Considering that he averaged five points per minute in one stretch of second-ranked Arkansas' blowout Saturday of Jackson State, it was surprising that Todd Day was unable to surpass his career-high scoring total.
But Day, by his own admission, blew it on his own, settling for 31 points - three below his high-water mark set last season against Texas - in the Razorbacks' 122-88 victory."I was disappointed in not getting a career high," Day said. "I had a chance to get four more points at the end of the game, but I forced a lot of shots.
Still, Day felt a bit out of character.
"We came out and got our pressing game working more than we have in the past," he said. "Coach (Nolan Richardson) allowed me to roam around and double on the ball. I got my hands on a lot of passes."
Day scored 15 points during a 22-7 spurt. He broke a 25-25 tie with a layup with 8:56 left in the first half and his free throws closed the surge to make it 47-32 with 5:35 remaining.
"We had too many spurts for them," Richardson said. "We had a run of 42-12 or something like that in the first half and the game was over by half."
With Day on the bench late in the half, the Razorbacks (10-1) continued to pressure the Tigers (5-8) into mistakes and widened the lead to 65-37 at intermission.
Ron Huery added 17 points, Isaiah Morris 16, Roosevelt Wallace 15, Lee Mayberry 12 and Ken Biley 11. Lindsey Hunter led Jackson State with 26 points and Eric Strothers had 22.
No. 3 Syracuse 101, Wagner 55
At Syracuse, N.Y., Sophomore Mike Hopkins had a career-high 22 points in his second start and No. 3 Syracuse used a flurry of 3-pointers to pull away from Wagner for a 101-55 victory Saturday night.
Dave Johnson added 26 points for the Orangemen (12-0), who gave up fewer points than at any time this season.
No. 7 North Carolina 90, DePaul 75
Freshman Clifford Rozier scored the first five points in a decisive 22-7 second-half spurt at the Red Lobster Classic in Orlando, Fla.
Rick Fox scored 21 points, leading the Tar Heels to their sixth victory in a row and a berth in Sunday's championship game against Stanford, which beat Central Florida 70-61. David Booth scored 22 points for DePaul (4-5), which lost its fifth straight game.
No. 8 Duke 97, Lehigh 67
At Durham, N.C., Bobby Hurley scored a career-high 20 points and Thomas Hill added 17 as No. 8 Duke won its 62nd consecutive home game against a non-conference foe, downing Lehigh.
Duke (9-2) struggled to a 50-42 lead at intermission, with the Engineers outrebounding the Blue Devils 18-6 in the first 20 minutes.
In one stretch of the second half, Duke missed seven consecutive free throws. The Blue Devils made only 22 of 42 free throws, including only 12 of 26 in the second half, but the 37-point contribution of its sophomore guards carried Duke to the easy victory.
Lehigh (3-5) scored only 15 points in the first 13 minutes of the second half.
No. 16 Georgetown 63, Houston 51
Robert Churchwell scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half to pace the Hoyas (7-2), who broke a two-game losing streak in the game at St. Petersburg, Fla. Alonzo Mourning missed his third straight game with a sprained arch.
Georgetown got 19 rebounds and four blocked shots from 7-foot-2 Dikembe Mutombo. Houston (8-2), which made only one of its first 13 shots, was led by Darrell Mickens with 13 points.
No. 18 Kentucky 93, Louisville 85
Jeff Brassow scored 18 points, all on 3-pointers, and Kentucky was 13-of-26 from long range. Sean Woods added 20 points and Reggie Hanson 17 for the Wildcats (8-2).
Louisville (5-2), losing for the first time since the season-opener against Indiana, got 26 points from LeBradford Smith and 22 from Cornelius Holden.
No. 19 Virginia 79, Minnesota 72
At Minneapolis, John Crotty made two baskets and assisted on two others during a 10-3 spurt midway through the second half Saturday night, leading No. 19 Virginia to its fifth straight victory, 79-72 over Minnesota.
Crotty finished with 19 points and 12 assists for the Cavaliers (7-2), who also got 22 points from Bryant Stith and 20 from Anthony Oliver.
Minnesota (6-3) lost its third straight game since a 6-0 start had the Gophers only three votes shy of attaining Top 25 status. Playing before a season-high crowd of 16,491 at Williams Arena, Minnesota lost its second straight home game.
No. 20 E. Tenn. St. 94, N.C. State 91
At Johnson City, Tenn., Calvin Talford scored a career-high 30 points, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1:17 left, to lead No. 20 East Tennessee State University to a 94-91 victory over North Carolina State Saturday night.
North Carolina State's Rodney Monroe scored 31 points while Chris Corchiani added 29 points.