Sunday, February 9, 2003

Top 25 roundup: Gators get back to winning


Bonner lights up Tide for 21 points

The Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Matt Bonner scored 21 points Saturday to help top-ranked Florida recover its winning ways, 75-56 over slumping, 22nd-ranked Alabama.

The Gators (19-3, 8-1 Southeastern Conference), No. 1 for the first time in school history, lost 70-55 at Kentucky Tuesday in their debut game atop the poll.

"Tuesday morning, we woke up, we were No. 1 in the country and everyone was talking about us," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "By 11:30 that night, everyone was laughing at that. That was an emotional day, and we needed to be able to move forward."

Alabama (13-7, 3-6) is a team that knows about a No. 1 hangover. Since making it to the top spot Dec.23, the Crimson Tide have gone 5-7, including five losses in their last six games.

Alabama got 15 points from Erwin Dudley, but shot 32 percent, marking the sixth straight game it hasn't shot better than 41 percent.

"Sometimes you find yourself in a period where you're in a funk and you can't get out," Alabama coach Mark Gottfried said.

ALABAMA (13-7)-Thomas 2-8 2-3 6, Dudley 6-13 3-3 15, Walker 1-9 4-7 6, Meade 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 4-12 4-4 13, Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Winston 5-11 3-6 13, Rambo 0-0 0-0 0, Shelton 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Brock 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Pettway 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 19-58 16-23 56.

FLORIDA (19-3)-Bonner 8-14 2-2 21, Walsh 2-5 4-4 9, Lee 4-10 4-4 12, Nelson 1-5 0-0 3, Hamilton 4-6 0-0 8, Roberson 6-9 0-0 16, Boggan 0-0 0-0 0, Haimovitch 0-0 0-0 0, Moss 0-2 2-2 2, Capko 0-0 0-0 0, Drejer 0-0 0-0 0, Al-Kaleem 0-0 0-0 0, Colas 1-4 2-2 4. Totals 26-55 14-14 75.

Halftime-Florida 38-24. 3-Point goals-Alabama 2-18 (Pettway 1-1, Williams 1-7, Shelton 0-1, Meade 0-2, Winston 0-3, Thomas 0-4), Florida 9-19 (Roberson 4-6, Bonner 3-6, Walsh 1-2, Nelson 1-3, Hamilton 0-2). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Alabama 37 (Dudley 9), Florida 34 (Lee 8). Assists-Alabama 9 (Winston 3), Florida 19 (Hamilton, Roberson 5). Total fouls-Alabama 18, Florida 19. A-12,101.

No. 3 Texas 95, Texas A&M 87

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - T.J. Ford had 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Longhorns (15-4, 6-2 Big 12).

Texas A&M's Bernard King became the Big 12's career scoring leader when he hit a free throw with 11:48 left to give him 1,831 points, surpassing Marcus Fizer's total for Iowa State from 1997-2000.

TEXAS (14-4)-Thomas 4-10 2-2 10, Mouton 6-16 0-0 12, Ford 4-8 11-14 19, Buckman 0-3 4-4 4, Ivey 5-8 5-8 16, Harris 4-6 6-7 17, Erskin 0-1 0-0 0, Klotz 3-6 2-3 8, Ross 0-1 2-2 2, Boddicker 3-7 0-0 7. Totals 29-66 32-40 95.

TEXAS A&M (11-7)-Bean 6-7 5-7 17, Ress 3-3 1-2 7, Wright 9-17 2-3 25, Jackson 1-5 1-2 3, B.King 1-12 8-10 10, J.King 3-6 0-0 7, Garcia-Morales 4-13 3-5 15, Brookhart 0-0 0-0 0, Turner 0-1 0-0 0, Watkins 0-0 0-0 0, Butterfras 1-2 1-3 3. Totals 28-66 21-32 87.

Halftime-Texas A&M 49-44. 3-Point goals-Texas 5-13 (Harris 3-5, Boddicker 1-3, Ivey 1-3, Mouton 0-2), Texas A&M 10-27 (Wright 5-9, Garcia-Morales 4-9, J.King 1-2, Jackson 0-2, B.King 0-5). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Texas 49 (Mouton, Ford, Boddicker 6), Texas A&M 36 (Bean 10). Assists-Texas 23 (Ford 9), Texas A&M 18 (B.King 6). Total fouls-Texas 25, Texas A&M 27. A-12,633.

No. 7 Oklahoma 91, Baylor 42

NORMAN, Okla. - Hollis Price had 17 points and the Sooners (16-3, 7-1 Big 12) made a season-high 13 3-pointers in their 34th straight home win.

BAYLOR (10-9)-Roberts 3-12 3-4 9, Guinn 5-8 0-0 10, Taylor 2-7 0-0 5, Kidd 1-5 0-0 2, Lucas 5-11 0-0 12, Herring 0-0 0-0 0, Sayman 0-2 1-2 1, Dotson 1-4 0-0 3, Thomas 0-3 0-0 0, Othoro 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-52 4-6 42.

OKLAHOMA (16-3)-Bookout 2-2 0-0 4, Brown 4-8 0-0 8, Ere 5-13 0-0 11, White 4-5 2-2 13, Price 5-10 4-4 17, Zoschke 0-2 0-0 0, Johnston 4-5 0-0 11, Alexander 6-8 0-0 15, Gipson 1-2 0-0 2, Gilbert 4-6 0-0 8, Szendrei 1-1 0-0 2, Liggett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-62 6-6 91.

Halftime-Oklahoma 50-21. 3-point goals-Baylor 4-17 (Lucas 2-5, Dotson 1-2, Taylor 1-5, Thomas 0-1, Kidd 0-2, Guinn 0-2), Oklahoma 13-22 (White 3-4, Johnston 3-4, Alexander 3-4, Price 3-5, Ere 1-5). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Baylor 27 (Roberts 11), Oklahoma 34 (Gilbert, Brown 5). Assists-Baylor 10 (Roberts 3), Oklahoma 26 (White 8). Total fouls-Baylor 8, Oklahoma 9. A-12,825.

No. 12 Kansas 82, Kansas State 64

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kirk Hinrich scored 28 points as the Jayhawks (17-5, 7-1 Big 12) earned their 26th straight victory over their state rivals.

KANSAS (17-5)-Collison 4-9 2-2 10, Graves 2-5 4-4 8, Langford 6-11 6-8 18, Hinrich 11-16 2-6 28, Miles 6-11 0-0 13, Lee 1-2 0-0 3, Nash 1-5 0-0 2, Niang 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-59 14-20 82.

KANSAS STATE (11-10)-DeJesus 4-10 0-0 11, Siebrandt 4-11 2-4 10, Pasco 1-3 0-1 2, Ellis 5-10 0-0 14, Richards 2-8 1-2 5, Thomas 0-2 0-0 0, Buchanan 2-2 0-0 4, Hayden 5-7 3-5 13, Hart 1-5 2-2 5, Canby 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-58 8-14 64.

Halftime-Kansas St. 36-35. 3-Point goals-Kansas 6-13 (Hinrich 4-7, Lee 1-2, Miles 1-3, Nash 0-1), Kansas St. 8-18 (Ellis 4-7, DeJesus 3-6, Hart 1-2, Richards 0-3). Rebounds-Kansas 41 (Graves 10), Kansas St. 29 (Hayden, Siebrandt 7). Assists-Kansas 19 (Miles 6), Kansas St. 16 (Richards 5). Total fouls-Kansas 17, Kansas State 15. Technical-Kansas State bench. A-13,340.

No. 13 Creighton 88, Bradley 65

OMAHA, Neb. - Michael Lindeman scored a career-high 21 points and the Bluejays (21-2, 11-1 Missouri Valley Conference) won their fifth straight game and 13th in a row at home.

BRADLEY (8-14)-Suggs 4-9 1-3 9, Stewart 3-4 0-0 6, Robinson 4-12 0-0 10, Gillingham 4-8 6-7 14, Gilbert 6-18 2-2 16, Mroz 0-1 0-0 0, Paul 1-7 0-0 3, Sunley 0-1 0-0 0, Battle 3-6 1-2 7. Totals 25-66 10-14 65.

CREIGHTON (21-2)-Lindeman 6-8 4-4 21, Korver 4-13 3-5 14, Deren 3-5 2-4 8, House 2-10 2-2 7, McKinney 1-2 0-0 2, Sims 0-0 0-0 0, Bowden 2-6 0-0 4, Funk 3-3 0-0 8, Miliner 2-2 0-0 6, Dabbert 4-5 2-2 10, Bresnahan 0-1 0-0 0, Grimes 3-3 2-2 8, Finklea 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-58 15-19 88.

Halftime-Creighton 39, Bradley 30. 3-point goals-Bradley 5-21 (Robinson 2-3, Gilbert 2-7, Paul 1-3, Mroz 0-1, Sunley 0-1, Gillingham 0-2, Suggs 0-4), Creighton 13-25 (Lindeman 5-5, Korver 3-11, Funk 2-2, Miliner 2-2, House 1-3, Bowden 0-2). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Bradley 33 (Suggs 6), Creighton 38 (Lindeman, Grimes 7). Assists-Bradley 11 (Gillingham 4), Creighton 20 (Lindeman, Korver 4). Total fouls-Bradley 17, Creighton 14. A-9,286.

Tennessee 78, No. 17 Georgia 72

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Ron Slay had 33 points and Thaydeus Holden made six free throws down the stretch as the Volunteers (13-6, 5-3 SEC) gained their first win over a ranked team in five tries this season.

Jarvis Hayes had 19 points for Georgia (13-6, 5-3).

GEORGIA (13-6)-Ja.Hayes 8-18 1-2 19, Daniels 7-14 0-0 14, Thomas 3-6 2-2 8, Wright 1-6 0-0 3, Williams 3-12 2-2 9, Wilkins 5-8 0-0 11, Jo.Hayes 4-5 0-0 8. Totals 31-69 5-6 72.

TENNESSEE (13-6)-Crump 7-10 2-4 16, Slay 12-18 5-9 33, Holden 3-8 6-6 15, Watson 3-5 3-4 9, Higgins 1-4 0-0 3, Asumnu 0-1 0-0 0, Wilborn 0-0 0-0 0, Stribling 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 27-48 16-23 78.

Halftime-Tennessee 35-31. 3-Point goals-Georgia 5-16 (Ja.Hayes 2-5, Wilkins 1-2, Wright 1-4, Williams 1-5). Tennessee 8-17 (Slay 4-5, Holden 3-7, Higgins 1-3, Watson 0-2). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Georgia 38 (Daniels 12), Tennessee 25 (Crump 6). Assists-Georgia 25 (Wright 6), Tennessee 21 (Watson 9). Technical-Georgia bench. Total fouls-Georgia 19, Tennessee 12. A-16,203.

No. 18 Connecticut 84, Providence 68

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Emeka Okafor had 21 points and Ben Gordon added 20 as the Huskies (14-5, 5-3) ended a two-game losing streak.

CONNECTICUT (14-5)-Armstrong 1-1 1-2 3, D.Brown 2-9 0-0 6, Okafor 10-15 1-1 21, Gordon 6-14 2-2 20, Robertson 7-13 0-0 16, Wise 0-0 0-0 0, J.Brown 1-2 0-0 2, White 1-4 1-1 3, Hayes 0-0 0-0 0, Tooles 1-2 2-3 4, Anderson 3-4 0-0 9. Totals 32-64 7-9 84

PROVIDENCE (10-10-)-Gomes 4-11 8-10 16, Kotti 1-2 0-0 2, Douthit 1-6 8-8 10, McGrath 1-7 3-3 6, Augustin 3-9 0-0 8, Kabba 3-12 0-0 7, Hayletts 0-1 0-0 0, Anrin 0-0 0-0 0, Laksa 5-8 3-4 16, Sanders 1-3 1-3 3. Totals 19-59 23-28 68.

Halftime-Conn. 41-31. 3-Point goals-Conn. 13-19 (Gordon 6-8, Anderson 3-4 Robertson 2-3 D.Brown 2-4), Prov. 7-24 (Laksa 3-5 Augustin 2-7 McGrath 1-5 Kabba 1-6 Kotti 0-1). Rebounds-Conn. 44 (Okafor 9), Prov. 32 (Gomes 7). Assists-Conn. 14 (Gordon 7), Prov. 13 (McGrath 8). Total fouls-Conn. 22, Prov. 14. Technicals-Hayes, Augustin. A-12,993.

No. 19 Syracuse 94, West Virginia 80

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Carmelo Anthony scored a career-high 29 points and had 12 rebounds to lead the Orangemen (16-3, 7-2 Big East), who trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half.

West Virginia (12-8, 3-5) was outrebounded 43-31 and made only 13 of 35 second-half field goal attempts. Kevin Pittsnogle scored 24 points for the Mountaineers.

SYRACUSE (16-3)-Warrick 9-14 0-0 18, Anthony 12-17 3-5 29, Forth 0-1 0-0 0, Duany 3-8 4-6 11, McNamara 5-13 2-2 14, Edelin 8-11 2-3 18, McNeil 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 39-67 11-16 94.

WEST VIRGINIA (12-8)-Schifino 9-24 6-7 25, Sally 4-9 2-2 11, Pittsnogle 10-16 1-2 24, Herber 2-6 0-0 5, Durisseau-Collins 0-1 0-0 0, Patella 1-1 0-0 3, Briggs 2-5 0-1 4, Yeager 1-4 0-0 2, Beilein 2-7 0-0 6, Curran 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-73 9-12 80.

Halftime-West Virginia 47-46. 3-Point goals-Syracuse 5-18 (Anthony 2-5, McNamara 2-9, Duany 1-4), West Virginia 9-30 (Pittsnogle 3-5, Beilein 2-5, Patella 1-1, Herber 1-4, Sally 1-5, Schifino 1-7, Durisseau-Collins 0-1, Yeager 0-2). Fouled out-SchifiNo. Rebounds-Syracuse 43 (Anthony 12), West Virginia 31 (Schifino 8). Assists-Syracuse 18 (McNamara 12), West Virginia 21 (Herber 8). Total fouls-Syracuse 12, West Virginia 16. A-13,092.

No. 23 Mississippi St. 84, Arkansas 54

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mario Austin had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Bulldogs (15-5, 5-4 SEC) cruised to their biggest blowout of the Razorbacks since 1952.

Arkansas (7-12, 2-6) shot just 25 percent from the field.

ARKANSAS (7-12)-Baker 1-7 2-2 5, Gomez 2-6 0-0 4, Satchell 2-4 0-1 4, Ferguson 5-14 0-0 13, Modica 1-11 2-2 4, Jones 4-11 0-0 11, Davis 0-6 2-2 2, Sullivan 0-5 3-4 3, Eddins 1-1 0-0 3, Lane 1-3 3-4 5. Totals 17-68 12-15 54.

MISSISSIPPI ST. (15-5)-Harper 5-8 3-4 14, Ignerski 3-6 0-0 6, Austin 7-10 4-7 19, Bowers 2-7 2-2 7, Zimmerman 2-7 2-2 6, Buse 0-1 0-0 0, Campbell 3-5 3-4 9, Cowherd 1-2 0-0 3, Frazier 4-6 2-2 12, Vincent 1-3 3-4 5, Smith 0-1 3-4 3. Totals 28-56 22-29 84.

Halftime-Miss. St. 52-18. 3-point goals-Ark. 8-27 (Ferguson 3-8, Jones 3-8, Eddins 1-1, Baker 1-2, Modica 0-4, Davis 0-4), Miss. St. 6-18 (Frazier 2-4, Austin 1-1, Harper 1-2, Cowherd 1-2, Bowers 1-5, Buse 0-1, Campbell 0-1, Ignerski 0-2). Rebounds-Ark. 37 (Satchell 7), Miss. St. 48 (Austin 12). Assists-Ark. 8 (Baker, Ferguson, Sullivan 2), Miss. St. 15 (Zimmerman 8). Total fouls-Ark. 22, Miss. St. 18. A-8,460.

Minnesota 90, No. 24 Purdue 68

MINNEAPOLIS - Rick Rickert scored 26 points as the Golden Gophers (13-7, 5-4 Big Ten) beat the conference's first-place team for the second consecutive Saturday. They knocked Michigan out of the top spot last weekend.

Willie Deane had 15 points for the Boilermakers (15-5, 7-2), whose four-game winning streak ended.

PURDUE (15-5)-Lowe 1-3 5-6 7, Booker 2-7 2-4 6, Kartelo 0-0 2-2 2, Deane 6-14 1-3 15, McKnight 2-6 0-0 4, Teague 5-9 0-0 12, Busher 3-5 0-0 6, Parkinson 1-1 0-0 2, Buckley 2-3 0-0 5, Kilgore 3-8 0-0 6, Kiefer 1-3 1-2 3. Totals 26-59 11-17 68.

MINNESOTA (13-7)-Rickert 11-19 2-2 26, Bauer 6-9 2-2 17, Holman 5-7 2-2 12, Hargrow 4-10 0-0 9, Burleson 2-5 0-0 6, Robinson 0-1 0-0 0, Gaines 1-2 0-0 3, Johnson 6-8 2-2 15, Bolden 0-0 0-0 0, Esselink 0-1 0-0 0, Chall 0-0 0-0 0, Hagen 0-3 2-2 2, Smriga 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-66 10-10 90.

Halftime-Minnesota 38-25. 3-Point Goals-Purdue 5-12 (Teague 2-3, Deane 2-5, Buckley 1-1, Booker 0-1, Kilgore 0-2), Minnesota 10-21 (Bauer 3-6, Rickert 2-4, Burleson 2-5, Hargrow 1-2, Johnson 1-2, Gaines 1-1, Esselink 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Purdue 30 (Deane 8), Minnesota 38 (Holman 9). Assists-Purdue 8 (Deane, Parkinson 2), Minnesota 25 (Burleson 8). Total fouls-Purdue 12, Minnesota 16. Technical Fouls-Kilgore. A-13,923.

No. 2 Arizona 75, Washington St. 62

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Arizona Wildcats knew a victory probably would send them back to No. 1. That pressure might have been responsible for their poor start against lowly Washington State.

"It was in the back of our heads, and all the guys knew it," said Jason Gardner, who scored 19 points to lead the second-ranked Wildcats to a 75-62 victory Saturday night. "That's why we were struggling. We were playing not to lose."

Top-ranked Florida lost to Kentucky on Tuesday, opening the door for Arizona (18-2, 10-1 Pac-10) to become No. 1 in The Associated Press poll for the third time this season. The Wildcats were the preseason No. 1 and dropped following losses to LSU and Stanford.

Washington State (5-15, 0-11) put up a tremendous fight before losing to Arizona for the 36th straight time dating to January 1986.




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