McCants' late 3-pointer lets UNC beat No. 1 UConn

Posted: Sunday, January 18, 2004

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Rashad McCants hit a 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds to play to give No. 9 North Carolina an 86-83 victory over No. 1 Connecticut on Saturday.

It was North Carolina's 10th win over a top-ranked team, tying the Tar Heels with UCLA for the most in college basketball history. The latest one was final when Ben Gordon's 3-point attempt to tie bounced off the rim.

McCants finished with 27 points for the Tar Heels (11-3), who led by 16 points early in the second half only to see the Huskies (14-2) take an 83-80 lead with 1:30 left.

No. 2 Duke 84, No. 4 Wake Forest 72

DURHAM, N.C. J.J. Redick scored 23 points, and Shelden Williams had 16 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocked shots to lift Duke.

Chris Duhon added eight points and 14 assists for the Blue Devils (14-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won 11 straight overall and 36 in a row at home.

No. 3 Stanford 68, California 61

STANFORD, Calif. Matt Lottich scored 15 points and Stanford stayed unbeaten with a victory over rival California.

Justin Davis added 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals in Stanford's 11th straight win against Cal. Stanford (14-0, 5-0 Pac-10), the only undefeated team in the top five, has won 12 of the last 14 meetings.

No. 16 Gonzaga 75, St. Mary's 61

SPOKANE, Wash. Cory Violette scored 20 points, Ronny Turiaf added 19 and Blake Stepp had 15 of his 16 in the second half, leading Gonzaga over St. Mary's.

The Bulldogs (14-2, 4-0 West Coast Conference) won their seventh in a row and extended their winning streak over St. Mary's (10-7, 1-1) to 15 straight.

Georgia 65, No. 5 Kentucky 57

LEXINGTON, Ky. Rashad Wright scored 20 points to help Georgia end Kentucky's 19-game Southeastern Conference regular-season winning streak.

Georgia (9-5, 1-2 SEC) beat a top-five opponent for the second time this month. The Bulldogs lost their first two SEC games by more than 20 points each.

No. 6 Saint Joseph's 81, Xavier 73

CINCINNATI Delonte West made every shot he took 12 from the field, six from the line for 33 points, and Saint Joseph's extended the best start in school history.

Jameer Nelson added 28 points in a two-guard attack that rallied the Hawks (15-0, 5-0 Atlantic 10) from a rare second-half deficit.

No. 7 Arizona 97, UCLA 72

LOS ANGELES Channing Frye tied his career high with 26 points and No. 7 Arizona easily handed UCLA its first Pac-10 loss.

Lute Olson became Arizona's all-time coaching leader with his 510th victory. He also has 150 losses in 21 seasons in Tucson. Fred Enke was 509-324 in his 36-year career that ended in 1961.

No. 8 Louisville 79, Tulane 58

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Luke Whitehead scored 16 points and No. 8 Louisville forced 23 turnovers in a victory over Tulane.

Whitehead had five points during a 9-0 run that put Louisville (13-1, 4-0 Conference USA) ahead 57-38 with 12:01 left. The Green Wave never got closer than 13 the rest of the way.

No. 10 Cincinnati 85, TCU 57

CINCINNATI Jason Maxiell returned from an ankle injury and gave unbeaten Cincinnati the spark it needed to beat TCU.

Maxiell fell hard in the opening minutes, hurt his lower right leg, and was out of the game while Cincinnati (13-0, 4-0 Conference USA) played flat and fell behind. The power forward returned with a pair of emphatic dunks that finally got the Bearcats going.

Missouri 79, No. 11 Oklahoma 75

NORMAN, Okla. Rickey Paulding scored nine of his 23 points in overtime and Arthur Johnson added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Missouri.

The Tigers (7-6, 2-1 Big 12) scored seven straight points in overtime, and shot 7-for-8 from the line down the stretch.

No. 12 Georgia Tech 81, Maryland 71

ATLANTA Will Bynum scored a career-high 25 points and No. 12 Georgia Tech dominated the final 10 minutes, pulling away from Maryland.

Georgia Tech (14-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its second game in three days after a two-game losing streak. Maryland (10-4, 1-2) couldn't follow up an upset of North Carolina, ending a three-game winning streak.

No. 13 Pittsburgh 59, Rutgers 49

PITTSBURGH Jaron Brown scored 19 points and hit Pittsburgh's only two 3-pointers to key a late-game comeback.

Pittsburgh (18-0, 4-0 Big East) closed with a 16-2 run after the Scarlet Knights (9-5, 1-3 Big East) lead by as many as six points in the second half.

No. 14 Kansas 71, Texas A&M 65

COLLEGE STATION, Texas Keith Langford scored 21 points and Kansas held on to extend its winning streak to a season-high five games.

Kansas (11-2, 3-0 Big 12) won its seventh straight conference game dating to last season and improved to 9-0 against the Aggies (7-6, 0-2).

No. 23 Vanderbilt 86, No. 15 Florida 72

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Matt Freije scored 23 points, Mario Moore added 21 and Vanderbilt snapped a two-game losing skid.

The Gators (11-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) came in with a six-game winning streak and were looking to start SEC play 3-0 for the third consecutive year. They had every reason to be confident, too, because they had won five straight against the Commodores.

No. 17 Syracuse 81, Notre Dame 70

SOUTH BEND, Ind. Hakim Warrick had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Syracuse shot 56.5 percent while dominating inside against Notre Dame.

No. 18 Texas 63, Nebraska 61

AUSTIN, Texas Royal Ivey hit a jump shot with 2.4 seconds left to lift Texas.

No. 20 Mississippi St. 64, LSU 54

BATON ROUGE, La. Branden Vincent scored 12 points, including eight in the second half, and Mississippi State held off a furious LSU rally.

No. 22 Texas Tech 75, Baylor 66

WACO, Texas Ronald Ross had 24 points and made a pair of late steals that he converted into breakaway dunks, and No. 22 Texas Tech held off Baylor for its 10th straight victory.

No. 24 Creighton 72, Evansville 53

OMAHA, Neb. Brody Deren scored 15 points, and Creighton extended its school-record home winning streak to 26 games.

No. 25 Illinois 88, Iowa 82

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Roger Powell scored 20 points and Deron Williams keyed a second-half rally to lead Illinois.


No. 2 Texas Tech 64, No. 24 Baylor 63

LUBBOCK, Texas Alesha Robertson made three free throws in the final 7.6 seconds and finished with 18 points to lead Texas Tech Saturday night.

No. 3 Texas 67, Iowa State 45

AUSTIN, Texas Stacy Stephens scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help Texas beat Iowa State.

No. 4 Connecticut 69, No. 22 Boston College 61

HARTFORD, Conn. Barbara Turner scored 19 points and No. 4 Connecticut held on to beat No. 22 Boston College.

No. 10 Kansas State 79, Kansas 50

MANHATTAN, Kan. Nicole Ohlde had 20 points and nine rebounds to help Kansas State win its 11th straight.

No. 15 Oklahoma 87, Oklahoma St. 37

NORMAN, Okla. Caton Hill scored 15 points and Dionnah Jackson added 14 in No. 15 Oklahoma's 87-37 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday.

No. 19 Villanova 62, Seton Hall 51

VILLANOVA, Pa. Liad Suez scored 12 of her 19 points in the second half, helping Villanova rebound from a slow start.

No. 21 Miami 77, Pittsburgh 68

CORAL GABLES, Fla. Shaquana Wilkins had 20 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to lift No. 21 Miami over Pittsburgh.

Georgetown 70, No. 23 Virginia Tech 50

WASHINGTON Rebekkah Brunson scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half and Georgetown beat a ranked team for the first time since 1996.

Brunson added nine rebounds and a blocked shot, and Bethany LeSuer added 19 points and nine rebounds for to help the Hoyas (8-7, 2-3 Big East) break a two-game losing streak.

Ieva Kublina had 18 points and Dawn Chriss added 13 for the Hokies (13-3, 2-3), have lost three of their last four after a 12-0 start.

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