Top 25 Capsules

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

November 23, 2007

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- John Vaughan scored 21 points and Folarin Campbell and Will Thomas each added 18 to lead George Mason to an 87-77 upset of No. 18 Kansas State in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic on Thursday night.

The Patriots (4-0), who made a surprising run to the Final Four two seasons ago, have won four straight to start a season for the first time in school history. They advanced to Friday's second round against No. 20 Villanova, a 76-68 winner over Central Florida.

Michael Beasley had at least 30 points for the third time in four games for Kansas State (3-1). But the 6-foot-10 freshman rode the bench for long stretches because of foul trouble and the Wildcats were unable to make up for his absence.

Beasley scored 22 after halftime to finish with 30 points and 10 rebounds. But he got little help from his teammates until it was too late.

No. 20 Villanova 76, Central Florida 68

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Scottie Reynolds scored 19 points and Corey Fisher added 18 to lead Villanova to a victory over Central Florida in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic.

Reynolds made five free throws in the final 1:42, and Fisher and Reggie Redding also delivered clutch second-half performances for the Wildcats (3-0), who led by 12 in the first half and were up 10 in the second half before UCF (2-1) rallied to keep the outcome in doubt until the closing seconds.

O'Donnell led UCF with 24 points, 15 of them in the second half when he made four of his six 3-pointers.

No. 14 Gonzaga 74, Western Kentucky 71

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Matt Bouldin scored 18 points and Gonzaga rallied to beat Western Kentucky in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout.

Western Kentucky (3-1) ran off eight straight points to start the second half and led by as many as seven with 13:13 to go. But Gonzaga whittled it down and tied it at 60 on two Jeremy Pargo free throws with 6:12 left.

After shooting only 50 percent from the free throw line for most of the game, the Bulldogs (4-0) sank all eight attempts in the final 6:12.

Courtney Lee scored 19 points to lead Western Kentucky.

No. 19 Southern Illinois 63, Chattanooga 41

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Randal Falker scored 21 points and Southern Illinois dominated the second half in a victory over Chattanooga in the opening round of the inaugural Anaheim Classic.

Bryan Mullins added 10 points for the Salukis, who reached the final 16 of the NCAA tournament last season. Falker and Mullins are among three returning starters from that team.

Southern Illinois (2-0) advanced to Friday's game against Mississippi State, which beat UC Irvine 68-53.

The Mocs (1-2) will play Irvine on Friday.

Stephen McDowell was the only player in double figures with 13 for Chattanooga, which fell to 2-12 on a neutral court against ranked opponents.


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