Top-ranked Jayhawks rout Kansas State

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2002

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kirk Hinrich had 24 points as No. 1 Kansas scored its most points ever against Kansas State on Wednesday night and beat the Wildcats for the 24th consecutive time, 103-68.

With a victory over Missouri on Sunday, Kansas (26-2, 15-0) will have its first unbeaten conference season since 1970-71 and the first-ever perfect record in the Big 12.

No. 2 Maryland 96, Florida St. 63

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Juan Dixon scored 25 points and the Terrapins (24-3, 14-1) clinched at least a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship with their 11th consecutive victory.

The Terrapins can clinch the title outright on Sunday with a victory over Virginia in the final game at Maryland's Cole Field House.

Louisville 74, No. 4 Cincinnati 71

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Reece Gaines scored 26 points -- the final two on a game-clinching breakaway layup with 16 seconds left -- and the Cardinals (16-11, 7-8 Conference USA) earned coach Rick Pitino his biggest win since he replaced Denny Crum last March.

Steve Logan scored 18 points for the Bearcats (26-3, 13-2), who had already clinched at least a tie for their seventh straight regular season league title.

No. 6 Alabama 73, Auburn 68

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Erwin Dudley had 25 points and 13 rebounds and the Crimson Tide hit eight straight free throws in the final minute to win the Southeastern Conference title outright.

The Crimson Tide (24-5, 12-3) finished 17-0 at home this season, a school record, and captured their first league crown since 1987.

Vanderbilt 86, No. 11 Kentucky 73

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Reserve Brendan Plavich scored all but two of his 20 points on 3-pointers and the Commodores snapped an 18-game losing streak to the Wildcats.

Kentucky (19-8, 9-6 Southeastern Conference) is the only visiting team with a winning record in Memorial Gym. Vanderbilt (16-12, 6-9) had not beaten Kentucky since 1993, a stretch of eight straight home losses.

No. 16 Georgia 82, South Carolina 75, OT

ATHENS, Ga. -- Rashad Wright made a tying 3-pointer with 5.4 seconds left to get Georgia to overtime, then Steve Thomas scored six points for the Bulldogs (21-7, 10-5), who moved into a first-place tie with Florida in the Southeastern Conference East with one game remaining.

Rolando Howell scored 19 points for the Gamecocks (16-12, 6-9), who led 70-67 and had Aaron Lucas -- a 66 percent free throw shooter -- at the line for two shots with 11 seconds to go in regulation. He missed both and Wright tied it.

Georgia Tech 90, No. 24 Wake Forest 77

ATLANTA -- B.J. Elder scored 23 of his career-high 25 points in the second half and Tony Akins added 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (14-15, 6-9 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their fourth straight and seventh of nine.

Darius Songaila scored 24 points for the Demon Deacons (18-11, 8-7), who lost for the fifth time in six games.

Women's Top 25

NORMAN, Okla. -- Stacey Dales scored 14 of her 17 points in the second half, leading fifth-ranked Oklahoma to a 75-56 victory over No. 15 Texas Tech in the regular-season finale Wednesday night.

The Sooners (24-3, 14-2 Big 12), winners of their third straight regular-season title, held Tech to a season-low 31 percent shooting and beat the Lady Raiders for the fourth straight time. LaNeishea Caufield added 18 points for Oklahoma.

No. 8 Baylor 95, No. 10 Iowa St. 91

AMES, Iowa -- Sheila Lambert tied the game with a three-point play and fed Nicole Collins for a game-winning 3-pointer with 7.2 seconds left as Baylor beat Iowa State for the 11th time in 12 games.

Baylor (24-4, 11-5 Big 12) Lambert finished with 26 points, seven assists and five steals for Baylor, which also got 19 from Danielle Crockrom, 16 from Jordan Davis and 12 from Collins.

No. 14 Kansas St. 74, Missouri 55

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Laurie Koehn scored 27 points as Kansas State got its 11th straight victory.

Koehn scored seven of Kansas State's first nine points to start the second half after the Wildcats (23-6, 11-5 Big 12) led by 10-point at the break. Kristin Rethman added 15, all on 3-pointers.

No. 20 Colorado St. 84, Air Force 40

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Katie Borton scored a career-high 21 points and added 10 rebounds as Colorado State beat Air Force for the 13th time in a row.

Colorado State (22-5, 11-5 Mountain West) tore apart Air Force's zone defense, hitting five 3-pointers, in a 25-0 run to lead 35-8. The Falcons were scoreless for 10 minutes.

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