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Basketball: Wall-to-John Wall hoops

By Jeff Faraudo
Monday, November 16th, 2009 at 11:32 pm in Basketball, Gameday.

On the night Kentucky’s John Wall made his college debut a memorable one, ESPN made sure even the insomniacs got enough basketball, televising 24 consecutive hours of hoops. How much of it did you watch?

Here’s some of what you missed:

AROUND THE PAC-10

UCLA rallied from a 10-point second-half hole in its season opener, but Cal State Fullerton escaped Pauley Pavilion with a 68-65 double-overtime victory. The loss snapped a 37-game UCLA win streak in home games against unranked non-conference opponents. Fullerton beat the Bruins for the first time ever.

– Senior guard Derek Glasser scored 20 points and Arizona State (2-0) knocked off Texas State 84-62.

Washington State (2-0) held off Eastern Washington 67-61 behind 24 points from sophomore Klay Thompson.  

THE NATIONAL SCENE

John Wall merely had 19 points, five assists and three steals — oh, and the game-winning basket with 0.5 seconds left — in his college debut, leading No. 4 Kentucky to a 72-70 win over Miami-Ohio . . . Kyle Singler had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Duke clobbered Coastal Carolina 74-49.

SOMETHING YOU DON’T SEE EVERY DAY

– The New Jersey Institute of Technology, which had won exactly one of its previous 64 games, routed St. Joseph’s of New York 96-54, suggesting that St. Joe’s might not be favored after all in the New York Intramural Championships.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

– Jacksonville, which will visit Cal next Tuesday, opened its season with an 87-61 loss at Florida State. The Dolphins got 17 points from 1,300-point senior guard Ben Smith, but shot just 31.7 percent and were outrebounded 42-22.

LOCAL HEROES

– One-time Monte Vista HS standout Cory Higgins, a junior guard at Colorado, scored 21 points as the Buffaloes improved to 2-0 with an 82-58 win over Coppin State . . . De La Salle HS grad Kyle Roemer had 12 points but Colgate came up a bit short against UConn, losing 77-63 . . . Oakland’s Kwame Vaughn scored a career-high 24 points and Berkeley HS grad Dior Lowhorn had 22 in USF’s 92-66 win over Dominican . . . Former Castlemont HS-Oakland star Chris Oakes had 15 rebounds and 12 points in San Jose State’s 89-63 defeat of William Jessup.

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  • Calgator96

    Great stuff Jeff. Great way to stay up on the latest hoops news that I miss. Keep it coming.

  • Will

    Looks like that “Cal State” team moren is obsessed did something to make the headlines :p

  • bowlbasaur

    UCLA football fans after starting 0-5 in conference- “At least we still have basketball.”
    OOOOOPPPPPPSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

    LMFAO @ UCLA