Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Top 25: No. 3 Panthers dispatch Hoyas


No.6 Cowboys, No.12 Heels lose

The Associated Press

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Georgetown's Brandon Bowman defends against Pittsburgh's Mark McCarroll in the second half.
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WASHINGTON - Carl Krauser scored 19 of his career-high 26 points in the second half, and third-ranked Pittsburgh overcame 23 turnovers and a 10-point second-half deficit Tuesday night to beat Georgetown 68-58.

Pittsburgh (25-2, 11-2 Big East) got its Division I-leading 25th win, even though the Panthers scored a season-low 20 points in the first half and trailed at one point by 13, matching their biggest deficit of the season.

The Panthers trailed 39-31 with 12:50 to play and seemed to have no solution for Georgetown's mix of man and zone, but Krauser led a 19-0 run that gave Pittsburgh its first lead and effectively sealed the game. Krauser scored 11 points during the run, and even his air ball from the baseline was tipped in by Chevon Troutman to put the Panthers ahead.

Gerald Riley scored 25 points to lead Georgetown (13-11, 4-9), which lost its fifth straight and stayed on pace to hold the last seed in the Big East tournament. The Hoyas, who have struggled from the field in recent games, lost their lead with a 7:48 scoring drought.

PITTSBURGH (25-2)-Page 0-7 4-6 4, Troutman 5-6 3-4 13, Brown 3-5 3-4 9, Krauser 7-14 9-12 26, Taft 5-7 2-4 12, Demetris 0-0 0-0 0, McCarroll 1-1 1-3 4, Graves 0-0 0-0 0, Morris 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-40 22-33 68.

GEORGETOWN (13-11)-Cook 6-12 1-2 15, Bowman 4-15 2-2 10, Freeman 2-6 0-0 4, Owens 2-3 0-0 4, Riley 10-21 3-4 25, Faulkner 0-0 0-0 0, Reed 0-0 0-0 0, Causey 0-0 0-0 0, Kilkenny-Diaw 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 24-57 6-10 58.

Halftime-Georgetown 28-20. 3-Point goals-Pittsburgh 4-15 (Krauser 3-7, McCarroll 1-1, Brown 0-1, Page 0-6), Georgetown 4-17 (Cook 2-7, Riley 2-7, Bowman 0-3

Virginia 74, No. 12 North Carolina 72

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Todd Billet hit his third decisive 3-pointer in four games, connecting with 13 seconds left Tuesday night to give Virginia a 74-72 victory over No. 12 North Carolina.

The Cavaliers (15-10, 5-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) led briefly only twice in the second half before Billet came around a screen and shot with defender Raymond Felton in no position to stop him.

NORTH CAROLINA (16-8)-Williams 3-6 2-3 8, McCants 3-9 1-2 8, May 8-14 4-5 20, Scott 2-11 0-0 4, Felton 6-11 0-0 16, Manuel 3-7 2-2 8, Bohlander 0-0 0-0 0, Holley 0-0 0-0 0, Noel 4-5 0-0 8, Sanders 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-63 9-12 72.

VIRGINIA (15-10)-Clark 2-5 1-2 5, Brown 3-11 3-6 9, Reynolds 5-12 1-1 14, Bannister 1-4 0-0 2, Billet 3-8 3-4 12, Byars 1-5 0-0 2, Mapp 1-2 0-0 3, Forbes 3-5 1-1 7, Smith 6-10 6-7 20, Minter 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-64 15-21 74.

Halftime-North Carolina 40-37. 3-Point goals-North Carolina 5-18 (Felton 4-7, McCants 1-3, Noel 0-1, Williams 0-2, Scott 0-5), Virginia 9-24 (Billet 3-7, Reynolds 3-8, Smith 2-5, Mapp 1-2, Brown 0-1, Forbes 0-1).

Missouri 93, No. 6 Oklahoma St. 92, 2OT

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Missouri surrendered a nine-point lead in the final 3:08 of regulation, but Arthur Johnson's free throws with 30.3 seconds left in the second overtime. A last-second jumper by Oklahoma State's John Lucas bounced off the rim, giving the Tigers (14-10, 8-5 Big 12) their fifth straight win and putting them back in contention for an NCAA Tournament berth. The loss ended an 11-game winning streak for OSU (21-3, 11-3) and dropped the Cowboys into a first-place Big 12 tie with Texas.

OKLAHOMA STATE (21-3)-J.Graham 3-8 2-2 9, McFarlin 5-8 0-0 10, Lucas 10-17 4-4 30, Bobik 0-7 0-1 0, Allen 8-19 7-10 24, S.Graham 0-1 2-2 2, Weatherspoon 3-7 3-4 9, Miller 1-4 4-4 6, Crawford 0-2 2-4 2. Totals 30-73 24-31 92.

MISSOURI (14-10)-Bryant 5-9 2-2 12, Johnson 10-23 9-14 29, McKinney 2-7 1-2 5, Gardner 3-7 0-0 8, Paulding 9-17 8-10 31, Conley 3-7 1-1 8, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Kroeke 0-0 0-0 0, Laurie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-70 21-29 93.

Halftime-Missouri 50-39. End of Regulation-Tied at 73. End of 1st Overtime-Tied at 82. 3-Point Goals-Oklahoma State 8-24 (Lucas 6-11, J.Graham 1-3, Allen 1-3, Weatherspoon 0-1, Bobik 0-6), Missouri 8-18 (Paulding 5-6, Gardner 2-5, Conley 1-3, Bryant 0-1, McKinney 0-3).

No. 8 UConn 71, St. John's 53

NEW YORK - Emeka Okafor had a double-double in the first half and Rashad Anderson scored 11 points during a big run to open the second, helping the Huskies beat St. John's at Madison Square Garden.

Okafor, who finished with 22 points and 18 rebounds, had 11 of each at halftime for his 18th double-double of the season and the 47th of his career.

The Huskies (22-5, 10-3 Big East) closed the first half with a 19-6 run to take a 33-16 lead. The Red Storm (6-18, 1-12) were just 3-for-32 from the field in the half (9.4 percent) and, despite a second-half run that got the building energized, they set a school record for losses in a season.

CONNECTICUT (22-5)-Anderson 6-14 0-0 17, Boone 1-3 0-2 2, Okafor 6-10 10-13 22, T.Brown 1-7 4-4 6, Gordon 4-10 1-2 13, Villanueva 2-7 0-0 4, D.Brown 2-7 2-2 7, Armstrong 0-2 0-0 0, Tooles 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-60 17-23 71.

ST. JOHN'S (6-18)-Cuffe 5-13 5-6 16, Missere 3-6 0-0 6, Johnson 1-4 0-1 2, Hill 8-25 5-5 21, Stanley 3-14 0-0 6, Jones 1-7 0-0 2, McDonald 0-0 0-0 0, Roach 0-1 0-0 0, Mayo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-70 10-12 53.

Halftime-Connecticut 33-16. 3-Point goals-Connecticut 10-22 (Anderson 5-12, Gordon 4-7, D.Brown 1-2, Villanueva 0-1), St. John's 1-9 (Cuffe 1-1, Stanley 0-2, Hill 0-6).

No. 19 Memphis 74, Southern Mississippi 56

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -Sean Banks scored 22 points and Memphis beat Southern Mississippi for its 11th straight victory. Rodney Carney scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half for Memphis (20-4, 11-2 Conference USA).

Nebraska 72, No. 25 Texas Tech 44

LINCOLN, Neb. - Nate Johnson had 17 points and nine rebounds and Nebraska handed Texas Tech its worst loss in two years.

The Red Raiders (19-8, 7-6 Big 12) shot just 18.5 percent in the second half while losing their fifth straight road game and for the sixth time in nine games overall.

Nebraska (15-9, 5-8) outrebounded the Raiders 25-11 in the first half and 51-24 for the game.

TEXAS TECH (19-8)-Giles 3-10 3-3 9, Tomaszek 3-8 0-0 6, Emmett 4-11 1-4 9, Jackson 4-7 1-3 10, Ross 0-3 0-0 0, Coffman 0-2 2-2 2, M. Marshall 1-4 0-0 2, C. Marshall 0-3 1-2 1, Washington 1-2 2-2 4, Works 0-0 1-2 1. Tot 16-52 11-20 44.

NEBRASKA (15-9);-Conklin 4-5 0-0 11, Drevo 4-10 4-6 13, Johnson 7-9 3-3 17, Neal 2-5 0-0 4, Mulheisen 0-2 0-0 0, Dourisseau 3-7 0-1 7, Stegall 1-1 0-0 2, Wilkinson 1-2 3-4 6, Schliep 0-0 1-2 1, Simms 2-7 3-3 7, Turek 1-5 2-4 4. Totals 25-53 16-24 72.

Halftime-Nebraska 34, Texas Tech 44. 3-Point goals-Texas Tech 1-5 (Jackson 1-1), Nebraska 6-17 (Conklin 3-4, Drevo 1-3, Dourisseau 1-4, Wilkinson 1-1).

No. 13 Providence 73, Notre Dame 59

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Ryan Gomes scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half and Rob Sanders added 17 points to lead Providence.

The Friars held Notre Dame to 32 percent shooting, holding the Irish more than 9 minutes without a basket in both halves. The Friars used a 14-2 run early in the second half to take control, with Gomes scoring five points during the run. Gomes, who also had 12 rebounds, converted on three three-point plays in the second half.

Providence (19-5, 10-3 Big East), which has won five straight, kept alive its hopes for capturing a share of the league title. The Friars, who are seven games above .500 in Big East play for the first time ever, are a game behind first-place Pittsburgh with three games left, including a March 2 game at home against the Panthers.

The loss hurts the hopes of Notre Dame (13-11, 7-7) for a fourth straight NCAA berth.

PROVIDENCE (19-5)-Gomes 8-18 8-10 25, Douthit 2-8 0-0 4, Sanders 5-8 5-6 17, McGrath 6-10 0-0 16, Kabba 2-5 2-2 6, Anrin 0-1 0-0 0, Brewington 2-4 0-0 4, Kotti 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 25-54 16-20 73.

NOTRE DAME (13-11)-J.Cornette 4-7 2-2 12, Timmermans 0-2 3-6 3, Thomas 6-18 7-8 23, Quinn 4-9 4-6 13, Jones 3-9 0-1 6, R.Cornett 0-3 2-4 2, Falls 0-5 0-0 0, Carter 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-54 18-27 59.

Halftime-Providence 24-23. 3-Point Goals-Providence 7-14 (McGrath 4-6, Sanders 2-3, Gomes 1-3, Anrin 0-1, Brewington 0-1), ND 7-29 (Thomas 4-13, J.Cornette 2-4, Quinn 1-5, Timmermans 0-1, Jones 0-1, Carter 0-1, Falls 0-4).

No. 16 Southern Illinois 68, Creighton 60

CARBONDALE, Ill. - Darren Brooks had 14 points and hit a late jumper to lead Southern Illinois to its 15th straight victory. Southern Illinois (23-2, 16-0 Missouri Valley) has already won the conference title, its third straight. The Salukis are one win away from finishing with a perfect record in the league.

The Salukis nearly blew a 17-point lead in the second half. Creighton (19-6, 11-5) had cut the deficit to 61-58 when Brooks made a long jumper with 1:36 remaining. After a steal by Stetson Hairston, Brooks made a free throw to extend the lead back to six points with a minute left.

CREIGHTON (19-6)-Lindeman 0-3 0-0 0, Grimes 4-6 1-1 9, Deren 5-13 3-4 13, Funk 6-10 2-2 15, Mathies 1-4 0-0 2, Miliner 3-10 2-3 10, Dabbert 4-7 1-2 9, Motz 0-0 0-0 0, Henderson 0-0 2-2 2, Tolliver 0-0 0-0 0. Tot. 23-53 11-14 60.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (23-2)-Korn 2-7 5-8 10, Willis 1-4 0-0 2, Brooks 6-14 2-5 14, Turner 1-3 2-2 5, Hairston 3-8 3-3 10, Tatum 1-4 3-4 6, Owen 4-7 4-5 12, Young 2-4 0-0 5, Warren 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 22-54 19-27 68.

Halftime-S. Illinois 40-25. 3-Point goals-Creighton 3-10 (Miliner 2-6, Funk 1-3, Mathies 0-1), S. Ill. 5-14 (Young 1-1, Hairston 1-2, Tatum 1-2, Turner 1-3, Korn 1-4, Brooks 0-2).




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