Sunday, February 23, 2003

No. 1 Arizona blows out State


Saturday's Top 25 Capsules

By The Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. - Luke Walton scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and No. 1-ranked Arizona used a 24-5 run late in the first half and early in the second to beat Arizona State 92-72 on Saturday night.

The blowout came in front of the fourth-largest crowd ever at Arizona State. It was the first time the Sun Devils have hosted a top-ranked opponent.

Channing Frye, coming off a career-best 25 points against USC last Saturday, also scored 23, 17 in the first half for the Wildcats (21-2, 13-1 Pac-10). The 6-foot-10 sophomore from nearby Phoenix was 9-for-11 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Rick Anderson tied his career high with 19 points and had a season-best 12 rebounds as Arizona dominated the boards 43-32.

The Sun Devils (17-8, 9-5) had won four in a row to lure a crowd of 14,421, including 300 standing room only, the largest at Wells Fargo Arena in 23 years. But they couldn't stay with the deep, talented Wildcats, who shot 57 percent in one of their best games of the season.

No. 16 Oklahoma St. 82, No. 3 Texas 77

STILLWATER, Okla. - Victor Williams scored 20 points, including four big free throws in the closing seconds, and Oklahoma State beat Texas.

The Cowboys (20-5, 9-3 Big 12) survived a career-high 32 points by T.J. Ford to end a two-game losing streak.

James Thomas had 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Longhorns (18-5, 9-3), who nearly erased a 15-point first-half deficit but came up just short.

Melvin Sanders scored 19 points and Tony Allen had 16 for Oklahoma State.

No. 7 Florida 77, Vanderbilt 74, OT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Matt Walsh scored 19 points, including the last four of overtime, to lift Florida over Vanderbilt.

Florida (22-4, 10-2 Southeastern Conference) also got 18 points from Anthony Roberson, whose driving one-hander with 4.7 seconds left in regulation sent it to overtime. Matt Bonner added 17 points.

Matt Freije scored 24 points to lead the Commodores (10-13, 3-9), who lost their fifth straight.

Vanderbilt led 72-70 in overtime when Roberson hit a long 3-pointer to put the Gators up by one. Russell Lakey then drove inside to give the Commodores their last lead at 74-73.

Walsh put the Gators up again with 18.7 seconds left. He picked up a turnover, was fouled and hit both free throws with 4.7 seconds left for the final points.

David Przybyszewski got off a 3-point attempt at the buzzer that would have tied it, but his pressured attempt was off the mark.

No. 8 Duke 79, N.C. State 68

DURHAM, N.C. - Dahntay Jones scored 19 points and Daniel Ewing added 18 as the Blue Devils (19-4, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their 27th straight game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Julius Hodge had 18 points and Clifford Crawford added 17 for N.C. State (14-9, 7-5), which dropped to 1-8 on the road this season.

No. 9 Pittsburgh 86, Rutgers 65

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh, the Big East's top defensive team, held Rutgers, the conference's worst offensive team, to 14 points in the first half and the Panthers cruised to a victory.

Pitt (19-4, 9-3) moved into a three-way tie with Notre Dame and Syracuse for the Big East West Division lead by winning its 20th consecutive home game.

No Panthers player reached double figures until Julius Page hit 11 points with 11:13 remaining, yet Pitt already had opened leads of as many as 24 points.

Ontario Lett finished with 13 points and combined with Chevy Troutman to shut down Rutgers inside.

Usually limiting the Scarlet Knights (11-13, 3-9) to one shot per possession - and, often not a good one - the Panthers held Rutgers to 21.7 percent shooting in the first half and 36.1 percent overall.

No. 11 Marquette 79, TCU 68

FORT WORTH, Texas - Dwyane Wade had 22 points and 14 rebounds and Robert Jackson had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Golden Eagles (20-4, 11-2 Conference USA).

Junior Blount had 25 points and Corey Santee added 18 for TCU (8-17, 2-11).

No. 12 Notre Dame 98, Virginia Tech 76

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Matt Carroll scored 25 points and Chris Thomas had 21 points, 13 assists and six rebounds for the Irish (21-5, 9-3 Big East).

Terry Taylor, who had sat out Virginia Tech's loss at Boston College on Wednesday for violating team rules, scored 27 points for the Hokies (10-15, 3-9).

No. 13 Maryland 96, North Carolina 56

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Steve Blake scored 18 points and Drew Nicholas had 17 as the Terrapins (17-7, 9-4) matched the most lopsided Atlantic Coast Conference victory in school history. Ryan Randle scored 16 points for the Terrapins, who have won four straight against North Carolina for the first time since 1930-32.

Melvin Scott scored 12 points for North Carolina (14-12, 4-8), which is 1-6 on the road in the ACC this season.

No. 17 Creighton 67, Fresno St. 66

OMAHA, Neb. - Kyle Korver made seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points for the Bluejays (24-3) in the Bracket Buster matchup.

Terry Pettis scored 17 points for the Bulldogs (19-6), who had a chance to tie but Damon Jackson shot an air ball on a 3-point attempt and Renaldo Major put in the rebound at the buzzer.

No. 20 Illinois 73, Northwestern 61

CHICAGO - Roger Powell scored a career-high 20 points and Brian Cook had 13 of his 17 in the second half for the Illini (18-5, 8-4 Big Ten), who beat Northwestern for the seventh consecutive time and improved to 33-3 against the Wildcats (10-14, 2-11) dating to 1984.

Jason Burke led the Wildcats with 15 points.

No. 21 Stanford 93, UCLA 84

LOS ANGELES - Julius Barnes scored 27 points in Stanford's sixth consecutive victory at Pauley Pavilion, the most by any UCLA opponent.

The Cardinal (21-6, 12-3 Pac-10) won its fifth straight overall and ninth in 10 games.

Jason Kapono had 27 points for the Bruins (6-17, 3-11) fell to 3-10 on their home court, have lost 12 of their last 15.

No. 22 Georgia 79, South Carolina 66

ATHENS, Ga. - Jarvis Hayes scored 26 points and Ezra Williams scored eight of his 16 during a game-turning run at the end of the first half for the Bulldogs (16-7, 8-4 Southeastern Conference), who won their third straight and improved to 11-0 at home this season.

Chris Warren scored 15 points for South Carolina (11-12, 4-8), which had won four in a row.




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