Sunday, February 8, 2004

Top 25: Stanford stays unbeaten

By The Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. - Third-stringer Nick Robinson hit a running 3-pointer from about 35 feet at the buzzer, and second-ranked Stanford held off No. 12 Arizona 80-77 Saturday to stay undefeated.

The Cardinal (20-0, 11-0 Pac-10) tied a school record with their 20th straight victory, coming from four points behind in the final minute after Arizona went on a 19-6 run to take the lead.

Robinson, who had only five points before his winning shot, started at forward only because of leg injuries to leading rebounder Justin Davis and his backup, Matt Haryasz.

Salim Stoudamire had 24 points for the Wildcats (14-6, 6-5) including a long 3-pointer that gave Arizona a 77-73 lead with 58 seconds left. The Wildcats had won four straight at Maples Pavilion.

Chris Hernandez had 20 points Josh Childress 18 for Stanford.

No. 3 Saint Joseph's 89, La Salle 63

PHILADELPHIA - Delonte West had 22 points and Jameer Nelson 20 to help Saint Joseph's extend its school-record winning streak to 20 games.

The Hawks (20-0, 9-0 Atlantic 10) and No. 2 Stanford are the only unbeaten teams in Division I.

Steven Smith had 24 points for La Salle (8-13, 3-5).

No. 4 Pittsburgh 66, Notre Dame 58

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Carl Krauser scored 19 points and Julius Page 17 for Pittsburgh, which took advantage of Torin Francis, Notre Dame's best big man, sitting out most of the game with back spasms.

The victory ended a five-game losing streak for Pitt (22-1, 8-1 Big East) at Notre Dame. Chris Thomas scored 23 points for the Irish (10-9, 4-5) who have lost three straight and six of their last eight.

No. 5 Connecticut 88, West Virginia 58

STORRS, Conn. - Emeka Okafor had 23 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks for Connecticut, which shot 68 percent in the second half.

Ben Gordon also had a big game for the Huskies (19-3, 7-1 Big East) with 24 points and seven assists. Charlie Villanueva added 16 points, all in the first half.

Kevin Pittsnogle led West Virginia (12-8, 4-5) with 17 points.

No. 6 Louisville 73, UAB 55

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Luke Whitehead had 13 points and 18 rebounds, helping Louisville snap a two-game losing streak.

Larry O'Bannon added 15 points for the Cardinals (17-3, 7-2 Conference USA).

Gabe Kennedy had 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead UAB (13-6, 6-2), which had won seven of eight games.

No. 7 Mississippi St. 80, Mississippi 56

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Lawrence Roberts scored 24 points and made 14 of 18 free throws to lead Mississippi State to its sixth straight victory.

The Tigers (19-1, 8-1 Southeastern) also have won six in a row against Mississippi (11-9, 3-6).

Aaron Harper had 16 points for Ole Miss, which lost its third straight game.

No. 8 Gonzaga 87, Loyola Marymount 57

SPOKANE, Wash. - Blake Stepp had 16 points and 10 assists to pace Gonzaga to its 12th consecutive victory.

Eleven of Stepp's points came in a 15-2 run early in the second half for Gonzaga (19-2, 9-0 West Coast Conference), which has won 18 of the past 19 games against Loyola Marymount (11-11, 2-7).

The Lions got 16 points apiece from Charles Brown and Wes Wardrop.

No. 13 Oklahoma St. 88, Iowa St. 67

AMES, Iowa - Ivan McFarlin and John Lucas scored 21 points each for Oklahoma State, which ended Iowa State's 13-game home winning streak.

Tony Allen added 18 points for the Cowboys (17-2, 7-1 Big 12), who have seven straight games by an average margin of 10.4 points.

Jake Sullivan led the Cyclones (13-6, 4-4) with 21 points, and Curtis Stinson added 19.

Northwestern 69, No. 14 Wisconsin 51

EVANSTON, Ill. - Vedran Vukusic scored 18 points, and Northwestern knocked Wisconsin out of the Big Ten lead.

Northwestern (9-11, 4-5) shocked the Badgers with a 34-11 run over the final 13:30 of the opening half.

Wisconsin (15-4, 6-2) dropped out of first, replaced by Michigan State, which beat Ohio State on Saturday. Devin Harris scored 16 points for the Badgers.

No. 15 Georgia Tech 77, Tennessee 62

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Marvin Lewis scored 24 points and B.J. Elder added 20 for Georgia Tech, which led virtually all the way.

The Yellow Jackets (17-5) avenged a last-second loss to the Volunteers in Atlanta last season.

C. J. Watson led Tennessee with 17 points, and Brandon Crump had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

No. 17 North Carolina 79, No. 16 Wake Forest 73

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Melvin Scott had 20 points and Sean May 18 to go with 10 rebounds for North Carolina, which bounced back from an overtime loss Thursday night against top-ranked Duke.

It was the first victory for the Tar Heels (14-6, 4-5 Atlantic Coast) in six tries against Wake Forest (13-6, 4-5), which lost for the sixth time in eight games.

Jamaal Levy and Justin Gray had 19 points each for the Demon Deacons.

No. 20 Kansas 96, No. 19 Texas Tech 77

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Wayne Simien had 22 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and Kansas exceeded 90 points for the first time since its season opener.

The Jayhawks (15-4, 6-1 Big 12) handed the Red Raiders (17-5, 5-3) their third loss in the last four games and improved to 15-1 against Texas Tech.

Andre Emmett led the Red Raiders with 29 points.

No. 21 Florida 81, Vanderbilt 71

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Matt Walsh made all 14 of his free throws and scored 25 points to help Florida snap a two-game losing streak.

Anthony Roberson also had 25 points for the Gators (14-6, 5-4 Southeastern), who made 21 straight free throws in the second half to put away a tedious game against the determined Commodores (14-5, 3-5).

Matt Freije had 18 points to lead Vandy.

No. 23 Providence 74, No. 18 Syracuse 61

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Donnie McGrath hit four 3-pointers in the second half, when Providence pulled away from Syracuse.

McGrath, who finished with 16 points, and Sheiku Kabba each hit two 3-pointers during a decisive 22-7 second-half run for Providence (15-6, 6-3 Big East). Marcus Douthit added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Friars.

Hakim Warrick led Syracuse (14-5, 4-4) with 10 points.

No. 24 Utah St. 63, UC Santa Barbara 54

LOGAN, Utah - Nate Harris scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds, and Utah State extended its winning streak to 16 games.

Cardell Butler finished with 19 points to lead the Aggies (19-1, 11-0 Big West), who have not lost since a 56-45 defeat at Utah on Dec. 3.

Cameron Goettsche and Casey Cook led UCSB (12-8, 6-5) with 10 points each.

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