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No. 7 Gonzaga rolls to 13th straight victory

Posted: Friday, February 13, 2004

SAN FRANCISCO Cory Violette had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 7 Gonzaga win its 13th straight game, 71-48 over San Francisco on Thursday night.

Blake Stepp and Kyle Bankhead each added 11 points as Gonzaga improved to 7-0 in road games this season and won its 13th in a row against the Dons.

The Bulldogs (20-2, 10-0 WCC) can clinch their eighth West Coast Conference regular-season title with a victory Saturday at Saint Mary's. They have reached 20 wins for the seventh straight season and the 11th time since 1992.

If Gonzaga wins Saturday, it will match the school record for consecutive victories.

Tyrone Riley led San Francisco (14-12, 4-6) with 15 points and six rebounds. The Dons shot just 28.6 percent.

Charlotte 77, No. 9 Louisville 71

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Curtis Withers scored 23 points, including two free throws with 30 seconds to play, and Charlotte beat Louisville for its fourth consecutive victory.

It was the 49ers' third win this season over a top 10 opponent. Charlotte (15-5, 7-2 Conference USA) also won at then-No. 7 Syracuse and then-No. 8 Cincinnati, giving the 49ers a solid case for an NCAA tournament bid.

Louisville (17-4, 7-3), which lost for the third time in four games, was led by Larry O'Bannon with 17 points.

No. 16 Arizona 97, USC 70

TUCSON, Ariz. Salim Stoudamire scored 22 points, and Arizona reversed a loss last month to slumping USC.

Down by a point at the break, the Wildcats (15-6, 7-5 Pac-10) outscored USC 58-30 with a parade of spectacular fast-break dunks.

Arizona avenged one of its worst losses of the season 99-90 at USC on Jan. 15. The Trojans (9-12, 4-8) have lost six of seven since.

Gregg Guenther Jr. led the Trojans with 17 points.

No. 19 Utah St. 69, CS Northridge 47

LOS ANGELES Mark Brown had a career-high 25 points, and Nate Harris 14 points and a career-best 13 rebounds in Utah State's 17th straight victory.

The Aggies (20-1, 12-0 Big West Conference) shot 75 percent in the first half to take command and wound up shooting 63.4 percent. The school record for consecutive wins is 19, set in the 1999-2000 season.

No. 20 Wake Forest 82, Clemson 67

CLEMSON, S.C. Justin Gray scored a career-high 29 points, and Wake Forest ended a two-game losing streak.

The Demon Deacons (14-6, 5-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) had lost six of their past eight after rising to No. 4 with an 11-0 start. The Deacons beat the Tigers (9-12, 2-8) for the 11th time in 12 meetings.

Women

No. 3 Tennesse 70, No. 19 Georgia 67

ATHENS, Ga. Ashley Robinson and reserve Brittany Jackson scored 15 points apiece Thursday night.

No. 4 Duke 80, Wake Forest 55

DURHAM, N.C. Alana Beard scored 23 points to lead Duke over Wake Forest for the 25th straight time.

No. 6 Louisiana Tech 83, Hawaii 45

RUSTON, La. Amber Obaze scored 17 points to lead Louisiana Tech to its 10th consecutive victory, raising its record against Hawaii to 11-0.

Tech (17-2, 10-1 Western Athletic Conference) stretched its home winning streak against unranked teams to 157 games and to 92 against conference foes.

Ohio St. 75, No. 10 Minnesota 57

COLUMBUS, Ohio Caity Matter scored 24 of her 28 points in the first half, helping Ohio State beat Minnesota, which lost top scorer Lindsay Whalen to a wrist injury.

No. 14 Auburn 82, Mississippi 70

OXFORD, Miss. Reserve Louise Emeagi scored 21 points in 26 minutes, and Le'Coe Willingham had 20 points and seven rebounds for Auburn.

The Tigers (19-5, 7-3 Southeastern Conference) have won three straight since losing in overtime to Tennessee on Feb. 1.

No. 16 LSU 92, Arkansas 65

BATON ROUGE, La. Doneeka Hodges scored 22 points and Seimone Augustus had 20 to give coach Sue Gunter her 700th career victory in absentia.

No. 17 Michigan St. 59, Michigan 54

ANN ARBOR, Mich. Lindsay Bowen scored 14 of her 17 points during a second-half comeback, and Michigan State scored the final 11 of the game.

Michigan State (19-4, 9-3 Big Ten) trailed by 17 points in the first half and 47-35 midway through the second before rallying for its ninth win in 10 games.

Mississippi State 88, No. 20 Florida 76

STARKVILLE, Miss. Tan White scored 22 points and Tiania Burns had 21 for Mississippi State, which snapped five-game winning streak.

UCLA 87, No. 24 Arizona 68

LOS ANGELES Noelle Quinn had 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead UCLA to its fourth consecutive victory.

Lisa Willis scored 19 points and Nikki Blue added 16 points and 11 assists for the Bruins (13-10, 8-6 Pac-10).

Dee-Dee Wheeler led Arizona (18-6, 10-3) with 25 points, and Shawntinice Polk added 13 points and 10 rebounds.



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