No. 1 Arizona quiets large Sun Devils crowd

Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Luke Walton scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and No. 1-ranked Arizona used a 24-5 run late in the first half and early in the second to beat Arizona State 92-72 on Saturday night.

The blowout came in front of the fourth-largest crowd ever at Arizona State. It was the first time the Sun Devils have hosted a top-ranked opponent.

Channing Frye, coming off a career-best 25 points against USC last Saturday, also scored 23, 17 in the first half for the Wildcats (21-2, 13-1 Pac-10). The 6-foot-10 sophomore from nearby Phoenix was 9-for-11 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Rick Anderson tied his career high with 19 points and had a season-best 12 rebounds as Arizona dominated the boards 43-32.

The Sun Devils (17-8, 9-5) had won four in a row to lure a crowd of 14,421, including 300 standing room only, the largest at Wells Fargo Arena in 23 years. But they couldn't stay with the deep, talented Wildcats, who shot 57 percent in one of their best games of the season.

No. 16 Oklahoma St. 82, No. 3 Texas 77

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Victor Williams scored 20 points, including four big free throws in the closing seconds, and Oklahoma State beat Texas.

The Cowboys (20-5, 9-3 Big 12) survived a career-high 32 points by T.J. Ford to end a two-game losing streak.

James Thomas had 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Longhorns (18-5, 9-3), who nearly erased a 15-point first-half deficit but came up just short.

Melvin Sanders scored 19 points and Tony Allen had 16 for Oklahoma State.

Cincinnati 101, No. 4 Louisville 80

CINCINNATI -- Leonard Stokes had 31 points and reserve Tony Bobbitt added 25 for the Bearcats, who shot a school-record 58 free throws.

Cincinnati (15-8, 7-5 Conference USA) won for only the second time in seven games -- its worst slump during coach Bob Huggins' 14 seasons.

Since winning 17 straight games, Louisville (19-4, 9-3) has lost three of four. The Cardinals lost their poise as well Saturday, drawing four technical fouls. Coach Rick Pitino got two and was ejected with 11:02 left in the game and Cincinnati ahead by 31 points.

Reece Gaines had 18 points for Louisville.

Cincinnati was 42-of-58 from the free-throw line -- both school records -- while Louisville went 15-of-35.

No. 7 Florida 77, Vanderbilt 74, OT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Matt Walsh scored 19 points, including the last four of overtime, to lift Florida over Vanderbilt.

Florida (22-4, 10-2 Southeastern Conference) also got 18 points from Anthony Roberson, whose driving one-hander with 4.7 seconds left in regulation sent it to overtime. Matt Bonner added 17 points.

Matt Freije scored 24 points to lead the Commodores (10-13, 3-9), who lost their fifth straight.

Vanderbilt led 72-70 in overtime when Roberson hit a long 3-pointer to put the Gators up by one. Russell Lakey then drove inside to give the Commodores their last lead at 74-73.

Walsh put the Gators up again with 18.7 seconds left. He picked up a turnover, was fouled and hit both free throws with 4.7 seconds left for the final points.

David Przybyszewski got off a 3-point attempt at the buzzer that would have tied it, but his pressured attempt was off the mark.

No. 8 Duke 79, N.C. State 68

DURHAM, N.C. -- Dahntay Jones scored 19 points and Daniel Ewing added 18 as the Blue Devils (19-4, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their 27th straight game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Julius Hodge had 18 points and Clifford Crawford added 17 for N.C. State (14-9, 7-5), which dropped to 1-8 on the road this season.

No. 9 Pittsburgh 86, Rutgers 65

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh, the Big East's top defensive team, held Rutgers, the conference's worst offensive team, to 14 points in the first half and the Panthers cruised to a victory.

Pitt (19-4, 9-3) moved into a three-way tie with Notre Dame and Syracuse for the Big East West Division lead by winning its 20th consecutive home game.

No Panthers player reached double figures until Julius Page hit 11 points with 11:13 remaining, yet Pitt already had opened leads of as many as 24 points.

Ontario Lett finished with 13 points and combined with Chevy Troutman to shut down Rutgers inside.

Usually limiting the Scarlet Knights (11-13, 3-9) to one shot per possession -- and, often not a good one -- the Panthers held Rutgers to 21.7 percent shooting in the first half and 36.1 percent overall.

No. 11 Marquette 79, TCU 68

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Dwyane Wade had 22 points and 14 rebounds and Robert Jackson had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Golden Eagles (20-4, 11-2 Conference USA).

Junior Blount had 25 points and Corey Santee added 18 for TCU (8-17, 2-11).

No. 12 Notre Dame 98, Virginia Tech 76

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Matt Carroll scored 25 points and Chris Thomas had 21 points, 13 assists and six rebounds for the Irish (21-5, 9-3 Big East).

Terry Taylor, who had sat out Virginia Tech's loss at Boston College on Wednesday for violating team rules, scored 27 points for the Hokies (10-15, 3-9).

No. 18 California 84, Southern California 82

LOS ANGELES -- Joe Shipp scored 29 points and No. 18 California held Southern California to one point in the final 1:51 to beat the Trojans.

The Golden Bears (19-5) remained in a second-place tie with Stanford at 12-3 in the Pac-10 standings and won their fourth straight over the Trojans, who were outscored 8-1 down the stretch.

Shipp, the Pac-10's leading scorer, made just one free throw in the final 10 1/2 minutes, but it kept Cal ahead 84-82 with 5 seconds remaining.

After Shipp missed the second free throw, Desmon Farmer dribbled down the floor, but fell and didn't get a shot off before the final buzzer. It was his second costly mistake in the final 53 seconds for USC (10-13, 5-9).

Brian Wethers added 24 points as the Bears salvaged a split on their trip to Los Angeles after losing in overtime to UCLA on Thursday.

No. 13 Maryland 96, North Carolina 56

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Steve Blake scored 18 points and Drew Nicholas had 17 as the Terrapins (17-7, 9-4) matched the most lopsided Atlantic Coast Conference victory in school history. Ryan Randle scored 16 points for the Terrapins, who have won four straight against North Carolina for the first time since 1930-32.

Melvin Scott scored 12 points for North Carolina (14-12, 4-8), which is 1-6 on the road in the ACC this season.

No. 14 Xavier 73, No. 25 Dayton 72

DAYTON, Ohio -- Lionel Chalmers scored on an offensive rebound with 24 seconds left to give Xavier its 10th straight win. David West had 27 points and eight rebounds for Xavier (20-4, 11-1 Atlantic 10).

Keith Waleskowski had 18 points for the Flyers (19-5, 11-2), who had been 13-0 at home this season.

No. 17 Creighton 67, Fresno St. 66

OMAHA, Neb. -- Kyle Korver made seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points for the Bluejays (24-3) in the Bracket Buster matchup.

Terry Pettis scored 17 points for the Bulldogs (19-6), who had a chance to tie but Damon Jackson shot an air ball on a 3-point attempt and Renaldo Major put in the rebound at the buzzer.

No. 20 Illinois 73, Northwestern 61

CHICAGO -- Roger Powell scored a career-high 20 points and Brian Cook had 13 of his 17 in the second half for the Illini (18-5, 8-4 Big Ten), who beat Northwestern for the seventh consecutive time and improved to 33-3 against the Wildcats (10-14, 2-11) dating to 1984.

Jason Burke led the Wildcats with 15 points.

No. 21 Stanford 93, UCLA 84

LOS ANGELES -- Julius Barnes scored 27 points in Stanford's sixth consecutive victory at Pauley Pavilion, the most by any UCLA opponent.

The Cardinal (21-6, 12-3 Pac-10) won its fifth straight overall and ninth in 10 games.

Jason Kapono had 27 points for the Bruins (6-17, 3-11) fell to 3-10 on their home court, have lost 12 of their last 15.

No. 22 Georgia 79, South Carolina 66

ATHENS, Ga. -- Jarvis Hayes scored 26 points and Ezra Williams scored eight of his 16 during a game-turning run at the end of the first half for the Bulldogs (16-7, 8-4 Southeastern Conference), who won their third straight and improved to 11-0 at home this season.

Chris Warren scored 15 points for South Carolina (11-12, 4-8), which had won four in a row.

Ohio St. 52, No. 24 Purdue 44

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Brent Darby scored 16 points for the Buckeyes (13-11, 6-7), who improved to 13-3 against ranked opponents in five seasons at Value City Arena.

Willie Deane had 13 points for Purdue (16-8, 8-5), which lost twice this week to fall out of a tie for first place in the Big Ten.

The Boilermakers lost starting guard Kenneth Lowe, their second-leading scorer, when he dislocated his left shoulder with 5:16 left in the first half.


No. 5 Kansas State 88, Texas A&M 49

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Nicole Ohlde had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Amy Dutmer added a career-high 20 points Saturday to lead fifth-ranked Kansas State over Texas A&M 88-49.

Dutmer made six of eight 3-pointers, and Ohlde was 8-of-8 from the free-throw line for the Wildcats (25-2, 12-1 Big 12). Kendra Wecker added 16 points despite 5-of-14 shooting.

Megan Mahoney added 15 points and Brie Madden a career-high 13 for Kansas State, which never trailed while winning its 20th straight home game.

The Wildcats have won four straight games against the Aggies (10-14, 3-10) and lead the series 7-3.

No. 7 Louisiana Tech 85, Tulsa 66

TULSA, Okla. -- Cheryl Ford had 26 points and 18 rebounds as Louisiana Tech got its 21st consecutive victory.

Trina Frierson added 19 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Techsters (23-2, 15-0 Western Athletic).

Ford had 19 points and 10 rebounds in the first half to help Tech build a 47-31 lead at the break. Nine of her points came during a decisive 20-1 run to a 32-12 advantage, and the lead never fell below 12 thereafter.

Tulsa (13-12, 8-6) got 20 points from leading scorer Allison Curtin, although she was just 5-of-16 from the floor. Alison Carney added 15 points for Tulsa.

No. 9 Stanford 79, UCLA 61

STANFORD, Calif. -- Nicole Powell scored 24 points as Stanford clinched the Pac-10 title.

Kelley Suminski added 20 points as the Cardinal (22-3, 14-2) won their second straight outright title -- after sharing honors two seasons ago -- and 12th in 17 years.

Nikki Blue scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half to lead the Bruins (15-10, 10-6), whose three-game winning streak was snapped. Michelle Greco had 15 of her 18 points in the first half for UCLA.

Stanford improved its career conference mark to 259-45 (.851) in winning its 25th consecutive home game -- the second-longest current streak in Division I.

No. 10 Texas 86, Nebraska 54

AUSTIN, Texas -- Alisha Sare had 16 points to lead five scorers in double figures, and Texas used an early 18-0 run to sprint away.

No. 20 Villanova 71, Virginia Tech 61

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Trish Juhline scored 28 points for Villanova, which started with a 17-8 run.

No. 21 Wis.-Green Bay 75, Wis.-Milwaukee 50

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Kristy Loiselle scored 19 points, and Wisconsin-Green Bay won the Horizon League championship.

No. 22 Rutgers 93, Georgetown 52

WASHINGTON -- Cappie Pondexter scored a career-high 31 points as Rutgers extended its winning streak to nine games.

No. 24 Boston College 78, Pittsburgh 52

PITTSBURGH -- Becky Gottstein made six of eight shots and scored 18 of her 23 points in the first half for the Eagles.

No. 25 Arizona 72, Arizona St. 52

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Dee-Dee Wheeler scored 10 of her 18 points in the final 8 minutes of the first half while Arizona used a huge run to establish command.

No. 8 Texas Tech 83, Oklahoma St. 48

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Jia Perkins and Cisti Greenwalt scored 14 points apiece to lead the Lady Raiders.

No. 23 Washington 75, Oregon 59

EUGENE, Ore. -- Loree Payne scored 24 points, and Kellie Dalan added 23 as No. 23 Washington snapped a 10-game losing streak at McArthur Court with a 75-59 victory Saturday night over Oregon.

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