Thursday, January 30, 2003

Top 25: Oklahoma St. wins with defense



The Associated Press

STILLWATER, Okla. - Iowa State and Jake Sullivan got a dose of what has carried No. 9 Oklahoma State to the longest winning streak in Division I. Tough, tough defense.

Sullivan, who came in averaging 18 points, scored just six on 1-of-10 shooting and Oklahoma State forced 23 turnovers in a 68-55 victory Wednesday night, the Cowboys' 15th in a row.

"They've got the reputation as having the best defense in the country and we knew coming in that it was going to be difficult," coach Larry Eustachy said. "Our breakdown was turnovers. They are very athletic, quick and experienced."

The Cowboys (17-1, 6-0 Big 12) had 15 steals, five by Victor Williams, who also had 18 points and converted three three-point plays during a pivotal second-half run.

Tony Allen scored 15, although he was bothered by foul trouble and was just 6-of-16 from the field. Melvin Sanders scored 12 but made his mark at the defensive end, where he guarded Sullivan most of the night.

"I know he's a great shooter and a good scorer, and I was trying to keep him from catching the ball as much as possible and keep him from scoring," Sanders said.

Sullivan scored all his points in the first 41/2 minutes - four free throws and a baseline jumper.

"He had six points pretty quick. I thought he might go for 30 on me at first," Sanders said.

The Cyclones (11-6, 1-5) only trailed 12-11 before Oklahoma State scored 10 in a row to push its lead to 11. Iowa State turned the ball over five straight times during that stretch and the Cowboys took advantage.

But Oklahoma State made only one basket in the final five minutes, a 3-pointer by Sanders, and the Cyclones closed to 29-25 at halftime.

The Cyclones got to 34-32 early in the second half and only trailed 42-38 when Oklahoma State finally took the game over.

Ivan McFarlin scored inside to start the run at the 10:09 mark, and Williams followed with a three-point play off a turnover. Sanders added a dunk on a fast break, and after a free throw by Andre Williams, Victor Williams scored and was fouled on a layup after a steal by Cheyne Gadson.

His final three-point play, after a blocked shot by Allen, came minutes later and made it 62-45 with 4:43 remaining. The Cyclones got no closer than 10 after that.

"Our offense really wasn't going too well tonight," Sanders said. "We had to pick up our defense and get a lot of transition baskets. That was the only way we really scored tonight."

The Cowboys scored 27 points off turnovers.

"They played a really strong defensive game but there is no reason for 23 turnovers," said Adam Haluska, who scored 15 to lead the Cyclones. "Turnovers have plagued us all year and that's something we work on in practice but never carry out in the game.

Jackson Vroman had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Iowa State.

Andre Williams said the Cowboys, who were coming off a big victory at Texas Tech and visit No. 3 Texas on Saturday, overlooked the Cyclones.

"I think it was a factor today. I think we looked past Iowa State," he said. "They're a hell of a ballclub and came out and played hard and did everything they could try to do to win the game.

"I guess we were looking to Saturday. That's something we can't do in the future."

IOWA STATE (11-6)-Vroman 5-6 0-2 10, Homan 3-5 0-1 6, Sullivan 1-10 4-6 6, Haluska 4-12 4-4 15, Barnes 2-11 0-0 5, Bynum 0-1 0-0 0, Alexander 2-5 0-0 4, Jefferson 4-5 0-0 9. Totals 21-55 8-13 55.

OKLA. STATE (17-1)-McFarlin 3-6 0-0 6, A.Williams 2-4 4-9 8, V.Williams 6-9 5-9 18, Allen 6-16 2-4 15, Sanders 3-8 5-8 12, Weatherspoon 0-0 0-0 0, Gadson 3-6 2-2 8, Miller 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 23-51 19-34 68.

Halftime-Oklahoma St. 29-25. 3-point goals-Iowa St. 5-15 (Haluska 3-6, Jefferson 1-1, Barnes 1-4, Bynum 0-1, Sullivan 0-3), Oklahoma St. 3-9 (Allen 1-1, V.Williams 1-2, Sanders 1-4, Gadson 0-1, McFarlin 0-1). Fouled out-Vroman, Barnes. Rebounds-Iowa St. 37 (Alexander 12), Oklahoma St. 34 (A.Williams 10).

No. 11 Notre Dame 88, West Virginia 69

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Matt Carroll and Chris Thomas scored 18 points each and Notre Dame had a season-high 51 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (17-3, 5-1 Big East).

The Irish outrebounded the Mountaineers 51-27.

WEST VIRGINIA (11-7)-Sally 4-9 1-2 9, Herber 2-6 1-2 7, Pittsnogle 5-9 0-0 11, Durisseau-Collins 0-2 0-0 0, Schifino 6-13 7-13 20, Briggs 3-3 0-0 6, Beilein 1-4 2-2 5, Patella 1-2 0-0 3, Yeager 3-7 0-0 8. Totals 25-55 11-19 69.

NOTRE DAME (17-3)-J.Cornette 3-5 0-0 7, Miller 5-12 5-6 15, Francis 2-7 4-6 8, Thomas 4-14 8-8 18, Carroll 6-15 4-4 18, Quinn 1-4 0-0 3, R.Cornett 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 3-4 0-0 7, Lustig 1-2 0-0 3, Timmermans 3-5 3-3 9. Totals 28-69 24-27 88.

Halftime-Notre Dame 36, W. Virginia 30. 3-Point Goals-W. Virginia 8-24 (Herber 2-5, Yeager 2-6, Schifino 1-1, Patella 1-2, Beilein 1-4, Pittsnogle 1-5, Sally 0-1), Notre Dame 8-25 (Thomas 2-9, Carroll 2-7, J.Cornette 1-1, Jones 1-1, Lustig 1-2, Quinn 1-3, Miller 0-2). Rebounds-W. Virginia 27 (Pittsnogle 6), Notre Dame 51 (Miller 9). Assists-W. Virginia 16 (Herber 5), Notre Dame 17 (Thomas 7).

No. 13 Illinois 67, Michigan 60

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Brian Cook scored 26 of his 30 points in the second half and Illinois snapped Michigan's 13-game winning streak.

The Fighting Illini (15-3, 5-2 Big Ten) trailed 47-39 with 9:07 to go when they went on a 16-6 run to take a two-point lead - their first since early in the first half.

MICH. (13-7)-Robinson 3-8 0-0 7, Blanchard 6-16 4-4 18, G.Brown 4-4 2-2 10, Abram 2-4 0-0 5, Horton 3-17 1-2 7, Harrell 1-2 0-0 2, Groninger 0-1 0-0 0, Hunter 3-6 5-8 11, Bailey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-58 12-16 60.

ILLINOIS (15-3)-Head 1-4 2-2 4, Cook 9-13 9-12 30, Augustine 3-9 5-6 11, Williams 2-7 4-6 9, D.Brown 2-10 0-0 5, Ferguson 0-1 0-0 0, Harrington 0-6 1-2 1, Powell 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 2-2 2-2 7. Totals 19-53 23-30 67.

Halftime-Michigan 33-28. 3-Point Goals-Michigan 4-21 (Blanchard 2-6, Robinson 1-2, Abram 1-2, Harrell 0-1, Groninger 0-1, Hunter 0-1, Horton 0-8), Illinois 6-25 (Cook 3-5, Smith 1-1, Williams 1-5, D.Brown 1-6, Head 0-2, Harrington 0-6). Fouled out-G.Brown. Rebounds-Michigan 36 (Hunter 10), Illinois 36 (Augustine 10). Assists-Michigan 9 (Robinson 4), Illinois 14 (Williams 6). Technical-Robinson.

Vanderbilt 94, No.15 Georgia 91

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Matt Freije scored a career-high 31 points, including 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range, as Vanderbilt snapped a three-game losing skid.

Georgia (12-5, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) had won 11 of its last 12.

Vanderbilt (9-8, 2-4) beat the Bulldogs for the fourth time in five visits when they've been ranked in the Top 25 and for the 44th time in 56 games here. The Commodores did it by outshooting Georgia 57 percent to 51 percent.

GEORGIA (12-5)-Ja.Hayes 6-14 2-3 14, Daniels 3-3 0-1 6, Thomas 2-5 2-4 6, Wright 4-9 5-6 14, Williams 6-14 2-2 18, Wilkins 3-5 7-8 13, Jo.Hayes 2-4 0-0 4, Wehunt 5-6 3-3 16. Totals 31-60 21-27 91.

VANDERBILT (9-8)-Terrell 1-3 0-2 2, Freije 11-15 4-6 31, Thornton 4-9 8-10 16, Moore 5-6 1-3 14, Holwerda 2-4 2-2 6, Payton 0-0 0-0 0, Lakey 3-3 2-2 8, Przybyszewski 1-5 0-0 3, Hundley 3-7 8-9 14. Totals 30-52 25-34 94.

Halftime-Vanderbilt 46-38. 3-Point goals-Georgia 8-18 (Williams 4-9, Wehunt 3-4, Wright 1-2, Ja.Hayes 0-3), Vanderbilt 9-16 (Freije 5-8, Moore 3-3, Przybyszewski 1-1, Holwerda 0-1, Hundley 0-3). Fouled out-Wilkins. Rebounds-Georgia 29 (Jo.Hayes 6), Vanderbilt 30 (Freije 9). Assists-Georgia 16 (Wright 6), Vanderbilt 18 (Holwerda 6).

No. 16 Creighton 74, Indiana State 46

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Kyle Korver scored 14 points and DeAnthony Bowden added 12 as Creighton (18-2, 8-1 Missouri Valley Conference) rolled.

CREIGHTON (18-2)-Lindeman 2-6 0-0 4, Korver 5-9 2-2 14, Deren 3-5 0-1 6, House 4-9 1-2 9, McKinney 2-3 1-2 6, Sims 0-2 0-0 0, Bowden 5-6 1-2 12, Funk 3-6 0-0 8, Miliner 1-3 0-0 2, Dabbert 2-3 2-2 6, Bresnahan 0-0 0-0 0, Grimes 3-7 1-3 7. Totals 30-59 8-14 74.

INDIANA ST. (5-14)-Green 3-13 1-2 7, Giesen 2-3 3-4 7, Howard 2-7 4-4 9, Antoine 1-4 1-2 3, Moss 1-6 2-2 5, Evans 1-1 0-0 2, Grimes 3-7 2-4 9, Morris 1-3 0-0 2, Adler 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 14-45 15-20 46.

Halftime-Creighton 38-20. 3-point goals-Creighton 6-15 (Funk 2-2, Korver 2-4, Bowden 1-1, McKinney 1-2, Lindeman 0-2, Miliner 0-2, Sims 0-2), Indiana St. 3-13 (Grimes 1-2, Moss 1-3, Howard 1-5, Antoine 0-3). Rebounds-Creighton 41 (Korver 10), Indiana St. 26 (Green, Moss 6). Assists-Creighton 24 (McKinney 6), Indiana St. 9 (Antoine 3).

No. 21 Miss. St. 58, Mississippi 57

OXFORD, Miss. - Derrick Zimmerman went end to end for a layup with 1.7 seconds left to complete a wild final minute and give Mississippi State a victory.

Emmanuel Wade gave the Rebels (12-5, 3-3 SEC) a 57-56 lead by converting a three-point play with 6.6 seconds left.

The Bulldogs (13-4, 3-3) called a timeout, then Zimmerman took the inbounds pass and sped up the right side, beating David Sanders and banking home an easy game-winner.

MISSISSIPPI ST. (13-4)-O.Harper 3-6 0-0 7, Ignerski 3-4 0-0 6, Austin 7-12 2-6 16, Zimmerman 5-10 2-2 12, Bowers 5-8 3-4 15, Campbell 0-1 0-0 0, Cowherd 0-0 0-0 0, Frazier 0-1 0-0 0, Vincent 1-3 0-2 2, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-45 7-14 58.

MISSISSIPPI (12-5)-A.Harper 4-10 0-0 11, Reed 7-13 0-0 17, Allen 2-5 2-2 6, Pearson 1-1 0-0 2, Sanders 6-9 0-0 14, Fox 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Gunn 1-1 0-0 2, Wade 2-5 1-1 5, Rhodes 0-0 0-0 0, Loe 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-46 3-3 57.

Halftime-Mississippi St. 33-30. 3-Point goals-Mississippi St. 3-6 (Bowers 2-3, O.Harper 1-2, Zimmerman 0-1), Mississippi 8-22 (Reed 3-6, A.Harper 3-8, Sanders 2-4, Loe 0-2, Wade 0-2). Rebounds-Mississippi St. 29 (Austin 8), Mississippi 19 (Harper 4). Assists-Mississippi St. 13 (Zimmerman 6), Mississippi 14 (Loe 4).

Rutgers 68, No. 24 Syracuse 65

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Jerome Coleman scored 26 of his 31 points in the second half and Herve Lamizana banked in a 3-pointer with 16.6 seconds left to give Rutgers a win.

Syracuse (13-3, 4-2) lost in its first game as a ranked team this season and for the fourth time in its last five at Rutgers.

SYRACUSE -Warrick 2-7 2-4 6, Anthony 7-17 3-7 17, Forth 4-5 0-0 8, McNamara 4-9 4-4 12, Duany 1-10 0-2 3, Pace 0-0 1-2 1, Edelin 4-7 0-2 8, McNeil 5-5 0-1 10. Totals 27-60 10-22 65.

RUTGERS -Lamizana 5-16 0-0 11, Shields 3-12 6-8 14, Axani 0-4 0-0 0, Sherrod 1-3 1-2 3, Coleman 12-23 2-3 31, Hill 1-3 0-2 2, Wiggan 2-4 0-0 4, McCoy 0-0 0-0 0, Wooten 1-6 0-0 3, Wright 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-72 9-15 68.

Halftime-Tied at 27. 3-Point goals-Syracuse 1-9 (Duany 1-3, Anthony 0-2, McNamara 0-4), Rutgers 9-27 (Coleman 5-13, Shields 2-8, Lamizana 1-1, Wooten 1-4, Sherrod 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Syracuse 47 (Warrick 11), Rutgers 43 (Lamizana 14). Assists-Syracuse 8 (Edelin 4), Rutgers 17 (Shields 6). Total fouls-Syracuse 16, Rutgers 18. Technical-Wiggan. A-8,007.

No. 25 Missouri 63, Nebraska 56

LINCOLN, Neb. - Arthur Johnson had 18 points and 11 rebounds as Missouri (12-4, 3-2 Big 12) came back from a 13-point deficit.

MISSOURI (12-4)-Bryant 4-6 2-3 10, Paulding 5-14 2-2 14, A.Johnson 9-13 0-3 18, Clemons 4-14 2-7 11, McKinney 0-6 0-0 0, Young 2-2 0-0 4, Kroenke 1-1 1-2 4, Ferguson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 26-58 7-17 63.

NEBRASKA (9-10)-Turek 4-9 1-3 9, Drevo 8-19 4-6 24, N.Johnson 4-14 5-7 14, Simms 0-1 2-2 2, Clemmons 0-3 3-4 3, Dourisseau 1-7 2-4 4, Wilkinson 0-1 0-0 0, Conklin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-55 17-26 56.

Halftime-Nebraska 31-22. 3-Point goals-Missouri 4-24 (Paulding 2-7, Kroenke 1-2, Clemons 1-10, McKinney 0-5), Nebraska 5-20 (Drevo 4-11, N.Johnson 1-3, Wilkinson 0-1, Conklin 0-1, Dourisseau 0-4). Fouled out-A.Johnson, Turek. Rebounds-Missouri 42 (A.Johnson 11), Nebraska 40 (Dreve 14). Technical-Missouri bench.




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