Villanova ruins undefeated season of Kansas

Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2005

PHILADELPHIA — Undefeated Kansas never stood a chance once Allen Ray, Curtis Sumpter and the rest of the spirited Villanova Wildcats got rolling.

Sumpter sank five 3-pointers and scored 25 points, Ray made four 3s and scored 27 and Villanova led by as many as 32 points in a stunning 83-62 victory over No. 2 Kansas on Saturday.

The Wildcat fans — who braved the first snowstorm in Philly this year — chanted ''Overrated!'' early in this one and counted down the final minutes before storming the 76ers' home court in celebration.

''Villanova today, the Eagles tomorrow!'' one fan yelled as he left the court.

The Wildcats (10-4) lost their last two games on free throws in the final seconds, but this one was never really close. After holding a modest seven-point lead at halftime, the Wildcats went on a 15-2 run to open the second half, gave up three points, then reeled off 16 straight points.

Wayne Simien led Kansas (14-1) with 15 points and J.R. Giddens and Sasha Kaun each had 11.

No. 3 Wake Forest 74, No. 20 Cincinnati 70

CINCINNATI — Eric Williams scored a career-high 29 points, having his way with Cincinnati's shorter front line.

The Demon Deacons (16-2) rebounded from an overtime loss to Florida State by hitting their last seven free throws down the stretch.

The Bearcats (15-3) lost at home to a ranked team for the second time in eight days. They also fell by three points against Louisville last Saturday.

Chris Paul added 21 points for Wake Forest, which improved to 5-1 against ranked teams this season. Paul was 5-of-7 from behind the arc.

Eric Hicks had 18 points, only two of them in the second half, to lead three Cincinnati players in double figures.

No. 5 Oklahoma St. 82, Baylor 53

STILLWATER, Okla. — Joey Graham scored 24 points to help Oklahoma State rebound from its loss to Texas.

Freshman JamesOn Curry added 14 points, including 10 in the final 2:16, as the Cowboys (14-2, 4-1 Big 12 Conference) won the first game at the newly named Eddie Sutton Court.

The floor, installed in 1938 at Gallagher-Iba Arena, was named after Oklahoma State's coach last week. Sutton has 769 victories, good for seventh all-time.

Tim Bush led the Bears (9-6, 1-3) with 19 points and Tommy Swanson added 15.

No. 7 Syracuse 72, West Virginia 64

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Hakim Warrick had 22 points and 13 rebounds, Gerry McNamara scored 18 points and Billy Edelin added a season-high 12 to lead Syracuse.

It was the 12th straight win for Syracuse (19-1, 6-0 Big East), which equaled the best start in school history. In 1999, Syracuse won its first 19 before losing to Seton Hall 69-67 at home and also started 19-1 in 1979-80.

Patrick Beilein led the Mountaineers (11-5, 1-4) with 17 points, and Mike Gansey, Tyrone Sally and D'or Fischer each had 11.

No. 8 Kentucky 89, LSU 58

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Patrick Sparks went 5-of-7 from 3-point range and scored 15 points to lead the Wildcats.

Kelenna Azubuike added 16 points for Kentucky (14-2, 5-0 Southeastern Conference), which made a season-high 11 3-pointers in 20 attempts to win for the 14th time in its last 15 meetings with LSU (9-6, 2-2).

The Wildcats have won four straight since losing to No. 2 Kansas on Jan. 9.

Brandon Bass paced LSU with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Virginia Tech 70, No. 12 Georgia Tech 69

ATLANTA — Georgia Tech's Isma'il Muhammad missed two free throws with 5.5 seconds left and Virginia Tech handed the Yellow Jackets their third straight loss.

Following Muhammad's second miss, Mario West rebounded and missed a putback for Georgia Tech, then Ra'Sean Dickey and Muhammad couldn't tip in the ball.

Carlos Dixon led Virginia Tech (10-6 overall, 3-2 ACC) with 21 points, and Zabian Dowdell added 18.

Will Bynum matched his career high with 28 points for Georgia Tech (11-5, 2-3), which lost for the first time at home this season.

No. 14 Louisville 85, Tennessee 62

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Francisco Garcia scored 20 points to lead Louisville.

Garcia had seven points during a crucial 24-2 second-half run, and added had nine rebounds and four assists for the Cardinals (16-3), who have won 10 of 11.

Larry O'Bannon scored 15 points for Louisville and Ellis Myles had 12 points and five rebounds after breaking his left thumb on Wednesday.

No. 18 Oklahoma 64, No. 15 Texas 60

NORMAN, Okla. — Kevin Bookout had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Lawrence McKenzie scored 15 and Oklahoma won its ninth straight.

The Sooners outmuscled the Longhorns, who were in their first game without leading scorer and rebounder P.J. Tucker, ruled academically ineligible earlier in the week.

McKenzie hit two free throws with 7.7 seconds left to seal the victory for Oklahoma (15-2, 4-0 Big 12).

Daniel Gibson had 18 points to lead Texas (15-3, 3-2), Jason Klotz scored 14 and Buckman added 12.

No. 19 Michigan State 69, Minnesota 55

MINNEAPOLIS — Alan Anderson scored 13 points — 11 from the foul line — as Michigan State made 26 of 28 foul shots to hold off Minnesota.

Maurice Ager and Shannon Brown each added 12 points for the Spartans (12-3, 4-1 Big Ten), who played their usual stifling defense and won their second straight since a 62-59 loss at Wisconsin last Sunday.

Jeff Hagen, the Gophers' second-leading scorer and emotional leader, made a surprising appearance on his sprained left knee and finished with 16 points. Aaron Robinson added 12 points, and Vince Grier had 10 for Minnesota (13-5, 3-2).

No. 22 Alabama 66, Mississippi 58

OXFORD, Miss. — Kennedy Winston scored 26 points and Jermareo Davidson had a game-high 13 rebounds for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama (15-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) snapped a seven-game road losing streak at Mississippi (11-8, 2-4), last winning 59-46 in the 1996-97 season.

The Crimson Tide erased an eight-point deficit in the final 17 minutes, outrebounded Ole Miss 37-18, and shot 52.8 percent in the second half, including 7-of-9 from 3-point range.

Tommie Eddie had 16 points for the Rebels.

No. 23 Iowa 71, Purdue 57

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Greg Brunner and Doug Thomas each scored 14 points to help Iowa bounce back from a loss to top-ranked Illinois.

After a sluggish start, the Hawkeyes (14-4, 2-3 Big Ten) built an 18-point halftime lead and were never threatened in the second half, easily rebounding from Thursday's overtime loss against the Illini.

No. 24 Wisconsin 72, Michigan 61

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Mike Wilkinson had 28 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help the Badgers win for the eighth time in nine games.

The Badgers (13-3, 4-1 Big Ten) led by just five at halftime, but opened the second half with an 11-2 run. Their next game is against No. 1 Illinois on Tuesday at home, where they have won 38 straight games — the longest home winning streak in Division I.

Charlotte 76, No. 25 Marquette 66

MILWAUKEE — Eddie Basden scored 23 points and Brendan Plavich added 20 for Charlotte.

Curtis Withers had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the 49ers (13-3, 4-1 Conference USA), who rebounded from a loss to Cincinnati on Wednesday that snapped the team's nine-game winning streak.

No. 4 Duke 88, Florida State 56

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — J.J. Redick scored a season-high 31 points and Duke stayed unbeaten.

The Blue Devils (15-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) were never in trouble, jumping to an 18-8 lead and steadily building it to as many as 33 late in the game. Redick waved bye-bye at Florida State's student section after his fifth 3-point basket of the first half ripped through the net at buzzer. He scored 19 as the Blue Devils took a 44-26 halftime lead.

No. 17 Mississippi State 73, South Carolina 65

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Lawrence Roberts had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead five Mississippi State scorers in double figures.

Marcus Campbell, Jamall Edmondson and Shane Power each had 11 points for Mississippi State (16-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference), which bounced back from one of its worst losses with the closest of its 10 straight home victories.

No. 9 Boston College 79, St. John's 73

NEW YORK — Jared Dudley scored 19 points to lead Boston College's balanced offense and the Eagles remained one of three unbeaten teams in Division I.

The win extended the best start in school history, leaving the Eagles (16-0, 5-0 Big East) three shy of their longest winning streak set by the 1968-69 team. It was Boston College's ninth straight road win.

No. 11 Gonzaga 68, San Diego 56

SAN DIEGO — Center J.P. Batista scored a career-high 22 points and Gonzaga opened the second half with a 16-0 run to beat poor-shooting San Diego.

The Bulldogs (14-4, 4-2 West Coast Conference) rebounded nicely from a 73-70 loss at San Francisco on Thursday night, and they got some help from the Toreros (10-8, 2-3), who shot just 10 percent in the second half and 30.6 percent overall.

No. 13 Arizona 92, Oregon State 83

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Salim Stoudamire scored 25 points to help Arizona overcome a 15-point first-half deficit.

Channing Frye had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (16-3, 6-1), who outrebounded the Beavers 36-22.

No. 16 Connecticut 76, Pittsburgh 66

STORRS, Conn. — Chevon Troutman scored 25 of his career-high 29 points in the second half and Pittsburgh erased a 17-point deficit to upset Connecticut.

Troutman scored 10 straight points midway through the second half and gave the 21st-ranked Panthers (13-3, 3-2 Big East) their first lead at 55-54 with 8:14 left — and Pitt would never give it back.

No. 6 North Carolina 87, Miami 67

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Sean May had 17 points, Jawad Williams and Jackie Manuel each added 14 and North Carolina made the most of a rare home game by beating Miami.

Raymond Felton and Rashad McCants had 10 points apiece for the No. 6 Tar Heels (16-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who are in the middle of a stretch during which they play six of eight games on the road.

Women's Capsules

AUSTIN, Texas — Nina Norman scored 17 points, including eight in a key two-minute stretch late in the second half, to lead No. 15 Texas to a 69-55 win over No. 4 Baylor on Saturday.

No. 20 Kansas State 55, No. 10 Texas Tech 53

LUBBOCK, Texas — Kendra Wecker made a layup with 7.4 seconds left to cap a 19-point performance and lead Kansas State to the upset.

No. 13 Connecticut 64, Seton Hall 47

HARTFORD, Conn. — Barbara Turner and Jessica Moore each scored 14 points to help Connecticut extend its winning streak over Seton Hall to 21 games.

No. 19 Iowa State 74, Nebraska 54

AMES, Iowa — Anne O'Neil scored 15 points and Iowa State tied a school record with its 12th straight victory.

No. 25 UCLA 85, California 70

BERKELEY, Calif. — Nikki Blue had 20 points and 14 assists, and UCLA overcame a halftime deficit.

No. 5 Stanford 94, Southern California 58

STANFORD, Calif. — Candice Wiggins scored 23 points and had a season-high nine rebounds in leading No. 5 Stanford past Southern California and into sole possession of first place in the Pac-10.

Kristin Newlin added 14 points as the Cardinal (17-2, 8-1) won their eighth straight. Susan King Borchardt and Kelley Suminski each had 10, giving Stanford four players in double figures for the fourth straight game.

Eshaya Murphy scored 11 points to lead USC (13-5, 7-2), which had its seven-game win streak stopped, its longest in 11 years. Jamie Hagiya had 10 points.

Stanford won its 17th straight home game, and has a 33-game home winning streak against Pac-10 opponents. The Cardinal have won 52 of their last 55 games at Maples.

Southern Cal, picked to finish seventh in a preseason poll, entered the game with its best conference record since Cheryl Miller coached the Trojans to the 1993-94 Pac-10 title. The Trojans have not finished any higher than third since.

USC won three of the past seven meetings against the Cardinal, the best by any Pac-10 team over that span, and was the last conference team to beat Stanford on its home court in 2001.

The Cardinal were relentless even after building a huge advantage in the first half. They outscored Southern Cal 23-11 to open the second half and eventually led by as many as 45 points.

Wiggins did not play the final 12 minutes.

Stanford threatened to run away from the Trojans early, scoring the first 12 points of the contest and held USC scoreless for nearly six minutes. The Trojans missed their first 10 shots.

Southern Cal, on the strength of eight offensive rebounds, rallied to close to within six points. That was as close as the Trojans would come as Stanford, with Wiggins having her best half of the season with 20 points, eventually opened a 54-27 lead at halftime.

Stanford shot over 70 percent, its best shooting half since 1989. The Cardinal have led at the half in all 19 games, including 12 by double figures.



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