No. 6 Cowboys rally to beat Baylor

Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2002

WACO, Texas -- Maurice Baker, still gimpy from a groin injury, scored consecutive baskets to put the No. 6 Oklahoma State men's basketball team ahead to stay as the Cowboys came back to beat Baylor 68-57 Tuesday night.

A turnover by Baker led to Matt Sayman's layup that put Baylor (11-4, 1-1 Big 12) ahead 54-53 with about seven minutes left. Baker came right back to make a long jumper at the other end to put the Cowboys (14-1, 1-1) in front.

After a Baylor miss, Baker drove the baseline for a reverse layup and Oklahoma State continued building its lead after that.

Clemson 68, No. 7 Virginia 52

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Jamar McKnight scored a career-high 25 points and Edward Scott added 17 as Clemson handed Virginia its second straight loss after a 9-0 start.

The Tigers (11-5, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had lost to Winthrop and Yale the past two weeks at Littlejohn Coliseum. But they rolled past the Cavaliers (9-2, 0-2) as McKnight and Scott led a 23-7 second half run.

Roger Mason led the way for Virginia with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Travis Watson, the team's high scorer the past three games, was held to six points. Chris Williams, averaging nearly 16 points a game, missed all seven shots and did not score.

No. 10 Cincinnati 71, Charlotte 58

CINCINNATI -- Leonard Stokes scored 19 points and Cincinnati's half-court defense frustrated Charlotte's long-range shooters as the Bearcats pulled away.

Cincinnati (14-1, 2-0) won its 14th in a row -- the longest active streak in Division I -- after an opening loss to Oklahoma State. All 14 have been by double-digits, and all have been set up by stifling man-to-man defense.

No. 12 Syracuse 85, Seton Hall 70

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Preston Shumpert scored 19 points and DeShaun Williams had 18 as Syracuse beat Seton Hall.

It was the fifth straight win for Syracuse (14-2, 3-0 Big East) and second straight over the Pirates (8-7, 1-2), who had upset the Orangemen twice in the previous two years.

Kueth Duany had 13 points for Syracuse, which shot 61 percent for the game, and freshman center Craig Forth had his most productive game of the season with 12 points, all in the first half.

St. John's 71, No. 21 Miami 60

NEW YORK -- Marcus Hatten scored 25 points and St. John's held Miami to one field goal over the final 16 minutes as the Hurricanes lost for the second straight time after opening the season 14-0.

The Red Storm (11-3, 2-1 Big East) won for the seventh time in eight games with a defense in the second half that saw Miami (14-2, 1-2) make just one of its last 22 shots from the field.

Arkansas 75, No. 22 Mississippi St. 64

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Brandon Dean and Michael Jones keyed a 14-0 Arkansas run, and Jannero Pargo stopped a Mississippi State rally by scoring five straight points.

Dean scored twice and played energizing defense, and Jones contributed two baskets and an important assist during the spurt that put the Razorbacks (10-4, 2-0 SEC) in front 57-40 with 10:03 to play. Derrick Zimmerman helped the Bulldogs (14-2, 1-1) cut the margin to nine points before Pargo made a reverse layup and a 3 for 65-52 lead.

No. 23 Pittsburgh 66, Rutgers 58

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Jaron Brown scored 14 points and sparked a decisive run after Pittsburgh blew a 15-point lead against Rutgers.

The Panthers (15-1, 3-0 Big East), who broke into the AP rankings Monday for the first time since time since Dec. 28, 1998, have won 10 straight. It's their longest streak since winning 22 in a row in 1973-74, the last time they started 15-1.

Indiana 83, No. 25 Michigan St. 65

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Tom Coverdale scored 22 points and Jared Jeffries added 21 as Indiana made 14 3-pointers in a victory over Michigan State.

The Hoosiers (10-5, 3-0 Big Ten) made 10 of 16 3-pointers in the first half to build a 24-point lead. Coverdale made his first six 3-point attempts, scoring 21 in the first half, and Dane Fife was 3-for-4. Fife finished with 14.

Women's Top 25

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee guard Tasha Butts was tired of sitting on the bench.

Butts, a sophomore reserve, scored 16 points -- including two key 3-pointers -- as second-ranked Tennessee held on to beat No. 25 Old Dominion 74-62 Tuesday night.

''Coach (Pat) Summitt challenged me and told me that if I didn't become more focused then I wouldn't play as many minutes,'' Butts said. ''I sat the bench long enough last year. I refuse to do it this year.''

Michelle Snow added 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Lady Vols (12-1), who lost for the first time this season on Saturday to top-ranked Connecticut.

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