Thursday, January 31, 2002

Coleman, Rutgers rally past No. 17 Connecticut


No. 6 Oklahoma tops No. 9 Cowboys; Alabama rolls

The Associated Press

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Rutgers' Eugene Dabney grabs rebound from Connecticut's Caron Butler.
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        PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Jerome Coleman scored 26 points, including 14 of Rutgers' last 17, and the Scarlet Knights beat No.17 Connecticut 61-53 Wednesday for their first win over the Huskies since joining the Big East.

        “I didn't sense anyone was ready to take over the game, but I knew I had to step up when Rashod (Kent) went out with his fourth foul,” said Coleman, who was 8-for-17 from the field. “I didn't want to force anything, but my teammates believed in me and they kept giving me the ball,” said Coleman.

        It was Rutgers' first win over Connecticut since Feb.4, 1978. The Huskies had won nine straight since then and were 8-0 against the Scarlet Knights since Rutgers joined the conference in the 1995-96 season.

        Rutgers (13-7, 4-4) won for the third time in four games and ended Connecticut's six-game winning streak. It was the first conference loss for UConn (14-4, 6-1).

        Rutgers trailed 51-47 before Coleman scored seven straight points to start the Knights' 14-2 run over the final 3:44.

        Coleman hit two foul shots to make it 54-51 before a driving layup by Caron Butler pulled the Huskies within 55-53 with 2:17 remaining.

        Coleman then hit a 3-pointer with 1:47 left to make it 58-53 and start Rutgers on a 6-0 run to end it.

        “Rutgers took it from us; we were awful,” Huskies coach Jim Calhoun said. “I'm as upset as I've been in a very long time, not because we lost but because of the way we played.”

        UConn shot just 36.2 percent and committed 19 turnovers. Caron Butler led the Huskies with 20 points.

        Coupled with its win over then-No.24 Georgetown on Jan.5, Rutgers has defeated two ranked teams in the same season for the first time since beating three in the 1997-98 season. It is the highest ranked opponent Rutgers has defeated since No.16 Temple on Dec.20, 1997. CONNECTICUT (14-4) — Butler 7-15 6-11 20, Selvie 6-15 2-4 14, Okafor 1-3 1-2 3, Brown 2-9 0-0 4, Robertson 2-5 0-0 5, Gordon 3-9 0-0 7, Hayes 0-2 0-0 0, Hazleton 0-0 0-0 0, Wise 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-58 9-17 53.

        RUTGERS (13-7) — Dabney 4-8 1-2 9, Kent 1-5 1-4 3, Shields 2-6 0-2 5, Sherrod 3-10 1-2 7, Coleman 8-17 6-7 26, Lamizana 1-4 0-0 3, Wiggan 0-1 2-4 2, McCoy 0-1 0-0 0, Axani 3-4 0-0 6, Wright 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-56 11-21 61.

        Halftime—Rutgers 28, Connecticut 25. 3-Point goals— Connecticut 2-7 (Robertson 1-2, Gordon 1-3, Butler 0-1, Brown 0-1), Rutgers 6-18 (Coleman 4-10, Lamizana 1-2, Shields 1-3, Sherrod 0-1, Wiggan 0-1, McCoy 0-1). Fouled out—Brown, Robertson. Rebounds—Connecticut 47 (Selvie, Okafor 11), Rutgers 33 (Kent 7). Assists—Connecticut 8 (Brown 4), Rutgers 12 (Sherrod, Wiggan 3). Total fouls—Connecticut 19, Rutgers 16. Technical—None. A—7,526.

        No.6 Oklahoma 58, No.9 Oklahoma State 53
       

        NORMAN, Okla. — Hollis Price scored 17 points, six over the final 5:38, and Aaron McGhee had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and made a big basket and two free throws down the stretch for the Sooners (16-3, 5-2 Big 12).

        The Cowboys (17-4, 4-4) got a career-high 14 points from junior-college transfer Cheyne Gadson, who helped the Cowboys rally from a 16-point deficit in the first half. OSU's leading scorer, Maurice Baker, had just six points — 10 below his average.

        OKLAHOMA ST. (17-4) — Jonzen 3-9 2-2 8, McFarlin 2-3 4-6 8, Baker 2-11 2-2 6, V.Williams 4-13 4-5 12, Sanders 2-2 0-0 4, Crawford 0-0 0-0 0, Broxsie 0-0 1-3 1, Gadson 6-7 0-5 14, A.Williams 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-46 13-23 53.

        OKLAHOMA (16-3) — McGhee 2-11 6-6 10, Brown 2-3 0-1 4, Ere 5-10 0-0 12, White 3-3 0-0 7, Price 6-13 4-6 17, Detrick 1-2 0-0 2, Johnston 0-0 0-0 0, Selvy 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 22-47 10-14 58.

        Halftime—Oklahoma 29, Oklahoma St. 17. 3-Point goals—Oklahoma St. 2-8 (Gadson 2-2, Baker 0-3, V.Williams 0-3), Oklahoma 4-12 (Ere 2-5, White 1-1, Price 1-4, McGhee 0-2). Fouled out—White. Rebounds—Oklahoma St. 35 (Gadson 7), Oklahoma 20 (McGhee 11). Assists—Oklahoma St. 7 (V.Williams 3), Oklahoma 8 (White, Price 3). Total fouls—Oklahoma St. 19, Oklahoma 20. A—12,145.

        No.7 Alabama 109, Arkansas 94
       

        TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Crimson Tide built a 35-point lead in the second half to win for the 30th time in their last 31 games at Coleman Coliseum. The only loss came last season against the Razorbacks.

        Freshman point guard Maurice Williams had 13 points, seven assists and three steals for Alabama (18-3, 6-1 Southeastern Conference).

        Freshman Earnest Shelton and Rod Grizzard each had 21 points as Alabama snapped a three-game losing streak against Arkansas (11-9, 3-5).

        ARKANSAS (11-9) — Baker 0-1 1-2 1, Gomez 0-1 0-0 0, Tatus 0-3 0-0 0, Cleveland 2-5 2-2 6, Dean 1-2 0-0 2, Sullinger 4-9 3-4 11, Jones 6-13 5-7 18, Pargo 9-19 8-8 33, Eddins 4-5 0-0 11, Jordan 1-1 0-0 2, Gipson 1-4 0-0 2, Lane 0-1 0-0 0, Satchell 3-3 2-6 8. Totals 31-67 21-29 94.

        ALABAMA (18-3) — Dudley 3-7 6-8 12, Walker 2-3 1-1 5, Meade 6-12 0-0 15, Grizzard 6-10 9-14 21, Williams 4-8 4-4 13, Davis 0-0 0-2 0, Rambo 4-5 0-0 8, Shelton 6-11 3-3 21, Stinnett 2-3 2-2 8, Smith 0-2 1-2 1, Pettway 2-6 0-2 5. Totals 35-67 26-38 109.

        Halftime—Alabama 52, Arkansas 34. 3-Point goals— Arkansas 11-30 (Pargo 7-14, Eddins 3-4, Jones 1-3, Gipson 0-1, Baker 0-1, Dean 0-1, Tatum 0-2, Cleveland 0-2, Sullinger 0-2), Alabama 13-29 (Shelton 6-11, Meade 3-7, Stinnett 2-3, Williams 1-3, Pettway 1-4, Smith 0-1). Fouled out—Sullinger. Rebounds—Arkansas 39 (Jones 10), Alabama 39 (Dudley 10). Assists—Arkansas 15 (Pargo 6), Alabama 21 (Williams 7). Total fouls—Arkansas 29, Alabama 21. Technical—Alabama bench, Arkansas bench, Sullinger, Dudley. A—12,510.

        South Carolina 80, No.16 Georgia 67
       

        COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jamel Bradley scored a season-high 22 points and set the South Carolina record for career 3-pointers as the Gamecocks won their fourth straight game.

        Bradley had three first-half 3-pointers for the Gamecocks (13-7, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) and hit another during a 13-0 run in the second half. He finished with five 3-pointers and has 218 in his career, which moved him past BJ McKie, who had 215 from 1996-99, on South Carolina's career list.

        Ezra Williams, the SEC's leading scorer, was limited by foul trouble to 10 minutes in the first half and had 17 of his 19 points in the second for Georgia (16-5, 5-3), which lost its second straight game on the road.

        Jarvis Hayes scored 21 points to lead Georgia.

        GEORGIA (16-5) — Ja.Hayes 8-17 4-6 21, Daniels 4-5 2-2 10, Jo.Hayes 2-4 0-0 4, Wright 4-10 0-0 9, Williams 7-13 2-2 19, Dean 0-0 0-0 0, Patrick 0-0 0-0 0, Gibson 1-5 0-0 2, Thomas 1-3 0-2 2. Totals 27-57 8-12 67.

        SOUTH CAROLINA (13-7) — Powell 1-3 2-2 4, Warren 2-6 0-0 5, Howell 4-9 2-3 10, Bradley 6-14 5-7 22, Eidson 6-8 4-8 17, Lucas 2-6 0-0 5, Petravicius 1-3 4-4 6, Boynton 0-1 0-0 0, Kitchings 4-8 3-5 11. Totals 26-58 20-29 80.

        Halftime—South Carolina 38, Georgia 32. 3-Point goals—Georgia 5-19 (Williams 3-7, Wright 1-4, Ja.Hayes 1-5, Gibson 0-3), SCarolina 8-19 (Bradley 5-10, Warren 1-2, Eidson 1-2, Lucas 1-3, Powell 0-1, Boynton 0-1). Fouled out—Jo.Hayes, Lucas. Rebounds—Georgia 35 (Daniels 9), SCarolina 32 (Howell 8). Assists—Georgia 16 (Daniels 8), SCarolina 15 (Bradley 5). Total fouls—Georgia 24, SCarolina 16. Technicals—Georgia-bench; Daniels. A— 9,717.

        Nebraska 80, No.20 Texas Tech 69
       

        LINCOLN, Neb. — Cary Cochran scored 19 points as the Cornhuskers won consecutive games for the first time this season in conference play.

        John Robinson and Brennon Clemmons each scored 13 points and Jon Turek had 10 rebounds for Nebraska (10-9, 3-5 Big 12).

        Andre Emmett scored 17 points and Andy Ellis had 16 points and eight rebounds for Texas Tech (15-4, 4-3), which had 20 turnovers and never recovered from Nebraska's 22-6 run at the start of the second half.

        TEXAS TECH (15-4) — Storozynski 1-4 0-0 2, Powell 6-14 1-2 13, Ellis 6-12 4-5 16, Emmett 7-12 3-4 17, Chavis 0-4 0-0 0, Shropshire 1-3 0-0 3, Doudney 2-8 1-1 6, Marshall 3-5 2-3 8, Ross 1-1 0-0 2, Valdez 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 28-67 11-15 69.

        NEBRASKA (10-9) — Conklin 2-4 0-0 6, Turek 3-12 0-1 6, Robinson 4-12 4-4 13, Cochran 6-14 2-2 19, Muhleisen 3-10 4-4 11, Thomas 1-3 4-4 6, Simms 1-3 0-0 2, Buckendahl 2-3 0-0 4, Clemmons 6-13 0-1 13. Totals 28-74 14-16 80.

        Halftime—Nebraska 42, Texas Tech 38. 3-Point goals—Texas Tech 2-15 (Shropshire 1-2, Doudney 1-6, Valdez 0-1, Storozynski 0-1, Ellis 0-2, Chavis 0-3), Nebraska 10-28 (Cochran 5-12, Conklin 2-4, Clemmons 1-1, Muhleisen 1-4, Robinson 1-5, Simms 0-1, Buckendahl 0-1). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Texas Tech 49 (Ellis, Emmett 8), Nebraska 40 (Turek 10). Assists—Texas Tech 11 (Storozynski, Powell, Shropshire 2), Nebraska 14 (Robinson 5). Total fouls—Texas Tech 18, Nebraska 19. A—13,530.

        Notre Dame 89, No.21 Pittsburgh 76
       

        SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Chris Thomas and David Graves each scored 19 points and Ryan Humphrey added 17 as the Irish made 66.7 percent of their shots.

        The Panthers entered the game giving up an average of 57.3 points, second-fewest in the nation. It was only the third time this season they have given up more than 70 points, and the 89 points were the most given up by Pittsburgh since a 96-93 loss to Villanova in double overtime four years ago.

        The Irish (14-6, 4-3 Big East) swept the two-game regular-season series with the Panthers (18-4, 6-3) for the second straight year. The loss ended Pittsburgh's three-game winning.

        PITTSBURGH (18-4) — Zavackas 2-5 6-8 12, Morris 0-2 2-2 2, Page 3-7 0-0 7, Brown 7-12 1-2 15, Knight 7-17 3-7 20, Troutman 5-10 1-3 12, Johnson 2-6 0-2 4, McCarroll 0-1 0-0 0, Lett 2-4 0-1 4. Totals 28-64 13-25 76.

        NOTRE DAME (14-6) — Humphrey 8-12 1-2 17, Cornette 1-2 0-2 2, Thomas 6-9 6-7 19, Carroll 5-7 2-3 15, Jones 2-3 0-0 5, Graves 6-12 6-6 19, Swanagan 4-4 0-0 8, Timmermans 2-2 0-1 4. Totals 34-51 15-21 89.

        Halftime—Notre Dame 49, Pittsburgh 21. 3-Point Goals—Pittsburgh 7-22 (Knight 3-7, Zavackas 2-5, Troutman 1-2, Page 1-5, McCarroll 0-1, Johnson 0-2), Notre Dame 6-13 (Carroll 3-5, Jones 1-1, Thomas 1-2, Graves 1-4, Cornette 0-1). Fouled out—Lett, Humphrey, Carroll. Rebounds—Pittsburgh 29 (Brown 8), Notre Dame 34 (Swanagan 7). Assists—Pittsburgh 16 (Knight 7), Notre Dame 21 (Thomas 8). Total fouls—Pittsburgh 24, Notre Dame 25. Technicals—Lett, Johnson, Humphrey. A— 10,767.

        No.24 Wake Forest 82, N.C. State 81
       
RALEIGH, N.C. — Josh Howard matched his season high with 21 points, including two clutch free throws with 9.1 seconds left, for the Deamon Deacons (15-6, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

        N.C. State (16-5, 5-3) led by five points at halftime, but Wake Forest made eight of its first 12 shots in the second half to take control and snap the Wolfpack's four-game winning streak.

        WAKE FOREST (15-6) — Howard 5-10 9-11 21, Songaila 7-9 6-6 20, Scott 2-5 2-3 6, Downey 1-3 2-2 5, Dawson 3-7 0-0 7, Hicks 1-3 0-0 2, Levy 0-0 0-0 0, Danelius 4-6 5-6 13, Lepore 3-6 0-0 8. Totals 26-49 24-28 82.

        NC STATE (16-5) — Evtimov 0-4 0-1 0, Hodge 6-8 3-4 17, Powell 2-3 1-2 5, Grundy 8-17 6-7 24, Miller 6-11 6-7 22, Bell 0-0 0-0 0, Crawford 3-8 3-3 9, Collins 0-3 0-0 0, Melvin 1-5 2-2 4. Totals 26-59 21-26 81.

        Halftime—NC State 44-39. 3-point goals—Wake Forest 6-16 (Howard 2-2, Lepore 2-5, Downey 1-3, Dawson 1-4, Hicks 0-1, Danelius 0-1), NC State 8-20 (Miller 4-7, Hodge 2-3, Grundy 2-5, Evtimov 0-1, Collins 0-1, Melvin 0-3). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Wake Forest 32 (Howard, Songaila 9), NC State 28 (Grundy 7). Assists—Wake Forest 14 (Howard 5), NC State 14 (Grundy 6). Total fouls—Wake Forest 24, NC State 22. A—17,937.

       



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