Thursday, February 5, 2004

Hokies snap skid, topple No.23 Friars


Gamecocks avoid Tide's upset attempt

The Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Bryant Matthews scored 23 points and Coleman Collins added 21 to help Virginia Tech beat No. 23 Providence 69-57 Wednesday night and snap a five-game losing streak.

Tech (9-10, 2-6 Big East) withstood a late run by the Friars to beat a ranked team for the first time since topping No. 18 Connecticut 95-74 last Feb. 5.

Providence (14-5, 5-3) was frustrated most of the game, committing 21 fouls and turning the ball over 19 times. Ryan Gomes scored 18 points and Sheiku Kabba added 13 for the Friars.

PROVIDENCE (14-5)-Gomes 8-14 1-2 18, Sanders 0-5 0-0 0, Douthit 3-8 0-0 6, McGrath 3-12 0-0 9, Kabba 5-11 0-0 13, Brown 1-3 0-0 2, Anrin 1-2 0-0 2, Laska 0-0 0-0 0, Kotti 2-4 3-4 7. Totals 23-59 4-6 57.

VIRGINIA TECH (9-10)-Matthews 7-12 9-12 23, Collins 7-14 7-12 21, Dowdell 3-9 0-0 9, Gordon 2-7 7-7 12, Randall 1-4 1-2 4, Sailes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-46 24-33 69.

Halftime-Virginia Tech 27-26. 3-Point goals-Providence 7-24 (Kabba 3-7, McGrath 3-11, Gomes 1-3, Anrin 0-1, Brown 0-1, Sanders 0-1), Virginia Tech 5-16 (Dowdell 3-9, Gordon 1-2, Randall 1-4, Matthews 0-1). Fouled out-Douthit, Kotti. Rebounds-Providence 35 (Gomes 9), Virginia Tech 29 (Matthews 10). Assists-Providence 11 (Gomes 4), Virginia Tech 12 (Gordon 7). Total fouls-Providence 21, Virginia Tech 9. Technical-Providence bench. A-6,323.

No. 25 South Carolina 90,

Alabama 82, OT

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Josh Gonner scored 22 points and Kerbrell Brown added 16, including a 3-pointer with 21.1 seconds left that sent the game into overtime, for the Gamecocks.

It was a mixture of good shooting and defense by South Carolina (19-3, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) and mistakes by Alabama that doomed the Crimson Tide (11-8, 3-5). South Carolina hit four of its first six shots in overtime, while Alabama committed three offensive fouls and missed three free throws and a 3-pointer in its first six possessions of the extra period.

No. 4 Pittsburgh 71,

St. John's 51

PITTSBURGH - Chris Taft scored 15 points to help the Panthers to their school-record 17th home win of the season. Pitt (21-1, 7-1 Big East) has won 39 consecutive home games overall and is 33-0 at the Petersen Events Center.

St. John's (5-14, 0-8) is off to its worst start in Big East play.

ST. JOHN'S (5-14)-Cuffe 4-7 0-0 9, Reynolds 2-8 0-0 4, Keita 0-1 0-0 0, Hill 7-14 2-2 16, Ingram 4-14 0-0 11, Jones 0-1 0-2 0, Stanley 2-5 1-2 5, Hamilton 2-4 2-2 6, Diakite 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-54 5-8 51.

PITTSBURGH (21-1, 7-1)-Troutman 5-8 1-1 11, D.Brown 6-10 0-0 13, Taft 5-11 5-8 15, Page 1-6 2-2 4, Krauser 4-11 0-0 9, Demetris 0-1 0-0 0, Kendall 0-1 0-0 0, Small 0-0 0-0 0, McCarroll 4-5 0-0 8, Graves 1-1 0-0 3, Bowman 0-1 0-0 0, Gray 0-2 0-0 0, Morris 3-3 2-7 8. Totals 29-60 10-18 71.

Halftime-Pittsburgh 38-19. 3-Point goals-St. John's 4-15 (Ingram 3-9, Cuffe 1-2, Reynolds 0-1, Hamilton 0-1, Hill 0-2), Pittsburgh 3-13 (Graves 1-1, D.Brown 1-2, Krauser 1-5, Troutman 0-1, Demetris 0-1, Kendall 0-1, Page 0-2). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-St. John's 32 (Stanley 7), Pittsburgh 40 (Troutman 8). Assists-St. John's 7 (Hill 4), Pittsburgh 23 (Krauser 9). Total fouls-St. John's 14, Pittsburgh 9. A-12,508.

No. 11 Texas 76, Colorado 63

AUSTIN, Texas - Sydmill Harris and Kenton Paulino each scored 13 points for the Longhorns (15-3, 6-1 Big 12), who hit 11 3-pointers.

A key role player in last season's Final Four run, Harris had seen his playing time drop dramatically through the course of this season. He had not scored in eight of the Longhorns' previous 10 games but went 3-of-3 from the field and hit his only two free throws against Colorado (12-7, 4-4).

COLORADO (12-7)-Morandais 4-12 4-4 15, Harris 4-8 2-2 10, Harrison 7-14 4-6 18, Obazuaye 0-5 0-0 0, Wilson 5-9 1-1 14, Eddy 0-1 0-0 0, Doumbouya 0-0 0-0 0, Copeland 1-3 2-2 4, Hall 1-2 0-0 2, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, McGee 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-54 13-15 63.

TEXAS (15-3)-Buckman 1-6 0-0 2, Thomas 2-2 1-2 5, Mouton 5-16 1-2 11, Paulino 4-6 1-2 13, Ivey 2-6 0-0 5, Tucker 4-7 0-0 8, Moreno 1-2 0-0 3, Taylor 0-3 0-0 0, Harris 4-5 2-2 13, Klotz 3-5 0-0 6, Boddicker 3-5 2-2 10. Totals 29-63 7-10 76.

Halftime-Texas 38-35. 3-Point goals-Colorado 6-14 (Wilson 3-6, Morandais 3-7, Obazuaye 0-1), Texas 11-24 (Paulino 4-6, Harris 3-3, Boddicker 2-3, Ivey 1-1, Moreno 1-2, Buckman 0-1, Taylor 0-3, Mouton 0-5). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Colorado 38 (Harrison 9), Texas 31 (Mouton 7). Assists-Colorado 12 (Obazuaye 4), Texas 15 (Ivey 6). Total fouls-Colorado 11, Texas 14. A-8,357.

No. 14 Wisconsin 80, Minnesota 66

MADISON, Wis. - Devin Harris scored a career-high 38 points for the Badgers (15-3, 6-1 Big Ten), who won their 25th straight game at the Kohl Center and broke a school record established in 1915 with their 21st straight conference win at home.

The Gophers (8-12) fell to 0-8 in the conference despite getting 24 points from Kris Humphries.

MINNESOTA (8-12)-Gaines 0-2 2-2 2, Humphries 12-21 0-0 24, Hagen 1-2 2-4 4, Johnson 8-12 1-1 17, Boone 2-5 0-0 4, Robinson 0-0 0-0 0, Hokenson 0-0 0-0 0, Kane 0-0 0-0 0, Bolden 1-1 0-0 2, Lawson 0-0 1-2 1, Chall 0-0 0-0 0, Bauer 3-5 2-2 10, Smriga 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 27-48 10-13 66.

WISCONSIN (15-3)-Helmigk 0-3 0-0 0, Morley 6-10 2-3 14, Wilkinson 5-8 4-8 15, Owens 2-9 1-2 6, Harris 10-12 13-14 38, Ukawuba 0-0 0-0 0, Nixon 1-3 4-4 6, Hanson 0-5 1-2 1, Taylor 0-1 0-0 0, Mader 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-52 25-33 80.

Halftime-Wisconsin 33-26. 3-Point goals-Minnesota 2-6 (Bauer 2-3, Gaines 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Boone 0-1), Wisconsin 7-21 (Harris 5-7, Wilkinson 1-2, Owens 1-6, Morley 0-1, Nixon 0-2, Hanson 0-3). Fouled out-Gaines, Hagen, Morley. Rebounds-Minnesota 26 (Humphries 8), Wisconsin 30 (Morley 10). Assists-Minnesota 15 (Hagen 5), Wisconsin 15 (Morley, Harris, Hanson 3). Total fouls-Minnesota 24, Wisconsin 14. Technical-Humphries. A-17,142.

No. 22 Oklahoma 75,

Iowa State 48

NORMAN, Okla. - De'Angelo Alexander scored 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range, and Lawrence McKenzie added 16 to lead the Sooners.

McKenzie hit 3s on back-to-back possessions early in the second half to spark a 21-5 run, turning the game into a rout for Oklahoma (14-4, 4-3 Big 12).

Iowa State (13-5, 4-3) has lost 20 consecutive Big 12 road games.

IOWA ST. (13-5)-Vroman 2-6 0-0 4, Homan 4-6 1-6 9, Sullivan 2-8 2-2 7, Stinson 5-15 1-3 13, Blalock 3-11 2-4 10, Neal 0-2 0-0 0, Staple 0-0 3-4 3, George 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 17-50 9-19 48.

OKLAHOMA (14-4)-Gilbert 2-3 0-2 4, Brown 4-10 3-3 11, McKenzie 6-13 1-2 16, Lavender 0-2 0-0 0, Detrick 6-11 1-1 15, Williams 1-7 0-0 3, Alexander 5-9 2-2 17, Foust 1-2 1-2 4, Turner 2-3 1-2 5. Totals 27-60 9-14 75.

Halftime-Oklahoma 31-17. 3-Point goals-Iowa St. 5-14 (Blalock 2-3, Stinson 2-4, Sullivan 1-5, Neal 0-2), Oklahoma 12-25 (Alexander 5-7, McKenzie 3-7, Detrick 2-4, Williams 1-6, Foust 1-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Iowa St. 36 (Vroman 15), Oklahoma 36 (Gilbert 10). Assists-Iowa St. 6 (Blalock 3), Oklahoma 16 (Williams 7). Total fouls-Iowa St. 15, Oklahoma 17. A-12,153.




UC BEARCATS
Crosstown crossroads
A solid start for Dantonio
UC raids RedHawks

TENNIS
These Clydesdales can play

XAVIER
With no time to revel, Musketeers forge ahead
Chalmers savoring Shootout victory

REDS
Reds, Reitsma prepare to go to arbitration
Team trying to determine Vander Wal's 2004 status

PREP SPORTS
Signing day a team effort
Prep signings, schedule, results
Transylvania men hold off Mount St. Joe
Heisel's FTs push Madeira past Reading in 3 OTs

COLLEGE SPORTS
This time, 'Hawks don't squander lead
Ohio State 72, Northwestern 64
Hokies snap skid, topple No.23 Friars
National exposure pays off in big way
Ginn caps stellar recruiting class
'Basically every need' is covered

DIGEST
Top of the First

TV
Sports today on TV, radio