with 2:53 to play. The Longhorns (6-1) held UCLA (4-2) scoreless after Alfred Aboya's basket with 2:28 left pulled the Bruins within 65-64.

No. 2 Connecticut 68, Buffalo 64: : Hasheem Thabeet had 21 points and 18 rebounds and Connecticut (8-0) held off host Buffalo (3-3).

No. 6 Oklahoma 73, Southern California 72: : Blake Griffin scored 11 of his 25 points after getting hit with a cheap shot elbow in the second half, and host Oklahoma (7-0) staved off a rally by Southern California (5-3). Griffin came out of the game briefly after being elbowed below the waist by USC's Leonard Washington with 13:54 left.

No. 17 Villanova 93, Houston Baptist 57: : Scottie Reynolds scored a season-high 23 points and had six assists and host Villanova (8-0) stayed unbeaten with a victory over Houston Baptist (0-7).

No. 19 Arizona State 81, Jackson State 60: : James Harden had 22 points and eight rebounds as host Arizona State (6-1) defeated Jackson State (1-7).

Sacred Heart 80, Mount St. Mary's 75:: Sacred Heart (2-3, 1-0 Northeast Conference) rallied to win after trailing the visiting Mount (3-3, 0-1) by 11 points in the second half. Jean Cajou scored a game-high 21 points to lead Mount St. Mary's.

Delaware State 59, UMES 48: : Marc Davis scored 15 points as the visiting Hawks (0-5, 0-1 Mid-Eastern Conference) fell to the Hornets (2-9, 1-0).

Off the court

Miami: : Hurricanes scoring leader Jack McClinton was cleared to play tomorrow against Kentucky after being ejected from his team's prior game. McClinton (Calvert Hall), who is averaging 15.2 points, was thrown out after he took a swipe with the palm of his hand at an Ohio State player, brushing his face. Atlantic Coast Conference officials reviewed the incident and decided against further action, the school said.

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