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Jayhawks push past Cornhuskers by inches

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2002

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Freshman Keith Langford hit a 3-pointer with 33 seconds left and No. 1 Kansas rallied to beat Nebraska 88-87 Sunday and clinch the Big 12 regular season title for the first time in four years.

The Jayhawks (25-2, 14-0) won their 12th straight game despite trailing for nearly all of the final 15 minutes.

With 13 seconds left, Kansas' Jeff Boschee knocked an inbounds pass to the other side of the court, costing the Huskers valuable time.

Nebraska's John Robinson got the ball back up and took a jumper from just inside the 3-point line, but missed. John Turek missed a tip-in attempt and Kansas' Drew Gooden got the rebound, then tossed it straight in the air as time expired and the Jayhawks were finally able to celebrate.

Gooden finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Jayhawks, while Boschee and Kirk Hinrich each scored 14.

No. 2 Maryland 90, No. 20 Wake Forest 89

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Juan Dixon made a technical foul shot with 1.3 seconds left after Josh Howard called a timeout that Wake Forest didn't have to cap Maryland's comeback.

Lonny Baxter scored 25 points and Dixon added 20 for the Terrapins (23-3, 13-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed by 12 points shortly after halftime and finally regained the lead in the final two minutes.

The Terrapins led 89-87 before Howard scored in the lane and was fouled with 10.1 seconds left. He missed the free throw, and after Dixon missed a jumper for Maryland, Howard grabbed the rebound and quickly formed a ''T'' with his hands.

But Wake Forest had already used its final timeout, so the Demon Deacons received an automatic technical foul. Dixon made the first shot, missed the second, and Wake Forest's Broderick Hicks was very short made a long field goal attempt as time expired.

No. 3 Duke 97, St. John's 55

DURHAM, N.C. -- Jason Williams and Carlos Boozer each had 12 points in Duke's 35-1 run to close the first half and the Blue Devils handed the Red Storm their third-worst loss ever.

Duke (25-2) missed eight of its first 10 shots to fall behind 20-13 midway through the first half, but scored 26 straight points and allowed just one free throw over the final 13 minutes to take a 48-21 halftime lead.

Michigan St. 57, No. 23 Indiana 54

EAST LANSING, Mich.-- Marcus Taylor scored 16 points, including eight over the final 3:21, and had eight assists as the Spartans (17-10, 8-6 Big Ten) rallied from a 16-point deficit.

Jared Jefffries and Tom Coverdale each scored 11 points for the Hoosiers (18-9, 10-4), who lost for the night straight time in the Breslin Center.



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