Sunday, February 22, 2004

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



By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Rob Little scored 18 points to lead No. 1 Stanford to a 73-60 victory over UCLA on Saturday, the Cardinal's school-record 23rd consecutive win.

Stanford improved to 14-0 in the Pac-10, having already clinched a share of its fourth conference title in six years with a victory at Southern California on Thursday.

Stanford and No. 2 Saint Joseph's (24-0) are the nation's only undefeated Division I teams.

Nick Robinson added 15 points for Stanford and Lottich had 14 points, hitting all four of his 3-pointers. Josh Childress, who had a career-high 36 points against USC two days earlier, also had 14 points.

Dijon Thompson had 17 points for the Bruins (11-12, 7-8), who have lost nine of their last 11.

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No. 2 Saint Joseph's 76, Temple 53

PHILADELPHIA - Delonte West scored 20 points and Jameer Nelson had 18 for the Hawks (24-0, 13-0 Atlantic 10).

Saint Joe's got two 3-pointers from Nelson during a 15-2 run late in the first half, helping the Hawks to a 41-23 halftime lead. The Hawks went 11-of-20 from 3-point range after making a conference-record 20 in their 83-71 win against the Owls last month.

David Hawkins, who ranked third nationally with a 24.3 scoring average and had scored at least 20 points in 17 straight games, had 13 points on 5-for-21 shooting for the Owls (12-11, 6-6).

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Alabama 77, No. 4 Mississippi St. 73

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Kennedy Winston scored a career-high 31 points as Alabama snapped the Bulldogs' eight-game winning streak.

The Crimson Tide (13-10, 5-7 Southeastern Conference) came in having lost six of seven, and were 1-6 on the road overall.

Lawrence Roberts scored 23 points and Timmy Bowers had 14 for the Bulldogs (21-2, 10-2), who reached their highest ranking in the AP poll in four decades this week.

Winston went 8-of-10 from the free throw line over the final 3:27 to keep Mississippi State at bay.

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No. 5 Pittsburgh 67, West Virginia 58

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Julius Page and Chevon Troutman each scored 15 points for the Panthers (24-2, 10-2 Big East), who have won five straight games in the series between the schools 70 miles apart. The Panthers earned only their sixth win in 26 games at the Coliseum.

Pittsburgh's Carl Krauser added 13 points and Chris Taft scored 10.

Tyrone Sally had 17 points for West Virginia (14-9, 6-6), while Joe Herber had 14 rebounds.

West Virginia played its first basketball game 100 years ago Friday, when it beat Pitt's predecessor, Western University of Pennsylvania. As part of Saturday's celebration, the Mountaineers wore uniforms resembling those worn by its 1959 NCAA runner-up team led by Jerry West.

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No. 6 Gonzaga 76, Tulsa 56

TULSA, Okla. - Tony Skinner was 4-for-5 from 3-point range and scored 12 points to lead Gonzaga to its 16th straight victory.

Ronny Turiaf and Adam Morrison each had 13 points for the Bulldogs (23-2), who finished with a 48-25 rebound advantage.

Anthony Price and Jarius Glenn each had 13 points for the Golden Hurricane (7-17), who lost their seventh in row.

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No. 7 Oklahoma St. 87, Nebraska 83, OT

STILLWATER, Okla. - Joey Graham scored a career-high 36 points and Oklahoma State made seven of eight free throws in overtime to stave off Nebraska.

Graham scored 30 of his points in the second half and overtime to help Oklahoma State (21-2, 11-1 Big 12) win for the 11th straight time and remain in first place in the conference.

Andrew Drevo led Nebraska (14-9, 4-8) with 21 points, and Nate Johnson had 18.

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No. 8 Connecticut 61, Notre Dame 50

HARTFORD, Conn. - Emeka Okafor dominated inside for Connecticut with 14 points, a career-high 22 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

The Huskies (21-5, 9-3 Big East) avenged an 80-74 road loss to the Irish on Feb. 9 by holding Chris Thomas to 13 points. The junior guard, who scored 31 in the last meeting, had just two points at halftime. He was averaging 19.2 points coming into the game.

Notre Dame (13-10, 7-6) shot 19 percent in the first half and never got closer than four points all game.

Freshman forward Josh Boone had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies, who outrebounded the Irish 59-30.

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No. 11 Texas 68, Oklahoma 63

NORMAN, Okla. - Brandon Mouton scored 25 points and Royal Ivey hit a pair of free throws with 11.6 seconds to play that sent Texas past Oklahoma.

Mouton missed a free throw seconds before, but Jason Klotz wrestled away the rebound from two Sooners and P.J. Tucker scored on a putback, sealing the win for the Longhorns (19-4, 10-2 Big 12).

Oklahoma (16-7, 6-6) fell to seventh place in the conference and lost at home for the fourth time in 52 games. The Sooners have lost two straight to Texas in Norman.

Freshman Drew Lavender led Oklahoma with 18 points, and Jason Detrick had 14.

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Oregon State 90, No. 14 Arizona 84

CORVALLIS, Ore. - David Lucas and Chris Stephens each had 22 points and Oregon State held on for an upset win over Arizona.

The Wildcats (17-7, 9-6) had won three straight going into play the Beavers (11-13, 4-9), the Pacific-10's ninth-place team.

Oregon State has won three of four after losing six straight.

Channing Frye led the Wildcats with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Chris Rodgers and Hassan Adams each had 14 points.

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No. 16 North Carolina 78, Florida St. 71

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Rashad McCants scored 21 points and Raymond Felton had 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Tar Heels (16-7, 6-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month.

Tim Pickett had 25 points and Andrew Wilson added a career-high 24 for the Seminoles (18-9, 6-7), who have lost 22 consecutive conference road games.

The victory helped the Tar Heels take the sting out of a disappointing loss at Florida State on Jan. 22. The Tar Heels led the Seminoles by 24 points before Florida State stormed back to win 90-81 in overtime.

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No. 19 Providence 70, Miami 57

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rob Sanders scored 14 points to lead five players in double figures in the Friars' fourth straight victory.

Providence (18-5, 9-3) remained in second place in the Big East and matched the 2000-01 team for the school's best conference start.

Robert Hite had 15 points for Miami (13-14, 3-10), which lost its ninth straight.

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No. 21 Kansas 90, Iowa St. 89, OT

LAWRENCE, Kan. - J. R. Giddens had 24 points, including a crucial free throw with 3 seconds left in overtime, and Kansas held on after blowing a 17-point lead.

Will Blalock hit a 3-pointer at the final buzzer for the Cyclones, who lost their 23rd straight Big 12 road game despite outplaying the favored Jayhawks much of the game.

Keith Langford of Kansas (17-6, 9-3) made a great play to tie the game at 72 and put it in overtime, blocking Curtis Stinson's shot and then hitting a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left.

Stinson had 26 points for Iowa State (14-9, 5-7).

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No. 22 Texas Tech 76, Texas A&M 60

LUBBOCK, Texas - Andre Emmett of Texas Tech had 18 points and became the Big 12's all-time leading scorer. Emmett needed four points coming into the game to overtake Nick Collison of Kansas (2,097 points).

Texas Tech (19-7, 7-5) went up by double digits early in the first half and built the margin to 50-29 on a layup and free throw by Jarrius Jackson with 15:09 remaining in the game.

Antoine White had 17 points for the Aggies (7-16, 0-12).

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No. 23 Memphis 73, UAB 66

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -Sean Banks scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half to lead the Tigers, who took over first place in Conference USA.

Memphis (19-4, 10-2) won its 10th straight game, while UAB, which was trying to beat its second ranked team this week, had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Blazers (16-7, 9-3) beat No. 17 Cincinnati 80-69 on Wednesday night.

Antonio Burks had 16 points, six assists and five steals for Memphis.

Morris Finley led UAB with 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

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Vanderbilt 74, No. 24 LSU 54

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Matt Freije had 22 points and Dawid Przybyszewski was 5-for-5 on 3-pointers and added 21 points for the Commodores, who improved to 14-1 at home this season.

Vanderbilt (17-6, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) held LSU (17-6, 7-5) to a season-low 32 percent shooting, while Przybyszewski, a 7-foot-2 center, was hitting everything he put up from long range.

Antonio Hudson had 18 points for LSU, which lost its second straight since moving in the Top 25 this week. The Tigers played without leading scorer and rebounder Jamie Lloreda, who aggravated lower leg injuries in an 80-68 loss to Auburn earlier in the week and did not dress Saturday.

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Arkansas 82, No. 25 South Carolina 66

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Reserve Kendrick Davis scored 19 points and Ronnie Brewer added 17 to lead the Razorbacks (12-12, 4-9 Southeastern Conference), who ended a four-game losing streak.

Tre Kelly had 18 points for South Carolina (20-6, 7-5), which entered the game with the best defense in the SEC, and it forced 18 turnovers, but Arkansas also forced 18 turnovers that led to 19 points.

Arkansas was 22-of-24 from the free throw line, including 7-of-8 from reserve Jonathon Modica, who added 17 points.

Syracuse 57, Georgetown 54

WASHINGTON - Gerry McNamara got the ball without a second to spare, then stepped back and tossed in the game-winner at the buzzer.

McNamara, who had struggled with his outside shot most of the game, somehow found nothing but net to create another classic Big East moment between longtime rivals. The desperation heave gave Syracuse a 57-54 victory over Georgetown on Saturday.

"I just let it fly," said McNamara, who made his last three 3-pointers after missing six in a row. "It was probably the best shot I'd taken all day."

McNamara got the pass from Hakim Warrick, who had nearly lost control of the ball after hurriedly working the length of the court in traffic after Georgetown tied the game with 8.3 seconds left. McNamara had two defenders around him when he shot.

"I don't know how that shot could possibly go in," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "That was an incredible shot. I was getting ready for overtime."

Warrick had 19 points and five of Syracuse's 12 blocks, and McNamara finished with 13 points for the Orangemen (17-6, 7-5), who survived a season-high 25 turnovers and 50 percent shooting from the free throw line.




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