Longhorns beat buzzer in beating Providence

Posted: Tuesday, January 06, 2004

PROVIDENCE, R.I. P.J. Tucker's shot in the lane at the overtime buzzer was ruled good after officials watched the replay for several minutes, and No. 18 Texas beat No. 25 Providence 79-77 Monday night in one of the wildest games of the season.

Donnie McGrath hit a 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left in the overtime to bring Providence into a 77-77 tie. Texas inbounded the ball under its own basket after a timeout and Tucker, a freshman, took the pass at the opposite 3-point line.

He dribbled behind his back near midcourt and continued on to the lane, letting the ball go as the red light on the backboard went on and the buzzer sounded.

No. 13 Kansas 77, Colorado 62

BOULDER, Colo. Wayne Simien had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Kansas won its 13th consecutive conference opener.

Keith Langford had 18 points, J.R. Giddens 15 and Aaron Miles 12 for Kansas (9-2, 1-0 Big 12). Colorado (6-4, 0-1) was led by Blair Wilson with 19 points, Michel Morandais with 14 and David Harrison with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Kansas, leading 37-29 at halftime, used a pair of 7-0 runs in the second half to keep Colorado at bay.


No. 1 Duke 79, Florida State 66

DURHAM, N.C. Alana Beard had 19 points to set a school scoring record, and Duke extended its streak of Atlantic Coast Conference victories to 45 by beating Florida State 79-66 Monday night in its first game as the nation's top-ranked team.

Rice 87, No. 8 Louisiana Tech 84

HOUSTON Lauren Neaves made a free throw and a basket in the final minute of overtime to give Rice the upset.

Louisiana Tech (8-2, 1-1 Western Athletic Conference) led by as many as four points in overtime before the game was tied at 82. Neaves hit the go-ahead free throw and followed with a field goal with 24 seconds to go.

Tech's Lakiste Barkus cut the margin to 85-84 before Eshombi Singleton and Elisa Inman made clinching free throws for the Lady Owls.

Lindsay Maynard, who led Rice (5-6, 1-1) with 18 points, forced the overtime when she sank one of two free throws with six seconds left in regulation after Tech was ht with a technical for calling too many timeouts.

Neaves scored 17 points for Rice. Anne Peck added 14 and Michelle Woods 10.

Amisha Carter led Tech with 26 points and 19 rebounds. Erica Smith-Taylor scored 20 points and Amber Obaze 14.

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