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Basketball: Kentucky avoids Stanford upset

By Jeff Faraudo
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 at 9:39 pm in Basketball, Gameday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

AROUND THE PAC-10

Stanford (3-3) battled No.5  Kentucky (6-0) on even terms most of the night before falling 73-65 in overtime at the Cancun Challenge in Mexico. Stanford senior Landry Fields played all 45 minutes, contributing 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Jeremy Greene scored 18 points, taking just one minute off. Freshman guard John Wall scored 26 points for the Wildcats. The game was just the third meeting between the schools and the first since the 1998 NCAA tournament semifinals, won 86-85 in overtime by Kentucky.

– Senior Nic Wise shot just 4-for-13 from the field as Arizona (3-2) lost  84-72 to Vanderbilt in the fifth-place game at the Maui Invitational. Wise, coming off a 30-point performance in a win over Vanderbilt, finished with nine points. Freshman Solomon Hill scored 17 points.

Arizona State (4-1) suffered its first defeat of the season, but acquitted itself nicely in a 64-53 loss to Duke (5-0) in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden. Derek Glasser and Trent Lockett each had 13 points for the Sun Devils, who trailed by just four points at halftime.

– Check out Washington State: 4-0 under new coach Ken Bone after getting 25 points from Klay Thompson in an 87-68 win over Alaska Anchorage in the opening round of the Great Alaska Shootout. Former Bishop O’Dowd HS star Brandon Walker, a transfer from Loyola Marymount, led the Division II Seawolves with 27 points.

– UCLA senior Nikola Dragovic, suspended for two games after an arrest for assault, was reinstated by coach Ben Howland, who said Dragovic will play in Thursday’s 76 Classic in Anaheim against Portland.

THE NATIONAL SCENE

 Top-ranked Kansas (4-0) won its 44th consecutive home game — the longest streak in the nation — with an 89-59 win over Oakland. Marcus Morris and Xavier Henry each had 19 points for the Jayhawks . . . UConn (4-0) moved into the finals of the NIT Season Tip-Off against Duke after an 81-59 rout of LSU. Jerome Dyson and Kemba Walker each had 20 points for the Huskies . . . Gonzaga (5-1) handed Cincinnati (4-1) its first defeat, winning 61-59 in overtime in the championship game of the Maui Invitational.

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