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December 16, 2008

Arizona's Hill highlights weekly stars

Losing to UAB and Texas A&M by one point each earlier this season were tough pills for Arizona to swallow. The breaks finally started to go the Wildcats' way this week.

Arizona beat Gonzaga 69-64 Sunday thanks to 22 points and four rebounds from Jordan Hill. With the score tied at 62 with 1:17 left, Hill hit two free throws to give Arizona the lead, then hit a 4-footer in with 36 seconds left for a four-point lead.

Hill finished with three steals and three blocks and shot 9-for-14 from the field.

Four days earlier, against San Diego State, Hill had 25 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and six blocks. His efforts garner him National Player of the Week honors from Rivals.com.

Also considered:

Georgetown forward DaJuan Summers had 21 points, seven rebounds, two steals and three blocks in a 79-70 overtime win over Memphis.

Texas guard A.J. Abrams scored 26 points and added four assists in a 67-58 win at Villanova on Dec. 9. He followed that with 30 points and four steals in a victory over Texas State.

Non-Big Six Player of the Week: Dionte Christmas, Temple

Christmas helped Temple stun then-No. 8 Tennessee 88-72 for the Owls' first win over a top-10 team since beating George Washington in the 2006 Atlantic 10 tournament.

Christmas scored 35 points 30 in the second half - and had seven 3-pointers and three steals.

Also considered:

Miami University wing Michael Bramos scored 26 points in a win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee and 28 points against Valparaiso. He was 12-for-17 from 3-point range in the victories.

New Mexico wing Roman Martinez had 17 points, 12 rebounds and five steals in a 103-70 rout of Ole Miss. He had 12 points and six rebounds earlier in the week in a 57-54 win at San Diego.

UMass forward Tony Gaffney had six points, 13 rebounds, six blocks and three steals in a 61-60 win over Kansas on Saturday. Earlier in the week, Gaffney had 17 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks in a 73-69 win over Holy Cross.

North Dakota State guard Ben Woodside had 60 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a 112-111 triple-overtime loss to Stephen F. Austin on Friday. He was 30-of-35 from the free-throw line. He came back the next day to score 31 points and grab 10 rebounds in a 98-77 win over Georgia Southern.

Freshman of the Week: Devin Ebanks, West Virginia

West Virginia forward Devin Ebanks had 13 points and 17 rebounds in a 68-65 loss to Davidson. He also had 15 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in a 68-63 win over Duquesne.

Also considered:

Guard Courtney Fortson gave Arkansas its first-triple double since 1984 with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a 98-87 win over winless North Carolina Central.

Iowa State guard Lucca Staiger tied a Big 12 record by making six consecutive 3-pointers in a 66-63 loss to Drake on Dec. 9. He finished with 24 points, with all of his points coming on 3-pointers.

Louisville forward Samardo Samuels had 21 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in a 94-75 win over Austin Peay.

David Fox is a college sports writer for Rivals.com and Yahoo! Sports. He can be reached at davidfox@yahoo-inc.com.

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