David West watched most of the first half from the bench because of two quick fouls, then made up for lost time and finished with a season-high 24 points last night as No. 21 Xavier beat Ball State, 87-58, in Cincinnati.

A well-rested West repeatedly drove to the basket for dunks and layups as the Musketeers (6-2) blew the game open with a 23-6 run at the start of the second half.

West made 10 of his 11 shots from the field, all but one of them on moves to the basket. He also had nine rebounds.

"He's not a guy you're going to stop," Ball State Coach Tim Buckley said.

As long as West was on the floor, Ball State (5-4) couldn't keep up. The Cardinals had no one who could stop the 6-foot-9 power forward.

Twelve NBA scouts showed up to watch West. After sitting on the bench for the last 15 minutes 28 seconds of the first half, West returned and put on a show worthy of a potential first-round pick.

* OREGON 107, FLORIDA A&M 66: Luke Jackson had his second career triple-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the No. 5 Ducks rolled at home.

It was only the third triple-double in Ducks history. Ron Lee had the first in 1972 and Jackson had the second in 2001.


Diana Taurasi had 26 points and 10 rebounds as third-ranked Connecticut routed Pepperdine, 109-48, in Storrs, Conn., for its 47th consecutive victory. The Huskies (8-0), the defending national champions, were 39-0 last season. The victory also gave U-Conn. the second-longest streak in NCAA history. Louisiana Tech won 54 in a row from 1980 to '82.

The Waves (5-4) could do little to stop Taurasi from the opening tip. She scored easily from the perimeter and baseline, and was 3 for 3 from the foul line. The junior guard scored 14 straight points in a 23-8 run to open the game, and capped the spurt with back-to-back three-pointers.

* NORTH CAROLINA 78, SOUTH CAROLINA 69: In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Nikita Bell had 15 points and the No. 13 Tar Heels ended the No. 18 Lady Gamecocks' best start in 14 seasons.

Bell's basket with 16:13 remaining put the Tar Heels (8-1) ahead 54-31. Then after South Carolina (8-1) went on 25-11 run over the next 12 minutes to get back in it, Bell made a pair of foul shots to restore control.

* HOUSTON 81, GEORGIA 78: Chandi Jones scored 37 points, shooting 5 for 6 on three-pointers, and the Cougars (6-3) beat the No. 20 Lady Bulldogs in Houston.

Georgia (6-3) held a 37-36 edge at halftime but shot just 38 percent from the field in the second half.

* KANSAS STATE 92, WESTERN MICHIGAN 75: Megan Mahoney had 20 points and five assists in the seventh-ranked Wildcats' victory in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State (10-1) tied a school record with 15 three-pointers.

* TEXAS TECH 66, CHATTANOOGA 53: Plenette Pierson scored 10 of her 17 points in the second half as the ninth-ranked Lady Raiders (6-1) pulled away in the Paradise Classic in Honolulu.

* MISSISSIPPI ST. 81, CENTRAL FLORIDA 30: In Orlando, reserve Doceide Warren scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the No. 14 Lady Bulldogs (8-1).