Illini remain unbeaten with win over Minnesota

Posted: Sunday, January 30, 2005


  Boston College's Sean Marshall, bottom, struggles to maintain possesion of the ball against Georgetown's Brandon Bowman (1) in the second half, in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005. AP Photo/Steven Senne

Boston College's Sean Marshall, bottom, struggles to maintain possesion of the ball against Georgetown's Brandon Bowman (1) in the second half, in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005.

AP Photo/Steven Senne

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Roger Powell Jr. scored 21 points and Deron Williams added 18, leading top-ranked Illinois to an 89-66 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.

The Illini (21-0, 7-0 Big Ten) opened the game with a 10-1 run and stretched their conference winning streak to 17 games, tying a school record set from 1914-16. James Augustine had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Luther Head scored 10.

No. 3 North Carolina 110, Virginia 76

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — North Carolina ended five years of frustration at Virginia, blowing out the Cavaliers from the opening tip.

Jawad Williams scored 23 points on 8-for-10 shooting, Sean May had 20 and Raymond Felton 16 for the Tar Heels (17-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won for only the fourth time in the last 11 meetings.

North Carolina hadn't won in Charlottesville since Feb. 20, 1999.

No. 20 Pittsburgh 76, No. 4 Syracuse 69

PITTSBURGH — Carl Krauser and Chevon Troutman led Pittsburgh's second consecutive comeback from a 17-point deficit against a ranked opponent, driving the Panthers past Syracuse.

Pittsburgh, rallying much as it did the previous Saturday in beating then-No. 16 Connecticut 76-66, took command with a 13-0 run midway through the second half as the Orange (20-2, 7-1 Big East) failed to score for 6 1/2 minutes.

No. 5 Wake Forest 94, Miami 82

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Eric Williams had 23 points and 11 rebounds and reserve Trent Strickland added a season-high 13 points, helping Wake Forest beat Miami despite getting only eight points from Chris Paul.

Justin Gray finished with 20 points and the Demon Deacons (17-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) cruised in the second half to improve to 10-0 at home less than 48 hours after a heartbreaking, overtime loss at Georgia Tech. Jamaal Levy scored 15 points.

No. 6 Kansas 90, No. 16 Texas 65

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Wayne Simien scored 27 points and Kansas handed Rick Barnes his worst Big 12 loss as Longhorns coach.

The Longhorns (15-5, 4-3), down to eight scholarship players because of injuries and academic problems, were never in it, falling to 0-5 in Allen Fieldhouse since the Big 12 was formed in 1996. They committed a season-high 20 turnovers against the Jayhawks' smothering defense.

No. 7 Kentucky 68, Arkansas 67

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Kelenna Azubuike scored 13 points, Rajon Rondo added 12 and Patrick Sparks added a key basket with 24.2 seconds left, helping Kentucky hold off Arkansas.

Eric Ferguson countered Sparks' shot with a 3-pointer, pulling Arkansas within a point. The Wildcats' Chuck Hayes missed a free throw, and Ferguson got the rebound but missed a 3-point try.

No. 8 Boston College 64, Georgetown 49

BOSTON — Craig Smith had 20 points and eight rebounds, and Boston College shut out Georgetown for a 15-minute span in the first half to extend its record to 18-0.

Jared Dudley scored 13 for BC (7-0 Big East), which is one victory short of the longest winning streak in school history — 19 straight in 1968-69. The Eagles remain one of two unbeaten teams in the nation with top-ranked Illinois.

Washington St. 70, No. 11 Arizona 63

TUCSON, Ariz. — Thomas Kelati made a career-high seven 3-pointers, the last one with 50.4 seconds to play, and Washington State stunned Arizona, ending a 38-game losing streak against the Wildcats.

Kelati, who matched his career high of 27 points set against Arizona last season, sealed the victory by making two free throws with 32.1 seconds left.

No. 12 Louisville 105, Tulane 69

NEW ORLEANS — Francisco Garcia had 21 points and five other Louisville players also scored in double figures, leading the Cardinals to a rout of Tulane.

The Cardinals (18-3, 6-2 Conference USA) never trailed in winning their seventh straight game and 12th in their last 13. Louisville has won by an average of 32.9 points during its winning streak.

Iowa St. 74, No. 13 Oklahoma 66

AMES, Iowa — Curtis Stinson scored 23 points and Iowa State relied exclusively on its short-range game to end Oklahoma's winning streak at 10.

Energized by a near-sellout crowd, Iowa State (9-8, 1-5 Big 12) got the ball inside to center Jared Homan, scored consistently in transition and kept Oklahoma (16-3, 5-1) in check with a 2-3 zone.

No. 15 Michigan St. 92, Oakland, Mich. 75

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Maurice Ager scored 22 points and Michigan State pulled away in the second half to beat Oakland (Mich.) in its final tuneup for Tuesday's Big Ten showdown with Illinois.

Shannon Brown, Chris Hill and Kelvin Torbert each had 13 points for the Spartans (14-3), who have won 11 of their last 12 and all 10 home games this season.

No. 17 Gonzaga 91, Portland 79

SPOKANE, Wash. — J.P. Batista had 25 points and 12 rebounds and Gonzaga (15-4, 5-2 West Coast Conference) made 34 of 39 free throws to withstand a second-half Portland rally in a game not decided until the final minutes.

Adam Morrison added 18 points and Ronny Turiaf 16 points and 9 rebounds for Gonzaga. Derek Raivio had 15 points.

No. 18 Wisconsin 76, Penn St. 50

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Kammron Taylor scored 20 points to lead Wisconsin over Penn State.

With leading scorer Alando Tucker out of the lineup because of a right foot injury, Taylor carried the load, shooting 7-for-14 and finishing one point short of his career high.

No. 21 Cincinnati 87, Houston 68

CINCINNATI — James White scored a career-high 25 points, making every type of shot, and added 10 rebounds to lead Cincinnati over Houston.

Jason Maxiell also had 10 rebounds, 14 points and eight blocks, helping the Bearcats (17-3, 6-1 Conference USA) roll to their 10th straight victory over a team they traditionally dominate.

No. 23 Iowa 72, Indiana 57

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Pierre Pierce, one of four Iowa starters benched at the beginning of the game, scored 25 points to lead the Hawkeyes past Indiana.

After a lackluster performance in an overtime loss at Northwestern on Wednesday, Iowa coach Steve Alford started four reserves instead of Pierce, Jeff Horner, Erek Hansen and Greg Brunner.

LSU 69, No. 24 Mississippi St. 62

BATON ROUGE, La. — Brandon Bass had 26 points, 11 rebounds and a handle on Mississippi State star Lawrence Roberts as LSU beat the Bulldogs.

Bass and Glen Davis teamed up to limit Roberts, the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer and rebounder, to 15 points and 12 rebounds.

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