Thursday, February 27, 2003

Top 25


No. 3 Oklahoma falls to Missouri

The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Oklahoma followed a dominating effort with a dud - and paid the price. Missouri's Arthur Johnson had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the third-ranked Sooners shot a season-worst 27 percent in the Tigers' 67-52 victory Wednesday night.

In its previous game, Oklahoma led by 32 points at one point in a 77-70 victory over Kansas on Saturday.

"I don't have any explanation," Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said. "We just didn't play very well."

Oklahoma (19-5, 10-3 Big 12) got knocked out of first place in the conference, a game behind Kansas, by a team that has been up and down in recent weeks. Missouri (17-7, 8-5) is 7-6 in the last 13 games and dropped out of the Top 25 last week.

But the Tigers are 14-0 at the Hearnes Center and pulled away late to end a nine-game losing streak against the Sooners. The last victory came in the 1997 Big 12 tournament and coach Quin Snyder had been 0-6 against Oklahoma.

Fans stormed the court after the buzzer to celebrate the victory. Missouri had been 0-5 against ranked teams this season.

"This game was real big," Johnson said. "None of us have ever beaten Oklahoma. In the situation we were in, we had no choice but to go down swinging."

Defense and ball control were keys for Missouri, which frustrated the Sooners with a zone much of the game and had a season-low five turnovers - none by the guards. Oklahoma had a scoring drought of more than eight minutes in the first half, falling behind 30-22.

"What's disappointing to me is that Missouri played like this game was more important to them than it was to us," Sampson said. "That was very obvious to me.

"When you get this late in the season, we have to find a way to put this behind us."

The Tigers also got a big lift from guard Ricky Clemons, playing with a broken left hand. Clemons, who was injured Saturday at Colorado, started with the hand taped and had 13 points and three assists in 38 minutes.

Clemons was cleared to play after testing the injury with 200 shots after the mid-afternoon walkthrough. He played with the hand wrapped to the wrist and the initials "NPNG," standing for "No pain, no gain," etched in marker on the tape.

"It's always going to hurt, because it's broken," Clemons said. "But I'm going to go out there and give it my all because I want to play."

Clemons surprised Snyder, who had been preparing to start Josh Kroenke and maybe play a bigger lineup. He was 4-for-10 overall, and 3-for-7 from 3-point range.

"I didn't think he was going to play," Snyder said. "But I don't think there was ever really a doubt in his mind that he wanted to go.

"You could see he wasn't able to go to his left as well, but I don't think it bothered his shot."

OKLAHOMA (19-5)-Bookout 4-5 0-1 8, Brown 2-5 4-4 8, Ere 1-11 2-2 5, White 2-12 0-0 6, Price 4-12 6-6 16, Alexander 0-4 2-2 2, Gilbert 2-3 3-4 7, Szendrei 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 0-3 0-0 0, Gipson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-55 17-19 52.

MISSOURI (17-7)-Young 1-3 0-2 2, Johnson 7-19 6-6 20, Clemons 4-10 2-2 13, McKinney 1-2 2-2 4, Paulding 5-9 2-2 14, Bryant 6-11 0-0 14, Kroenke 0-0 0-0 0, Ferguson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-55 12-14 67.

Halftime-Missouri 30-22. 3-Point goals-Oklahoma 5-23 (Price 2-6, White 2-8, Ere 1-6, Johnson 0-1, Alexander 0-2), Missouri 7-15 (Clemons 3-7, Bryant 2-2, Paulding 2-4, McKinney 0-1, Ferguson 0-1). Fouled out-Young, Bryant, White. Rebounds-Oklahoma 39 (Brown 8), Missouri 34 (Johnson 11). A-13,611.

No. 5 Texas 82, Baylor 64

AUSTIN, Texas - Brian Boddicker scored 19 points to lead Texas (19-5, 10-3 Big 12).

BAYLOR (13-11)-Roberts 8-19 11-13 27, Guinn 3-10 0-0 6, Taylor 4-9 0-0 11, Sayman 1-5 0-2 2, Lucas 6-15 0-0 12, Kidd 2-7 0-0 4, Herring 0-0 0-0 0, Dotson 0-1 0-0 0, Thomas 0-4 0-0 0, Swanson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 25-72 11-15 64.

TEXAS (19-5)-Buckman 3-4 2-2 8, Thomas 6-11 3-4 15, Mouton 7-16 2-7 16, Ford 2-5 4-5 8, Ivey 3-4 1-2 7, Paulino 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 1-5 0-0 3, Erskin 0-0 0-0 0, Klotz 3-6 0-0 6, Ross 0-1 0-0 0, Gressett 0-0 0-0 0, Boddicker 6-11 3-4 19, Ogden 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-64 15-24 82.

Halftime-Texas 38-19. 3-Point goals-Baylor 3-24 (Taylor 3-7, Thomas 0-1, Dotson 0-1, Roberts 0-1, Sayman 0-2, Lucas 0-3, Kidd 0-4, Guinn 0-5), Texas 5-14 (Boddicker 4-8, Harris 1-3, Paulino 0-1, Mouton 0-2). Fouled out-Guinn. Rebounds-Baylor 36 (Roberts 11), Texas 51 (Thomas 17). A-9,233.

No. 6 Duke 77, Georgia Tech 58

ATLANTA - J.J. Redick scored 19 points the Blue Devils (20-4, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) clinched their seventh straight season with at least 20 victories.

DUKE (20-4)-Williams 4-7 2-6 10, Jones 8-18 0-1 17, Sanders 4-7 0-0 8, Redick 6-8 1-2 19, Duhon 3-5 0-0 7, Buckner 0-0 0-0 0, Horvath 0-0 2-2 2, Ewing 5-7 0-0 13, Melchionni 0-1 0-0 0, Dockery 0-0 0-0 0, Randolph 0-1 1-2 1, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-54 6-13 77.

GEORGIA TECH (12-12)-Elder 3-10 0-1 6, Nelson 9-16 4-4 22, Bosh 4-9 2-2 11, Lewis 2-5 0-0 5, Jack 2-9 2-4 6, Muhammad 1-3 4-4 6, Nystrom 0-0 0-0 0, Schenscher 1-3 0-0 2, Brooks 0-0 0-0 0, McHenry 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-57 12-15 58.

Halftime-Duke 41-26. 3-Point goals-Duke 11-17 (Redick 6-7, Ewing 3-3, Duhon 1-2, Jones 1-4, Melchionni 0-1), Georgia Tech 2-7 (Lewis 1-1, Bosh 1-2, McHenry 0-1, Jack 0-1, Elder 0-2). Rebounds-Duke 36 (Williams 10), Georgia Tech 30 (Nelson 9). A-9,191.

No. 7 Kansas 85, Texas A&M 45

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kirk Hinrich scored 23 points as the Jayhawks (21-6, 11-2 Big 12) overcame the loss of Wayne Simien, who dislocated his right shoulder for the second time this season.

The Aggies (13-11, 5-8) shot only 7-of-35 in the first half and trailed 48-18 at halftime.

TEXAS A&M (13-11)-Bean 1-2 0-1 2, Ress 4-7 0-1 8, Wright 2-11 1-2 7, Jackson 1-4 0-0 2, King 2-9 3-4 7, Garcia-Morales 3-8 2-2 9, Leal 1-2 0-0 3, Brookhart 0-0 0-0 0, Turner 1-11 0-0 2, Watkins 1-5 0-0 2, Butterfras 0-0 1-2 1, Slocum 1-6 0-0 2. Totals 17-65 7-12 45.

KANSAS (21-6)-Collison 6-12 3-3 15, Graves 2-3 0-1 4, Langford 8-14 1-3 18, Hinrich 8-14 6-6 23, Miles 4-8 2-4 10, Hawkins 1-3 2-2 5, Olson 0-0 0-0 0, Vinson 0-1 0-0 0, Simien 0-0 0-0 0, Lee 2-3 0-1 5, Nash 1-3 1-3 3, Moody 0-0 0-0 0, Niang 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 33-63 15-23 85.

Halftime-Kansas 48-18. 3-Point goals-Texas A&M 4-17 (Wright 2-4, Leal 1-2, Garcia-Morales 1-3, Ress 0-1, King 0-3, Turner 0-4), Kansas 4-13 (Lee 1-1, Hawkins 1-2, Hinrich 1-3, Langford 1-4, Collison 0-1, Miles 0-1, Vinson 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Texas A&M 37 (Ress 1), Kansas 52 (Collison, Nash 12). A-16,300.

No. 8 Pittsburgh 75, Virginia Tech 62

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Brandin Knight scored 25 points as the Panthers (20-4, 10-3 Big East) clinched consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time since 1987-88.

PITTSBURGH (20-4)-Zavackas 2-5 2-2 8, Lett 4-5 0-0 8, Page 4-10 0-0 11, Brown 5-8 1-2 11, Knight 7-10 5-6 25, Troutman 3-5 2-3 8, Krauser 0-4 0-0 0, Morris 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 27-51 10-13 75.

VIRGINIA TECH (10-16)-Davis 2-6 2-2 7, Thompkins 2-5 0-0 4, Taylor 6-12 5-6 17, Branham 1-1 0-0 2, Matthews 3-13 10-14 17, Chase 2-4 0-0 6, Smith 0-0 2-2 2, Calloway 1-3 1-2 3, Harris 1-1 0-0 2, Sailes 1-3 0-0 2, McCandies 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-48 20-26 62.

Halftime-Pittsburgh 40-29. 3-Point goals-Pittsburgh 11-25 (Knight 6-8, Page 3-8, Zavackas 2-4, Brown 0-1, Krauser 0-4.), Virginia Tech 4-13 (Chase 2-4, Davis 1-3, Matthews 1-4, Thompkins 0-1, Sailes 0-1.) Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Pittsburgh 24 (Page, Troutman 5), Virginia Tech 25 (Taylor 7). A-4,493.

No. 15 Syracuse 89, West Virginia 51

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Orangemen (20-4, 10-3 Big East) remained unbeaten in 16 home games this season.

WEST VIRGINIA (13-12)-Sally 1-3 0-2 2, Schifino 4-18 1-1 10, Pittsnogle 3-11 2-2 9, Durisseau-Collins 0-4 0-0 0, Herber 3-5 0-0 7, Briggs 0-2 5-7 5, Beilein 2-7 0-0 6, Patella 0-2 3-4 3, Price 0-3 0-0 0, Yeager 4-7 0-0 9. Curran 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-63 11-16 51.

SYRACUSE (20-4)-Warrick 7-9 4-6 18, Anthony 7-16 8-10 24, Forth 0-1 2-2 2, McNamara 1-5 0-0 3, Duany 7-11 1-2 18, Albright 0-0 0-0 0, Gaines 0-0 0-0 0, Pace 2-2 2-2 6, Kouwe 0-1 0-0 0, Herron 1-1 1-1 3, Edelin 5-7 0-0 10, Brooks 0-1 0-0 0, Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Gorman 2-3 1-2 5, McNeil 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-57 19-25 89.

Halftime-Syracuse 35-17. 3-Point Goals-WV 6-26 (Beilein 2-7, Herber 1-1, Pittsnogle 1-4, Schifino 1-4, Yeager 1-4, Curran 0-1, Price 0-1, Patella 0-2, Sally 0-2), Syracuse 6-15 (Duany 3-5, Anthony 2-6, McNamara 1-4). Fouled out-Briggs. Rebounds-WV 33 (Pittsnogle 9), Syracuse 43 (Anthony 10). A-19,484.

No. 17 Creighton 63, SW Missouri St. 58

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Kyle Korver got hot when it counted, hitting two late 3-pointers and scoring 23 points for the Bluejays (25-3, 14-2 Missouri Valley).

CREIGHTON (25-3)-Lindeman 0-6 0-0 0, Korver 7-14 4-4 23, Deren 0-6 1-2 1, House 4-7 1-2 10, McKinney 3-6 0-0 6, Bowden 1-3 1-1 3, Funk 2-4 0-0 4, Miliner 0-1 0-0 0, Dabbert 1-1 0-0 2, Grimes 3-7 8-11 14. Totals 21-55 15-20 63.

SW MISSOURI ST. (15-10)-Maclin 3-7 1-2 7, Easley 0-2 0-0 0, Randle 2-5 1-3 5, Andrews 7-13 2-3 16, McGee 6-15 4-4 20, Johnson 3-9 0-0 8, Smith 1-3 0-0 2, Fisher 0-0 0-0 0, Walk 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-55 8-12 58.

Halftime-SW Missouri St. 32-28. 3-Point goals-Creighton 6-21 (Korver 5-11, House 1-3, Lindeman 0-1, Bowden 0-1, Miliner 0-1, Funk 0-2, McKinney 0-2), SW Missouri St. 6-12 (McGee 4-6, Johnson 2-5, Andrews 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Creighton 36 (Lindeman 8), SW Missouri St. 36 (Maclin 10). A-8,852.

No. 20 Mississippi St. 59, Alabama 55

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mario Austin scored 14 points, including Mississippi State's only basket in the last 7:35, as Bulldogs (18-6, 8-5 Southeastern Conference) moved into first place in the SEC West, with Auburn losing at LSU.

ALABAMA (15-9)-Winston 5-13 0-0 11, Dudley 8-14 1-2 17, Walker 0-5 4-4 4, Williams 4-10 2-2 10, Pettway 2-6 0-0 6, Thomas 0-0 1-2 1, Rambo 0-0 0-0 0, Shelton 2-3 0-0 6, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-51 8-10 55.

MISSISSIPPI STATE (18-6)-Harper 5-8 0-0 12, Ignerski 2-6 1-2 5, Austin 6-12 2-3 14, Bowers 3-10 3-4 11, Zimmerman 3-8 1-4 8, Campbell 0-0 0-0 0, Frazier 2-3 0-0 5, Vincent 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 23-52 7-13 59.

Halftime-Mississippi St. 24, Alabama 22. 3-point goals-Alabama 5-15 (Shelton 2-3, Pettway 2-4, Winston 1-5, Williams 0-3), Mississippi St. 6-20 (Harper 2-4, Bowers 2-7, Frazier 1-2, Zimmerman 1-4, Ignerski 0-3). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Alabama 33 (Dudley 7), Mississippi St. 30 (Austin, Vincent 6). A-9,331.

No. 21 Georgia 89, Mississippi 82

OXFORD, Miss. - Jarvis Hayes had 32 points to lead the Bulldogs (17-7, 9-4 SEC) to their fourth straight win.

GEORGIA (17-7)-Hayes 12-19 2-2 32, Daniels 5-6 3-5 13, Thomas 1-2 3-7 5, Wright 3-6 4-8 11, Williams 8-16 2-2 21, Wilkins 2-4 2-2 6, Hayes 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 31-54 17-28 89.

MISSISSIPPI (12-12)-Harper 1-8 0-0 2, Reed 6-12 0-0 13, Gunn 2-6 0-0 4, Pearson 4-6 0-0 10, Johnson 4-10 0-0 10, Fox 3-4 0-0 8, Sanders 6-10 1-3 16, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Wade 0-1 0-0 0, Rhodes 1-1 0-0 2, Allen 7-10 3-3 17. Totals 34-68 4-6 82.

Halftime-Georgia 43-39. 3-point goals-Georgia 10-22 (Hayes 6-10, Williams 3-10, Wright 1-2), Mississippi 10-24 (Sanders 3-6, Fox 2-2, Pearson 2-3, Johnson 2-6, Reed 1-2, Harper 0-5). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Georgia 29 (Daniels 9), Mississippi 35 (Pearson 8). Technical-Mississippi bench. A-4,819.




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