Sunday, January 18, 2004

Top 25 games: UNC upsets No. 1 UConn

By The Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Rashad McCants hit a 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds to play to give No. 9 North Carolina an 86-83 victory over No. 1 Connecticut on Saturday.

It was North Carolina's 10th win over a top-ranked team, tying the Tar Heels with UCLA for the most in college basketball history. The latest one was final when Ben Gordon's 3-point attempt to tie bounced off the rim.

McCants finished with 27 points for the Tar Heels (11-3), who led by 16 points early in the second half only to see the Huskies (14-2) take an 83-80 lead with 1:30 left.

Emeka Okafor had 29 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots for Connecticut.

No. 2 Duke 84, No. 4 Wake Forest 72

DURHAM, N.C. - J.J. Redick scored 23 points, and Shelden Williams had 16 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocked shots to lift Duke.

Chris Duhon added eight points and 14 assists for the Blue Devils (14-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won 11 straight overall and 36 in a row at home.

Justin Gray scored 18 points for the Demon Deacons (11-2, 2-1), who have lost seven straight at Duke. Eric Williams scored just six points.

No. 7 Arizona 97, UCLA 72

LOS ANGELES - Channing Frye tied his career high with 26 points and No. 7 Arizona easily handed UCLA its first Pac-10 loss.

Lute Olson became Arizona's all-time coaching leader with his 510th victory. He also has 150 losses in 21 seasons in Tucson. Fred Enke was 509-324 in his 36-year career that ended in 1961.

The Wildcats (11-3, 3-2 Pac-10) ended their two-game losing skid by dominating the Bruins (9-4, 5-1) from the opening tip.

Dijon Thompson led UCLA with 19 points and Trevor Ariza added 18.

No. 8 Louisville 79, Tulane 58

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Luke Whitehead scored 16 points and No. 8 Louisville forced 23 turnovers in a victory over Tulane.

Whitehead had five points during a 9-0 run that put Louisville (13-1, 4-0 Conference USA) ahead 57-38 with 12:01 left. The Green Wave never got closer than 13 the rest of the way.

Taquan Dean scored 15 points for Louisville, and Larry O'Bannon had 13.

Quincy Davis led Tulane (6-7, 0-3) with 16 points.

Missouri 79, No. 11 Oklahoma 75

NORMAN, Okla. - Rickey Paulding scored nine of his 23 points in overtime and Arthur Johnson added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Missouri.

The Tigers (7-6, 2-1 Big 12) scored seven straight points in overtime, and shot 7-for-8 from the line down the stretch.

Missouri avoided slipping under .500 for the first time since 1997. It was the Tigers' first win in Norman since 1994, and just the second loss in 47 home games for Oklahoma.

Freshman Lawrence McKenzie had 16 points for Oklahoma (10-3, 0-2).

No. 12 Georgia Tech 81, Maryland 71

ATLANTA - Will Bynum scored a career-high 25 points and No. 12 Georgia Tech dominated the final 10 minutes, pulling away from Maryland.

Georgia Tech (14-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its second game in three days after a two-game losing streak. Maryland (10-4, 1-2) couldn't follow up an upset of North Carolina, ending a three-game winning streak.

Bynum eclipsed his previous career high of 19 points, set in December 2002 when he was at Arizona. Unhappy with a cut in playing time, he left the Wildcats shortly after that and transferred to Georgia Tech.

John Gilchrist scored a career-high 27 points, but was the only player in double figures for Maryland. The Terps shot just 36 percent from the field.

No. 13 Pittsburgh 59, Rutgers 49

PITTSBURGH - Jaron Brown scored 19 points and hit Pittsburgh's only two 3-pointers to key a late-game comeback.

Pittsburgh (18-0, 4-0 Big East) closed with a 16-2 run after the Scarlet Knights (9-5, 1-3 Big East) lead by as many as six points in the second half.

Chris Taft had 17 points and 12 rebounds and teamed with Brown to lead the final spurt.

Rutgers led 47-43 with eight minutes left, but scored only two points the rest of the game.

No. 14 Kansas 71, Texas A&M 65

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Keith Langford scored 21 points and Kansas held on to extend its winning streak to a season-high five games.

Kansas (11-2, 3-0 Big 12) won its seventh straight conference game dating to last season and improved to 9-0 against the Aggies (7-6, 0-2).

Aaron Miles had 11 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds for the Jayhawks. J.R. Giddens made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points.

Texas A&M's Antoine Wright had 25 points and 12 rebounds.

No. 23 Vanderbilt 86, No. 15 Florida 72

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Matt Freije scored 23 points, Mario Moore added 21 and Vanderbilt snapped a two-game losing skid.

The Gators (11-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) came in with a six-game winning streak and were looking to start SEC play 3-0 for the third consecutive year. They had every reason to be confident, too, because they had won five straight against the Commodores.

But Vanderbilt (13-2, 2-2) apparently just needed to return home after being handed its first two losses of the season at Kentucky and Tennessee.

Moore made five of six 3-pointers and Vandy forced Florida into a season-high 24 turnovers.

Matt Walsh led the Gators with 16 points.

No. 17 Syracuse 81, Notre Dame 70

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Hakim Warrick had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Syracuse shot 56.5 percent while dominating inside against Notre Dame.

Billy Edelin and Gerry McNamara scored 17 points each for the Orangemen (13-1, 3-0 Big East), who have won 13 straight since a season-opening loss to Charlotte.

The defending national champions have beaten the Irish (8-5, 2-2) five straight times and 10 of the last 11 meetings.

Torin Francis scored 17 for the Irish and Tom Timmermans finished with a career-high 16.

No. 18 Texas 63, Nebraska 61

AUSTIN, Texas - Royal Ivey hit a jump shot with 2.4 seconds left to lift Texas.

Ivey and Kenny Taylor each scored 13 points to lead the Longhorns (11-2, 2-0 Big 12). Andrew Drevo scored 23 with 5-of-7 shooting on 3-pointers to lead the Huskers (10-4, 0-3).

No. 20 Mississippi St. 64, LSU 54

BATON ROUGE, La. - Branden Vincent scored 12 points, including eight in the second half, and Mississippi State held off a furious LSU rally.

Mississippi State (14-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) blew a 19-point lead before shutting down LSU (12-2, 2-1) again late in the game.

Gary Erin led Mississippi State with 13 points, Timmy Bowers had 11, and Winsome Frizzer added 10.

Jaime Lloreda led LSU with 13 points, Antonio Hudson had 11 and Mitchell scored 10.

No. 22 Texas Tech 75, Baylor 66

WACO, Texas - Ronald Ross had 24 points and made a pair of late steals that he converted into breakaway dunks, and No. 22 Texas Tech held off Baylor for its 10th straight victory.

The Red Raiders (14-2, 2-0 Big 12) blew a 10-point lead in the second half, and withstood a three-minute stretch in which the lead changed hands eight times. They matched their longest winning streak in three seasons under Bob Knight.

Andre Emmett, the Big 12 player of the week the past three weeks, scored 22 points for the Red Raiders. Robert Tomaszek scored 12 points, and Jackson had 11.

Terrance Thomas, who had missed three games after being declared academically ineligible, led Baylor (5-10, 0-2) with 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting.

No. 24 Creighton 72, Evansville 53

OMAHA, Neb. - Brody Deren scored 15 points, and Creighton extended its school-record home winning streak to 26 games.

The Bluejays (13-1, 5-1 Missouri Valley Conference) bounced back after losing at Northern Iowa on Wednesday in their first game after cracking the Top 25.

Andre Burton had 15 points for Evansville (2-12, 1-5), which lost its ninth straight on the road.

No. 25 Illinois 88, Iowa 82

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Roger Powell scored 20 points and Deron Williams keyed a second-half rally to lead Illinois.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Illini (11-4, 2-2 Big Ten). Williams scored 17 points, including five in a row to put Illinois up 67-63.

Dee Brown's steal with 59.4 seconds remaining kept the four-point lead, and Illinois went 9-of-10 from the free-throw line in the final minute to seal the victory.

Pierre Pierce scored 26 points and Brady Boyd added 20 for the Hawkeyes (9-5, 2-2), who led 43-38 at halftime.

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