Torrid second half carries Pitt

Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2004

WASHINGTON Carl Krauser scored 19 of his career-high 26 points in the second half, and third-ranked Pittsburgh overcame 23 turnovers and a 10-point second-half deficit Tuesday night to beat Georgetown 68-58.

Pittsburgh (25-2, 11-2 Big East) got its Division I-leading 25th win, even though the Panthers scored a season-low 20 points in the first half and trailed at one point by 13, matching their biggest deficit of the season.

The Panthers trailed 39-31 with 12:50 to play and seemed to have no solution for Georgetown's mix of man and zone, but Krauser led a 19-0 run that gave Pittsburgh its first lead and effectively sealed the game. Krauser scored 11 points during the run of 7:48.

Gerald Riley scored 25 points to lead Georgetown (13-11, 4-9).

Missouri 93, No. 6 Oklahoma St. 92, 2 OT

COLUMBIA, Mo. Missouri surrendered a nine-point lead in the final 3:08 of regulation, but won on Arthur Johnson's free throws with 30.3 seconds left.

A last-second jumper by Oklahoma State's John Lucas bounced off the rim, giving the Tigers (14-10, 8-5 Big 12) their fifth straight win. The loss ended an 11-game winning streak for Oklahoma State (21-3, 11-2) and dropped the Cowboys into a first-place Big 12 tie with Texas.

Rickey Paulding had 30 points and Johnson 29 for Missouri. Lucas had 30 points and Tony Allen 24 for the Cowboys.

No. 8 Connecticut 71, St. John's 53

NEW YORK Emeka Okafor had 22 points and 18 rebounds, and Rashard Anderson had 11 of his 17 points as Connecticut opened the second half with 17-4 run to go up 50-20 with 14:53 to play.

The Huskies (22-5, 10-3 Big East) closed the first half with a 19-6 run to take a 33-16 lead. Daryll Hill had 21 points for St. John's (6-18, 1-12), which had five scholarship players and nine total available. Five players are punished for their participation in a curfew-breaking visit to a Pittsburgh-area strip club.

Virginia 74, No. 12 North Carolina 72

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Todd Billet hit his third decisive 3-pointer in four games, connecting with 13 seconds left for Virginia.

Billet beat No. 18 Georgia Tech on Feb. 14 on a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left, then hit another with 16 seconds left at Clemson on Saturday. Devin Smith scored 12 of his 20 points in the second half for the Cavaliers (15-10, 5-9 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Sean May led North Carolina (16-8, 6-7) with 20 points.

No. 13 Providence 73, Notre Dame 59

SOUTH BEND, Ind. Ryan Gomes scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half, and Rob Sanders added 17 points for Providence.

The Friars (19-5, 10-3 Big East) limited Notre Dame to 32-percent shooting, and used a 14-2 run early in the second half to take control, with Gomes scoring five points during the spurt. Gomes also had 12 rebounds.

Chris Thomas led Notre Dame (13-11, 7-7) with 23 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.

No. 16 Southern Illinois 68, Creighton 60

CARBONDALE, Ill. Darren Brooks had 14 points to lead Southern Illinois to its 15th straight victory.

Southern Illinois (23-2, 16-0 Missouri Valley) has already won the conference title, its third straight. The Salukis are two wins away from finishing with a perfect record in the league for the first time.

Nate Funk led Creighton (19-6, 11-5) with 15 points.

No. 19 Memphis 74, Southern Mississippi 56

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Sean Banks scored 22 points and Memphis beat Southern Mississippi for its 11th straight victory.

Rodney Carney scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half for Memphis (20-4, 11-2 Conference USA).

Jasper Johnson and Charles Gaines had 14 points each for Southern Mississippi (12-12, 5-8), which lost for the fourth time in five games.

Nebraska 72, No. 25 Texas Tech 44

LINCOLN, Neb. Nate Johnson had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Nebraska handed Texas Tech its worst loss in nearly two years.

The Cornhuskers (15-9, 5-8 Big 12) gave the Red Raiders (19-8, 7-6) their fifth straight loss on the road and their worst beating since Kansas rolled over them 90-50 in the 2002 conference tournament.

Jarrius Jackson led Texas Tech with 10 points.


No. 14 Colorado 75, Kansas 56

BOULDER, Colo. Kate Fagan scored 20 points and Ceal Barry earned her 500th career victory when No. 14 Colorado downed Kansas 75-56 Tuesday night.

Randie Wirt tied her career high with 17 points and had 10 rebounds to record her fifth double-double on the year. Tera Bjorklund added a double-double of her own with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Buffs (21-5, 10-4 Big 12).

Kansas (9-16, 2-12) was led by Larisha Graves with 15 points and six rebounds.

Colorado led from whistle to whistle. The Buffs built their lead to 18 with five minutes remaining in the first half, before letting the Jayhawks to within 38-31 at the half.

Back-to-back 3s from Fagan midway through the second half would put the Buffs up by 19 and put the game out of reach. Fagan sank six 3-pointers on the night for a season total of 73, setting a school record and breaking the previous mark of 71 by Shelley Sheetz and Jenny Roulier.

Barry's record in her 25th season is 500-262. She's 417-220 in 21 years at Colorado, and was 83-42 in four seasons at Cincinnati.

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