Sunday, January 12, 2003

Okafor plays little, comes up big


Top 25 roundup

The Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. - Sidelined most of the game with foul trouble, Emeka Okafor made his few minutes count for Connecticut.

Okafor scrambled for a loose ball, fought through a double-team and hit a layup for the go-ahead basket with 2:34 left in overtime, and the third-ranked Huskies edged Miami 83-80 on Saturday.

Ben Gordon's 26 points and eight rebounds helped UConn rebound from its first loss, a 10-point defeat at No. 9 Oklahoma on Tuesday.

Okafor, the Huskies' leading rebounder and shot blocker, played just six minutes in the first half and little in the second after picking up his fourth foul with 10 minutes left.

But Okafor was on the floor for the entire extra period, and his layup gave UConn a 78-76 lead.

MIAMI (7-6, 0-2 Big East)-Rice 9-19 7-11 28, Jones 8-16 8-8 26, Coelho 4-5 0-0 11, Surratt 3-7 0-0 7, Hite 1-6 2-2 4, Simmons 1-4 0-0 2, Djahue 0-3 2-2 2, Wilkins 0-0 0-0 0, Hamilton 0-1 0-0 0, Totals 26-61 19-23 80.

CONNECTICUT (10-1, 1-0)-Gordon 6-16 10-11 26, D.Brown 5-6 6-6 18, Robertson 4-7 2-2 11, T.Brown 5-9 1-2 11, Okafor 3-4 1-4 7, Tooles 1-1 1-2 3, Armstrong 1-2 1-2 3, J.Brown 1-1 0-0 2, White 0-0 2-2 2, Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, Hayes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-47 24-31 83.

Halftime-Connecticut 38-36. End of Regulation-71-71.

No. 2 Arizona 79, Washington 61

TUCSON, Ariz. - Salim Stoudamire matched his season high with 23 points, and the Wildcats' 18-4 second-half run helped keep them unbeaten in the Pacific-10 Conference.

WASHINGTON (6-7, 1-3 Pac-10)-Jones 3-5 1-1 7, Wrenn 5-10 0-0 11, Washington 3-3 2-4 8, Conroy 1-6 4-4 6, Allen 2-8 0-0 5, Massingale 0-4 2-2 2, Robinson 5-11 0-0 11, Day 3-7 0-0 6, Jensen 2-4 1-2 5, Hudson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-58 10-13 61.

ARIZONA (11-1, 4-0)-Walton 3-6 1-4 7, Anderson 2-4 2-4 6, Frye 4-5 2-3 10, Stoudamire 6-11 8-8 23, Gardner 4-12 3-4 11, Fox 0-0 0-2 0, Rodgers 2-3 0-0 4, Adams 4-9 0-0 8, Iguodala 1-6 2-4 4, Latimore 3-4 0-1 6. Totals 29-60 18-30 79.

Halftime-Arizona 37-28.

Vanderbilt 70, No. 4 Alabama 69

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Russell Lakey hit two 3-pointers down the stretch and Matt Freije scored 19 points as the Commodores stunned the Crimson Tide.

Vanderbilt beat its first top-five opponent since a 75-71 victory over then-No. 4 UCLA on Nov. 22, 1995, in the Maui Invitational. Alabama hasn't beaten the Commodores in Memorial Gym since 1990, a span of seven games.

ALABAMA (11-2, 1-1 SEC)-Winston 6-18 2-6 14, Walker 7-9 2-3 16, Dudley 3-7 3-4 9, Meade 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 8-15 1-1 23, Davis 1-2 0-0 2, Thomas 0-1 0-0 0, Shelton 1-2 0-1 3, Pettway 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 27-56 8-15 69.

VANDERBILT (8-5, 1-1)-Thornton 3-8 3-4 9, Freije 8-10 1-1 19, Smith 1-2 3-4 6, Holwerda 0-1 0-0 0, Lakey 3-7 1-2 10, Moore 1-4 0-1 3, Payton 0-0 0-0 0, Przybyszewski 2-3 0-0 5, Hundley 4-6 4-5 12, Terrell 3-3 0-0 6. Totals 25-44 12-17 70.

Halftime-Vanderbilt 36-30.

LSU 85, No. 7 Mississippi St. 72

BATON ROUGE, La. - Jaime Lloreda scored 19 points, while Ronald Dupree had 18 points and 12 rebounds, leading the Tigers to their second win over a top-10 team this season. LSU beat then-No. 1 Arizona 66-65 on Dec. 21.

MISSISSIPPI ST. (10-3, 0-2 SEC)-Harper 2-9 0-0 5, Ignerski 5-10 2-2 14, Campbell 3-3 0-0 6, Bowers 6-10 0-0 17, Zimmerman 2-5 0-0 4, Cowherd 0-0 0-0 0, Frazier 3-8 1-2 9, Vincent 0-3 0-0 0, Austin 6-10 5-6 17, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-58 8-10 72.

LSU (11-2, 1-1)-Dupree 5-10 8-9 18, Lloreda 9-16 1-3 19, Bright 7-7 1-1 17, Temple 3-6 0-0 7, Hudson 1-4 1-2 4, Mitchell 3-4 4-6 12, Thompson 1-1 0-0 2, Bridgewater 3-3 0-0 6. Totals 32-51 15-21 85.

Halftime-LSU 39-33.

No. 8 Texas 70, Iowa St. 50

AUSTIN, Texas - Brian Boddicker and T.J. Ford each scored 11 points, and Jason Klotz, Sydmill Harris, Royal Ivey and Brandon Mouton added 10 apiece for the Longhorns, who shot better than 40 percent for the first time in four games.

IOWA ST. (10-3, 0-2 Big 12)-Vroman 0-3 0-0 0, Homan 1-7 0-0 2, Sullivan 9-15 2-2 23, Haluska 3-6 1-2 9, Barnes 2-9 1-2 6, Bynum 0-0 0-0 0, Varley 0-0 0-0 0, Alexander 3-11 0-1 6, Jefferson 2-5 0-0 4, Skoglund 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-56 4-7 50.

TEXAS (10-2, 1-0)-Buckman 4-4 0-1 8, Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, Mouton 4-9 1-2 10, Ford 4-12 2-2 11, Ivey 1-3 8-10 10, Harris 3-5 1-2 10, Klotz 4-6 2-2 10, Ross 0-0 0-0 0, Boddicker 4-12 1-3 11. Totals 24-53 15-22 70.

Halftime-Texas 34-21.

No. 9 Oklahoma 69, Colorado 54

NORMAN, Okla. - In the Big 12 opener for both teams, the Sooners held the Buffaloes to their lowest point total since a 78-35 loss to Texas in the 2000 Big 12 Tournament.

Ebi Ere scored 20 points and Hollis Price added 19 for Oklahoma, which won easily despite shooting only 34.9 percent.

COLORADO (10-4, 0-1 Big 12)-Morandais 5-17 7-8 18, Pelle 1-6 1-3 3, Harrison 2-8 2-2 6, McGee 2-4 0-0 4, Wilson 2-5 0-0 5, Eddy 1-6 3-4 5, Carter 1-1 0-0 2, Obazuaye 3-6 1-5 7, Wright 1-4 0-1 2, Harris 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 19-61 14-23 54.

OKLAHOMA (10-2, 1-0)-Bookout 3-8 0-0 6, Brown 3-8 2-4 8, Ere 7-19 2-2 20, White 1-3 0-0 2, Price 4-11 8-8 19, Zoschke 0-0 0-0 0, Johnston 1-2 2-2 5, Alexander 1-5 1-2 3, Gipson 0-0 0-0 0, Gilbert 0-5 0-2 0, Szendrei 2-2 2-4 6, Liggett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-63 17-24 69.

Halftime-Oklahoma 31-19.

Stanford 81, No. 12 Oregon 57

STANFORD, Calif. - The Ducks completed a lost weekend in the Bay Area with their 17th straight road loss to the Cardinal.

Coupled with Thursday's 88-72 loss at California, Oregon risks falling out of the national rankings for the first time this season.

OREGON (10-4, 1-3 Pac-10)-Johnson 2-5 0-1 4, Short 3-7 2-2 8, Ridnour 6-17 5-5 19, Jackson 3-11 0-0 7, Joseph 2-8 4-5 8, Davis 2-5 0-0 6, Crosswhite 0-1 0-0 0, Lincoln 1-2 2-4 4, Helquist 0-1 1-2 1, Anderson 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 19-57 14-20 57.

STANFORD (11-4, 2-1)-Childress 5-9 2-4 14, Robinson 6-10 0-0 13, Little 4-6 1-2 9, Barnes 4-12 6-7 17, Lottich 5-7 0-0 15, Kirchofer 0-1 0-0 0, Weatherby 0-0 0-0 0, Sobomehin 0-0 0-0 0, Besecker 0-1 0-0 0, Grunfeld 2-5 1-2 5, Haas 0-2 0-0 0, Hasyasz 3-5 2-4 8. Totals 29-58 12-19 81.

Halftime-Stanford 41-29.

No. 13 Missouri 77, Baylor 69

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Arthur Johnson scored 30 points and had 15 rebounds, posting his third straight double-double for the Tigers.

The Bears, the Big 12 Conference's top 3-point shooting team, finished 10-for-37 on treys.

BAYLOR (9-3, 0-1 Big 12)-Thomas 4-12 2-2 10, Roberts 3-11 0-1 6, Guinn 1-2 0-0 3, Taylor 8-18 0-0 23, Lucas 8-16 0-0 18, Kidd 0-1 0-0 0, Sayman 2-3 4-4 8, Dotson 0-5 0-0 0, Othoro 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 26-69 7-9 69.

MISSOURI (10-1, 1-0)-Bryant 3-9 2-4 8, Johnson 12-17 6-10 30, Clemons 3-9 3-4 11, McKinney 2-5 0-0 6, Paulding 6-12 2-2 15, Kroenke 1-2 1-2 4, Ferguson 1-2 1-2 3, Young 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-56 15-24 77.

Halftime-Missouri 35-25.

No. 14 Kansas 92, Nebraska 59

LAWRENCE, Kan. - After Jayhawks coach Roy Williams pulled his starters and yelled at them, Kirk Hinrich ignited Kansas, which won its eighth straight.

The Jayhawks appeared confused against the Huskers' zone defense and missed 13 of their first 16 shots.

NEBRASKA (8-6, 0-1 Big 12)-Turek 3-6 0-0 6, Drevo 3-6 0-1 7, Johnson 3-8 6-7 12, Muhleisen 1-3 0-0 2, Simms 2-8 3-4 8, Dourisseau 0-8 0-0 0, Wilkinson 0-2 0-0 0, Schliep 1-2 0-0 2, Conklin 5-8 0-0 12, Enright 0-0 0-0 0, Bohac 0-0 0-0 0, Clemmons 3-7 0-1 6, McCarty 0-0 0-0 0, Heimos 0-0 0-0 0, Wilbrand 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 23-61 9-13 59.

KANSAS (11-3, 2-0)-Collison 4-11 2-3 10, Graves 5-8 1-3 11, Langford 8-14 0-0 18, Hinrich 9-16 7-7 28, Miles 1-5 6-6 8, Hawkins 1-1 2-2 5, Olson 0-1 0-0 0, Vinson 0-2 0-0 0, Lee 2-5 4-4 8, Nash 2-6 0-0 4, Moody 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-69 22-25 92.

Halftime-Kansas 40-28.

No. 16 Creighton 76, Illinois St. 57

NORMAL, Ill. - Michael Lindeman scored a career-high 19 points and Kyle Korver added 17 for the Bluejays, who beat the Redbirds.

CREIGHTON (13-1, 4-0 Missouri Valley)-Lindeman 8-11 1-1 19, Korver 5-6 3-5 17, Deren 4-6 0-3 8, House 4-8 1-2 9, McKinney 2-6 0-0 5, Sims 0-0 0-0 0, Bowden 1-2 2-2 4, Funk 0-2 0-0 0, Miliner 0-2 0-0 0, Dabbert 3-4 2-3 8, Grimes 3-3 0-0 6. Totals 30-50 9-16 76.

ILLINOIS ST. (1-11, 0-4)-Alexander 4-9 3-3 13, Arnold 5-11 3-3 13, Bojang 4-10 1-1 9, Ford 1-5 0-0 2, Greene 5-5 4-5 17, Burras 1-3 0-0 3, Standmark 0-2 0-0 0, Troc 0-0 0-0 0, Guidry 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 20-49 11-12 57.

Halftime-Creighton 37-30.

No. 19 Louisville 73, Saint Louis 54

LOUISVILLE - Reece Gaines scored 23 points, and the Cardinals overcame another sluggish first half to win their ninth in a row.

Louisville is off to its best start since the 1996-97 squad started 15-1.

SAINT LOUIS (6-7, 0-2 C-USA)-Sloan 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 2-8 1-5 5, Fisher 3-7 0-1 6, Perry 2-11 3-3 7, Drejaj 5-9 5-7 16, Diener 3-3 0-2 9, Hunt 0-1 0-0 0, Varner 1-4 4-4 7, Ohanon 2-4 0-0 4, Braun 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 18-52 13-22 54.

LOUISVILLE (10-1, 2-0)-Myles 0-0 3-8 3, Brown 2-5 0-0 5, Stone 3-5 4-7 10, Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Gaines 8-14 6-7 23, Tinch 1-2 0-0 2, Dartez 1-3 2-4 4, Northern 0-4 0-0 0, Dean 1-3 2-2 5, Naydenov 1-2 0-0 2, Riggs 0-0 0-0 0, Whitehead 1-5 2-4 4, Garcia 4-8 3-3 13, O'Bannon 1-2 0-0 2, George 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-53 22-35 73.

Halftime-Saint Louis 26, Louisville 24.

No. 21 Maryland 89, Florida St. 62

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Drew Nicholas scored 23 points, and the Terrapins built an 18-0 lead over the Seminoles before coasting to their fifth straight victory.

Maryland is 14-1 against Florida State since January 1997.

FLORIDA STATE (9-4, 0-2 ACC)-Waleskowski 1-7 0-0 2, Richardson 5-12 2-4 14, Harvey 2-5 4-7 8, Johnson 0-5 1-2 1, Pickett 5-13 2-2 15, Joiner 5-13 2-4 13, Haywood 1-1 0-0 2, Galloway 3-6 1-2 7, Callier 0-2 0-0 0, Wightman 0-1 0-0 0, Moran 0-0 0-0 0, Fells 0-0 0-0 0, Mathews 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-65 12-23 62.

MARYLAND (9-3, 2-0)-Garrison 2-2 2-2 7, Caner-Medley 3-6 0-0 6, Randle 3-9 0-0 6, Nicholas 7-14 7-7 23, Blake 3-6 2-2 10, Collins 0-1 0-0 0, McCall 4-7 0-1 10, Gilchrist 2-3 0-0 4, McCray 1-2 4-4 6, Henry 0-0 0-0 0, Grinnon 2-2 1-2 5, Holden 4-6 4-6 12. Totals 31-58 20-24 89.

Halftime-Maryland 46-26.

Kansas St. 68, No. 23 Texas Tech 44

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Gilson DeJesus hit five 3-pointers, scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Wildcats upset the Red Raiders for their first win in nine tries against a Bob Knight-coached team.

TEXAS TECH (10-2, 0-1 Big 12)-Storozynski 2-8 0-2 4, Powell 4-13 4-6 12, Tomaszek 0-5 0-0 0, Emmett 7-13 2-2 18, Ross 0-3 1-2 1, Chavis 0-4 0-0 0, Doudney 1-5 1-1 3, Marshall 1-4 0-0 2, Valdez 1-3 0-0 3, Ofoegbu 0-2 0-0 0, Washington 0-1 1-2 1, Michalec 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-61 9-15 44.

KANSAS STATE (10-4, 1-0)-DeJesus 7-11 0-1 19, Siebrandt 0-1 0-0 0, Pasco 5-7 4-7 14, Ellis 5-11 2-2 15, Richards 3-12 2-4 8, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Buchanan 0-2 2-2 2, Eilert 0-0 0-0 0, Hayden 1-3 8-8 10, Canby 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-47 18-24 68.

Halftime-Kansas St. 38-23.

No. 24 Marquette 96, South Florida 63

MILWAUKEE - Dwyane Wade scored 21 points as the Golden Eagles crushed the short-handed Bulls, who brought only 10 healthy players and finished with five. Marquette led by as many as 37.

SOUTH FLORIDA (7-6, 0-2 C-USA)-Leather 5-9 9-12 20, Baker 2-2 0-0 4, McDonald 1-5 8-11 10, Bryant 0-4 0-0 0, Kohn 3-10 3-3 11, Swift 4-13 0-0 11, Brigman 0-1 1-2 1, Oglesby 0-3 0-0 0, Morris 0-3 1-2 1, Baxter 2-7 0-0 5. Totals 17-57 22-30 63.

MARQUETTE (10-3, 2-1)-Townsend 2-4 4-4 9, Merritt 4-7 5-8 13, Jackson 4-6 3-3 11, Wade 7-14 7-8 21, Diener 5-6 0-0 13, Novak 5-7 2-2 15, Chapman 2-6 0-1 5, Grimm 1-3 0-0 2, Sanders 3-4 1-2 7, Sichting 0-0 0-0 0, Gries 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-57 22-28 96.

Halftime-Marquette 43-20.




UC BEARCATS
UC 83, TCU 72
Barker starts, but Moore finishes

XAVIER
XU 99, St. Bonaventure 83
Weary Musketeers muster resolve

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
No. 18 UK 62, South Carolina 55
Reserves starting to make impact
Top 25 roundup: Okafor plays little, comes up big
Ohio State 81, No. 15 Indiana 69
Flyers finish Dukes at foul line
No. 12-ranked Norse men win, now 13-2
Syracuse freshman guard has superstar potential
Scores, how Top 25 fared

BENGALS
Bengals' search nearly finished

NFL PLAYOFFS
Steelers bungle, Eagles rumble
Whiners guilty of unnecessary roughness on officials
Eagles 20, Falcons 6
McNabb tops Vick with grit instead of art
Titans 34, Steelers 31, OT
Washington takes blame for Steelers' loss
Bucs hope 'D' keeps dominating
Time for Gruden to prove his worth
Notebook: Long snappers will get look from Giants

REDS / BASEBALL
Reds Q&A
Tigers trade best starter to Marlins
Notebook: Longtime AL ump dies

PREP SPORTS
City well-represented on the gridiron
Kidd gets my vote for Sportsman of Year
No. 4 Colonels topple No. 1
Ohio boys: Aden stars for the Devils
Ohio girls: Bacon surprises No. 2 McNick
Ky. Boys: Simon Kenton's Brock dominates Clark
Ky. Girls: Bray's big night lifts Campbell
Schools to resume football rivalry
Swimming: Relay gives St. X winning edge
Prep sports results

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Willingham hits road to sell Irish
Canes winning recruiting war
Shrine Classic: East 20, West 17

NASCAR
No consensus yet on new body styles
Speed not crucial at Daytona testing
French driver killed in Paris-Dakar rally

NHL
Lemieux, Jagr together again as All-Stars

TRISTATE SPOTLIGHT
Guite powers Ducks to victory
Enquirer Page Two Power rankings
Honest Deceiver wins Wishing Well
Stowers switch brings Norse wins
Grab a pal, head for the hill