College basketball roundup: Penn State women roll over Georgetown
By The Associated Press
Published: Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, 8:24 p.m.
UNIVERSITY PARK — Maggie Lucas scored a career-high 39 points and ignited No. 10 Penn State's potent transition game in a 97-74 rout Sunday of sloppy Georgetown.
Lucas, the Lady Lions' prolific shooting guard, was 11 of 21 from the field including 7 of 13 from 3-point territory. She had 26 alone in a first half in which Penn State (7-2) led by as much as 34.
Sugar Rodgers scored 22 for Georgetown (7-3), which had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Hoyas shot only 31 percent.
It took just three minutes for Penn State to take control after Lucas hit an open 3 from the left corner to start a 10-0 run. The Lady Lions then converted steals on three straight Georgetown possessions, culminating in Alex Bentley's easy layup for an 18-9 lead with 14:47 left in the first half.
Bentley finished with 23 points.
Penn State ran on nearly every opportunity, with center Nikki Greene (13 rebounds) helping Penn State control the glass, and Lucas and Bentley deftly handling the ball on the break.
Bentley zipped a cross-court pass in transition to Dara Taylor for a layup with 8:42 left of the first half to build the lead to 21. Lucas couldn't be stopped even when she was outnumbered, making a sudden stop in the lane to lose two defenders for a short jumper and a 44-17 lead with five minutes in the half.
The surprisingly easy victory gave Penn State a confidence boost after a 67-52 loss in its previous game last week at undefeated No. 2 Connecticut.
Rodgers was Georgetown's only consistent scorer but was made just 8 of 22. Sydney Wilson added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Penn State shot 30 of 62 (48 percent) from the field.
No. 16 Creighton 77, Akron 61 — In Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott scored 30 points for Creighton, which broke away late in the first half.
McDermott, who made a career-high six 3-pointers, also had 30 points against Wisconsin last month and on seven other occasions in his college career.
Gregory Echenique added nine points and seven rebounds for Creighton (9-1).
Zeke Marshall and Nick Harney both had 12 points for Akron (4-3), which is 0-25 against ranked opponents since becoming a Division I program in 1980-81. The Zips, who came in averaging almost 10 3-pointers a game, made a season-low four on 16 attempts and were held to their lowest point total.
No. 21 UNLV 76, California 75 — In Berkley, Calif., Quintrell Thomas grabbed Anthony Marshall's airball under the basket and scored on a short hook shot with 1.2 seconds remaining to lift UNLV.
The Runnin' Rebels led for most of the second half but trailed, 75-74, following two free throws by Cal's Justin Cobbs with 11.9 seconds left. Marshall then rushed a long jumper that Thomas alertly grabbed and flipped in. Thomas was fouled on the play but missed the free throw. Justin Hawkins then blocked a 3-point attempt by Cobbs from midcourt as the buzzer sounded.
Anthony Bennett had career-highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds while leading UNLV to its sixth straight win. Bryce Dejean-Jones also had a career-best 22 points.
Allen Crabbe scored 18 for California.
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