Thursday, March 6, 2003

Top 25: Wisconsin wins Big Ten by itself



The Associated Press

Wisconsin was one of four Big Ten champions last season. The Badgers are all by themselves in 2002-03. Devin Harris made the second of two free throws with four-tenths of a second to play Wednesday night as the No. 24 Badgers won their first outright conference title since 1947 with a 60-59 victory over No. 14 Illinois.

These are Wisconsin's first consecutive league crowns since 1923-24.

Wisconsin athletic director Pat Richter presented coach Bo Ryan with the Big Ten trophy after the game.

"This is a dynasty!" Richter said as he handed the trophy to Ryan, only the third coach in Big Ten history to win titles in his first two seasons.

In the postgame celebration, fans and teammates hoisted senior Kirk Penney, a native of New Zealand, onto their shoulders and a banner at Kohl Center read, "Thanks, Mate!"

"We worked for so long and always said, 'We haven't won anything yet. We haven't won anything yet,"' Penney said. "Now, we have."

In other games involving ranked teams Wednesday night, it was: No. 2 Kentucky 106, Vanderbilt 44; No. 7 Pittsburgh 86, Seton Hall 54; No. 9 Wake Forest 75, North Carolina 60; No. 11 Xavier 88, Saint Joseph's 80, overtime; DePaul 79, No. 15 Louisville 76, overtime; Colorado 68, No. 20 Oklahoma State 56; and Tennessee 59, No. 23 Mississippi State 49.

Harris was fouled by Dee Brown as he drove to the basket with under a second left.

"I'm still kind of mad I didn't get the shot off," said Harris, who figured the game was headed for overtime. "I'm just glad they called the foul. I wasn't expecting a foul call."

After his first free throw rattled in and out, Harris stepped back as the crowd groaned, then composed himself and made the second.

"I knew he was going to knock down the second one," teammate Alando Tucker said. "I had so much confidence."

After a timeout, Brian Cook of the Illini caught Sean Harrington's long inbounds pass but couldn't get off a shot in time, then couldn't avoid the wave of students rushing from the stands.

"That would have been real interesting had it gone in because it may not have been off in time, but the horn blew way too fast," Illinois coach Bill Self said. "But that's the sign of a good homecourt timer.

"This was better than any NCAA (tournament) atmosphere," he said. "This was as good an atmosphere as I've ever been a part of. The wrong team won. Other than that, it was a great game."

Penney had 14 points for the Badgers (22-6, 12-4), while Harris had 13.

Cook had 25 points for Illinois (20-6, 10-5), which was seeking a share of its fourth Big Ten title in six years.

ILLINOIS (20-5)-Cook 8-18 7-10 25, Powell 2-5 0-0 4, Augustine 1-3 0-0 2, Williams 2-3 0-2 4, Brown 9-17 0-0 20, Head 1-2 0-0 2, Harrington 0-3 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 23-51 9-14 59.

WISCONSIN (22-6)-Tucker 3-8 5-6 12, Wilkinson 4-9 0-0 11, Penney 5-13 2-2 14, Owens 1-3 4-5 6, Harris 4-10 2-4 13, Wade 0-0 0-0 0, Helmigk 0-1 0-0 0, Mader 1-2 2-2 4. Totals 18-46 15-19 60.

Halftime-Wisconsin 32-26. 3-Point goals-Illinois 4-9 (Cook 2-2, Brown 2-5, Powell 0-1, Harrington 0-1), Wisconsin 9-26 (Wilkinson 3-7, Harris 3-8, Penney 2-7, Tucker 1-3, Owens 0-1).

No. 7 Pittsburgh 86, Seton Hall 54

Julius Page had 16 points and Brandin Knight had eight points, six rebounds and 10 assists in his final home game as the Panthers (22-4, 12-3) finished their first season in the Petersen Events Center 16-0 and clinched a bye in the Big East tournament.

Andre Barrett and John Allen each had 11 points for the Pirates (16-10, 10-5), who had a nine-game winning streak snapped.

SETON HALL (16-10)-Toney-El 0-0 0-0 0, Morton 3-3 0-0 7, Whitney 3-5 1-2 7, Barrett 4-14 2-2 11, Allen 4-10 1-2 11, Morris 1-5 0-0 2, Copeland 2-6 1-2 6, Carter 0-1 0-0 0, Gambino 0-0 0-0 0, Fray 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 0-1 1-2 1, Sweet 4-9 1-2 9. Totals 21-54 7-12 54.

PITTSBURGH (22-4)-Brown 5-8 0-0 11, Zavackas 4-7 0-0 11, Lett 6-7 3-8 15, Page 7-12 1-2 16, Knight 3-8 2-3 8, Troutman 2-3 1-5 5, Demetris 0-0 1-2 1, Krauser 5-5 1-1 13, McCarroll 0-1 0-0 0, Morris 2-5 2-2 6. Totals 34-56 11-23 86.

Halftime-Pittsburgh, 40-24. 3-Point goals-Seton Hall 5-21 (Allen 2-2, Morton 1-1, Copeland 1-4, Barrett 1-9, Carter 0-1, Morris 0-2, Sweet 0-2), Pittsburgh 7-10 (Zavackas 3-3, Krauser 2-2, Brown 1-1, Page 1-2, Knight 0-1, McCarroll 0-1).

No. 9 Wake Forest 75, North Carolina 60

Josh Howard had 24 points and nine rebounds as the Demon Deacons (22-4, 12-3) clinched at least a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference title. Wake Forest, which finished 17-0 at home, can win its first outright ACC title since 1962 with a victory at North Carolina State on Saturday.

Jawad Williams had 17 points for the Tar Heels (15-14, 5-10), who have lost four straight to Wake Forest.

NORTH CAROLINA (15-14)-Williams 6-13 1-2 17, McCants 3-6 3-3 10, Noel 4-7 0-0 9, Felton 2-14 0-0 5, Manuel 5-9 0-0 12, Scott 2-6 1-2 7, Sanders 0-0 0-2 0, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-55 5-9 60.

WAKE FOREST (22-4)-Howard 10-21 0-0 24, Levy 4-7 4-10 13, Danelius 3-6 2-3 8, Williams 3-4 0-0 6, Downey 2-6 1-2 6, Ellis 0-0 0-0 0, Gray 5-8 5-7 16, Joyce 0-0 0-0 0, Lepore 0-0 0-0 0, Strickland 0-3 2-2 2, Schoetz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-55 14-24 75.

Halftime-Wake Forest 37-33. 3-Point goals-North Carolina 11-29 (Williams 4-8, Scott 2-4, Manuel 2-5, McCants 1-2, Noel 1-2, Felton 1-8), Wake Forest 7-14 (Howard 4-9, Levy 1-1, Gray 1-1, Downey 1-3).

Colorado 68, No. 20 Oklahoma St. 56

David Harrison had 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Buffaloes (18-10, 8-7 Big 12), who set a school record with their 11th straight home win.

Ivan McFarlin had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Cowboys (20-8, 9-6), who have lost seven of 10 following a 17-1 start.

It was Oklahoma State's first trip to Boulder since 10 members of the program died in a plane crash near that city two years ago.

Tennessee 59, No. 23 Mississippi St. 49

Ron Slay scored 17 points for the Volunteers (16-10, 8-7 Southeastern Conference), who ended a four-game losing streak.

Mario Austin had 13 points and seven rebounds for the visiting Bulldogs (18-8, 8-7), who needed a win to clinch at least a share of the SEC Western Division title.

MISSISSIPPI STATE (18-8)-Harper 2-5 2-2 6, Ignerski 2-6 0-0 5, Austin 3-6 7-8 13, Bowers 3-12 0-0 8, Zimmerman 1-2 2-2 4, Campbell 2-4 0-0 4, Frazier 1-5 2-2 5, Vincent 1-2 2-4 4, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-42 15-18 49.

TENNESSEE (16-10)-Turner 0-1 0-0 0, Slay 5-9 5-8 17, Clemmons 0-0 0-0 0, Holden 2-8 2-2 6, Higgins 3-7 0-0 7, Herndon 0-0 0-0 0, Asumnu 1-3 1-2 3, Crump 6-9 4-5 16, Wilborn 0-1 0-0 0, Watson 1-5 8-12 10. Totals 18-43 20-29 59.

Halftime-Miss St 27-21. 3-Point goals-Miss St 4-15 (Bowers 2-8, Ignerski 1-2, Frazier 1-3, Harper 0-2), Tennessee 3-11 (Slay 2-2, Higgins 1-4, Watson 0-1, Turner 0-1, Holden 0-3). .




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