In the opening minutes, Kenyon Martin swatted away Trevor Diggs's shot, then turned his head and smiled at him as a teammate grabbed the ball and started up court. Before it was over, UNLV would see a lot more of that smile.
Martin scored 21 points and led a swarming and gloating defense that blocked a dozen shots yesterday as third-ranked Cincinnati rolled to a 106-66 home win.
Cincinnati (12-1) reached triple figures for the first time this season by striking an inside-outside balance. DerMarr Johnson had 22 points.
The Bearcats also struck a little fear into UNLV (8-3), which turned over the ball 23 times--matching its season high--and got shoved around inside. Cincinnati dominated the rebounding 51-33 and had seven steals to go with the dozen blocks.
"That's our style," said Martin, who blocked six shots and had two steals and six rebounds. "We like to get out and run. That made it easier. We could get a lot more possessions."
TEXAS 90, HOUSTON 80: Chris Mihm had 20 points, 13 rebounds and tied his school record with seven blocks as the No. 18 Longhorns won in Austin.
Gabe Muoneke had 17 points, while Chris Owens added 14 and William Clay 12 for Texas (8-3), which broke away from a 57-57 tie with a 14-4 run and cruised from there.
Freshman George Williams had 23 points and 12 rebounds for Houston (6-7).
AUBURN 100, STONY BROOK 45: Chris Porter scored 15 points to lead the No. 4 Tigers over a team in its first season in Division I.
It was the 23rd consecutive home win for Auburn (12-1), which completed its nonconference schedule. The Tigers' only loss of the season was Nov. 27 at Stanford, now ranked No. 1.
Stony Brook (2-13) was overmatched and overwhelmed early as Auburn opened a 14-0 lead and stretched it to 43-12 by halftime.
"I thought we didn't fall asleep at the wheel and were able to stay focused," Auburn Coach Cliff Ellis said.
TENNESSEE 72, RADFORD 46: Marcus Haislip and Jon Higgins scored 11 points apiece to lead the No. 16 Volunteers at home. The Vols (12-1) had 10 players in the scoring column. Del Baker added 10 points and C.J. Black, Harris Walker and Ron Slay had eight apiece.
Rian Everett scored 15 points for Radford (4-6).
DUKE 96, WILLIAM & MARY 55: Carlos Boozer scored a career-high 28 points, and Chris Carrawell added 20 as the No. 9 Blue Devils got their 600th win at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils (9-2) have beaten the Tribe (5-5) 15 straight times, and Duke has won by at least 23 points in the last eight games.