Sunday, March 9, 2003

Texas holds off Oklahoma

Saturday's Top 25 roundup

By The Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. - T.J. Ford scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, including a big fallaway jumper with 20 seconds left, as the Longhorns overcame a 15-point deficit.

Royal Ivey had 16 points for Texas (22-5, 13-3 Big 12), which ended Oklahoma's 37-game home winning streak. The victory means Texas is the No. 2 seed in next week's Big 12 tournament. Oklahoma will be the third seed.

Hollis Price had 22 points for Oklahoma (21-6, 12-4), but didn't score over the final six minutes.


No. 1 Arizona 88, Oregon 80

TUCSON, Ariz. - Jason Gardner scored 21 of his season-high 27 points in the second half and No. 1 Arizona pulled away to beat Oregon 88-80 on Saturday.

The Wildcats (25-2, 17-1 Pac-10) took control with a 17-2 run that put them up 66-56 with 6:39 to play on Salim Stoudamire's 16-footer.

Stoudamire, benched in the second half against Oregon State on Thursday night because coach Lute Olson didn't like his attitude, had 19 points, 17 in the second half.

Luke Ridnour had 26 points and seven assists for the Ducks (20-9, 10-8), who were swept on their Arizona trip. Ridnour broke Oregon's season assist record with 188, surpassing the mark of 184 set by Ron Lee in 1975-76.


No. 9 Wake Forest 78, N.C. State 72

RALEIGH, N.C. - Josh Howard scored 27 points, including six free throws in the final 1.7 seconds, as the Demon Deacons won their first outright Atlantic Coast Conference title since 1962.

Wake Forest (23-4, 13-3) set a school record for league wins, closing out ACC play by winning 11 of 12.

Marcus Melvin and Julius Hodge each had 17 points for the Wolfpack (16-11, 9-7).


No. 15 Louisville 100, Charlotte 59

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Luke Whitehead had 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to lead the Cardinals.

Kendall Dartez added a career-high 16 points for Louisville (21-6, 11-5 Conference USA), which played without senior center Marvin Stone, its second-leading scorer and rebounder, who sat out as the NCAA continued looking into his amateur status.

Demon Brown scored 12 points for Charlotte (13-15, 8-8).


No. 16 Notre Dame 86, Georgetown 80

WASHINGTON - Chris Thomas had 29 points and seven rebounds as Notre Dame snapped a three-game losing streak.

Thomas was 9-for-16 from the field, including 3-for-8 from 3-point range, and 8-of-9 from the free throw line, including four after Georgetown pulled to 82-80 with 20 seconds left. Notre Dame (22-8, 10-6 Big East) completed its best regular season since 1988-89 with its fourth straight win over Georgetown (14-13, 6-10), which got 26 points and nine rebounds from Mike Sweetney.


No. 17 Stanford 72, No. 22 California 60

STANFORD, Calif. - Josh Childress had 15 points and 10 rebounds as No. 17 Stanford continued its dominance of rival California at home.

With the win over the 22nd-ranked Bears, Stanford (23-7, 14-4) finished second in the Pac-10 and earned the second seed behind No. 1 Arizona in the conference tournament next week in Los Angeles. The Cardinal snapped a two-game losing streak against their Bay area rival.

The Golden Bears (20-7, 13-5) were lifeless most of the first half, getting dominated on the boards and outhustled to loose balls, and couldn't get in sync on either end of the court.

Brian Wethers had four 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 16 points, but Cal shot 33 percent. Stanford sealed the game with 3-pointers by Matt Lottich, Julius Barnes and Josh Childress in the final minutes.


No. 18 Memphis 90, UAB 79

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Chris Massie had 27 points and 11 rebounds and Antonio Burks had 11 points and 12 assists as the Tigers won their 11th straight.

The Tigers (22-5, 13-3 Conference USA) lost out on a share of the league title because of Marquette's win over Cincinnati and will be the No. 2 seed into next week's tournament at Louisville.

Demario Eddins led UAB (16-11, 8-8) with 18 points.


No. 19 Creighton 57, Indiana St. 56

ST. LOUIS - Kyle Korver had 15 points and nine rebounds and Creighton won despite not scoring for the game's final 4:52.

The second-seeded Bluejays (27-4) advanced to the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

David Moss had 12 points for the Sycamores (7-24), who lost 17 of their last 19.


No. 20 Oklahoma St. 77, Texas A&M 52

STILLWATER, Okla. - Ivan McFarlin had 17 points and 14 rebounds as Oklahoma State ended a three-game losing streak.

Melvin Sanders also had 17 points for the Cowboys (21-8, 10-6 Big 12).

Bernard King had 17 points for the Aggies (14-13, 6-10).


No. 23 Mississippi St. 67, Auburn 45

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Derrick Zimmerman had 15 points and eight assists as Mississippi State clinched the Southeastern Conference West title.

Mississippi State (19-8, 9-7) won the West Division for the first time since 1995-96, and earned a bye in next week's conference tournament.

Marquis Daniels had 14 points for the Tigers (19-10, 8-8), who finished the season losing five of seven.

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