No. 1 Connecticut survives a bruiser of a game


Published: Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Rudy Gay had 20 points, eight rebounds, five blocked shots and two steals and Connecticut survived its first test as the top-ranked team in a bruising 66-50 victory over St. John's on Wednesday night.
The typically physical Big East game got ugly at times. There were two technicals fouls and two players - UConn's Jeff Adrien and St. John's Aaron Spears - were ejected for fighting in the second half. Both will miss the next game in compliance with NCAA rules.
The Huskies (17-1, 5-1) moved into the top spot in The Associated Press' poll on Monday, their first appearance at No. 1 since January 2004. The Red Storm (10-7, 3-3) were coming off wins over two ranked teams and gave UConn all it could handle for all but the final 9 minutes.
That's when Gay took over. NO. 14 GEORGE WASHINGTON 94, DUQUESNE 78:
Pops Mensah-Bonsu took advantage of Duquesne's depleted frontcourt to score a career-high 29 points and No. 14 George Washington shook off a sluggish first 30 minutes to beat the reeling Dukes.
George Washington (15-1, 5-0) is the only unbeaten team in the Atlantic 10 and is off to second-best start in school history. Only the 1953-54 Colonials were better, winning 19 of their first 20.
SETON HALL 83, NO. 15 N.C. STATE 65: Donald Copeland had 22 points, Kelly Whitney added 17 and Seton Hall (11-6) stunned North Carolina State (15-4).
NO. 18 MARYLAND 86, GEORGIA TECH 74: Nik Caner-Medley scored a career-high 33 points and the 18th-ranked Terrapins (14-4, 4-2 ACC) shook off the loss of their leading scorer for a win over slumping Georgia Tech (9-8, 2-4).
NO. 22 LOUISVILLE 67, CINCINNATI 50: Taquan Dean, who missed all but 12 minutes of Louisville's last five games with a sprained ankle, scored 16 points as No. 22 Louisville (14-5, 2-4 Big East) snapped a three-game losing streak. The Bearcats fell to 14-6, 3-3.

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