North Carolina bests North Carolina State

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2005

RALEIGH, N.C. — Melvin Scott replaced the ill Rashad McCants in the starting lineup and scored 12 points to lead No. 2 North Carolina past North Carolina State 81-71 on Tuesday night.

Raymond Felton had 21 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Tar Heels (23-3, 11-2), who extended their lead in the Atlantic Coast Conference to a full game over No. 6 Wake Forest.

Nebraska 74, No. 4 Oklahoma St. 67

LINCOLN, Neb. — Joe McCray scored 22 points and Aleks Maric added a career-high 15 as the Cornhuskers beat a Top Five opponent for the first time since 1994. It was Nebraska's first win in 20 games against Top Ten opponents.

The Huskers (12-12, 5-8 Big 12) broke from a 32-32 halftime tie with a 12-0 run and the Cowboys never got closer than the final margin.

LSU 61, No. 16 Alabama 59

BATON ROUGE, La. — Ross Neltner's tip-in at the buzzer gave LSU the victory and denied Alabama the chance to clinch the SEC West.

Alabama (21-5, 10-3 Southeastern Conference) trailed 55-48 with 4:56 to play but a banked 3-pointer by Kennedy Winston with 14 seconds left tied it at 59.

LSU's Brandon Bass dribbled the ball outside the 3-point arc for several seconds then drove to the basket with 2 seconds left. His shot bounced off the rim but Neltner was there for the rebound.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Alabama.


Women's Capsules

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Cappie Pondexter scored 14 points and led a 15-0 spurt that carried ninth-ranked Rutgers to a 54-36 victory Tuesday night over No. 24 Boston College.

The Scarlet Knights completed their first undefeated home season since 1987-88.

Chelsea Newton added 12 points in her final home game as Rutgers (21-5, 12-2 Big East) won its sixth straight and maintained the inside track to its first regular-season conference title. The Scarlet Knights, who finished 13-0 at Rutgers Athletic Center, have road games left at Pittsburgh and Villanova.

The 36 points were a season-low for Boston College (17-8, 8-6), and its lowest total in a game since a 48-35 loss to Villanova on Jan. 31, 1998. The Eagles have lost five of their last seven games.

They're 2-4 since leading scorer Jessica Deveny was lost for the season with an Achilles' injury.

Shamika Jackson had eight points and Clare Droesch 11 rebounds to lead Boston College, whose previous low was 47 points against Notre Dame on Feb. 15.

Rutgers is 7-3 in games against Top-25 teams, with five of the wins coming against Top-10 teams. Boston College is 0-7 against ranked teams.

Pondexter, who announced on Sunday that she would return next season for a final year of eligibility, decided the game by scoring 10 of the 15 points in the run that bridged the final 4:26 of the first half and the opening 4:46 of the second.

No. 11 Connecticut 97, Pittsburgh 49

STORRS, Conn. — Ashley Battle scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Connecticut.

Battle was one of four seniors honored before the game in their final regular-season appearance at Gampel Pavilion and made the most of the spotlight. Her 23rd point was a 3 with 2:05 left and gave the Pittsburgh native 1,000 points for her career.

Her family was among the sellout crowd of 10,167 that gave her a standing ovation chanted her name in unison when she hit her final basket.

The Huskies (19-6, 12-2 Big East) posted their second- highest point total of the season and finished with a season-low three turnovers.

They dominated from the opening tip and forced the Panthers (12-13, 4-10) into 22 turnovers. UConn scored 34 points off the miscues and had the game put away by halftime with a 58-26 lead.

The Huskies had 14 steals in the first half and added two more in the second.

Freshman Mel Thomas finished with 11 points for UConn.

Marcedes Walker had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the Panthers, who have lost seven of their last eight games.

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