Washington moves closer to rare Pac-10 title

Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2005

SEATTLE — Tre Simmons scored 24 points, and No. 14 Washington moved one step closer to its first Pac-10 title in 20 years with a 93-85 win over No. 9 Arizona.

Nate Robinson added 22 points for the Huskies (23-4, 13-3 Pac-10), who won their 22nd straight game at home.

Washington can now clinch at least a share of its first Pac-10 regular season title since 1985 with a sweep of California and Stanford next weekend.

Arizona will be co-champs with a win Saturday at Arizona State.

Channing Frye scored a game-high 30 points on 13-of-15 shooting for the Wildcats (24-5, 14-3). But Arizona leading scorer Salim Stoudamire, averaging 18.2 points per game, struggled to get into the offense for the second straight game. Stoudamire had 15 points, but missed 2-of-3 free throws with 17 seconds left that could have pulled Arizona within three. He scored only eight against Washington State Thursday.

The loss also kept Arizona coach Lute Olson from passing UCLA's John Wooden for most Pac-10 victories. Each has 304.

No. 3 Boston College 70, Seton Hall 58

BOSTON — Jared Dudley had 19 points and seven rebounds to help Boston College close in on the Big East regular-season title.

Boston College (23-2, 12-2) can clinch a share of the Big East regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament with a win over Pittsburgh at home Monday. Connecticut, which beat Pitt 73-64 Saturday, remains one game back.

It would be the sixth and final league title for the Eagles, who are leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

Kelly Whitney, who missed the previous game with a suspension, had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Seton Hall (11-14, 3-11).

No. 5 Kentucky 78, Alabama 71

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Patrick Sparks hit five of his seven 3-pointers in the second half and scored a season-high 26 points, lifting Kentucky to a comeback victory that clinched the Wildcats' 43rd Southeastern Conference title.

Led by Sparks, Kentucky (22-3, 13-1) turned a 14-point deficit late in the first half into an eight-point cushion. Kentucky made 13 of 19 3-pointers, including Sparks' 5-of-6 performance in the second half.

The Crimson Tide (21-6, 10-4) lost at home for the first time this season. Kennedy Winston went 5-for-9 on 3-point attempts and led Alabama with 21 points.

No. 7 Duke 58, St. John's 47

NEW YORK — Duke had its worst offensive game of the season but the seventh-ranked Blue Devils were able to hold off St. John's.

Lee Melchionni had 14 of his 16 points in the first half to lead the Blue Devils (21-4), who won their third straight game after losing two in a row. Duke's big three of J.J. Redick, Shelden Williams and Daniel Ewing scored a total of four points on 0-for-12 shooting in the first half.

Lamont Hamilton had 15 points for the Red Storm (9-16), who have lost six of seven.

No. 11 Louisville 53, Memphis 44

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Taquan Dean scored 14 points and Francisco Garcia added 12 on a rough shooting night for both teams.

The Cardinals (24-4, 12-2 Conference USA) used a 12-0 run midway through the second half to take the lead. Although the Tigers tied the game once, they never overcame the Cardinals as Juan Palacios scored six straight points and had a block down the stretch.

Darius Washington scored 14 for Memphis (16-12, 9-5), which shot 19.6 percent for the game and hit only one of its 23 shots from outside the arc. Leading scorer Rodney Carney was scoreless, missing all nine of his shots, including four 3-pointers.

No. 13 Utah 69, BYU 60

SALT LAKE CITY — Andrew Bogut had 26 points and 13 rebounds and Marc Jackson finished with a career-high 11 assists, helping Utah sweep its state rival this season.

Justin Hawkins added 21 points for the Utes (24-4, 12-1 Mountain West). He made his first 3-pointer of the season to start a 10-point run that put Utah up by 12 midway through the second half.

Austin Ainge led the Cougars (9-19, 3-10) with 17 points and Mike Hall scored 12.

No. 15 Syracuse 91, Providence 66

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Hakim Warrick scored a career-high 36 points in his final home game and Jim Boeheim got his 700th victory for Syracuse.

Boeheim, in his 29th year at Syracuse, is the sixth active coach to reach 700 wins and the 18th overall. Afterward, he saluted the Carrier Dome crowd of 32,804 from center court and held up a team jersey with ''Boeheim 700'' emblazoned on the back.

It was the second straight win for Syracuse (24-5, 11-4 Big East) and the worst loss of the season for tough-luck Providence (12-16, 2-12), which has dropped eight conference games by five points or less.

No. 17 Connecticut 73, No. 18 Pittsburgh 64

PITTSBURGH — Marcus Williams scored 13 points and put Connecticut ahead to stay with a driving layup off the glass with 3 1/2 minutes remaining to keep the Huskies in contention for the Big East regular-season title.

Despite Chevon Troutman's 22 points and 12 rebounds in his final regular-season home game, Pitt (18-7, 8-6) lost its third consecutive loss — the Panthers longest losing streak since dropping four straight in February 2001.

Rudy Gay scored 17 and Denham Brown had 16 as the Huskies (19-6, 11-3) prevented No. 3 Boston College (23-2, 12-2) from clinching the Big East regular-season title.

No. 19 Pacific 75, Cal State Northridge 61

STOCKTON, Calif. — Christian Maraker and Tyler Newton each scored 15 points, and Pacific won its 19th straight game.

Johnny Gray shot 4-for-7 from long range on the way to 14 points, and David Doubley added 10 points and four assists.

The Tigers (23-2, 16-0 Big West) have the nation's second-longest winning streak behind No. 1 Illinois (28-0).

Davin White scored 17 points for the Matadors (15-11, 11-5).

No. 21 Charlotte 81, Southern Miss 58

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Curtis Withers scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Charlotte closed its home schedule with its seventh straight win.

The 49ers (21-4, 12-2 Conference USA) finished February with a perfect record.

In his final game at Halton Arena, Charlotte senior forward Eddie Basden had 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and six steals.

The overmatched Golden Eagles (10-17, 1-14) were led by Rashaad Carruth's 22 points, as Southern Miss finished its road season winless in nine tries.

No. 22 Oklahoma 103, Baylor 60

NORMAN, Okla. — Taj Gray scored 16 points, Jaison Williams had 15 points and 10 assists and Oklahoma shot a school-record 66 percent.

David Godbold added 14 points and Johnnie Gilbert scored 13 for Oklahoma.

The Sooners (21-6, 10-4 Big 12) extended a 16-point halftime lead by hitting their first seven shots of the second half. Terrell Everett made a 3-pointer from the right side to start a 26-3.

The Bears (9-16, 1-13) have lost 22 straight games to the Sooners.

No. 24 Cincinnati 89, TCU 74

FORT WORTH, Texas — Jihad Muhammad had 21 points and Cincinnati overcame 22 turnovers by shooting a season-best 61 percent.

Nick Williams had 14 points and six assists, and James White had 16 points for the Bearcats (21-6, 10-4 Conference USA) , who made 30 of 49 shots matched a season high in turnovers for the second time in three games. Jason Maxiell had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Horned Frogs (17-11, 7-7), looking for their first NCAA tournament berth since 1998, had won four of its previous five games.

No. 25 Nevada 76, Fresno State 63

FRESNO, Calif. — Nick Fazekas scored 28 points and Mo Charlo keyed a big second-half run to help Nevada win its eighth straight.

The Wolf Pack (22-5, 13-2 Western Athletic Conference), ranked in The Associated Press poll for the first time ever, haven't lost since a 66-63 home loss to the Bulldogs on Jan. 29 and clinched at least share of the regular season title.

Ja'Vance Coleman had 18 points to lead Fresno State (14-12, 8-8), which has lost six of eight since the win at Nevada.

Women's Capsules

STANFORD, Calif. — Third-ranked Stanford completed an undefeated home season behind freshman Candice Wiggins' 20 points in an 84-41 rout over Oregon State on Saturday.

Stanford won its 17th straight game and finished unbeaten at home for the first time since 1996-97, when the Cardinal reached the Final Four.

Brooke Smith added 14 points for Stanford (26-2, 17-1 Pac-10), which won its 37th straight Pac-10 home game with former Stanford and WNBA star Jennifer Azzi in the stands. She led the Cardinal to their first national title 15 years ago.

No. 10 Notre Dame 82, West Virginia 57

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Teresa Borton scored 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting and added nine rebounds and five blocks to help Notre Dame dominate the lane.

The Fighting Irish (24-4, 12-3 Big East) took control with a 13-0 run late in the second half and never let the Mountaineers (16-10, 7-8) back in the game. Notre Dame outscored the Mountaineers 46-22 inside, had a 39-30 rebounding advantage and outscored West Virginia 15-6 from the free-throw line.

No. 21 Iowa St. 68, Texas A&M 54

AMES, Iowa — Katie Robinette had 18 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Iowa State.

Lyndsey Medders had 14 points and 10 assists for the Cyclones (21-5, 11-4 Big 12), the highest-scoring and best-shooting team in the conference.

The Aggies (14-12, 4-11) trailed by only four midway through the second half and were down just 48-43 with just over 7 minutes left. But Medders hit a 3-pointer and Mary Fox made two 3s over the next 2 1/2 minutes.

No. 24 Boston College 51, No. 11 Connecticut 48

BOSTON — Sarah Marshall hit the game-winning jumper with 32 seconds left to lift Boston College to just its third win in 31 games against Connecticut.

Aja Parham led BC (18-8, 9-6 Big East) with 13 points and Brooke Queenan added 11. Kathrin Ress and Clare Droesch had 10 apiece.

No. 17 Kansas State 73, Kansas 46

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kendra Wecker had 21 points and 13 rebounds, her 49th career double-double on the night Kansas State retired her jersey.

With 2,203 points, she moved within 38 points of former teammate Nicole Ohlde's Big 12 career-scoring mark. Wecker scored 10 points in an early 26-5 run.

No. 14 Texas Tech 65, Oklahoma St. 52

LUBBOCK, Texas — Cisti Greenwalt and LaToya Davis each scored 14 points to lead Texas Tech.

The Lady Raiders (21-5, 12-3 Big 12) finished the first half on a 14-2 run and led 35-26 at the break on Erin Grant's jumper. Grant had 11 points and seven assists for Tech, winners of four straight.

No. 13 Texas 72, Oklahoma 36

AUSTIN, Texas — Tiffany Jackson had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Texas overcame an injury to guard Nina Norman to rout Oklahoma.

Norman was carried off the court on a stretcher after Oklahoma's Chelsi Welch elbowed her in the head during a scramble for the ball midway through the first half.

No. 6 Baylor 84, Colorado 65

BOULDER, Colo. — Emily Niemann scored a season-high 20 points to help Baylor clinch at least a share of the Big 12 title for the first time.

Chameka Scott added 16 for the Bears (23-3, 13-2 Big 12), who won their 10th straight.

No. 25 Gonzaga 81, Portland 35

SPOKANE, Wash. — Stephanie Hawk scored 20 points, and Gonzaga wrapped up a perfect West Coast Conference season.

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