History made with Duke win

Posted: Monday, March 05, 2001

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Jason Williams scored 33 points and Shane Battier added 25 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks as the Blue Devils (26-4, 13-3), made Atlantic Coast Conference history by winning or tying for their fifth straight league title.

Duke lost by two to the Tar Heels (23-5, 13-3) in Durham a month ago, missing 14 of 27 free throws, but remained alive for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament with a dominating offensive show this time.

ACC scoring leader Joseph Forte led the Tar Heels with 21 points.

Duke, playing without injured center Carlos Boozer, was 14-for-38 from 3-point range. Williams was 7-for-13 from beyond the arc, while Battier was 4-for-10.

The 38 3-point attempts tied a school record set earlier this season against North Carolina A&T.

No. 5 Illinois 67, Minnesota 59

MINNEAPOLIS -- Frank Williams had 15 points to lead Illinois to a share of its second Big Ten Conference title in four seasons.

Williams gave the Illini (23-6, 13-3) the lead for good at 52-50 and they never again trailed.

Illinois, which finished in a first-place tie with No. 3 Michigan State, earned the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament next week at Chicago's United Center because of a 77-66 victory over the Spartans on Feb. 6.

Illinois' Bill Self became the first coach in 22 seasons to win a title in his first season in the Big Ten.

Terrance Simmons had 19 points for Minnesota (17-12, 5-11).

No. 6 Florida 94, No. 15 Kentucky 86

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Teddy Dupay matched his career high with 28 points Sunday to help No. 6 Florida earn a share of the Southeastern Conference title with a 94-86 victory over co-champion Kentucky.

Udonis Haslem had 20 points and nine rebounds as the Gators (22-5, 12-4) held off repeated rallies from No. 15 Kentucky, which fell behind by 15 points early and never got closer than seven.

Keith Bogans had a career-high 29 points for the Wildcats (19-9, 12-4).

Matt Bonner hit a 3-pointer to give the Gators an 86-76 lead with 2:01 remaining and the game essentially became a free-throw shooting contest that Florida survived.

No. 10 Kansas 75, Missouri 59

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Drew Gooden scored 19 points and sparked a 21-7 second-half run that led the Jayhawks, who avenged a 75-66 loss in January.

Kansas (23-5, 12-4) split the season series with their border rivals for the sixth straight year and finished second to Iowa State in the Big 12 regular-season race.

Missouri's Kareem Rush, the Big 12's leading scorer, returned after a seven-game absence because of a thumb injury and was just 1-of-7 for a season-low two points.

Clarence Gilbert had 19 points for the Tigers (18-11, 9-7), who shot just 32 percent and had 21 turnovers.

No. 21 Georgetown 79, No. 13 Notre Dame 72

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Mike Sweetney scored 19 points and Ruben Boumtje Boumtje added 16 as the Hoyas dominated inside.

Georgetown (23-6, 10-6) made 10 of 12 free throws over the final 2:17 and earned a first-round bye in this week's Big East tournament.

Troy Murphy had 19 points for Notre Dame (19-8, 11-5), which won the Big East West and will also have a bye. The Fighting Irish were shooting for their first 20-win regular season in 12 years.

No. 19 Syracuse 93, St. John's 91, 2 OT

NEW YORK -- Senior point guard Allen Griffin scored 17 of his career-high 31 points in the two overtimes and Syracuse used an impressive performance at the free-throw line to snap St. John's 15-game winning streak over Big East opponents at Madison Square Garden.

Griffin, coming off the first triple-double of his career in Tuesday's win over Pittsburgh, scored all eight points for the Orangemen (22-7, 10-6) in the first overtime. His nine points in the second overtime came from the free-throw line as Syracuse went 20-for-22 from there in the two extra sessions.

Freshman Willie Shaw had 25 points to lead the Red Storm (14-14, 8-8), who have lost three straight, five of six and eight of 11.

No. 23 Wake Forest 76, N.C. State 58

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Darius Songaila scored 21 points and Robert O'Kelley had 15 to lead the Demon Deacons (19-9, 8-8), who finished .500 or above in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time in four years.

Cliff Crawford had 18 points for N.C. State (13-15, 5-11), which has lost four of five and dropped to 0-11 when shooting 40 percent or less.

Dayton 65, No. 25 Xavier 62

DAYTON, Ohio -- Yuanta Holland scored eight points in a closing 15-4 spurt as the Flyers rallied for the win.

Dayton (18-11, 9-7 Atlantic 10) overcame an eight-point deficit in the final 5:18 behind Holland, who made three baskets and two free throws down the stretch. He made all but one of his seven shots overall and finished with 16 points.

David West had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Musketeers (21-6, 12-4) have lost six in a row at Dayton Arena.

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