DaJuan Summers scored 18 points, and 11th-ranked Georgetown won the first of many matchups between ranked Big East teams this season, beating second-ranked Connecticut, 74-63, last night in Hartford, Conn.

The Hoyas picked up their seventh straight win.

Chris Wright and freshman Greg Monroe both had 16 points for Georgetown (10-1 overall, 1-0 conference), and Austin Freeman added 13.

A.J. Price had 16 points and Jeff Adrien 15 for the Huskies (11-1, 0-1), who cut a 12-point deficit early in the second half to three points twice but couldn't get any closer.

The Hoyas opened the game with an 18-3 run by hitting four of their first five three-point attempts, then held off Connecticut by making 18 straight free throws in the second half to finish 18 for 21 from the line.

Tennessee 89, Louisiana-Lafayette 62 -

The Vols' Wayne Chism scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds before a frightening injury forced him out of 14th-ranked Tennessee's win over the Ragin' Cajuns (4-7) at home in Knoxville.

Tennessee improved to 9-2.

Chism was taken out of the arena strapped to a board and placed in a neck brace after landing hard on his back. The extent of his injury was not immediately known.

Arizona State 84, Central Connecticut State 47 - James Harden scored 24 points, helping 17th-ranked Arizona State (11-1) crush Central Connecticut State (5-6) in Tempe, Ariz., and match its best start in 34 years.

Ty Abbott added 15 points and Jeff Pendergraph 14 for the Sun Devils, who hit 19 of their first 22 shots from the floor and their first 15 from inside the arc.

Baylor 79, Portland State 66 -

LaceDarius Dunn scored 22 points to lead four players in double figures for 19th-ranked Baylor (11-1) in its triumph over Portland State (10-4) in Waco, Texas.

Curtis Jerrells and Kevin Rogers added 16 points apiece, while Henry Dugat had 11.

Michigan 77, North Carolina Central 57 -

Manny Harris had 29 points and a career high of 16 rebounds, helping 23d-ranked Michigan (10-2) equal last season's victory total by routing North Carolina Central (0-15) in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The victory was the fifth straight for the Wolverines, who were 10-22 last season.

Nick Chasten scored 15 points and Bryan Ayala 13 for the Eagles, who played their 13th road game of the season.


John Noonan had 21 points for


in a 75-64 win over

Lebanon Valley

in the opener of the Rees Jewelers Randolph-Macon Coaches Classic in Ashland, Va.


St. Joseph's 74, Holy Cross 53


Brittany Ford scored 14 points for the Hawks (7-6), with Dominique Bryant (13), Ashley Logue (13), Jenna Loschiavo (11), and Mariame Djouara (10) also scoring in double figures for the victors.

Briana McFadden scored 15 points for the Crusaders (2-10).

The St. Joseph's and Drexel games were played at Philadelphia University as part of the Hawk Classic.

Drexel 87, Maine 55


Gabriela Marginean scored 23 points for the Dragons (5-6), while her teammates Kamile Nacickaite (16) and Andrea Peterson (12) also scored in double figures.

Brittany Boser scored 14 points for the Black Bears (2-10).

La Salle 67, Valparaiso 62


Margaret Elderton scored 18 points for the Explorers (8-5), while Morgan Robertson (15), Ashley Gale (14) and Jamie Walsh (13) also scored in double figures against the Crusaders (4-5) in the opener of Lehigh's Christmas City Classic in Bethlehem.



posted a 60-53 triumph over

Randolph-Macon College

at the Sunsational Hoops Classic in St. Thomas, the U.S. Virgin Islands.