Texas snaps Cowboys' 15-game winning streak

Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2003

AUSTIN, Texas -- Royal Ivey and T.J. Ford each scored 17 points and No. 3 Texas ended No. 9 Oklahoma State's 15-game winning streak with a 78-65 victory Saturday.

James Thomas added 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Longhorns (14-3, 5-1 Big 12), who remained unbeaten at home this season.

Oklahoma State (17-2, 6-1) lost for the first time in two months -- snapping the nation's longest winning streak. Victor Williams scored 22 points for the Cowboys, who also got 15 from Tony Allen.

The loss dropped the Cowboys out of sole possession of first place in the conference. Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State all have one Big 12 loss.

No. 4 Florida 77, Arkansas 66

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Freshman Anthony Roberson scored 16 points to help Florida beat Arkansas and tie a school record with its 14th straight victory.

David Lee and Matt Bonner added 13 each for the Gators (18-2, 7-0 Southeastern Conference), who matched the program-best win streak they set last year and stayed hot for their big game next Tuesday against No. 7 Kentucky.

No. 6 Oklahoma 91, Kansas St. 89, OT

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Ebi Ere scored 25 points and made three key free throws in the final seconds, leading Oklahoma over Kansas State in overtime.

Hollis Price, the Big 12's leading scorer in conference play, added 22 points for the Sooners (15-3, 6-1), while Quannas White had 19 and freshman Kevin Bookout had 16.

Matt Siebrandt scored 23 points to lead Kansas State (11-8, 2-4), but he fouled out early in the extra period. The Wildcats had won nine straight at home.

No. 7 Kentucky 87, South Carolina 69

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Marquis Estill scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half as Kentucky beat South Carolina for its 10th straight victory.

The Wildcats (16-3, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) used a 21-4 run midway through the opening period to break the game open.

Kentucky extended its longest winning streak in three seasons, when the 1998 national champions closed with 13 straight victories and opened the following season with four consecutive wins.

No. 8 Louisville 95, No. 19 Indiana 76

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Freshman Francisco Garcia scored a career-high 23 points and Reece Gaines added 17 as Louisville beat Indiana for its 15th consecutive victory.

The Cardinals (16-1) are off to the program's best start since the 1974-75 season.

Louisville hadn't won 15 games in a row since the 1985-86 season, when the Cardinals won their final 17 games on their way to the NCAA championship.

No. 11 Notre Dame 93, Georgetown 92, 2OT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Torrian Jones made a free throw with 5.5 seconds left and Matt Carroll scored four of his career-high 36 points in the second overtime as Notre Dame beat Georgetown.

Georgetown had a last chance to win, but Drew Hall's 3-point attempt from 30 feet bounced hard off the backboard, off the rim and out.

Michael Sweetney had a career-high 38 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Hoyas.

The Irish (18-3, 6-1 Big East) are off to their best league start since joining the conference seven years ago, and this is their best start overall since going 22-3 to begin the 1978-79 season.

No. 12 Kansas 81, Nebraska 51

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Keith Langford and Kirk Hinrich each scored 17 points to lead Kansas over Nebraska.

Nebraska lost its fourth straight, and sixth in seven games. The Cornhuskers absorbed their most lopsided loss at the Devaney Sports Center since the building opened in 1976.

The Jayhawks (15-5, 5-1 Big 12) beat Nebraska for the ninth straight time and limited the Cornhuskers to their lowest point total of the season.

Nick Collison had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Aaron Miles added 14 points for the Jayhawks.

Boston College 95, No. 14 Connecticut 71

STORRS, Conn. -- Troy Bell scored 26 points and Boston College won at Connecticut for the first time since 1987, handing the Huskies their worst loss ever at Gampel Pavilion.

Boston College (10-8, 3-4 Big East) won for the fourth time in five games overall and beat the Huskies for the second time in 28 meetings.

The Eagles had this one locked up by halftime, leading 53-25 at the break, and they never let Connecticut (13-4, 4-2) come close to getting back into the game.

No. 18 Marquette 82, Cincinnati 76

CINCINNATI -- Robert Jackson scored 21 points, leading Marquette's front-line dominance, and the Golden Eagles never trailed in a victory over Cincinnati.

Marquette (15-3, 7-1 Conference USA) got up by 22 points and held on for its seventh straight victory, sending Cincinnati to a stinging home-court loss.

The Bearcats (13-5, 6-2) have lost consecutive games for the first time in two years, faltering behind a front line that has trouble rebounding and scoring.

Dwayne Wade, the conference's leading scorer at 23.2 points per game, scored 14 of his 16 in the second half for Marquette.

No. 23 Alabama 75, LSU 66

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Maurice Williams scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half as Alabama beat LSU to snap a three-game losing streak.

Kenny Walker added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Crimson Tide (13-5, 3-4 Southeastern Conference), which had lost four of five and is in danger of falling out of the Top 25 less than a month after being ranked No. 1.

No. 25 Missouri 73, Colorado 70

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Ricky Clemons had 23 points, four assists and five steals as Missouri hung on late to beat Colorado.

Missouri (13-4, 4-2 Big 12) has won eight in a row against the Buffaloes (12-7, 2-4), seven of them under coach Quin Snyder. The Tigers have won three of four overall heading into Monday night's game at rival Kansas.

Michel Morandais hit a 3-pointer with 7.2 seconds left to cut the Missouri lead to 71-70. But the Tigers went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final half-minute, and Morandais' long 3-pointer banged off the back of the rim with one second left.

No. 1 Arizona 95, No. 20 California 80

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Jason Gardner scored 18 points to lead six Arizona players in double figures as the Wildcats rolled over California.

Arizona (16-2, 8-1 Pac-10) rebounded from Thursday night's home loss to Stanford to take sole possession of first place in the conference. California (14-4, 7-2) lost both games on its Arizona trip to fall into a second-place tie with Stanford.

The Wildcats never trailed, were up by 10 at the break and led by as many as 18 in the second half.

Salim Stoudamire scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, including 3-of-4 shooting on 3-pointers for Arizona. Rick Anderson also had 15 points.

No. 24 Syracuse 67, No. 2 Pittsburgh 65

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Jeremy McNeil hit two free throws to tie the game with 46.9 seconds left, then converted his only field-goal attempt of the game with three seconds to go as Syracuse stunned Pittsburgh.

Brandin Knight hit a 40-foot shot that would have won it for the Panthers, but it came just after the final buzzer.

Syracuse (14-3, 5-2 Big East), which trailed by as many as 13 points, won its 14th straight in the Carrier Dome and avenged a 73-60 loss at Pittsburgh (15-2, 5-1 Big East) two weeks ago. Hakim Warrick led the Orangemen with 20 points.

No. 15 Georgia 67, No. 21 Mississippi St. 63

ATHENS, Ga. -- After struggling most of the game, Ezra Williams hit three straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes to lead Georgia over Mississippi State.

Steve Thomas and Chris Daniels carried Georgia (13-5, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) until Williams took over at the end. Daniels scored a season-high 16 points, only the second time in six games he's been in double figures. He also led the team with nine rebounds and chipped in with two steals and two blocks.

Thomas had 13 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and a steal.

No. 16 Creighton 88, Drake 68

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Larry House scored 23 points, DeAnthony Bowden added 17 and Creighton shot 67 percent in the second half to beat Drake.

Creighton (19-2, 9-1 Missouri Valley Conference) got only six points from leading scorer Kyle Korver, who was averaging 19.1, but it didn't matter because the Bluejays had so many other players contributing.

Tyler McKinney scored 14 points, while Brody Deren and Mike Grimes had 11 each. Korver helped out with eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals.

Drake (7-13, 2-7) stayed with Creighton for 26 minutes but did not have the firepower to keep up down the stretch and lost for the eighth time in 10 games. Greg Danielson led Drake with 18 points.

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