Sunday, March 7, 2004

Top 25 roundup: Duke back on winning track


After rare Cameron loss, Blue Devils rebound by beating North Carolina

The Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. - Luol Deng ended his slump and Duke's home skid at one game.

The freshman forward bounced back from his worst outing of the season with 25 points in the third-ranked Blue Devils' 70-65 victory over No. 14 North Carolina on Saturday night.

"He's a freshman. People keep forgetting that," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "The same freshman who was 1-for-14 on Wednesday gave one of the great performances in a Duke-Carolina game. He was sensational. To go 12-for-16 and respond after that type of game the way he did was phenomenal. That sets him apart."

The game was another great one in what many consider the best rivalry in college basketball.

"These kids lived up to the hype of what a Duke-Carolina game should be," Krzyzewski said.

The Blue Devils (25-4, 13-3) had already clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title for the sixth time in eight years, but they were coming off a rare home loss.

Georgia Tech beat Duke 76-68 on Wednesday night to snap the Blue Devils' 41-game home winning streak, the longest in the nation. With a new streak started, Duke can now look to win its sixth straight ACC tournament championship next week.

The win was the 14th in 16 games for Duke against North Carolina (18-9, 8-8), including an 83-81 overtime victory in Chapel Hill on Feb. 5.

NORTH CAROLINA (18-9)-J.Williams 4-11 0-0 8, McCants 7-16 3-4 20, May 6-17 2-3 14, Scott 1-7 0-0 3, Felton 2-7 0-0 4, Terry 0-1 0-0 0, Manuel 1-2 1-2 4, Noel 3-4 6-8 12, Sanders 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-65 12-17 65.

DUKE (25-4)-Horvath 0-1 1-4 1, S.Williams 2-6 0-2 4, Redick 3-9 8-8 15, Ewing 4-11 1-2 11, Duhon 6-12 0-0 12, Deng 12-16 1-2 25, Dockery 0-1 0-0 0, Ranolph 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 28-58 11-18 70.

Halftime-N. Carolina 33-30. 3-Point goals-N. Carolina 5-22 (McCants 3-9, Manuel 1-1, Scott 1-5, Terry 0-1, Felton 0-3, J.Williams 0-3), Duke 3-11 (Ewing 2-5, Redick 1-4, Duhon 0-2). Fouled out-Manuel. Rebounds-N. Carolina 43 (May 15), Duke 31 (S.Williams, Duhon, Deng 5). A-9,314.

No. 6 Pittsburgh 59, Villanova 45

PITTSBURGH - Chris Taft led Pittsburgh's comeback from its worst start of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the Panthers wrapped up the top seed in the Big East Tournament. Connecticut can tie Pitt (27-3, 13-3) for the regular-season title by beating Syracuse today, but the Panthers own the tiebreaker.

Allen Ray scored 24 points for Villanova, which led 17-3 midway through the first half only to be held to 28 points the rest of the game.

VILLANOVA (14-15)-Ray 8-23 4-4 24, Sumpter 1-4 0-0 2, Fraser 1-1 0-0 2, Foye 2-9 3-6 8, Nardi 1-5 1-2 4, Snowden 1-1 0-0 2, Charles 1-2 0-0 2, Sheridan 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 15-46 9-14 45.

PITTSBURGH (27-3)-Troutman 6-12 4-5 17, Brown 2-5 2-2 7, Taft 7-10 2-6 16, Page 0-8 5-6 5, Krauser 1-9 9-10 11, Demetris 0-0 0-0 0, Turner 1-1 0-0 2, Kendall 0-0 0-0 0, McCarroll 0-1 0-0 0, Graves 0-2 0-0 0, Gray 0-0 0-0 0, Morris 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 17-48 23-31 59.

Halftime-Villanova 22-17. 3-Point goals-Villanova 6-17 (Ray 4-11, Foye 1-2, Nardi 1-4), Pittsburgh 2-12 (Troutman 1-2, Brown 1-2, Krauser 0-1, McCarroll 0-1, Graves 0-1, Page 0-5). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Villanova 32 (Foye 6), Pittsburgh 35 (Taft 11). A-12,508.

No. 8 Oklahoma State 70, Texas A&M 41

STILLWATER, Okla. - John Lucas scored 20 points to help the Cowboys claim sole possession of the Big 12 championship.

Oklahoma State (24-3, 14-2) clinched its first outright conference title since 1964-65 in the former Big Eight.

TEXAS A&M (7-20)-Anderson 4-8 1-2 10, Wright 2-11 4-6 8, Slocum 1-4 0-0 2, Law 4-9 2-2 10, Garcia-Morales 0-1 0-0 0, King 0-2 0-0 0, Clemente 0-2 0-0 0, Leal 0-0 0-0 0, Turner 3-6 0-0 7, Blanks 1-3 0-0 2, Leach 1-1 0-1 2, Watkins 0-0 0-0 0, Pompay 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-47 7-11 41.

OKLAHOMA ST. (24-3)-McFarlin 0-2 0-2 0, Miller 0-0 2-4 2, Lucas 8-14 0-0 20, Allen 5-13 0-0 10, Weatherspoon 3-5 2-4 8, Steyn 0-0 2-4 2, J.Graham 4-5 5-6 14, Bobik 2-4 1-1 6, S.Graham 1-1 0-0 2, Monds 0-0 0-0 0, Crawford 2-2 2-2 6. Totals 25-46 14-23 70.

Halftime-Oklahoma St. 30-16. 3-Point goals-Texas A&M 2-12 (Anderson 1-2, Turner 1-2, Wright 0-5, Law 0-1, Garcia-Morales 0-1, King 0-1). Oklahoma St. 6-15 (Lucas 4-9, J.Graham 1-1, Bobik 1-3, Allen 0-2). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Texas A&M 25 (Slocum 7), Oklahoma 34 (Allen, Weatherspoon 6). A-12,686.

Kansas State 58, No. 10 Texas 48

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Tim Ellis hit six free throws in the final 52 seconds and the Wildcats won despite setting an arena record for fewest points in a half. Kansas State (14-13, 6-10 Big 12) scored only 17 points in the first half, the fewest since Bramlage Coliseum opened in 1988.

The Longhorns (21-6, 12-4) mostly fired 3-pointers but hit only nine of 32.

TEXAS (21-6)-Tucker 0-0 1-2 1, Buckman 0-1 1-2 1, Thomas 3-4 0-2 6, Mouton 3-12 1-1 9, Ivey 2-2 1-2 6, Moreno 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor 3-12 2-3 11, Harris 3-8 1-2 10, Klotz 1-6 2-2 4, Boddicker 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 15-50 9-16 48.

KANSAS STATE (14-13)-Massey 3-9 8-12 14, Hayden 1-4 0-0 2, Ellis 3-9 6-9 13, Richards 1-3 2-2 4, Hart 2-9 2-2 8, Harris 0-3 0-2 0, Willingham 1-2 0-0 3, Martin 2-4 0-0 5, Diarra 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 1-2 1-2 3, Hughes 3-5 0-2 6. Totals 17-50 19-31 58.

Halftime-Texas 22, Kansas St. 17. 3-Point goals-Texas 9-32 (Harris 3-8, Taylor 3-11, Mouton 2-7, Ivey 1-1, Boddicker 0-5), Kansas St. 5-15 (Hart 2-5, Willingham 1-2, Martin 1-2, Ellis 1-3, Harris 0-3). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Texas 32 (Thomas, Ivey 7), Kansas St. 42 (Massey 10). A-8,905.

No. 15 Southern Illinois 93, Evansville 67

ST. LOUIS - Darren Brooks gave the Salukis a fast start with eight points in the first 3 1/2 minutes and finished with 18 in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

EVANSVILLE (7-22)-Cuffle 5-11 1-1 13, Webster 2-7 3-3 7, Strickland 5-13 2-4 12, Anslinger 0-2 0-0 0, Wagner 3-9 1-2 7, Burton 4-11 1-2 10, Petty 2-3 0-0 6, Nelson 1-2 4-4 6, Ottens 0-1 2-2 2, Gore 0-1 2-2 2, Welch 0-0 0-0 0, Kealing 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 23-61 16-20 67.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (25-3)-Willis 5-7 1-2 11, Korn 3-10 3-4 10, Brooks 7-11 1-1 18, Turner 1-9 0-0 3, Hairston 1-4 5-6 7, Tatum 3-6 2-2 9, Owen 8-11 2-2 18, Young 3-6 2-2 10, Warren 1-4 3-4 5, Hughes 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 33-72 19-23 93.

Halftime-S. Illinois 37-25. 3-Point Goals-Evansville 5-19 (Petty 2-3, Cuffle 2-6, Burton 1-1, Gore 0-1, Ottens 0-1, Anslinger 0-2, Wagner 0-2, Webster 0-3), S. Illinois 8-26 (Brooks 3-4, Young 2-5, Tatum 1-2, Korn 1-5, Turner 1-6, Hughes 0-1, Hairston 0-3). Fouled out-Tatum. Rebounds-Evansville 39 (Strickland 8), S. Illinois 45 (Willis, Owen 9). A-NA.

No. 16 N. C. State 81, No. 11 Wake Forest 70

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Engin Atsur made a career-high five 3-pointers to help the Wolfpack lock up second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, their best conference finish since 1989. N.C. State overcame the absence of star Scooter Sherrill, who has a sprained ankle.

Wake Forest (19-8, 9-7) had a chance to tie N.C. State (19-8, 11-5) for second place but instead can wind up seeded anywhere from third to fifth in the ACC Tournament.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE (19-8)-Hodge 7-9 1-2 17, Melvin 3-9 6-6 12, Collins 3-7 4-4 11, Bennerman 5-9 4-7 16, Atsur 6-8 0-0 17, Evtimov 3-7 0-0 8, O'Donnell 0-0 0-0 0, Watkins 0-1 0-0 0, Roach 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-50 15-19 81.

WAKE FOREST (18-8)-Levy 0-3 0-0 0, Danelius 1-3 0-0 2, Williams 7-8 4-4 18, Gray 6-15 8-9 23, Paul 3-5 4-4 12, Downey 5-11 2-2 14, Strickland 0-1 0-0 0, Hendley 0-0 0-0 0, Visser 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 22-46 19-21 70.

Halftime-Wake Forest 40-38. 3-Point goals-NC State 12-23 (Atsur 5-7, Hodge 2-2, Bennerman 2-4, Evtimov 2-4, Collins 1-2, Watkins 0-1, Melvin 0-3), Wake Forest 7-23 (Gray 3-10, Paul 2-3, Downey 2-7, Levy 0-1, Danelius 0-2). Fouled out-Bennerman, Strickland. Rebounds-NC State 24 (Melvin 7), Wake Forest 28 (Levy 8). A-14,665.

Boston College 63, No. 12 Providence 54

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Jared Dudley had 15 points and eight rebounds, and the Eagles held the Friars to 15 first-half points. The Eagles (21-8, 10-6 Big East) could earn a first-round bye in the conference tournament if Syracuse loses to Connecticut and Seton Hall beats Rutgers today.

Providence (20-7, 11-5) lost its second straight game.

BOSTON COLLEGE (21-8)-Smith 5-7 2-4 12, Dudley 5-8 5-7 15, Agbai 4-7 0-0 8, Hinnant 1-3 4-4 6, Marshall 2-4 0-0 6, Watson 1-3 6-10 8, Hailey 2-6 4-4 8, Doornekamp 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 20-42 21-29 63.

PROVIDENCE (20-7)-Gomes 4-15 4-4 13, Sanders 2-9 0-2 4, Douthit 3-6 1-1 7, McGrath 3-12 1-2 8, Kabba 3-12 6-6 13, Brown 0-1 1-2 1, Anrin 0-1 0-0 0, Brewington 2-3 0-0 4, Kotti 0-1 4-4 4. Totals 17-60 17-21 54.

Halftime-Boston College 33-15. 3-Point goals-Boston College 2-7 (Marshall 2-3, Dudley 0-1, Agbai 0-1, Hinnant 0-1, Hailey 0-1), Providence 3-22 (Kabba 1-6, McGrath 1-8, Gomes 1-3, Sanders 0-3, Anrin 0-1, Brewington 0-1). Fouled out-Smith, Sanders. Rebounds-Boston College 35 (Agbai 9), Providence 35 (Gomes 7). A-12,993.

No. 17 Wisconsin 70, Indiana 52

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Devin Harris scored 26 points, including 16 in the game's first 13 minutes, and the Badgers moved in position to claim a share of their third straight Big Ten title.

Wisconsin (21-7, 12-4) needs No. 18 Illinois to lose today at Ohio State to tie for the conference crown.

The Hoosiers (13-14, 7-9) shot just 34.5 percent from the field and were just 6-of-23 from 3-point range.

WISCONSIN (21-6)-Wilkinson 5-11 2-2 13, Mader 0-3 0-0 0, Wade 2-5 2-2 6, Owens 0-2 2-4 2, Harris 8-13 5-7 26, Ukawuba 0-0 1-2 1, Nixon 1-2 0-0 2, Hanson 1-3 2-3 4, Helmigk 1-2 1-2 3, Taylor 1-1 0-0 2, Morley 5-7 1-1 11. Totals 24-49 16-23 70.

INDIANA (13-14)-Moye 5-10 0-0 11, Ewing Jr. 1-2 2-3 4, Leach 3-7 4-6 10, Wright 4-16 0-0 8, Strickland 2-10 0-0 6, Wilmont 0-1 0-0 0, Suhr 0-0 0-0 0, Perry 3-8 0-0 7, Johnson 1-2 0-0 3, Roberts 0-0 0-0 0, Tapak 1-2 0-0 3, Stewart 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-58 6-9 52.

Halftime-Wisconsin 33-18. 3-Point goals-Wisconsin 6-17 (Harris 5-8, Wilkinson 1-6, Hanson 0-1, Morley 0-2), Indiana 6-26 (Strickland 2-6, Tapak 1-2, Johnson 1-2, Moye 1-3, Perry 1-4, Wilmont 0-1, Wright 0-8). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Wisconsin 33 (Morley 8), Indiana 35 (Moye 9). A-17,302.

No. 19 Georgia Tech 63, Florida State 60

ATLANTA - Marvin Lewis scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half for the Yellow Jackets (22-8, 9-7 ACC).

Jarrett Jack added 18 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and six assists.

Adam Waleskowski and Anthony Richardson each had 12 points for the Seminoles (18-12, 6-10), who finished 0-8 on the road in the ACC.

FLORIDA ST. (18-12)-Joiner 0-5 0-0 0, A.Johnson 2-5 8-10 12, N.Johnson 4-9 0-0 10, Wilson 0-4 0-0 0, Pickett 4-9 0-2 10, Galloway 1-3 1-2 4, Wafer 3-12 2-3 9, Waleskowski 5-11 2-2 12, Richardson 0-2 3-4 3. Totals 19-60 16-23 60.

GEORGIA TECH (22-8)-Lewis 7-12 2-2 21, Moore 1-4 2-4 4, Brooks 0-1 0-0 0, Jack 6-12 5-8 18, Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Elder 3-8 3-4 10, Muhammad 0-2 2-2 2, Schenscher 1-5 1-2 3, Tarver 1-1 1-1 3, McHenry 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 20-47 16-23 63.

Halftime-FSU 29-25. 3-Point-FSU 6-31 (N.Johnson 2-7, Pickett 2-7, Galloway 1-3, Wafer 1-5, Joiner 0-2, Wilson 0-3, Waleskowski 0-4). GT 7-21 (Lewis 5-10, Jack 1-4, Elder 1-5, Moore 0-1, McHenry 0-1). Rebounds-FSU 35 (Wafer 6), GT 42 (Jack 12). Total fouls-FSU 20, GT 18. A-9,191.




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