Tar Heels escape Terrapins

Other top-25 teams not as lucky facing upset challenges

Posted: Monday, February 28, 2005


  North Carolina's Sean May, left, slam dunks over Maryland's Nik Caner-Medley, right, during the second half Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005 in College Park, Md. May led North Carolina with 22 points in their 85-83 win. AP Photo/Chris Gardner

North Carolina's Sean May, left, slam dunks over Maryland's Nik Caner-Medley, right, during the second half Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005 in College Park, Md. May led North Carolina with 22 points in their 85-83 win.

AP Photo/Chris Gardner

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Raymond Felton made the tiebreaking layup with 19 seconds left and Sean May blocked a shot just before the buzzer as No. 2 North Carolina weathered a furious comeback bid by Maryland before escaping with an 85-83 victory Sunday.

May had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels, who remained alone atop the Atlantic Coast Conference with their fifth straight win.

Jawad Williams scored 21 points to help the Tar Heels (24-3, 12-2) beat the Terrapins on the road for the first time since 2001.

The Tar Heels led 76-68 with 5 minutes left. A tip-in by Maryland's Ekene Ibekwe tied it at 83 with 41 seconds remaining.

After a timeout, Felton drove the left side of the lane and delivered his only basket of the second half. Mike Jones had a chance to tie it for Maryland, but his last-second shot was swatted away by May.

Chris McCray scored a career-high 25 points for the Terrapins (16-10, 7-8), who rallied from a 10-point deficit to tie it.

No. 8 Kansas 81, No. 4 Oklahoma St 79

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Wayne Simien had a career-high 32 points and Aaron Miles hit a running layup for the go-ahead basket with 37 seconds to go for the Jayhawks, who took over first place in the Big 12.

Kansas (21-4, 11-3) shot 66 percent from the field while ending a three-game losing streak. Oklahoma State (20-5, 10-4) shot 59 percent in losing its second straight.

Simien had 12 rebounds and was 10-of-11 from the foul line, breaking the school record with 34 consecutive free throws.

John Lucas, one of four senior starters for Oklahoma State, hit his first nine shots but he missed a long 3-point attempt seconds before the final buzzer.

No. 6 Wake Forest 90, Virginia 68

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Justin Gray scored 20 points and Chris Paul and Eric Williams each had 17 for the Demon Deacons (24-4, 11-3), who improved to 15-0 at home this season and remained one game behind North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Devin Smith scored 22 points for Virginia (13-12, 4-10), while J.R. Reynolds and T.J. Bannister each had 15.

Indiana 78, No. 10 Michigan St. 74, OT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Bracey Wright scored 32 points and D.J. White added 17, including the tying basket in the closing seconds of regulation and the go-ahead basket in overtime, to lead Indiana.

White scored with 17 seconds left, sending the game into overtime at 64-all. Paul Davis put Michigan State ahead for the last time at 66-64, but he fouled out shortly after and the Hoosiers (14-11, 9-5 Big Ten) ran off eight straight points to clinch the victory.

No. 20 Wisconsin 64, Ohio St. 56

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Alando Tucker scored 19 points and Mike Wilkinson added 14 for the Badgers (18-7, 9-5), who remained tied for third place in the Big Ten with Indiana.

No. 23 Villanova 67, Georgetown 56

WASHINGTON — Allan Ray scored 18 points and Will Sheridan had a season-high 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Villanova.

Kyle Lowry added 12 points and seven assists for the Wildcats (19-6, 9-5 Big East), who held Georgetown without a field goal for 7 1/2 minutes in the second half.

Brandon Bowman had 22 points for the Hoyas (16-9, 8-6), who have lost three straight.

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No. 2 Blue Devils

DURHAM, N.C. — Ivory Latta scored 23 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer to upset Duke, ending the Blue Devils' 33-game home winning streak and longest in ACC history.

Erlana Larkins added 19 for the Tar Heels (24-3, 12-2), who clinched the top seed in the ACC tournament by tying the Blue Devils for the regular-season title. Nikita Bell came up one steal short of the first triple-double in school history, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds and nine steal.

North Carolina won at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time since 1997.

Monique Currie, hobbled with stress fractures in her left foot, scored 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting for the Blue Devils (26-3, 12-2), but had eight of Duke's 25 turnovers.

No. 1 LSU 76, Florida 52

BATON ROUGE, La. — Top-ranked LSU earned its first Southeastern Conference regular-season championship in school history, breaking Tennessee's seven-year lock on the title with a 76-52 win over Florida Sunday.

Seimone Augustus led LSU (27-1, 14-0) with 19 points and Quianna Chaney added 16. Temeka Johnson, who ranks first in assists in the SEC, added a school record-tying 15 assists.

LSU became the 13th SEC team to complete the conference schedule with a perfect record. The Tigers unfurled the regular-season banner from the rafters of the Maravich Center immediately after the game to a standing ovation from the almost capacity crowd.

Tashia Morehead had 17 points to lead Florida (14-13, 5-9), which lost its third straight. The Gators played without forward Bernice Mosby, the team's leading scorer at 15.5 points, who did not play so she could attend to personal matters.

No. 4 Ohio St. 69, No. 22 Penn St. 58

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jessica Davenport had 29 points and 16 rebounds to lead Ohio State to a share of the conference title before a crowd of 17,525, the largest ever for a Big Ten game.

Davenport hit 8-of-18 shots and made all 13 of her free throws. Caity Matter added 17 points and Brandie Hoskins 16 for the Buckeyes (27-3, 14-2), who locked up a piece of their first Big Ten title since 1993.

Tanisha Wright had 29 points for Penn State (18-9, 13-3), which had won the earlier meeting between the teams, 69-62, on Dec. 30. The Nittany Lions had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Ohio State will be the top seed in next week's Big Ten tournament, followed by co-champion Michigan State and No. 3 seed Penn State.

No. 5 Tennessee 94, Alabama 81

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Shyra Ely and Nicky Anosike scored 19 points each to lead Tennessee.

Shanna Zolman scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half to put the Lady Vols (23-4, 13-1 Southeastern Conference) ahead to stay.

Alexis Hornbuckle also finished with 17 for the Lady Vols, who shot 58 percent and made 30-of-35 free throws. Tennessee made 6-of-12 3-pointers and led 52-36 at halftime.

Natasha Gamble had 23 points and Monique Bivins added 22 for Alabama (13-14, 4-10).

No. 12 DePaul 77, Marquette 56

CHICAGO — DePaul avenged its only Conference USA loss behind 29 points from Jenni Dant.

The Blue Demons (24-3, 13-1) matched a league record with their 13th straight conference win. Jenna Rubino and Allie Quigley each added 17 points for DePaul, which led 48-28 at halftime and scored 27 points off turnovers.

Carolyn Kieger had 15 points to led Marquette (17-10, 8-6). Lesley Juedes had 12 points and Efueko Osaige added 10.

No. 15 Minnesota 70, Northwestern 62

EVANSTON, Ill. — Jamie Broback scored 26 points and Janel McCarville added 18 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and four steals for the Gophers (22-6, 12-4 Big Ten).

Minnesota trailed 41-36 at halftime after Northwestern shot 60 percent from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range. But the Wildcats cooled off in the second half, shooting just 30 percent and missing all seven 3-point attempts.

Sara Stutz scored a career-high 22 points for Northwestern (5-24, 2-14). Ifeoma Okonkwo had 12 points and Suzanne Morrison added 11.

No. 16 Temple 69, Saint Joseph's 46

PHILADELPHIA — Temple completed a perfect Atlantic 10 regular season with a rout of Saint Joseph's.

The No. 16 Owls (24-3, 16-0) won their 21st straight game behind 15 points by Ari Moore. Cynthia Jordan had 13 points and Kamesha Hairston added 10 for the Owls, who shot 58 percent in the first half and led 38-23 at the break.

Ayahna Cornish and Timisha Gomez scored 10 points each for Saint Joseph's (6-22, 4-12).

Temple became the first undefeated Atlantic 10 team since George Washington finished 16-0 in 1996-97.

No. 20 Vanderbilt 66, No. 18 Georgia 59, OT

ATHENS, Ga. — Dee Davis scored eight of her game-high 18 points in overtime to lead Vanderbilt to third place in the Southeastern Conference.

Carla Thomas scored 17 points for Vanderbilt (21-6, 10-4 SEC) and Ashley Early added 14 points and 15 rebounds. Earley forced overtime when she picked up a loose ball and hit a jumper from the right baseline as the horn sounded to tie the game at 54.

Sherill Baker led Georgia (21-8, 9-5 SEC) with 13 points and freshman Tasha Humphrey had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

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