No. 1 Connecticut stops No. 6 Sooners

Posted: Monday, January 12, 2004

STORRS, Conn. Emeka Okafor fell one blocked shot short of a triple-double and No. 1 Connecticut put on one of the most impressive defensive displays of the season, knocking No. 6 Oklahoma from the ranks of the unbeaten, 86-59 Sunday.

Okafor, the leading vote-getter on the AP's preseason All-America team, had 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocked shots for the Huskies (13-1). He had a triple-double earlier this season against Army with 18 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.

With the 6-foot-10 Okafor anchoring things in the middle, Connecticut contested every pass and forced the Sooners (10-1) into quick shots time after time in winning their 10th straight game.

Oklahoma came into the game shooting 43.7 percent from the field with its worst outing 41.1 percent in a win at Michigan State.

Oklahoma finished 20-for-73 from the field (27.4 percent). The Sooners were 8-for-35 (22.9 percent) in the first half and struggled to match that as Connecticut pulled away to lead by as many 40 points.

No. 2 Duke 93, Virginia 71

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Shelden Williams scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half and No. 2 Duke had five other players in double figures to beat Virginia.

Plagued by foul trouble in the first half, Williams took over down low in the second half, overpowering the Cavaliers to give the Blue Devils (12-1, 2-0 ACC) their ninth straight victory.

He also grabbed 12 rebounds, helping Duke to a 43-30 edge on the glass.

Devin Smith led Virginia (10-3, 0-2) with 19 points, going 5-for-6 from 3-point range, while Elton Brown scored 13 and Donte Minter had 12.

No. 12 North Carolina 103, No. 8 Georgia Tech 88

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Raymond Felton had 25 points and nine assists and No. 12 North Carolina never trailed in beating No. 8 Georgia Tech.

Sean May had 28 points for the Tar Heels (10-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won 10 of the last 12 meetings in the series. Rashad McCants added 17 as the Tar Heels earned a big win before an important stretch that includes a trip to Maryland and a home game against No. 1 Connecticut.

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