Sunday, December 14, 2003

Top 25: L'Ville beats No. 1 Florida

By The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Francisco Garcia scored 21 points and Louisville beat No. 1 Florida 73-65 Saturday, Rick Pitino's 400th win as a college coach.

The Cardinals (4-1) led by as many as 15 points in the second half then sealed the win by holding Florida (5-2) without a field goal over the final 67 seconds.

It was Garcia's second game since learning his only brother had been murdered in New York City.

David Lee scored a career-high 24 points and matched a career best with 12 rebounds as the Gators lost their second straight since becoming the nation's No. 1 team. They lost 69-68 to Maryland on Wednesday.

The Cardinals defeated a No. 1 team for the third time in their history. The last was a 72-69 victory over Duke in the 1986 national championship game.


No. 2 Connecticut 88, Quinnipiac 55

STORRS, Conn. - Ben Gordon scored 28 points and Hilton Armstrong, playing in place of ailing center Emeka Okafor, pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds to lead Connecticut.

Gordon helped the Huskies (7-1) build a 46-20 halftime lead, hitting seven of nine 3-pointers that included two in the final 47 seconds of the period. His eight 3-pointers were one off the school record set by Ray Allen in a 78-66 win over Rutgers in 1996.

Bothered by chronic back pain, Okafor dressed but did not play, missing his first start in 75 games. He was averaging 16.4 points, 11 rebounds and nearly five blocks.

Rob Monroe led the Bobcats (2-5) with 21 points.


No. 17 Gonzaga 87, No. 3 Missouri 80, OT

SEATTLE - Ronny Turiaf scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half, then added another four points in overtime for Gonzaga.

Blake Stepp had 14 points and 10 assists while freshman Adam Morrison scored 17 points for the Bulldogs (7-1), who won their seventh straight.

Ricky Paulding scored 23 points for Missouri (3-1), including a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining in regulation that tied it at 73.

Linas Kleiza scored 16 points and Travon Byrant had 13 for the Tigers, who shot 34 percent in the game played at KeyArena.


No. 5 Kansas 77, Oregon 67

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Wayne Simien had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Jayhawks in his first game at Kemper Arena since dislocating last January and missing 22 games.

The Jayhawks (5-1) took a 49-36 lead early in the second half on consecutive 3-pointers by freshman J.R. Giddens, who had 18 points.

Luke Jackson, who had 27 points for the Ducks (3-1), led an 11-0 run that sliced the lead to 49-47. But the short-handed Jayhawks, who were without suspended 6-foot-9 Jeff Graves, turned to their inside game to re-establish dominance.


No. 9 Arizona 85, No. 22 Marquette 75

TUCSON, Ariz. - Salim Stoudamire scored 27 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers, and Arizona rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit.

The Wildcats (4-1) trailed 50-35 with 17:15 to play but outscored the Golden Eagles 50-25 the rest of the way, even though Stoudamire was on the bench most of the time with four fouls.

Travis Diener had 21 points and 10 assists and did not commit a turnover while playing 38 minutes for Marquette (6-1).


No. 10 Georgia Tech 75, Saint Louis 62

ATLANTA - B.J. Elder scored 17 points and had two steals during a game-changing run early in the second half to lead the Yellow Jackets in the Peach Bowl Classic.

Georgia Tech (8-0) continued its best start since 1989-90.

Josh Fisher had 14 points for the Billikens (3-3).


No. 11 Oklahoma 83, Prairie View 56

NORMAN, Okla. - Freshman Drew Lavender had 13 points and seven assists to lead No. 11 Oklahoma to an 83-56 win over winless Prairie View A&M on Saturday night.

The Sooners (7-0) had what amounted to a breather against Prairie View (0-5) after pulling out consecutive last-second wins over top-20 opponents Michigan State and Purdue.

De'Angelo Alexander added 11 points for Oklahoma. Reserves Jaison Williams and Johnnie Gilbert had 10 apiece.


No. 13 Stanford 86, UNLV 71

STANFORD, Calif. - Justin Davis scored a season-high 21 points and unbeaten Stanford snapped UNLV's four-game winning streak.

Davis, a senior forward, received a warm ovation when he left the game with 1:52 remaining. He also had 10 rebounds, three assists, no turnovers and only one foul.

Matt Lottich had 17 points and six assists for the Cardinal (5-0), who held a 38-18 rebounding edge. Romel Beck had 17 points and J.K. Edwards added 12 for the Runnin' Rebels (5-2).


No. 14 Illinois 74, Memphis 64

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Richard McBride scored 22 points and James Augustine had 21 for Illinois.

The Illini (6-2) rode McBride's hot hand from beyond the arc and then pushed the ball inside to their big men during a key 2-minute stretch in the second half to overcome a 10-point first-half deficit.

Rodney Carney had 18 points and Antonio Burks 16 for Memphis (4-2), which had won five straight games.


No. 16 Purdue 80, Central Michigan 39

INDIANAPOLIS - Brandon McKnight had 13 points and five assists to lead Purdue (7-1), which bounced back from a demoralizing last-second loss at No. 11 Oklahoma on Thursday.

Brandon Voorhees had 11 points for the Chippewas (2-5), who shot 22 percent and were outrebounded 47-28.


No. 19 Syracuse 75, Binghamton 54

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Freshman Terrence Roberts scored a season-high 12 points, nine in a span of less than three minutes in the first half, to lead the Orangemen (3-1).

Brandon Carter led Binghamton (3-5) with 13 points.


No. 20 Pittsburgh 57, Youngstown St. 42

PITTSBURGH - Chevy Troutman had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the Panthers to a school record-tying 27th straight win at home.

Pitt is off to a 7-0 start for the second straight season.

Adam Baumann had 16 points for the Penguins (2-5).


No. 23 Wisconsin 89, Wis.-Milwaukee 71

MADISON, Wis. - Mike Wilkinson scored 18 points for the Badgers, who won their 18th straight at home and beat the Panthers for the 20th time in 21 games.

Devin Harris added 13 points and matched a career high with nine assists for the Badgers (6-1), who shot 51 percent.

Dylan Page had 16 points for Wisconsin-Milwaukee (4-3).


No. 25 Dayton 61, IUPUI 59

DAYTON - Ramod Marshall hit a jumper with 40 seconds remaining, and held off scrappy IUPUI.

With six seconds left, IUPUI's Odell Bradley launched a 3-point shot from the top of the key. The ball bounced off the back of the rim, Bradley came up with the ball and threw up another shot that fell short as time ran out.

Sean Finn scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Dayton (8-0). It was the Flyers' best start since 1965. Bradley had 18 points and Brandon Cole added 17 for IUPUI (4-2).

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