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St. Joseph's still undefeated

Posted: Thursday, February 19, 2004

NEW YORK Jameer Nelson had 18 points and nine assists to lead the second-ranked St. Joseph's Hawks to a 72-54 victory over Fordham on Wednesday night.

Saint Joseph's (23-0, 12-0 Atlantic 10) and No. 1 Stanford (21-0) are the only unbeaten teams in Division I, and the Hawks made sure they stayed that way with a 33-4 run bridging halftime.

No. 15 Wake Forest 90, No. 3 Duke 84

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Chris Paul scored 12 of his 23 points over the final 5:10 to help hand Duke consecutive losses for the first time this season.

In a testy game that came down to the final seconds, Paul, a fearless freshman, carried the Demon Deacons (16-6, 6-5 Atlantic Coast Conference). He scored 19 points in the second half as Wake Forest overcame a 13-point deficit.

No. 6 Gonzaga 79, Portland 69

SPOKANE, Wash. On a night when alumnus John Stockton had his number retired, rode 19 points and nine rebounds from Ronny Turiaf to a school-record 15th consecutive win.

No. 8 Connecticut 76, Miami 63

HARTFORD, Conn. Emeka Okafor had 18 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots. Rashad Anderson paced the Huskies (20-5, 8-3 Big East) with 19 points and Taliek Brown finished with a career-high 13 assists.

No. 9 Kentucky 73, Arkansas 56

LEXINGTON, Ky. Erik Daniels scored 21 points and Kentucky posted its most lopsided win in Southeastern Conference play this season.

No. 11 Texas 77, Texas A&M 57

AUSTIN, Texas Brandon Mouton scored 20 points and Kenny Taylor hit four 3-pointers in a key second-half run. Texas hit just one 3-pointer before Taylor's shots, and the Longhorns (18-4, 9-2 Big 12) turned a tight game with the Aggies (7-15, 0-11) into an easy win.

Illinois 65, No. 12 Wisconsin 57

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Deron Williams scored 31 points and Illinois overcame some cold first-half shooting. Williams was 5-of-9 from 3-point range to lead the Illini (17-5, 8-3 Big Ten) to their fifth straight win and avenge a 76-56 loss to the Badgers on Jan. 24.

Clemson 60, No. 13 North Carolina St. 55

CLEMSON, S.C. Clemson ended North Carolina State's five-game winning streak and possibly the Wolfpack's bid for an Atlantic Coast Conference title.

UAB 80, No. 17 Cincinnati 69

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Mo Finley had 13 points and Ronell Taylor added 12 in just 17 minutes to spark UAB's upset.

No. 20 S. Illinois 84, Evansville 69

EVANSVILLE, Ind. Southern Illinois clinched its third straight Missouri Valley Conference title with its 13th consecutive victory.

No. 21 Kansas 74, Baylor 54

LAWRENCE, Kan. J.R. Giddens made two 3-pointers during a 17-4 run to help Kansas pull away. Wayne Simien had 24 points, Keith Langford added 19 and Giddens 15 to help the Jayhawks (16-6, 8-3 Big 12) bounce back after lopsided losses to No. 7 Oklahoma State and Nebraska.

Colorado 85, No. 22 Texas Tech 75

BOULDER, Colo. David Harrison had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Michel Morandais added 22 points for Colorado (14-8, 6-5 Big 12). The Buffaloes used runs of 9-2 and 15-6 to hold off the Red Raiders in the second half.

Auburn 80, No. 24 LSU 68

BATON ROUGE, La. Ian Young scored 21 points and Marco Killingsworth added 20 against the SEC's best defense.



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