Sunday, December 7, 2003

Kansas not No. 1 for long

Saturday's Top 25 roundup

By The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Matt Lottich scored 18 points, including a key 3-pointer with 2:27 remaining, and No. 21 Stanford beat No. 1 Kansas 64-58 Saturday in the John Wooden Classic.

Kansas moved from sixth to first in this week's Associated Press poll - the biggest jump to the top since 1965. The Jayhawks are sure to be replaced when the new poll comes out Monday.

Two free throws by Wayne Simien with 4:26 left finished a 6-0 run by Kansas and tied the game 54-all. But the Jayhawks (3-1) were outscored 10-1 after that before Omar Wilkes made a meaningless 3-pointer in the final seconds.

Lottich made two free throws with 4:05 left to put Stanford (4-0) ahead for good, and hit his big 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired to make it 59-55.

Aaron Miles led Kansas with 11 points.


No. 2 Florida 74, Stetson 61

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Anthony Roberson scored 18 points to lead the Gators to their third win over an in-state opponent in five days.

Roberson scored nine straight points early in the second half to give the Gators (5-0) a 55-34 lead. Florida was coming off wins over Florida A&M on Tuesday and Central Florida on Thursday.

Anthony Register and Kevin Craig each had 15 points for Stetson (2-2).


No. 3 Connecticut 74, Army 46

STORRS, Conn. - Emeka Okafor had the first triple-double of his career, dominating inside with 18 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks.

It was the fourth triple-double in school history. The 6-foot-10 junior center tied the school record for blocks in a game.

Freshman Charlie Villanueva, who missed the first six games and both exhibition games while the NCAA determined his eligibility, made his debut for the Huskies (6-1), finishing with 16 points, five rebounds and three blocks.

Kenny Doleac and Adeniyi Amadou each had nine points for Army (3-4).


No. 4 Missouri 63, Indiana 58

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Missouri held Indiana scoreless for the final 4:29 and rallied from a 14-point deficit with seven minutes left.

Travon Bryant had 16 points for the Tigers (3-0), who closed the game on a 21-2 run.

Donald Perry scored a career-high 13 points for Indiana (2-3), which lost its sixth straight against a ranked opponent.


No. 14 Oklahoma 80, No. 5 Michigan St. 77, OT

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Jason Detrick scored a career-high 26 points and the Sooners drew two charges in the final seconds.

Oklahoma (5-0) gave Michigan State (3-3) its third loss in 12 days, all against ranked teams and dropped the Spartans to their worst start since 1995-96, Tom Izzo's first season as head coach.

Paul Davis and Alan Anderson each had 17 points for Michigan State.

The Spartans, who trailed 50-35 with 13 minutes left in regulation, got back into the game with a 14-2 run. With 6.9 seconds left, Davis forced overtime with a three-point play, tying the game at 65.


No. 6 Duke 79, St. John's 58

DURHAM, N.C. - Shavlik Randolph dominated inside with 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils (5-1).

St. John's, which lost to Hofstra by 17 points earlier in the week, last started 1-4 in the 1922-23 season.

Darryll Hill had 17 points for St. John's, which pulled off a late-season surprise by beating Duke 72-71 last March in Madison Square Garden.

Duke won its 30th straight game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.


No. 7 Arizona 68, Saint Louis 67

ST. LOUIS - Andre Iguodala had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Salim Stoudamire hit two clinching free throws with 12 seconds to go for the Wildcats (2-1).

Saint Louis (3-2) thought it had forced overtime when Reggie Bryant hit an apparent 3-pointer from the top of the key with 3.1 seconds to go and the Billikens didn't foul on the ensuing inbounds. But after a replay review it was ruled Bryant, who had 24 points and five 3-pointers, had his foot on the 3-point line when he shot.

Stoudamire had 19 points, including the first of the two late free throws which he made despite being hit by a rubber ball thrown out of the stands as he shot.


No. 11 Illinois 84, Arkansas 61

CHICAGO -Deron Williams had 17 points and 10 assists and Illinois rebounded from its first loss of the season.

Williams, who had a career-high 22 points in the loss to North Carolina, left the game with five minutes to go and Illinois (4-1) leading by 27 points.

Jonathan Modica had 20 points for Arkansas, which committed 21 turnovers that lead to 25 Illini points.


No. 12 Saint Joseph's 67, Penn 59

PHILADELPHIA - Jameer Nelson had 23 points and eight steals and Delonte West added 15 points for the Hawks.

Nelson and West combined to score 16 of 18 points in one stretch late in the second half for the Hawks (5-0).

The Quakers (2-3) were 13-for-24 from 3-point range and Jeff Schiffner, who led the nation in 3-point percentage last year, went 7-for-11 from long range and had 23 points.


No. 13 Georgia Tech 94, Tennessee St. 43

ATLANTA - B.J. Elder scored eight points of his 11 points in a 15-0 run midway through the first half and the Yellow Jackets (7-0) went on to their biggest win in nine years.

Garrett Richardson had 11 points for the Tigers (1-4), who trailed 32-15 at halftime.


No. 15 Wisconsin 68, Detroit 42

MADISON, Wis. - Devin Harris had 13 points and nine assists to lead No. 15 Wisconsin over Detroit.

Freddie Owens also had 13 points for the Badgers (4-1), who shot 49 percent from the field despite struggling late after coach Bo Ryan inserted the reserves.

Wisconsin had not shot better than 38 percent in a game this season.

Rulon Harris scored a game-high 18 points for Detroit (2-2).


No. 17 Gonzaga 82, Maryland 68

WASHINGTON - Blake Stepp scored 27 points, and Adam Morrison keyed a second-half surge that carried Gonzaga past the cold-shooting Terrapins.

Stepp went 7-for-11 from beyond the arc and Gonzaga made 13 3-pointers, which served to offset its season-high 24 turnovers.

The Bulldogs (5-1) play George Washington on Sunday in the championship game of the BB&T Classic.

Nik Caner-Medley scored 16 points for Maryland (4-1), which shot 36 percent from the field - including 4-for-20 from 3-point range - and missed 13 of 27 free throws.


No. 18 Wake Forest 81, Richmond 66

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Eric Williams, Taron Downey and Chris Paul each scored 17 points for the Demon Deacons (5-0), who shot 55 percent in the second half and won their 20th straight at home.

Mike Skrocki scored 21 points to lead the Spiders (4-3), who shot 32 percent in the second half.


No. 20 Purdue 75, Chicago St. 57

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Reserve Melvin Buckley matched his career high with 20 points, including nine in the Boilermakers' key 15-point run.

Purdue (6-0) is off to its best start in 10 years.

Rubeen Perry had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars (1-5), who their 37th straight on the road and 25th in a row to a Division I opponent.


No. 22 Pittsburgh 64, Penn St. 37

PITTSBURGH - Carl Krauser and Jaron Brown each scored 14 points for the Panthers, who held Penn State to two points in a 13-minute span of the first half.

Pittsburgh has won 26 in a row at home, one short of the school record. The Panthers are 20-0 since the Petersen Events Center opened last season.

Jan Jagla had 11 points for the Nittany Lions (3-2).


Central Michigan 69, No. 23 Notre Dame 68

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Joe Carr hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key just before the buzzer to give Central Michigan a victory over No. 23 Notre Dame.

The Chippewas (2-4) led almost the entire game until Chris Thomas banked in a 14-foot jumper to give the Irish a 60-59 lead with 2:04 left. The Irish (2-2) then led until Carr's shot.

Kevin Nelson led Central Michigan with 17 points. Thomas led the Irish with 24 points.


BYU 76, No. 25 Oklahoma St. 71

SALT LAKE CITY - Rafael Araujo scored a career-high 32 points, including six free throws in the final 1:01, to lead the Cougars.

Araujo was 10-of-15 from the field and had 17 rebounds for the Cougars (4-1) in the game played in the Delta Center, 45 miles north of the BYU campus.

Daniel Bobik, a transfer from BYU, scored 18 points for the Cowboys (4-1), who last led at 68-66 with 3:51 to play.

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