Monday, February 2, 2004

Top 25 roundup: Gomes great, but not great enough


Seton Hall stops rest of Providence

The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Seton Hall decided not to double team Providence's Ryan Gomes, and see if anybody else could beat them one-on-one.

The plan worked.

Gomes got 28 points, but Seton Hall never let any of the other Friars get going, and the Pirates held No. 23 Providence to its lowest point total of the season in a 55-46 victory on Sunday.

"It was our best defensive game from beginning to end since I've been here," said coach Louis Orr, in his third season at Seton Hall.

Andre Sweet was 7-of-9 from the field and scored 18 points to lead Seton Hall (14-4, 4-2), which won its the third straight - all in the conference.

Providence (14-4, 5-2) had a six-game winning streak snapped, and fell out of a first-place tie in the Big East with No. 7 Pittsburgh.

"We didn't play with that swagger (we had) in the past three weeks," Providence coach Tim Welsh said. "We played back on our heels and sideways, but they make you play that way. We just didn't have that look."

Gomes, who had 13 rebounds, scored 20 points in the second half.

Gomes "is a tough guy to stop. I thought we did a good job to make him work for his points, but also did a good job with the other people," Orr said.

SETON HALL (14-4)-Whitney 5-12 0-0 10, Toney-El 1-4 0-0 2, Sweet 7-9 2-2 18, Barrett 3-9 0-1 6, Allen 3-8 0-0 6, Morris 5-10 1-4 13, Copeland 0-2 0-0 0, Billmeier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-54 3-7 55.

PROVIDENCE (14-4)-Gomes 11-22 5-5 28, Douthit 1-3 1-2 3, McGrath 1-7 0-0 2, Kabba 1-7 0-0 3, Brewington 1-7 0-0 3, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Anrin 0-0 0-0 0, Kotti 1-5 0-0 2, Sanders 2-7 0-0 5. Totals 18-58 6-7 46.

Halftime-Seton Hall 23-20. 3-Point goals-Seton Hall 4-13 (Sweet 2-2, Morris 2-4, Toney-El 0-1, Barrett 0-3, Allen 0-3), Providence 4-23 (Gomes 1-3, Brewington 1-4, Sanders 1-4, Kabba 1-6, Kotti 0-2, McGrath 0-4). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Seton Hall 33 (Whitney 7), Providence 36 (Gomes 13). Assists-Seton Hall 10 (Barrett 4), Providence 9 (McGrath, Sanders 3). Total fouls-Seton Hall 11, Providence 13. A-10,191.

No. 25 Oklahoma 52, Nebraska 50

LINCOLN, Neb. - Lawrence McKenzie took it upon himself to finish what he started, and it was just in time for No. 25 Oklahoma.

McKenzie's four 3-pointers in the first half helped the Sooners build a 17-point lead over Nebraska, but the Sooners found themselves down a point with 3:27 left.

The freshman guard hit a free throw to tie it and then made the go-ahead 3 with 2:24 left to carry the Sooners to a 52-50 victory.

McKenzie finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Sooners (13-4, 3-3 Big 12).

OKLAHOMA (13-4)-Gilbert 0-2 2-2 2, Brown 7-11 1-2 15, McKenzie 6-12 1-2 18, Lavender 1-8 0-0 3, Detrick 2-8 0-0 4, Williams 1-2 0-0 3, Alexander 2-4 0-0 5, Foust 0-0 0-0 0, Turner 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 20-49 4-6 52.

NEBRASKA (11-6)-Turek 3-8 3-5 9, Drevo 3-9 2-2 8, Dourisseau 1-5 0-0 2, Richardson 0-1 0-0 0, Muhleisen 4-9 0-2 11, Johnson 2-5 1-1 5, Neal 1-3 0-1 3, Wilkinson 0-0 0-0 0, Conklin 3-4 2-2 10, Simms 0-0 2-4 2, Wilbrand 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 17-45 10-18 50.

Halftime-Oklahoma 36-21. 3-Point goals-Oklahoma 8-20 (McKenzie 5-8, Williams 1-1, Alexander 1-2, Lavender 1-6, Detrick 0-3), Nebraska 6-15 (Muhleisen 3-6, Conklin 2-2, Neal 1-2, Drevo 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Dourisseau 0-3). Fouled out-Gilbert. Rebounds-Oklahoma 31 (McKenzie 10), Nebraska 33 (Conklin 7). Assists-Oklahoma 10 (Lavender 3), Nebraska 10 (Richardson 3). Total fouls-Oklahoma 19, Nebraska 10. A-6,439.




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