Nebraska no match for top-ranked Jayhawks

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2002

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Nick Collison had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Drew Gooden notched his seventh double-double in as many games and No. 1 Kansas routed Nebraska 96-57 Wednesday night for its 13th straight victory.

The Jayhawks (13-1, 2-0 Big 12), who replaced Duke atop the AP poll this week, hit the Huskers with a 25-4 punch to open the game and led 57-24 at halftime.

Gooden, the 6-foot-10 junior who had scored 57 points in the Jayhawks' two previous games, was double-teamed constantly while scoring 16 points and adding 12 rebounds to his NCAA-leading total.

John Robinson and Brennon Clemmons each had 16 points for Nebraska (7-6, 0-2).

No. 3 Florida 104, Tennessee 100 OT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Brett Nelson scored 20 points, including two key free throws and a 3-pointer in overtime, to help Florida extend its winning streak to 12 games.

Florida (13-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) trailed by three points with 10 seconds left in regulation before Nelson's 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds to go tied it at 94 to force overtime.

Jon Higgins tied it in overtime for the Vols (6-7, 1-1), but Nelson's fourth 3-pointer of the game put Florida ahead for good at 99-96.

No. 4 Maryland 112, North Carolina 79

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Juan Dixon had 29 points Wednesday as the Terrapins registered the most lopsided victory in the 79-year-old rivalry and scored the most points ever allowed by the Tar Heels.

Maryland (12-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led by as many as 41 points and easily eclipsed its 25-point rout of North Carolina in February 1939.

Steve Blake had a career-high 14 assists for the Terrapins, who opened the second half with a 19-8 run to go up by 31.

Jason Capel scored 27 points for the Tar Heels (5-7, 1-2), who narrowly avoided absorbing the most lopsided ACC defeat in school history. Down 102-61, North Carolina was in danger of eclipsing a dubious 35-point loss to Duke in 1964.

Georgia 88, No. 8 Kentucky 84

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Jarvis Hayes scored a career-high 30 points and Ezra Williams added 20 as Georgia snapped a 16-game losing streak against the Wildcats.

Jules Camara had a career-high 16 points for Kentucky (9-4), which lost its second straight and dropped to 0-2 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 1978-79.

Hayes hit an off-balance jumper in the lane to put the Bulldogs (13-2, 2-0) up 84-82 with 1:02 remaining. Georgia blocked two Kentucky shots and went 3-of-4 from the free throw line over the final 30 seconds to preserve the victory.

Purdue 84, No. 9 Illinois 75

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Rodney Smith had 17 points to lead six Purdue players in double figures and the Boilermakers avoided their first 0-3 start in the Big Ten in 38 years.

The Boilermakers (9-8, 1-2) were 35-for-46 from the free throw line.

Frank Williams finished with 23 points for the Illini (12-4, 1-2), who have lost two straight.

No. 13 Iowa 70, Northwestern 60

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Reggie Evans scored 21 points and Luke Recker added 20 to lead the Hawkeyes (13-4, 2-1 Big Ten) to their seventh win in eight games.

Jitim Youngs had 16 points to lead Northwestern (8-5, 0-2).

No. 14 Alabama 92, Vanderbilt 79

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Erwin Dudley scored a season-high 24 points and Alabama made 31 of 36 free throws in the second half. The Crimson Tide (14-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) were 11-of-12 from the line over the final five minutes to overcome some hot 3-point shooting by the Commodores (10-5, 0-2).

No. 16 Boston College 88, Villanova 81, OT

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Troy Bell hit a floater in the lane with 6.5 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime and finished with 36 points for the Eagles (13-2, 2-1 Big East).

Gary Buchanan had 22 points for Villanova (9-3, 2-1), which turned the ball over five times in overtime. All its losses this season have been in overtime.

Iowa St. 71, No. 17 Missouri 67

AMES, Iowa -- Tyray Pearson scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Cyclones (9-7, 1-1 Big 12), who tied a conference record with their 19th straight league win at home.

Kareem Rush had 29 points for Missouri (11-4, 1-1), which has lost four of six since reaching No. 2 in the poll.

Women's Top 25

NEW YORK -- Sue Bird had 17 points as top-ranked Connecticut avoided a letdown after its victory over No. 2 Tennessee by routing St. John's 84-43 Wednesday night to extend its winning streak to 17 games.

The Huskies beat Tennessee 86-72 Saturday in the showdown at Knoxville.

The victory Wednesday night was almost a duplication of the Huskies' 88-28 win earlier this season over the Red Storm. UConn (17-0, 3-0 Big East) beat St. John's (3-12, 0-4) for the 18th straight time and leads the series 28-16.

Ashja Jones and Swin Cash had 15 points each for UConn, which led 41-22 at halftime. Jessica Moore added 11 points for the Huskies.

Mary Pat Statler led St. John's with 14 points.

No. 3 Oklahoma 65, Oklahoma St. 48

NORMAN, Okla. -- LaNeishea Caufield scored 18 points and Stacey Dales had 16 as Oklahoma continued its domination of the Big 12.

The Sooners (13-1, 3-0 Big 12) won their 17th straight regular-season conference game and beat Oklahoma State (9-6, 1-1) for the fifth consecutive time.

Caufield had two 3-pointers and scored eight straight during a first-half run in which the Sooners outscored Oklahoma State 19-2 to take a 31-13 lead.

Oklahoma State, which shot just 23 percent in the first half and 29 percent for the game, was 1-of-14 during the Sooners' run and committed five turnovers.

Missouri 82, No. 10 Texas Tech 71

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Kerensa Barr scored 19 points, and Evan Unrau and Natalie Bright had 16 apiece for Missouri.

Melanie Fisher added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers (10-3, 1-1 Big 12), who led 34-32 at halftime before holding the Lady Raiders (9-4, 1-2) to just 38 percent shooting in the second half. The Tigers connected on 54 percent in the final 20 minutes.

No. 12 Baylor 68, Kansas 49

WACO, Texas -- Danielle Crockrom scored 24 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, and No. 12 Baylor built on an early 13-0 run to beat Kansas.

Trailing 4-3 in the game's first three minutes, the Lady Bears went on their run to a 16-4 lead. Kansas never mounted a serious thereafter.

Sheila Lambert also posted a double-double for Baylor (13-1, 1-1 Big 12) with 14 points and 11 assists.

KC Hilgenkamp led Kansas (5-11, 0-3) with 20 points. Kristin Geoffroy scored 14 points and Selena Scott added 10 for the Jayhawks.

No. 14 Kansas St. 75, No. 21 Colorado 72

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Laurie Koehn had 22 points and Nicole Ohlde added 20 as Kansas State won for the third straight time over a ranked team.

The Wildcats (15-1, 3-0 Big 12) survived Colorado's second-half rally to win their 12th straight game in the best start in school history.

Koehn hit a 3-pointer with 1:21 to go to give the Wildcats a five-point lead. Colorado (10-6, 0-3) hit two straight layups to cut the margin to a point, but Mandy Nightingale fouled Koehn with 15.2 seconds left and she made both free throws.

No. 16 Texas 66, No. 6 Iowa St. 65

AUSTIN, Texas -- Stacy Stephens scored 12 points in the final 8 minutes, including the winning layup with 50 seconds left, and Texas stayed undefeated in the Big 12.

Texas (11-2) is 3-0 in the conference for the first time, but had to overcome a 65-percent first-half shooting effort by the Cylcones (13-2, 1-2) to do it. Stephens and Tracy Cook scored 16 points apiece to lead Texas. Lindsey Wilson scored 17 points for the Cyclones, and Tracy Gahan added 16.

Iowa State had one last chance to win, but Mary Cofield's 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

Virginia Tech 73, No. 24 Boston College 52

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Ieva Kublina and Chrystal Starling had 19 points apiece, and Virginia Tech scored in bunches.

The Hokies (12-2, 3-0 Big East) opened with two runs to take a 22-4 lead with just over nine minutes left in the first half. Boston College (11-3, 2-1) then outscored the Hokies 21-12 and trailed by seven points at halftime.

Virginia Tech opened the second half with a 16-9 run, and ended the game with another run of 22-11. Brianne Stepherson scored 16 points for Boston College

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