Mouton's treys push Texas past Texas Tech

Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2003

AUSTIN, Texas -- Brandon Mouton hit five 3-pointers in the first half to spark No. 3 Texas to a 77-65 victory Monday night over Texas Tech, which played without suspended guard Andre Emmett, the Big 12's leading scorer.

Tech coach Bob Knight suspended Emmett, who averages 21.5 points a game, and forward Nick Valdez after the two missed the team's morning walkthrough. The suspensions were announced about 40 minutes before tipoff.

Mouton finished with 21 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range as Texas (18-4, 9-2) stayed undefeated in 12 home games this season.

T.J. Ford added 15 points and seven assists as Texas won for the 12th straight time over the Red Raiders (14-8, 4-7).

Robert Tomaszek scored 14 for Texas Tech, which has lost three of its last four.

No. 7 Florida 77, New Orleans 48

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida's Matt Bonner matched the entire New Orleans team score for score over the first 30 minutes, finishing with 24 points to lift the No. 7 Gators to victory.

Bonner, a senior, fell seven points shy of his career high, but still had nothing to complain about. Florida (21-4) matched a program record with its 18th straight home win in this, a rare midseason nonconference matchup.

Coached by longtime former Gators assistant Monte Towe, the Privateers (13-11) were outmatched from the start. They fell behind 20-3 after 7 minutes and about the only drama after that was whether Bonner could outscore them on his own.

It looked possible well into the second half. The redheaded New Hampshire forward was ahead of the Privateers 22-19 at halftime and when he hit a 14-foot jumper with 15 minutes left in the game, he drew even at 24.

No. 13 Maryland 90, No. 10 Wake Forest 67

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Steve Blake had 21 points and nine assists, and Drew Nicholas scored 19 as No. 13 Maryland handed 10th-ranked Wake Forest its most lopsided loss of the season in a game delayed by a day because of a blizzard.

Ryan Randle had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Maryland (16-6, 8-3), which wrestled away the top spot in the ACC from Wake Forest (17-4, 7-3) while avenging an 81-72 defeat last month. The defending NCAA champions have won seven of eight overall against the Demon Deacons and five straight at home.

Josh Howard scored 20 points for Wake Forest, which was hoping to build on Thursday's double-overtime victory over Duke. But after cutting a 17-point deficit to six in the second half, the Demon Deacons made only one basket in the final 10 minutes.

No. 23 Utah 86, UNLV 80, OT

SALT LAKE CITY -- Tim Frost scored 22 points and converted a pair of three-point plays in overtime as No. 23 Utah won their Mountain West-record eighth straight conference game.

Frost, who tied his career high for points set before transferring from Portland State, scored the first basket of overtime and was fouled, adding a free throw.

He converted another three-point play and Tim Drisdom added a long 3-pointer to make it 76-70 with 2:34 remaining.

Drisdom, who scored a career-high 17, was 4-for-4 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line as the Utes (20-4, 8-1) sank eight free throws in a row in the last minute to seal the victory.

Marcus Banks scored 30 points and Dalron Johnson added 20 for the Rebels (15-8, 4-5).


No. 2 Duke 83, Wake Forest 41

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Alana Beard and Sheana Mosch scored 14 points each as No. 2 Duke beat Wake Forest Monday night, winning its 36th straight conference game.

The Blue Devils (24-1, 12-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) had 18 steals and forced 24 turnovers, setting up a meeting with No. 6 North Carolina on Thursday for first place in the league.

Tiffani Listenbee had 17 points to lead the Demon Deacons (11-12, 2-11), who shot 35 percent. They have lost 10 of 11.

The Blue Devils were in control throughout, using a 15-0 run late in the first half to take a 40-13 lead. Mosch scored seven points in the run, while the Demon Deacons went 8:46 without a point.

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