Sunday, February 15, 2004

Top 25: Stanford, St. Joe's still unbeaten



BERKELEY, Calif. - Rob Little scored 16 points to lead No. 2 Stanford to its school-record 21st straight victory, 69-58 over archrival California on Saturday night.

Josh Childress added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinal (21-0, 12-0 Pac-10). Stanford, off to its best start ever, is one of only two remaining undefeated Division I teams along with third-ranked Saint Joseph's (22-0).

Matt Lottich added 12 points and five assists as the Cardinal broke a two-game losing streak in Berkeley, where the Bears had won five of six conference games.

Marquise Kately had 16 points and Amit Tamir 14 for cold-shooting Cal (11-10, 7-5). Leading scorer and rebounder Leon Powe had seven points on 0-for-5 shooting from the field and only two rebounds for Cal.

No. 3 Saint Joseph's 73, Rhode Island 59

PHILADELPHIA - Jameer Nelson scored 20 points and Delonte West added 14 points and nine assists to help Saint Joseph's remain undefeated.

Tyrone Barley had four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the Hawks (22-0, 11-0 Atlantic 10) who extended their school-record winning streak.

Brian Woodward had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Rams (14-11, 3-8), who have tailed off since their 13-2 start. Dawan Robinson, who was averaging a team-high 17.3 points, finished with only six points on 2-for-13 shooting.

Saint Joe's turned the game around in the opening minutes of the second half, getting two 3-pointers from Pat Carroll during a 13-2 run that made it 49-33.

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No. 6 Mississippi St. 77, Arkansas 70

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Winsome Frazier scored 23 points, including four free throws in the final 1:32, to lead Mississippi State to its first win at Arkansas in 32 years.

The Bulldogs (21-1, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) improved to 10-0 on the road - 6-0 in league play - this season. They last won at Arkansas (11-11, 3-8) in 1972 and had been 0-12 there since 1992, when the Razorbacks joined the SEC.

Jonathon Modica finished with a career-high 33 points for Mississippi State. Lawrence Roberts added his 13th double-double, finishing with 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who shot 58 percent from the field, and was 9-of-20 for 3-pointers.

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No. 7 Gonzaga 79, St. Mary's 60

MORAGA, Calif. - Adam Morrison scored 22 points and Gonzaga went on a 16-0 run late in the second half to clinch the West Coast Conference regular-season title with a win over Saint Mary's.

Blake Stepp scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half for the Bulldogs (21-2, 11-0), who won the regular-season conference championship for the sixth time in seven years and tied a school record with their 14th consecutive win.

Paul Marigney and Daniel Kickert each scored 12 points to lead the Gaels (15-10, 6-4), who had won eight straight home games.

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Georgia 74, No. 8 Kentucky 68

ATHENS, Ga. - Levi Stukes had 12 points - all on 3-pointers - and Georgia completed a season sweep of the Wildcats.

Jonas Hayes had 19 points and Rashad Wright and Damien Wilkins each added 14 for the Bulldogs (12-10, 4-7 Southeastern Conference), who beat the Wildcats 65-57 earlier this season for their second sweep of Kentucky in three years.

Kelenna Azubuike had a career-high 23 points for the Wildcats (17-4, 7-3), who committed 22 turnovers. Kentucky missed leading scorer Gerald Fitch, who sat out his third straight game with a sprained right index finger.

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No. 10 Oklahoma St. 91, Baylor 58

STILLWATER, Okla. - Tony Allen and Ivan McFarlin each scored 14 points for the Cowboys and John Lucas had 13 in his first game against the school he transferred from last summer.

The Cowboys (19-2, 9-1) won their ninth straight and took sole possession of first place in the Big 12.

Terrance Thomas had 16 points for Baylor (7-16, 2-8) in its worst loss of the season.

Oklahoma State opened the game with a 17-2 run and extended that into a 43-14 halftime lead.

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Iowa St. 78, No. 11 Texas 77

AMES, Iowa - Jake Sullivan scored 24 points and Damion Staple got the winning basket on a dunk with 1:09 left to lift Iowa State.

The Cyclones (14-7, 5-5 Big 12) had been blown out in their three previous games, but showed resolve this time after trailing 61-47 with less than 14 minutes to play, outscoring Texas 31-16 the rest of the way.

Brandon Mouton had a career-high 29 points for Texas (17-4, 8-2), which saw Brian Boddicker, an 81 percent free throw shooter, missed two with 5.3 seconds left and then came up short on two putbacks.

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Virginia 82, No. 15 Georgia Tech 80

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Todd Billet made a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2.4 seconds left - his only field goal of the game - to give Virginia the win.

The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for Virginia (13-9, 3-8 Atlantic Coast Conference).

B.J. Elder had 22 points for the Yellow Jackets (18-6, 5-5), who had one last chance to win, but Will Bynum's off-balance 3-pointer was well off as time ran out.

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No. 16 Arizona 107, UCLA 83

TUCSON, Ariz. - Salim Stoudamire scored a career-high 34 points and Andre Iguodala set an Arizona record with his third triple-double.

Chris Rodgers added 16 points - one shy of his career best - and four steals as the Wildcats (16-6, 8-5 Pac-10) matched their season high in points and beat UCLA for the seventh straight time at McKale Center.

Dijon Thompson had 20 points for the Bruins (10-11, 6-7), who shot 66 percent (33-for-50) but committed 28 turnovers that resulted in 50 points for Arizona.

Iguodala was just 2-for-11 from the field - 0-for-6 in the second half - but was 9-of-10 from the free throw line to finish with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He became the first Arizona player to have three triple-doubles - all this season. Loren Woods had two.

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No. 17 Wisconsin 78, Ohio St. 48

MADISON, Wis. - Devin Harris scored 33 points to lead Wisconsin to its biggest rout over the Buckeyes since the series began in 1905.

The Badgers (17-4, 8-2) stayed in first place in the Big Ten and improved to 22-0 in conference games at the Kohl Center under third-year coach Bo Ryan. Wisconsin has won 26 straight games at the Kohl Center with an average margin of victory of 20.5 points.

J.J. Sullinger had 14 points for Ohio State (11-12, 3-7).

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No. 18 Texas Tech 82, Kansas St. 71

LUBBOCK, Texas - Andre Emmett had 26 points and 10 rebounds, his seventh double-double of the season, to lead Texas Tech.

The Red Raiders (18-6, 6-4 Big 12) led 60-48 on a 10-footer by Ronald Ross with 13:44 remaining. Kansas State cut the margin to 70-67 with 5:31 left, but Tech went on a 6-0 run with Emmett getting four of the points.

Jarrett Hart and Tim Ellis each scored 20 points for the Wildcats (11-10, 3-7).

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Pacific 64, No. 19 Utah State 60

STOCKTON, Calif. - Miah Davis scored 18 points and Pacific held Utah State scoreless in the final 3:25, snapping the Aggies' 17-game winning streak.

The Aggies (20-2, 12-1 Big West Conference), ranked for the first time since 1971, fell two victories short of the longest winning streak in school history. Utah State's streak was the fourth-longest in the nation.

Davis made four free throws in the final 28.2 seconds after Christian Maraker hit a jumper and two foul shots to put the Tigers (17-7, 12-1) ahead for the first time since the opening minute.

Pacific, which lost the teams' first meeting, won its eighth straight game.

Cardell Butler scored 16 points for Utah State, but he missed two key jumpers in the final minutes.

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LSU 73, No. 22 Florida 70

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Darrel Mitchell scored 18 points, including the tying basket and go-ahead free throws in the final 2 minutes, to lead LSU to its sixth straight win.

The Tigers (17-4, 7-3 Southeastern Conference) trailed by eight points with 4:02 remaining, but closed the game on a 15-4 run.

Jaime Lloreda had 19 points and nine rebounds for LSU, ending his streak of double-doubles at five.

Anthony Roberson hit a 3-pointer with 5.4 seconds to go to bring Florida (14-7, 5-5) within 72-70. After Lloreda made one free throw a second later, Christian Drejer's 30-foot heave at the buzzer fell short. Matt Walsh had 24 points for Florida, which lost for the third time in four games.

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No. 23 S. Illinois 59, SW Missouri St. 58

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Darren Brooks scored 19 points for Southern Illinois, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with just over 2 minutes left and he grabbed a key offensive rebound of his own miss with 24 seconds left to seal its 12th straight win.

Stetson Hairston had two clutch free throws and added 15 points for the Salukis (20-2, 14-0 Missouri Valley Conference), who reached the 20-win mark for the third straight season and extended their winning streak over the Bears (15-10, 7-7) to six games.

Blake Ahearn and Nathan Bilyeu each had 12 points for the Bears.

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No. 24 Providence 61, Boston College 52

BOSTON - Ryan Gomes had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Rob Sanders hit a 3-pointer to key an 11-0 run late in the second half for Providence.

Gomes, the No. 2 scorer and rebounder in the Big East, topped 20 points for the 12th time this season for the Friars (17-5, 8-3), who have won three straight and nine of their last 11.

Craig Smith had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles (16-8, 5-6), who shot 39 percent in their lowest-scoring game of the season.

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No. 25 South Carolina 82, Vanderbilt 75

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Michael Boynton Jr. had a career-best five 3-pointers for all 15 of his points and South Carolina ended a two-game losing streak.

Boynton had a painful, swollen abscess removed from his right calf earlier this week after he was apparently bitten by an insect. He didn't practice Thursday with the Gamecocks (20-5, 7-4 Southeastern Conference), but was in the starting lineup with the calf wrapped tight.

Vanderbilt (15-6, 4-6) cut the 21-point margin to 82-75 with 8.6 seconds to go, but went on to lose their fifth straight to the Gamecocks and 14th straight SEC road game.

Rolando Howell had 17 points and 12 rebounds, his second straight double-double, for South Carolina, while freshman Tre Kelley had a career-high 16 points.

Matt Freije led Vanderbilt with 16 points but was 0-for-4 on 3s.




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