Sunday, January 19, 2003

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No. 6 Huskies get nipped by Tar Heels

By The Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Rashad McCants scored 27 points, including the clinching free throws with 3.3 seconds left, as the Tar Heels beat the Huskies.

The ACC scoring leader was 7-for-11 from the field and 9-of-10 at the foul line as the Tar Heels improved to 11-5, beating their second top 10 team of the season a year after a program-worst 8-20 record.

Connecticut (11-2) trailed Massachusetts by 25 earlier in the season and came back to win, and the Huskies dug themselves a 19-point hole on the road less than 10 minutes into this one.

After the Huskies rallied to take a 65-64 lead with 1:16 remaining, Jawad Williams countered with the go-ahead basket on a 15-foot jumper 17 seconds later. McCants nailed two free throws, and Ben Gordon's 28-footer at the buzzer that would have tied it hit off the rim.

No. 2 Arizona 87, UCLA 52

LOS ANGELES - Salim Stoudamire scored 19 points and Arizona defeated hapless UCLA to complete its first sweep of the Los Angeles schools in 10 years.

The Wildcats (13-1) won their eighth in a row and remained atop the Pac-10 with a 6-0 record. They rallied to beat Southern California 81-72 Thursday and then sent the Bruins to their largest loss at Pauley Pavilion, which opened in 1965.

The previous record was a 104-82 loss to California on Jan. 24, 1993, when coach Steve Lavin was an assistant under Jim Harrick. UCLA's 52 points equaled its worst output against Arizona since a 53-52 loss in 1985.

UCLA (4-9, 2-3) lost its fourth straight and dropped to 2-7 at Pauley, its most losses at home in a season. The 1987-88 team, coached by Walt Hazzard, lost six games at Pauley. T.J. Cummings with 12 points and Dijon Thompson with 10 points were UCLA's only double-figure scorers.

No. 3 Pittsburgh 73, No. 25 Syracuse 60

PITTSBURGH - Julius Page scored 25 points and Chevy Troutman came off the bench to add 23 as Pitt relied on inside scoring to beat Syracuse.

The Panthers, starting 14-1 for the second straight season, improved to 4-0 for the first time in 21 Big East seasons and ended Syracuse's 11-game winning streak.

Star Brandin Knight, a third-team All-American point guard, sat out for more than seven minutes into the second half after an accidental collision with 7-footer Craig Forth left him with a concussion.

But Pittsburgh built its lead from two points to 10 as Page hurt the Orangemen from the outside and Troutman got open underneath. He made 10 of 12 shots.

Gerry McNamara had 19 points to lead the Orangemen (11-2, 2-1).

No. 4 Texas 89, Texas A&M 61

AUSTIN, Texas - T.J. Ford scored a career-high 25 points with an array of pull-up jumpers, layups and one thunderous dunk to lead Texas over Texas A&M.

Ford was 9-of-16 from the floor, 7-of-7 from the foul line and had six steals before leaving with 3:51 left and Texas up 76-50.

Jason Klotz added 15 points and James Thomas had 16 rebounds for Texas (12-2, 3-0 Big 12), which has won seven in a row since losing at then-No. 1 Arizona on Dec. 15. The Longhorns have also won 27 of the last 30 in the series with in-state rival Texas A&M.

Bernard King led the Aggies (9-5, 1-2) with 16 points.

No. 5 Oklahoma 70, Iowa St. 60

AMES, Iowa - Bouncing back from his worst game of the season, Hollis Price made nine 3-pointers and scored 31 points to lead Oklahoma past Iowa State.

In its first game since losing at Oklahoma State 48-46 on a disputed shot, Oklahoma (11-3, 2-1 Big 12) made sure it wasn't put in that situation again.

The Sooners opened a 12-point lead in the first half and turned back Iowa State (10-4, 0-3) when the Cyclones made a second-half run.

Trailing 54-39, Iowa State got eight points from freshman Adam Haluska and five from Jake Sullivan, and the Cyclones closed to 58-53 on Haluska's 3-pointer with 6:49 left.

But Price ended the run with a 3 from the left corner, pumping his fist as the ball dropped through the net, and the Sooners pulled away from there.

No. 6 Florida 77, South Carolina 75

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Matt Bonner scored 19 points, including a driving dunk with 35.3 seconds left, as Florida won its 11th straight game.

Matt Walsh had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Bonell Colas had a career high 16 points off the bench for the Gators (15-2, 4-0 Southeastern Conference).

Tony Kitchings and Kerbrell Brown each had 22 points for South Carolina (7-7, 1-3), which lost its third straight.

With the game tied at 72, the Gators quickly rushed downcourt and Walsh fed a perfect pass with Bonner driving the lane for the bucket.

Walsh added two free throws, Carlos Powell made a 3 for South Carolina with 4.9 seconds left to cut it to 76-75. Gators freshman Anthony Roberson made only one of two foul shots to give the Gamecocks one last chance, but Powell lost control and could only get off a desperation 3 before time ran out.

Auburn 77, No. 9 Alabama 68

AUBURN, Ala. - Reserve Brandon Robinson had 13 points and seven rebounds to lead surprising Auburn over struggling Alabama.

The Crimson Tide (12-3, 2-2 SEC) has lost three of their last five games after being ranked No. 1 earlier this season.

Auburn (15-2, 4-0) was picked to finish near the bottom of the conference, but the Tigers jumped to a quick 8-0 lead and dominated Alabama most of the game.

Auburn leads the SEC West by two games.

No. 24 Oklahoma St. 76, No. 11 Missouri 56

STILLWATER, Okla. - Victor Williams scored a season-high 24 points, and Oklahoma State put on another stifling defensive performance to win its 12th straight.

Melvin Sanders added 15 points and shut down Missouri's leading scorer, Rickey Paulding, who had 10 points - seven below his average.

Oklahoma State (14-1, 3-0 Big 12) scored 43 points in the first half, nearly matching its total in Monday night's 48-46 victory over No. 5 Oklahoma.

Missouri (10-3, 1-1) played without second-leading scorer Ricky Clemons, who was suspended after being charged Friday with second-degree domestic assault against a 20-year-old woman.

No. 12 Kansas 81, Kansas St. 64

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kirk Hinrich scored 26 points as Kansas extended its winning streak over Kansas State to 25 games.

Hinrich played all but the last 2:52 for the Jayhawks (13-3, 3-0 Big 12), who opened the game with a 15-0 run to win their 10th straight overall.

Gilson DeJesus scored 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range to lead Kansas State (10-6, 1-2), which hasn't beaten the Jayhawks since Jan. 17, 1994.

Nick Collison added 16 points and Keith Langford had 14 for Kansas, which extended its conference winning streak to 23. Jeff Graves had 13 rebounds, his fifth straight double-digit rebounding game.

No. 13 Creighton 85, S. Illinois 76

OMAHA, Neb. - Kyle Korver had 24 points and 11 rebounds to help Creighton overcome a 13-point deficit.

Korver, held to one 3-pointer and seven points in the first half, hit three 3-pointers in 56 seconds to turn a 47-44 deficit into a 53-50 lead with 13:47 left in the game. His fifth 3-pointer gave the Bluejays (15-1, 6-0 Missouri Valley) a 65-62 lead.

Jermaine Dearman led the Salukis (10-4, 5-1) with 18 points.

No. 20 Georgia 81, Arkansas 64

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Ezra Williams scored 19 points and Georgia held Arkansas to 15 first-half points.

Jarvis Hayes added 15 points for Georgia (10-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), which won at Arkansas for the first time in six meetings.

Eric Ferguson 17 points and Kendrick Davis 15 for the Razorbacks (5-9, 0-3), who have lost five in a row for the first time since Nolan Richardson's first year at Arkansas in the 1985-86 season.

Georgia had its eight-game winning streak snapped last Saturday in a 66-63 loss to No. 11 Florida, but had few problems against Arkansas in taking a 33-15 halftime lead.

No. 21 Marquette 67, Charlotte 64

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dwyane Wade scored 20 points and Marquette won its first game in Charlotte with a victory over the 49ers.

The Golden Eagles (12-3, 4-1 Conference USA) were 0-8 in Charlotte and played most of the game as if they would remain winless there.

Demon Brown, who hit a career-high nine 3s in Tuesday's win over UAB, finished with 23 points for Charlotte (7-8, 2-2) and was 6-for-15 from 3-point range.

Marquette's Robert Jackson scored on a layup, was fouled and made the free throw for a 63-61 lead with 1:36 to play. Travis Diener made two free throws with 16 seconds left to give the Eagles a four-point lead.

Brown made his sixth 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds to play, and the 49ers fouled and Steve Novak made one of two free throws to make it 67-64 lead with 1.7 to go. Charlotte had one final chance, but Wade intercepted the long inbound pass and heaved it toward Marquette's basket as time expired.

No. 22 Oregon 79, Oregon St. 68

EUGENE, Ore. - Luke Ridnour and Luke Jackson combined on a second-half surge that gave Oregon a victory over Oregon State.

The Ducks (12-4, 2-3 Pac-10) struggled in the first half, but led by as many as 12 in the second. Ridnour had 28 points, 19 in the second half, and 11 assists, while Jackson finished with 19 points.

Oregon State (7-7, 0-5) has lost five straight under first-year coach Jay John. The Beavers were paced by Philip Ricci with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

It was the 317th meeting between the teams in a series that dates to the 1902-03 season. Oregon State leads the overall series 176-141. The Ducks have won 18 of the last 19 meetings, including eight in a row.

Mississippi 67, No. 23 LSU 57

BATON ROUGE - Aaron Harper scored 10 of his 16 points in the final eight minutes to lead Mississippi to the victory.

Jaime Lloreda scored 14 points and Ronald Dupree had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead LSU (12-3, 1-2 SEC), which made just one field goal over the final 9:52.

Ole Miss (10-4, 1-2) shot 50 percent and held the Tigers to 28 percent shooting in the second half.

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