Thursday, February 12, 2004

No.6 Bulldogs outlast No.25 Gamecocks in OT



The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Timmy Bowers hit a late 3-pointer to force overtime and Branden Vincent's foul shot with 53 seconds left in the extra session gave No. 6 Mississippi State the lead for good in a 79-75 victory over No. 25 South Carolina on Wednesday night.

The Bulldogs (20-1, 9-1 Southeastern Conference) looked finished with about five minutes to go, trailing 66-54 before a charged up crowd of 17,792 at the Colonial Center. But they closed regulation with a 17-5 run, capped by Bowers' never-in-doubt 3-pointer from the right side of the key with 7.2 seconds left.

Vincent's free throw put Mississippi State ahead 76-75 and South Carolina (19-5, 6-4) didn't recover. Tarrance Kinsey missed a 3-pointer and Rolando Howell, who tied his career high with 24 points, missed a short shot as the Bulldogs held on for their seventh straight victory.

Lawrence Roberts had 20 points, including four in overtime, and Winsome Frazier scored nine of his 15 points in Mississippi State's closing run. The Bulldogs hit the 20-win mark for the fourth time in six years.

South Carolina, which has lost three of its last four games, was just 1-of-6 from the field in the overtime.

No. 1 Duke 93, Virginia 75

DURHAM, N.C. - J.J. Redick scored 25 points, and Shelden Williams had 19 points and 12 rebounds Wednesday night to lift the Blue Devils to their 18th straight victory.

Freshman Luol Deng scored 11 points despite seeing limited action due to an injury for the Blue Devils (21-1, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won 39 games in a row at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke has won 18 of 20 meetings with Virginia (12-9, 2-8) dating to the 1995-96 season.

Elton Brown scored 24 points for the Cavaliers.

VIRGINIA (12-9)-Clark 1-1 0-0 2, Brown 9-18 6-9 24, Reynolds 6-12 0-0 16, Bannister 1-6 3-4 5, Billet 3-4 0-0 7, Byars 3-4 0-0 8, Campbell 0-0 0-0 0, Forbes 2-5 2-2 6, Cain 1-3 3-5 5, Minter 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 27-57 14-20 75.

DUKE (21-1)-Deng 4-10 3-3 11, Williams 6-10 7-9 19, Redick 7-12 7-7 25, Ewing 4-7 2-2 13, Duhon 3-7 5-7 12, Horvath 1-1 2-4 4, Melchionni 0-0 0-0 0, Dockery 0-3 0-0 0, Borman 0-0 1-2 1, Davidson 0-0 0-0 0, Randolph 4-6 0-0 8. Totals 29-56 27-34 93.

Halftime-Duke 47-38. 3-Point goals-Virginia 7-14 (Reynolds 4-7, Byars 2-2, Billet 1-2, Brown 0-1, Bannister 0-1, Forbes 0-1), Duke 8-19 (Redick 4-8, Ewing 3-6, Duhon 1-3, Deng 0-1, Dockery 0-1). Fouled out-Clark, Byars, Dockery. Rebounds-Virginia 25 (Brown 8), Duke 38 (Williams 12). Assists-Virginia 15 (Bannister 6), Duke 17 (Duhon 6). Total fouls-Virginia 25, Duke 20. A-9,314.

No. 24 Providence 100, Villanova 74

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Donnie McGrath scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half and the Friars gave the Wildcats their worst loss of the season.

Ryan Gomes also had 23 points and Sheiku Kabba added 20 for Providence (16-5, 7-3 Big East), which was 31-for-51 from the field, including 15-for-25 on 3-pointers.

Curtis Sumpter had 20 points for Villanova (13-9, 5-4).

PROVIDENCE (16-5)-Gomes 7-12 8-8 23, Sanders 3-5 2-2 9, Douthit 3-5 2-6 8, McGrath 7-9 3-3 23, Kabba 7-10 2-2 20, Brown 1-1 1-2 4, Van De Walle 0-0 0-0 0, Hill 1-1 0-0 2, Anrin 1-1 0-0 3, Brewington 1-6 4-6 7, Kotti 0-1 1-2 1, Englert 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-51 23-31 100.

VILLANOVA (13-9)-Fraser 1-2 4-5 6, Sumpter 6-15 7-8 20, Foye 3-7 4-6 11, Nardi 2-5 1-2 7, Ray 2-7 4-4 9, Bloch 2-4 0-0 6, Snowden 1-3 0-0 2, Charles 2-4 2-3 6, Sheridan 2-7 3-4 7. Totals 21-54 25-32 74.

Halftime-Providence 47-33. 3-Point goals-Providence 15-25 (McGrath 6-8, Kabba 4-6, Brown 1-1, Anrin 1-1, Gomes 1-2, Sanders 1-2, Brewington 1-5), Villanova 7-19 (Bloch 2-3, Nardi 2-5, Foye 1-3, Ray 1-3, Sumpter 1-4, Snowden 0-1). Fouled out-Douthit, Kotti. Rebounds-Providence 34 (Gomes 12), Villanova 27 (Sumpter 9). Assists-Providence 24 (Kabba 5), Villanova 11 (Foye, Nardi, Ray, Bloch 2). Total fouls-Providence 26, Villanova 22. Technical-Villanova bench. A-6,500.




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