Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Top 25: Illinois edges Indiana 51-49

Ga. Tech routed

The Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Deron Williams scored all 12 of his points in the second half and Nick Smith hit two long jumpers late in the game, helping Illinois rally for a 51-49 victory Tuesday over Indiana.

The Illini (14-5, 5-3 Big Ten) entered the game as the Big Ten's highest-scoring team but hardly resembled it against the Hoosiers. Illinois shot just 39 percent from the field and was just 2-of-16 from 3-point range. Roger Powell led the Illini with 15 points.

A.J. Moye had 14 points and Marshall Strickland 12 for Indiana (11-8, 5-3), which shot a dismal 15 percent from the field in the second half and lost its second straight game.

Indiana still had two chances to win in the final seconds, but Bracey Wright's first 3-pointer was blocked and his heave from near midcourt was off the mark.

The Illini overcame a 20-point first half, which tied their worst total of the season, and won despite tying a season-low for points. Illinois scored 20 points in the first half Jan. 10 against Purdue and had 51 points in a loss to Providence on Dec. 9.

Illinois missed two free throws in the final 24 seconds that would have sealed the win, and Indiana blew a 46-38 lead it had with 9:26 to go.

Williams' burst to open the second half and an Indiana scoring drought of nearly five minutes kept Illinois close.

Smith took care of the rest. His 19-footer with 3:28 left gave Illinois its first lead, 49-48, and after Indiana's Sean Kline tied the score by making 1-of-2 free throws, Smith answered with a 17-footer with 2:41 to go. Neither team scored again.

ILLINOIS (14-5, 5-3 )-Augustine 1-5 0-0 2, Powell 7-12 1-2 15, Head 3-7 0-1 7, Williams 4-13 4-4 12, Brown 3-9 0-1 7, McBride 0-4 0-0 0, Randle 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 4-6 0-0 8, Ingram 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-56 5-8 51.

INDIANA (11-8, 5-3 )-Moye 5-8 2-2 14, Leach 1-8 4-4 6, Wright 2-10 4-4 9, Perry 1-5 0-0 2, Strickland 4-11 2-2 12, Ewing Jr. 0-0 0-0 0, Wilmont 1-2, 0-0 3, Kline 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 15-48 13-14 49.

Halftime-Indiana 27-20. 3-Point goals-Illinois 2-16 (Brown 1-4, Head 1-4, Williams 0-4, McBride 0-3, Augustine 0-1), Indiana 6-18 (Moye 2-3, Strickland 2-6, Wright 1-6, Wilmont 1-1, Perry 0-2). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Illinois 34 (Powell 8), Indiana 34 (Moye, Leach 8). Assists-Illinois 13 (Williams 6), Indiana 11 (Wright, Perry, Kline 3). Total fouls-Illinois 16, Indiana 11. A-17,306.

Florida State 81, No. 15 Georgia Tech 65

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Tim Pickett scored 25 of his career-high 33 points in the second half to lead Florida State.

The Seminoles (16-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) also made 16 straight free throws in the second half when they broke open a close game with a 14-0 run to take a 73-56 lead as the Yellow Jackets went scoreless for 6:14.

Georgia Tech (16-5, 4-4) went cold from 3-point range after halftime, making just one of 13 tries from beyond the arc while Pickett was putting on a shooting show in addition to getting eight rebounds and three steals.

Pickett was 7-of-8 from the field, including going 4-of-5 from 3-point range, and made seven free throws without a miss in the second half.

Pickett scored 22 points after halftime in an overtime win over North Carolina 12 days ago and 18 more in the second half in a victory over Wake Forest nine days ago.

Ismail Muhammad led Georgia Tech with 14 points while Jarrett Jack and Marvin Lewis each had 10.

B.J. Elder, Tech's scoring leader this season, had nine points and was just 1-of-6 from 3-point range.

Georgia Tech fell behind 16-4 but rallied to lead 35-33 at halftime.

No. 19 Texas Tech 83, Baylor 63

LUBBOCK, Texas - Just hours after coach Bob Knight was reprimanded by the school for his public outburst at the chancellor, Texas Tech beat Baylor.

Andre Emmett scored 25 points for the Red Raiders, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

School officials reprimanded, but did not suspend, Knight for his spat with university chancellor David Smith on Monday.

As Knight left the court, the crowd cheered loudly and the Hall of Fame coach acknowledged them by raising his right hand in appreciation.

Texas Tech (17-4, 5-2 Big 12) used a 13-2 run early in the second half to pull away from a halftime tie. The Red Raiders hit eight of their first 11 shots, outscoring Baylor 21-8 in the first seven minutes of the second half.

Emmett was 9-of-17 from the field and pulled down nine rebounds. Ronald Ross scored 22 points and Mikey Marshall added 11 for the Red Raiders.

No. 13 Oklahoma St. 91, Texas A&M 79

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M kept pushing to the end. No. 13 Oklahoma State pushed harder.

John Lucas scored 27 points and Tony Allen had 13 of his 21 in the second half for the Cowboys, who held off Texas A&M 91-79 Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.

The Cowboys shot 69 percent in the second half.

"We ran some special scoring plays and we executed those well," Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton said. "Something we need to work on is our defense."

The Cowboys (16-2, 6-1 Big 12) never trailed after the opening minutes of the game but the Aggies (7-11, 0-7) got within 73-68 with 5:51 to play before going on to their seventh straight loss.

"We just didn't play defense at all, that's about all you can say," Aggies forward Nick Anderson said. "It's tough when you turn the ball over and they run a play and make it work."

The Cowboys took a 53-39 lead early in the second half on a 3-pointer by Lucas. The Aggies went on an 11-2 run to get within 55-51, but Oklahoma State answered with a run that included consecutive baskets by Janavo Weatherspoon to make it 64-53.

Lucas scored the Cowboys' final six points.

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