Hollis hits for 23, leads No. 5 Oklahoma past Colorado

Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2002

BOULDER, Colo. -- Hollis Price scored 23 points and had some key steals in the second half as No. 5 Oklahoma overcame a sluggish start and then held off Colorado for an 82-71 victory on Saturday.

The win gives the Sooners (24-4, 13-3) second place in the Big 12 behind top-ranked Kansas and keeps alive their hopes for a possible No. 1 seeding in the NCAA tournament.

Quannas White, Aaron McGhee and Jason Detrick each had 12 points for Oklahoma, which made five of its first 21 shots from the field.

James Wright had 16 points for Colorado (14-13, 5-11), which has lost six of seven.

No. 7 Gonzaga 82, Loyola Marymount 64

SAN DIEGO -- Dan Dickau overcame a slow start by making two clutch shots midway through the second half and the Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament.

Dickau finished with 17 points and Gonzaga (27-3), seeking its fourth straight conference tournament title and automatic NCAA berth, won its 12th straight game.

Greg Lakey scored 18 points for the Lions (9-20), who lost for the 15th straight time to Gonzaga.

No. 11 Kentucky 70, No. 8 Florida 67

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Gerald Fitch, playing for the first time since being suspended for disciplinary reasons, hit a 3-pointer with 33 seconds to play for Kentucky.

The Wildcats (20-8, 10-6) secured a first-round bye in next week's Southeastern Conference tournament as the Eastern Division's No. 2 seed, while the Gators (21-7, 10-6) will have to play in Thursday's opening round.

Fitch, who had missed the last three games, gave the Wildcats a 68-67 lead. After a Florida miss, Cliff Hawkins made two free throws a second later to put Kentucky up 70-67.

Brett Nelson scored 23 points to lead Florida, which dropped to third in the Eastern Division.

No. 13 Oregon 65, UCLA 62

LOS ANGELES -- Frederick Jones scored 22 points and the Ducks won the Pac-10 title outright and earned a No. 1 seeding for next week's conference tournament.

The Ducks (22-7, 14-4) won at Pauley Pavilion for the first time since 1984, also the last time they swept the Bruins. It was Oregon's first outright title since winning the 1939 NCAA championship.

Dan Gadzuric had 22 points and 11 rebounds for UCLA (19-10, 11-7).

No. 14 Arizona 99, No. 21 California 53

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Rick Anderson had 17 points to lead six Arizona scorers in double figures as the Wildcats handed California its second-worst loss in school history.

Arizona (19-9, 12-6) finished tied for second and will get the No. 2 seed in next week's Pac-10 tournament because the Wildcats won all possible tiebreakers.

Brian Wethers had 18 points for the Bears (21-7, 12-6), who trailed by 19 points at halftime, then saw the Wildcats open the second half with a 30-4 run.

Tennessee 71, No. 16 Georgia 63, OT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Marcus Haislip scored six of his 18 points in overtime for the Volunteers (14-15, 7-9 Southeastern Conference), who finished the regular season with a losing record for the first time since 1996-97.

Jarvis Hayes had 28 points for the Bulldogs (21-8, 10-6), who still earned a No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in next week's conference tournament and shared the East division title with Kentucky and Florida.

Tennessee's Brandon Crump tied the game at 60 with 30 seconds left in regulation. The Vols scored first in overtime and the Vols never trailed.

No. 22 Miami 83, Virginia Tech 77

MIAMI -- Elton Tyler scored a season-high 24 points and the Hurricanes (23-6, 10-6 Big East) tied the school record for most victories in a season by getting their 23rd for the third time in four years.

Bryant Matthews had 15 points for Virginia Tech (10-18, 4-12), who were 11-for-23 from 3-point range.

No. 24 Wake Forest 83, N.C. State 71

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Darius Songaila scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds for the Demon Deacons (19-11, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) who had lost three in a row and five of six.

Julius Hodge had 21 points for the Wolfpack (20-9, 9-7).

No. 25 Indiana 79, Northwestern 67

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Tom Coverdale scored 20 points and Jarrad Odle added 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Hoosiers (19-10, 11-5) snapped a two-game losing streak and earned a share of its first Big Ten title since 1993.

Tavaras Hardy had 24 points for Northwestern (16-12, 7-9), which lost its 28th consecutive game at Assembly Hall.

No. 10 Pittsburgh 92, West Virginia 65

PITTSBURGH -- Julius Page had 23 points for the Panthers (25-4, 13-3 Big East), who closed the best regular season in school history and 51-year-old Fitzgerald Field House with their seventh straight win.

Drew Schifino had 20 points for the Mountaineers (8-20, 1-15), who had the first 20-loss season in school history.

No. 17 Stanford 81, Arizona St. 76

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Casey Jacobsen had 29 points and Curtis Borchardt had 19 points and 17 rebounds for the Cardinal (19-8, 12-6 Pac-10), who finished the regular season with a road sweep.

Chad Prewitt had 18 points for the Sun Devils (14-13, 7-11), who lost their ninth straight to Stanford.

No. 23 Connecticut 90, Seton Hall 78

STORRS, Conn. -- Johnnie Selvie had 21 points, including the go-ahead free throw with 4:47 to play, for the Huskies (21-6, 13-3 Big East).

Andre Barrett had 23 points for Seton Hall (12-17, 5-11), which finished 14-of-29 from behind the arc. The Pirates' first seven field goals of the second half were all 3-pointers.

No. 12 Oklahoma St. 66, Texas A&M 51

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Melvin Sanders tied his career high with 18 points and Oklahoma State outscored Texas A&M 16-1 in the final 7:04 to beat the Aggies.

Oklahoma State (23-7, 10-6 Big 12) led by as many as 16 in the first half and by 10 with 13 minutes remaining before the Aggies made things interesting.

Jesse King scored a career-high 17 for Texas A&M (9-21, 3-13), which lost its ninth straight.

No. 18 Ohio St. 84, Michigan 75

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Boban Savovic and Brian Brown each scored 19 points as Ohio State beat Michigan, becoming the third team -- and possibly not the last -- to clinch a share of the Big Ten title.

The 18th-ranked Buckeyes (20-7, 11-5) joined Wisconsin and Indiana as conference champions.

Wisconsin locked up its share Wednesday by beating Michigan 74-54. Indiana staked its claim to the conference crown with a 79-67 win over Northwestern on Saturday. Illinois has a chance to make it four Big Ten champions when it plays at Minnesota on Sunday.

The Wolverines (10-17, 5-11 Big Ten), who have lost six in a row and seven of eight, were led by Dommanic Ingerson with 21 points.

No. 19 Southern California 79, Oregon St. 45

LOS ANGELES -- Sam Clancy scored 20 points and Southern California defeated Oregon State to close out the regular season with a split.

The Trojans (20-8) lost to No. 13 Oregon 67-65 on a last-second shot Thursday night, costing them a share of the conference title. They finished in a four-way tie for second with California, Stanford and Arizona, all of whom finished 12-6.

The only thing at stake Saturday for the Trojans was a No. 4 seeding in next week's Pac-10 tournament at Staples Center. They got that and a first-round matchup Thursday against 17th-ranked Stanford (19-8).

USC completed its first consecutive 20-win seasons since the 1939 and 1940 teams did so. Last year's team went 24-10, and reached the final eight of the NCAA tournament.

Phillip Ricci scored 19 points for the Beavers (12-17, 4-14), who were held to their lowest point total of the season.

No. 20 W. Kentucky 82, North Texas 68

NEW ORLEANS -- Chris Marcus scored 14 points to lead Western Kentucky over North Texas in the Sun Belt Conference tournament quarterfinals.

David Boyden and Mike Wells scored 11 points each, and Nate Williams 10 as Western Kentucky (26-3) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 16 games.

Chris Davis led North Texas (15-14) with 20 points, while Jermaine Green scored 13 and Unjel Masters 10.


Louisiana State 81, No. 3 Tennessee 80

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Temeka Johnson hit a free throw with 4.5 seconds left as Louisiana State upset No. 3 Tennessee 81-80 on Saturday night in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament to reach the championship game for the first time since 1991.

Kara Lawson scored the last 13 points for Tennessee, but her jumper hit off the rim as time ran out for the top-seeded Lady Vols (25-4). It was Tennessee's first loss to an unranked team since it lost to Auburn in the semifinals of the SEC tournament on March 2, 1997 -- exactly five years ago.

No. 19 North Carolina 78, Maryland 53

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Nikki Teasley scored 25 points and Coretta Brown added 23 as North Carolina beat Maryland in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

The second-seeded Tar Heels (23-7) advanced to Sunday's semifinals, where they will face the winner of Saturday's game between third-seeded Clemson and sixth-seeded North Carolina State.

No. 20 Colorado St. 58, New Mexico 54

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Lisa Narkiewicz scored 12 points, and Jasai Ferrucho scored on a driving layup and made a steal in the closing minutes to lead Colorado State over New Mexico.

The victory gave Colorado State the Mountain West Conference title and the top seed in the conference tournament. Angie Gorton added 11 points for Colorado State (23-5, 12-2).

No. 23 Cincinnati 80, Louisville 70

CHICAGO -- Debbie Merrill scored a career-high 31 points, and Valerie King added 26 to lead Cincinnati over Louisville in the quarterfinal round of the Conference USA tournament.

Merrill shot 10-for-14 from the field and 11-for-12 from the line, and finished with eight rebounds for the third-seeded Bearcats (24-4), who face Houston in Sunday's semifinal round.

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