Thursday’s night college basketball action was highlighted by a battle of two top ten teams and two midseason John R. Wooden Big East candidates.
Wesley Johnson, who was held to five of 20 shooting as Syracuse was upset by Louisville 66-60 at home Sunday, bounced back to help lead the Orangemen to a 75-71 over #10 Georgetown on the road. The junior forward had a well-rounded game as finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and five blocked shots. He was three of eight from the field, two of four from three-point range and made all eight free throws.
Greg Monroe was one of three Hoyas to score at least 20 points, but it wasn’t enough in their loss to Syracuse. The sophomore finished with 20 points and nine rebounds as he made six of nine shots from the field and eight of 14 from the line.
Matt Bouldin of #9 Gonzaga was held to just three of twelve shooting as the Bulldogs were upset by Loyola Marymount 74-66. He missed all four three-point attempts, but made all four free throws as he had ten points, five rebounds and four assists.
St. Mary’s senior center Omar Samhan had his seventh straight double-double and 17th of the season as he finished with eleven points and eleven rebounds in a 61-49 road win over San Diego. He made four of 15 from the field and three of four from the line. Samhan added three blocked shots.
Quincy Pondexter paced Washington with 18 points and seven rebounds, but Huskies fell to USC 67-64. The senior made six of 13 shots from the field and five of six from the line.
Washington State sophomore Klay Thompson was held to just eight points in a 71-51 loss to UCLA. He entered the game with a 21.4 points per game average. Thompson made two of nine shots from the field, two of six from three-point range and both attempts from the line. He added five caroms.
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