Head, Brown lead top-ranked Illini to win

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2005


  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

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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