Sunday, January 4, 2004

Top 25: No. 2 Duke cruises


Roundup of Saturday's games

By The Associated Press

CLEMSON, S.C. - Daniel Ewing scored 19 points and J.J. Redick 17 to give coach Mike Krzyzewski his 600th win at Duke, a 73-54 victory Saturday over Clemson.

Krzyzewski moved to 600-176 in 24 seasons with the No. 2 Blue Devils (10-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). He becomes the 13th coach in NCAA Division I history to reach that milestone at one school and the fourth-fastest all-time behind Adolph Rupp of Kentucky, John Wooden of UCLA and Dean Smith of North Carolina.

Probably just as important for Krzyzewski, the Blue Devils got off to a solid start as they began their quest for an unprecedented sixth straight ACC title with their 16th straight win over the Tigers (7-5, 0-1).

Georgia 83, No. 3 Georgia Tech 80, 2 OT

ATHENS, Ga. - Jonas Hayes had four of his career-high 25 points in the second overtime and added 10 rebounds, helping Georgia upset Georgia Tech.

Hayes missed two free throws that would have given the Bulldogs (8-3) a four-point lead with 20.7 seconds left in the second OT, but Jarrett Jack missed a layup on the other end.

After Georgia hit a free throw, B.J. Elder missed a long, desperation 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

Georgia Tech's Will Bynum forced the second extra period with a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in the first one.

The Yellow Jackets (12-1) lost for the first time, snapping a school-record streak to start the season. They haven't won in Athens since 1976.

Elder had 25 points for Georgia Tech.

No. 4 Arizona 93, Arizona St. 74

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona gave coach Lute Olson his 700th career victory, with Channing Frye playing preseason All-American Ike Diogu to a standstill in the Wildcats' rout of rival Arizona State.

Salim Stoudamire had 26 points and Frye had 17 points and eight rebounds to help the Wildcats (9-1) win their eighth in a row.

Olson is 700-240 in 31 years as a coach at Long Beach State, Iowa and Arizona, including 508-148 in 21 years with the Wildcats.

The 2002 Hall of Fame inductee is the 19th college coach to reach 700 and the fourth still active, trailing Bob Knight, Lou Henson and Eddie Sutton.

Diogu had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Steve Moore scored 23 points for the Sun Devils (6-4, 0-1), who have not beaten a team with a winning record.

No. 6 Wake Forest 70, New Mexico 61

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest overcame a miserable start to remain undefeated, getting 18 points from Chris Paul in a win over New Mexico.

The Demon Deacons (9-0) extended their home winning streak to 22 and got strong play from Taron Downey, who scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half.

Eric Williams added 14 and Justin Gray 11 for the Demon Deacons, who shot 58 percent in the second period.

The Lobos (7-4) saw their five-game winning streak end and have lost 19 straight away from home.

No. 7 Oklahoma 58, Princeton 55

OKLAHOMA CITY - A desperation 3-point attempt by Princeton's Ed Persia bounced off the rim, and Oklahoma hung on to beat the Tigers in the All-College Classic.

The win was No. 400 for coach Kelvin Sampson, 224-81 in 10 seasons at Oklahoma (10-0).

DeAngelo Alexander led Oklahoma with 22 points, and point guard Drew Lavender had 11 points. Persia led the Tigers (5-5) with 19 points, and Scott Greenman had 14.

No. 10 Saint Joseph's 90, George Washington 81

PHILADELPHIA - Jameer Nelson scored 29 points to lead Saint Joseph's to a victory over George Washington, extending the Hawks' season-opening winning streak to a school-record 11 games.

The Hawks (11-0) broke the record set by Jack Ramsay's 1964-65 team. That squad went on to set the school record for consecutive wins later in the season with 16.

Dwayne Jones had his second straight double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Delonte West added 18 points for the Hawks in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams.

Carl Elliott scored 18 points and Pops Mensah-Bonsu had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Colonials (6-6), who lost their fourth straight.

No. 14 Florida 87, Florida St. 73

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Anthony Roberson scored a career-high 28 points, and Florida wore down Florida State with a full-court press.

Roberson, a sophomore, made seven 3-pointers to help the Gators (9-2) win their fourth straight since dropping two in a row after rising to No. 1 in The Associated Press' poll.

Tim Pickett scored a season-high 25 points for the Seminoles (12-2).

No. 15 Pittsburgh 70, William & Mary 55

PITTSBURGH - Antonio Graves, starting only because top scorer Carl Krauser has a groin injury, hit three 3-pointers during a 24-5 run over the final 8 1/2 minutes of the first half for Pittsburgh (14-0).

Jaron Brown scored 19 points, Chevon Troutman 18 and Graves 10 during Pittsburgh's 34th consecutive home victory, 28 at the Petersen Events Center. William and Mary (4-6) got 16 points each from Adam Hess and Zeb Cope.

No. 17 Syracuse 96, Michigan St. 83

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Josh Pace had a career-high 22 points, Billy Edelin added 22 and Hakim Warrick 21 to lead Syracuse.

It was the ninth straight victory for Syracuse (9-1).

Paul Davis led Michigan State (5-6) with 21 points, and Chris Hill with 16 points and nine assists.

No. 18 Wisconsin 75, College of Charleston 49

MADISON, Wis. - Devin Harris scored 19 points and Zach Morley added 18 for Wisconsin.

The Badgers (9-2) extended their home winning streak to 20 games.

Mike Benton scored 11 points for College of Charleston (9-2), which had won nine straight games.

No. 20 Illinois 80, Illinois St. 73, OT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Deron Williams, back after missing three games and playing with his broken jaw wired shut, scored 20 points.

The Illini rallied from an 11-point deficit, Nick Smith's two free throws tied it at 68 at the end of regulation, and Illinois (9-2) went on to its 22nd straight victory at Assembly Hall. Illinois State (4-6) was led by Marcus Arnold with 23 points.

No. 21 Purdue 76, Baylor 65

WACO, Texas - Brandon McKnight scored six of his 23 points in a game-turning run.

McKnight, averaging just 7.5 points, scored more than 20 for the second straight game for the Boilermakers (10-3).

Baylor (5-7) was without starters Terrance Thomas and R.T. Guinn, ruled academically ineligible.

No. 22 Vanderbilt 95, TCU 60

FORT WORTH, Texas - Jason Holwerda had 15 points to help Vanderbilt improve to 11-0.

Matt Freije added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Commodores. Corey Santee led TCU (4-7) with 19 points.

No. 23 Missouri 76, Iowa 56

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Linas Kleiza matched his career best with 18 points, including seven in a 21/2-minute stretch of the second half.

The Tigers (5-4) led almost all the way while breaking a three-game losing streak.

Iowa (7-3) got 20 points from Pierre Pierce.

No. 24 Mississippi St. 68, Ark.-Little Rock 58

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Lawrence Roberts scored 11 points in a 23-6 Mississippi State run and made key free throws and rebounds in the final minute.

Mississippi State (11-0) overcame sloppy play to match its best start ever. The Bulldogs also were 11-0 two years ago and in 1957-58.

Timmy Bowers led the Bulldogs with 22 points, and Roberts had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Darius Eason and Brandon Freeman each scored 11 points for the Trojans (6-6).




COLLEGE BASKETBALL
XU finally gets complete effort
Myles' best weapon is experience
Maligned schedule suits UC
No. 8 Kentucky 61, No. 9 North Carolina 56
Unlikely duo helps seal win
No. 3-ranked Hanover shoots past Thomas More 83-78
No. 11 Louisville 91, Murray State 69
Top 25: No. 2 Duke cruises

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Fiesta farewell: 27 Bucks stop here
Sugar Bowl expected to be defensive battle
BCS mess overshadows Sugar Bowl

NFL PLAYOFFS
Retro Titans keep Super Bowl hopes alive
Bittersweet ending for Modell
Panthers trounce Cowboys
Two teams will reverse postseason struggles
Belichick landslide choice over Lewis as top coach
NFL insider: Playoff experience abounds
Curnutte's NFL power rankings
Cardinal king for a day courtesy of Green Bay

PETE ROSE
A breakthrough for Rose?

PREP SPORTS
Area stars waiting for college offers
Prep sports results, schedules

MORE SPORTS HEADLINES
Sports digest
We want your opinion
Page Two power rankings
Sports on TV, radio