Cincinnati's Nick Williams (5) battles with East Carolina's Corey Rouse (23) during the final minutes, Wednesday, January 12, 2005, at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, N.C.
AP Photo/ Karl DeBlaker
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Luther Head and Dee Brown each made five 3-pointers to lead No. 1 Illinois to a 90-64 victory over Penn State on Wednesday night.
Head had 19 points and Brown added 15 as Illinois (17-0, 3-0 Big Ten) tied the school record with its 17th straight win. The mark was set by the 1988-89 team that was the last from Illinois to reach the Final Four. Illinois also became the 15th Division I school to reach 1,500 victories.
Geary Claxton had 16 points for Penn State (6-10, 0-3), which lost its fourth straight.
No. 2 Kansas 71, Iowa St. 66
AMES, Iowa Keith Langford scored 18 points and Wayne Simien returned from a four-game absence to make some big plays for the Jayhawks.
Simien, a preseason All-America, hadn't played since undergoing surgery on his left thumb. He scored 13 points in 37 minutes, grabbed nine rebounds and sparked an 8-0 run that put Kansas (12-0, 2-0 Big 12) ahead to stay after Iowa State had rallied from eight down to take a 54-52 lead.
Langford had been questionable for the game after sustaining a concussion in Sunday's 65-59 victory at No. 9 Kentucky. But he started and played 36 minutes, shooting 7-for-11 and handing out five assists.
Curtis Stinson had 18 points for Iowa State (8-5, 0-2), which lost for just the second time in 27 home games under coach Wayne Morgan.
No. 3 North Carolina 91, No. 8 Georgia Tech 69
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Jawad Williams led a balanced attack with 18 points and the Tar Heels rolled to a 14th consecutive victory. Marvin Williams had 14 points and Rashad McCants and Sean May each added 12 for North Carolina (14-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Jarrett Jack had 24 points for the Yellow Jackets (11-3, 2-1), who played without injured guard B.J. Elder for the third straight game.
No. 9 Kentucky 69, Vanderbilt 54
LEXINGTON, Ky. Freshman guard Rajon Rondo scored a career-high 18 points and fueled a late run as the Wildcats (11-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) remained perfect in 28 games against Vanderbilt at Rupp Arena, dating to the 1976-77 season.
Corey Smith had 16 points for Vanderbilt (11-5, 2-1), which had a seven-game winning streak snapped.
Texas A&M 74, No. 10 Texas 63
COLLEGE STATION, Texas Acie Law had 24 points and six assists, freshman Joseph Jones added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Texas A&M ended an 18-game Big 12 losing streak.
The Aggies (12-1, 1-1) are off to their best start since 1959-60, and first-year coach Billy Gillispie has made the best debut in school history.
Before a school-record crowd of 12,811, Law helped A&M end the Longhorns' 10-game winning streak in College Station and improve its record at Reed Arena to 12-0 this season.
P.J. Tucker led the Longhorns (12-3, 1-1) with 18 points and eight rebounds.
Tennessee 64, No. 11 Mississippi St. 63
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Scooter McFadgon scored 14 points and Brandon Crump added 12 and the Volunteers ended the nation's longest road winning streak. Tennessee (9-6, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) lost their last game by 25 points at home to Vanderbilt.
Lawrence Roberts had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulldogs (14-3, 2-1), who had won eight in a row overall and 16 straight on the road since a loss at Tennessee in March 2003. Roberts missed a jumper at the buzzer that could have won the game.
No. 18 Cincinnati 84, East Carolina 78
GREENVILLE, N.C. Jason Maxiell scored 24 points for the Bearcats (14-1, 3-0 Conference USA), who have won three straight since losing to top-ranked Illinois.
Corey Rouse had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Pirates (5-10, 0-3), who fell to 0-7 all-time against the Bearcats.
No. 21 George Washington 85, St. Bonaventure 59
OLEAN, N.Y. Pops Mensah-Bonsu scored 14 points and the Colonials (11-2, 3-0 Atlantic 10) had six players in double figures for the second time this season.
Wade Dunston had a career-high 25 points for the Bonnies (1-13, 0-3), who are off to the worst start in school history. The program that's still stung by a March 2003 eligibility scandal that led to NCAA sanctions, has lost 25 of its last 27, and all six at home this season.
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