Sunday, January 11, 2004

Stanford remains unbeaten

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By The Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. - Josh Childress scored 19 points to lead five Stanford players in double figures and the fourth-ranked Cardinal remained unbeaten with the dominating victory over No. 3 Arizona on Saturday.

Stanford (13-0, 4-0 Pac-10) led by 20 points with 4:02 to play. Only a late 24-14 run prevented it from being the worst home loss for the Wildcats in coach Lute Olson's 21 seasons in Tucson.

The Cardinal won at McKale Center for the fourth straight year. No other team has won more than twice at Arizona.

The home team hasn't won in the last seven games of the series. The Wildcats (10-2, 2-1) have a four-game winning streak at Stanford.

Freshman Mustafa Shakur scored a career-high 20 points for Arizona, but 14 came in the final run.

Arizona shot 36 percent for the game, 19 percent (6-for-31) in the first half, and finished 4-for-21 on 3-pointers. The Wildcats were 0-for-10 on 3s in the first half.


No. 5 Wake Forest 78, Clemson 63

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Freshman Chris Paul scored a career-high 21 points and Eric Williams added 17 for Wake Forest.

The Demon Deacons (11-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their 24th consecutive home game.

Vernon Hamilton led Clemson (7-6, 0-2) with 17 points, while Chey Christie scored 16.

The Deacons shot just 2-for-13 from 3-point range.


No. 9 Saint Joseph's 78, Duquesne 61

PITTSBURGH - Jameer Nelson scored 19 of his 21 points before halftime and hit four 3-pointers during a pivotal 24-4 run for the Hawks.

Delonte West added 20 points and the Hawks (13-0, 3-0 Atlantic 10) continued the best start in school history.

With Nelson shooting 4-of-7, St. Joseph's went 12-of-28 on 3-pointers - the seventh time in 13 games they've had 10 or more 3s. Elijah Palmer had 14 points for Duquesne (5-8, 0-2), which was 5-of-20 on 3-pointers.


No. 14 Florida 95, Tennessee 57

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Matt Walsh scored 20 points for Florida in the Gators' biggest win in the 77-year history of the series.

Brandon Crump had 13 points for Tennessee (9-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference), which couldn't handle Florida's full-court press and committed 20 turnovers.

David Lee had 17 points for the Gators (11-2, 2-0), who shot 64.8 percent from the field in winning their sixth straight.


No. 15 Pittsburgh 84, Miami 80, 2 OTs

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Carl Krauser scored 19 points, including a buzzer-beating basket at the end of regulation, and Pittsburgh remained unbeaten.

The Panthers (16-0, 2-0 Big East), playing their first road game in nearly two months, extended the nation's longest winning streak. They're off to their best start since the school's only unbeaten season (21-0) in 1927-28.

Darius Rice had 22 points for Miami (10-5, 0-1), which got two clutch baskets from Guillermo Diaz, who scored with 4 seconds left in regulation and again on a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in the first overtime.


No. 16 Gonzaga 74, Loyola Marymount 60

LOS ANGELES - Ronny Turiaf scored 27 points and Gonzaga shot 71 percent in the second half of a win over Loyola Marymount.

Turiaf hit five of six field-goal attempts in the second half as Gonzaga (12-2, 2-0 West Coast Conference) made 17 of its 24 shots to break open a game that was tied at halftime.

The last time the teams met, Loyola Marymount (8-5, 0-1) handed Gonzaga one of its two conference losses of the 2002-03 season.

Blake Stepp added 17 points for Gonzaga. Turiaf had eight rebounds.

Sherman Gay finished with 18 points to lead LMU.


No. 17 Syracuse 96, Boston College 73

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Gerry McNamara scored half of his 26 points in less than 5 minutes in the 664th win for Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, who tied former UCLA mentor John Wooden for 18th on the all-time list.

McNamara had six 3-pointers and seven assists for the Orangemen (11-1, 2-0 Big East), who won their 11th straight.

Craig Smith led Boston College (11-3, 1-1) with 27 points and nine rebounds.


No. 18 Texas 79, Baylor 57

AUSTIN, Texas - Brad Buckman had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help Texas open its Big 12 schedule with a victory over Baylor.

P.J. Tucker added 13 points for the Longhorns (9-2), who ran their home winning streak to 23 games. Harvey Thomas scored 19 points for Baylor (5-9, 0-1).


No. 24 Purdue 58, No. 19 Illinois 54

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - David Teague scored 15 points, including three of his team's four 3-pointers, and Purdue snapped Illinois' six-game winning streak.

The Boilermakers (11-4, 1-1 Big Ten) handed Illinois (10-3, 1-1) its first home loss in 24 games.

James Augustine had 16 points and 11 rebounds, his eighth career double-double, for Illinois.


No. 21 Wisconsin 77, Michigan St. 64

MADISON, Wis. - Devin Harris scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half and Wisconsin won its 22nd straight home game.

Boo Wade had a career-high 15 points for the Badgers (11-2, 2-0 Big Ten), who are 18-0 in conference home games under third-year coach Bo Ryan.

Chris Hill and Kelvin Torbert each scored 13 points for Michigan State (5-7, 0-1), which fell to 0-6 against ranked teams this season.


No. 22 Mississippi St. 80, Arkansas 62

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Lawrence Roberts had 29 points and 11 rebounds to keep Mississippi State unbeaten.

The Bulldogs (13-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) are off to the best start in school history.

Billy Pharis scored 18 points to lead Arkansas (8-5, 0-2), which has lost four straight game in Starkville.


No. 23 Marquette 61, Saint Louis 59

MILWAUKEE - Travis Diener's bank shot near the baseline with 2.6 seconds left gave Marquette a victory over Saint Louis.

Diener finished with 18 points for Marquette (11-2, 2-0 Conference USA). After his winning shot, he deflected Saint Louis' inbounds pass as the clock ran out.

It was Marquette's fourth straight victory and seventh in a row against Saint Louis (8-5, 1-1). The Billikens had won four straight.

Terry Sanders added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Golden Eagles.

Reggie Bryant led Saint Louis with 25 points. He tied it at 59 on a driving layup with 11.3 seconds left.


Rutgers 65, No. 25 Providence 64

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Herve Lamizana hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with less than a second left to play to give Rutgers the win.

It was the second straight loss in the final seconds for the Friars (8-3, 0-1 Big East), who entered the Top 25 on Monday for the first time in almost three years.

Rutgers (8-4, 1-2) was given new life when Providence's Donnie McGrath missed two free throws. Lamizana grabbed the rebound of the second and Rutgers called a timeout with 5.7 seconds left. Freshman Quincy Douby dribbled the ball up the right side and passed it to Lamizana for the 24-footer. Providence had one last chance with .4 seconds left, but Lamizana blocked the inbounds pass as the buzzer sounded.

Ryan Gomes had 27 points for the Friars.

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