Top-25 College Basketball Game Capsules

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Updated: March 1, 2013

Final Score: (2) Gonzaga 70, BYU 65

Provo, UT (Sports Network) – Kelly Olynyk netted 19 points on Thursday to help No. 2 Gonzaga claim its 10th outright West Coast Conference title with a hard- fought, 70-65, road win over BYU at Marriott Center. Gary Bell, Jr. followed with 15 points, while Elias Harris added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs (28-2, 15-0 WCC), who have won 11 straight games and are poised to potentially earn their first No. 1 national ranking following top-ranked Indiana’s loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night. Before Gonzaga can take the No. 1 national ranking, the Bulldogs must beat Portland at home on Saturday, which would wrap up their conference slate with a perfect record. Tyler Haws led BYU (20-10, 9-6) with 19 points and six boards, while Brandon Davies donated a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars, who have dropped two straight.

Final Score: Virginia 73, (3) Duke 68

Charlottesville, VA (Sports Network) – Joe Harris and Virginia caught Duke looking ahead, as the Cavaliers knocked off the third-ranked Blue Devils, 73-68, to extend their winning streak at John Paul Jones Arena to 16 games. Harris scored a career-high 36 points while Akil Mitchell logged 19 points and 12 rebounds for Virginia (20-8, 10-5 ACC), which earned its first win over a top-5 opponent in exactly 11 years and ended an eight-game skid against the Blue Devils. The loss drops Duke (24-4, 11-4) three games behind ACC-leading Miami-Florida with three to play, meaning their anticipated showdown on Saturday in Durham has lost some of its suspense. Duke had won eight of nine coming in, but struggled against the nation’s fourth-ranked scoring defense and got outrebounded by a 36-25 margin. Seth Curry had 28 points and Mason Plumlee was held to 10 in the loss.

Final Score: (16) Ohio State 63, Northwestern 53

Evanston, IL (Sports Network) – Lenzelle Smith Jr. led all players with a season-high 24 points and shot 6-of-11 from 3-point range as No. 16 Ohio State pulled away late to take a 63-53 decision over Northwestern, on Thursday. Deshaun Thomas netted 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Buckeyes (21-7, 11-5 Big Ten), who have won three straight and eight consecutive contests in the series versus Northwestern. Tre Demps paced Northwestern with 14 points and Dave Sobolewski added 13 for the Wildcats (13-16, 4-12), who have lost six straight and eight of their last nine games overall. Kale Abrahamson donated nine points and nine boards in the defeat.

Final Score: (24) Oregon 85, Oregon State 75

Eugene, OR (Sports Network) – Carlos Emory poured in 21 points and Arsalan Kazemi added 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 24 Oregon to an 85-75 win over Oregon State in the 339th installment of the Civil War. Tony Woods added 16 points and Johnathan Loyd finished with 12 points for the Ducks (23-6, 12-4 Pac-12), winners in five of their last six games. Roberto Nelson poured in a game-high 31 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field and Devon Collier added 14 points for the Beavers (13-16, 3-13), who have dropped four straight.

Final Score: (25) Louisiana Tech 84, Utah State 61

Ruston, LA (Sports Network) – Brandon Gibson scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor and Raheem Appleby added 15 points as No. 25 Louisiana Tech cruised to a 84-61 victory over Utah State on Thursday. Alex Hamilton recorded nine points and eight assists for the red-hot Bulldogs (25-3, 15-0 WAC), who have now won 17 straight for the second-longest streak in the nation. The team also moved into the Top 25 for the first time since the 1984-85 season on Monday. Ben Clifford scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Aggies (19-8, 9-6), who have lost three of their last five games. Jarred Shaw also had 14 points to go along with eight boards.