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McNamara comes up big for Syracuse

Posted: Monday, March 01, 2004

PITTSBURGH Gerry McNamara, held scoreless by No. 3 Pittsburgh for the equivalent of nearly a game and a half, hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and two key free throws in overtime and Syracuse ended the Panthers' 40-game home winning streak with a 49-46 upset Sunday.

Pitt's streak was the second-longest in Division I, behind only Duke's 41-game run. The Panthers (25-3, 11-3) had been 34-0 at home since opening the Petersen Events Center last season and hadn't lost in Pittsburgh since being surprised by Notre Dame 56-53 on Jan. 12, 2002, at Fitzgerald Field House

Hakim Warrick scored 17 points for the defending national champion Orangemen (19-6, 9-5), who stayed in the running for the No. 4 seed in the Big East tournament and damaged Pitt's chances of winning the conference regular-season title. Syracuse tied Seton Hall for fourth place.

Pitt (25-3, 11-3), confused and ineffective the entire game against Syracuse's switching defenses, dropped into a first-place tie with Connecticut and Providence.

No. 5 Duke 70, Florida St 65

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Luol Deng scored 20 points and fifth-ranked Duke converted its last 12 free throws to clinch at least a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference's regular season title.

Duke (24-3, 12-2 ACC) has a two-game lead over North Carolina State with two games remaining for each team.

Successive dunks by Shelden Williams midway through the second half gave the Blue Devils a 51-47 lead and they never looked back. Daniel Ewing added 15 points and Williams 14 before fouling out with 3:06 left. Deng and Williams each had a game-high nine rebounds.

Florida State's Tim Pickett led all scorers with 24 points, and Michael Joiner and Alexander Johnson added 10 apiece.

No. 9 Kentucky 70, LSU 64

BATON ROUGE, La. Gerald Fitch scored 23 points, including 5-of-8 3-pointers, to help No. 9 Kentucky (21-4, 11-3) clinched the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division title.

It was the fourth straight loss for LSU (17-8, 7-7) and dropped the Tigers into a tie for No. 2 in the SEC West with Alabama.

Kentucky, which beat Tennessee by 32 points Wednesday, had a tougher time against the persistent Tigers. LSU shot 43.5 percent against Kentucky's 47 percent, but made one more 3-pointer (7-23) and went 17-of-17 from the free throw line.

No. 12 North Carolina 71, No. 14 N.C. State 64

RALEIGH, N.C. Rashad McCants scored 22 points and hit two key 3-pointers late to help No. 12 North Carolina recover after allowing a big first-half lead slip away.

Jawad Williams scored 15 points and the Tar Heels (17-8, 7-7 ACC) got just their second road win in league play.

Marcus Melvin had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the 14th-ranked Wolfpack (18-7, 10-4), who lost for the first time in 15 home games.

No. 13 Providence 103, St. John's 78

NEW YORK Ryan Gomes had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 13 Providence set a Big East record for points in a first half.

No. 20 Kansas 79, Oklahoma 58

LAWRENCE, Kan. Wayne Simien scored 26 points and Keith Langford added 22 to help No. 20 Kansas (18-7, 10-4 Big 12) improve to 7-0 in conference home games.

Michael Lee scored all 12 of his points in the second half for the Jayhawks.

The Sooners (16-9, 6-8) have lost four straight, and five of their last seven. Lawrence McKenzie led Oklahoma with 15 points, and Jason Detrick added 10 points.

Sooners coach Kelvin Sampson, who criticized the officiating in Wednesday's overtime loss at Colorado, earned a technical with just over eight minutes left for protesting the fifth foul on Sooners center Jabahri Brown.

No. 22 Wisconsin 82, Purdue 46

MADISON, Wis. Mike Wilkinson's 23 points and 12 rebounds helped No. 22 Wisconsin hand Purdue its worst loss in the series that began in 1906.

Devin Harris added 16 points for the Badgers (19-6, 10-4 Big Ten), who reached double digits in conference wins for the third straight year.



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