Gonzaga survives Santa Clara scare

Posted: Monday, March 08, 2004

SANTA CLARA, Calif. Ronny Turiaf rebounded his own miss and scored the winning basket with 5 seconds left in No. 4 Gonzaga's 19th straight victory, 63-62 over Santa Clara in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament Sunday night.

Turiaf got Gonzaga's last two baskets on putbacks after Blake Stepp's 3-pointer gave Gonzaga its first lead of the second half with 1:41 left.

No. 24 Syracuse 67, No. 4 Connecticut 56

SYRACUSE, N.Y. Gerry McNamara scored 24 points and Craig Forth had 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 24 Syracuse to a 67-56 victory over seventh-ranked Connecticut on Sunday.

It was the fifth straight win for Syracuse (21-6, 11-5 Big East) and erased what had been an imposing jinx against the Huskies (24-6, 12-4), who struggled with center Emeka Okafor playing in obvious pain.

Hakim Warrick finished with 19 points and Josh Pace had five points, eight rebounds and four assists and did not commit a turnover for the third straight game.

Charlie Villanueva had 13 points, Ben Gordon 11 and Rashad Anderson 10 for the Huskies, who were outrebounded 40-33. Okafor had nine rebounds and a season-low two points, taking only two shots in 32 minutes.

 

Vanderbilt forward Jenni Benningfield lets out a yell as she takes her turn at cutting down the net after Vanderbilt defeated Georgia, 62-56, to win the SEC women's tournament on Sunday, March 7, 2004 in Nashville, Tenn.

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No. 9 Kentucky 82, Florida 62

LEXINGTON, Ky. Gerald Fitch scored 21 points and Erik Daniels added 15 points, 14 rebounds and six assists to lead Kentucky past Florida.

The Wildcats (23-4, 13-3 Southeastern Conference) beat the Gators (18-9, 9-7) for the sixth straight time, and eighth in the last nine meetings. Both teams have clinched first-round byes in this week's SEC tournament in Atlanta.

SW Missouri State 80, No. 15 Southern Illinois 74

ST. LOUIS Merrill Andrews scored 16 points to lead Southwest Missouri State to an upset over Southern Illinois in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

Blake Ahearn and Anthony Shavies added 14 points apiece for fifth-seeded Southwest Missouri (19-13).

No. 18 Illinois 64, Ohio St. 63

COLUMBUS, Ohio Deron Williams' free throw with 16.5 seconds left provided the final margin in Illinois' win over Ohio State, securing the Illini's first outright Big Ten title in 52 years.

The Illini (22-5, 13-3) have won at least a share of a Big Ten title in three of the last four seasons.

No. 21 Kansas 84, Missouri 82

COLUMBIA, Mo. Reserve David Padgett scored with two seconds left to give Kansas a victory over Missouri in the final game at the 32-year-old Hearnes Center.

Wayne Simien added scored 22 points for Kansas (20-7, 12-4 Big 12).

Arthur Johnson scored a career-high 37 points and had eight rebounds for Missouri (15-12, 9-7).

Padgett, who averages 6.7 points, found himself alone on the baseline after taking a pass from Keith Langford. He swished a 10-footer and finished with six points.

No. 22 Arizona 106, Arizona St. 81

TUCSON, Ariz. Chris Rodgers scored a career-high 20 points and Arizona wrapped up its regular season with a victory over Arizona State.

Salim Stoudamire and Hassan Adams added 21 points apiece for the Wildcats (19-8, 11-7 Pac-10), who beat Arizona State for the 18th time in 19 tries.

The game had no bearing on the Pac-10 tournament seedings. Arizona wound up third, its lowest finish since 1997. Arizona State (10-17, 4-14) finished last and didn't qualify for the tournament.

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No. 2 Duke 70, Maryland 63

GREENSBORO, N.C. Alana Beard scored 21 points, helping No. 2 Duke rally for a 70-63 win over Maryland in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Sunday.

Monique Currie added 16 points for the top-seeded Blue Devils (26-3), who trailed by eight in the second half before rallying and advancing to Monday's championship game against North Carolina. Duke is trying to become the first team to win five straight ACC tourney titles.

Shay Doron scored 19 points for the fourth-seeded Terrapins (17-12). Delvona Oliver added 15 points and eight rebounds.

Oliver made three free throws and Maryland used a 12-1 run early in the second half to take a 41-33 lead. The Terrapins also led 48-41 on a jumper in the lane from Doron with 11:07 remaining.

But the Blue Devils' tournament experience soon came through. Trailing by three, Duke scored on nine straight possessions many on drives to the basket to take the lead.

No. 4 Connecticut 48, Virginia Tech 34

HARTFORD, Conn. Barbara Turner scored 14 points and Jessica Moore added 11, leading Connecticut over Virginia Tech in a Big East tournament quarterfinal game.

The top-seeded Huskies (25-3) played the final seven minutes without Diana Taurasi, who was sidelined with four fouls. She shot 2-for-10 and finished with four points.

Virginia Tech made just five field goals in the second half, the last two coming in the final 40 seconds. Carrie Mason led Virginia Tech (22-7) with 13 points and was the only Hokie in double figures. The Hokies' 34 points was two off an all-time tournament low.

The Huskies, trying for their league-leading 10th tournament title, will take on Boston College in a semifinal on Monday. The Eagles advanced earlier Sunday with a 65-53 win over Miami.

No. 5 Penn St. 58, No. 25 Michigan St. 54

INDIANAPOLIS Kelly Mazzante scored 19 points and Jess Strom added 15 to lead Penn State past Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament semifinals.

Penn State (25-4), the Big Ten's regular-season champion, has won 25 games for the 10th time under Portland and will face No. 6 Purdue on Monday night in the championship.

No. 6 Purdue 67, No. 22 Ohio St. 61

INDIANAPOLIS Shereka Wright scored 31 points to lead Purdue over Ohio State.

Wright scored seven points in the last 5:30, including a 3-pointer from the corner that gave the Boilermakers (26-3) a five-point lead with three minutes to play.

Wright was brilliant, making 13 of 21 shots from the field and adding five rebounds to carry Purdue to its 17th win in its last 18 games. Jessica Davenport had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Boilermakers.

LaToya Turner had 14 points and six rebounds to lead Ohio State (20-9).

No. 10 North Carolina 75, N.C. State 64

GREENSBORO, N.C. Freshmen Ivory Latta scored 27 points and Camille Little added 24 to lift North Carolina past North Carolina State.

Little and Latta combined to shoot 18-for-30, while the rest of the Tar Heels shot just 5-for-19.

No. 11 Houston 86, No. 16 TCU 75

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Chandi Jones scored 24 of her 36 points in the second half, and Houston beat TCU to win the Conference USA tournament title and earn its first trip to the NCAA tournament in 12 years.

Houston (27-3) won its 12th straight while playing in its first-ever conference championship game. The Lady Cougars last made the NCAA tourney in 1992, and lost in the first round.

TCU (24-6) was making its third conference championship game appearance in four seasons.

Joann Overstreet had 14 points for Houston, and Sancho Lyttle added 13 points and six rebounds before fouling out with 4:48 left.

No. 12 Stanford 70, UCLA 66

SAN JOSE, Calif. Nicole Powell had 18 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, and Kelley Suminski had 18 points with five 3-pointers in Stanford's comeback win over UCLA in the semifinals of the Pac-10 tournament.

Stanford rallied from 11 points down to beat the Bruins for the 11th straight time and eliminated them from the conference tournament for the third straight year.

The top-seeded Cardinal (23-6) will play No. 2-seeded Arizona for the championship Monday night. The Wildcats beat Washington 77-55 in the first semifinal for their sixth straight win.

No. 21 Vanderbilt 62, No. 20 Georgia 56

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Freshman center Carla Thomas had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Vanderbilt rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half for a win over Georgia in the championship game of the Southeastern Conf-erence tournament.

The Commodores (24-7) won their fourth title and first since 2002 also on this court despite nearly shooting themselves out of the game in the first half.

Christi Thomas led Georgia (22-9) with 17 points. Sherrill Baker had 16.

West Virginia 58, No. 23 Villanova 47

HARTFORD, Conn. Yolanda Paige scored 16 points and Michelle Carter had 15 and 12 rebounds to lead West Virginia to an upset of Villanova in a Big East tournament quarterfinal, ending the Wildcats' bid to repeat as champions.



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