No. 2 Gators stuff Florida A&M 102-78

Top 25 Basketball

Posted: Wednesday, December 03, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. Matt Walsh celebrated his 21st birthday Tuesday night with 15 points to lift No. 2 Florida to a 102-78 victory over Florida A&M.

Walsh also had four rebounds and five assists and kept the Gators (3-0) perfect, the day after they climbed to the second spot in The Associated Press poll, and four days after their big 78-77 win over No. 7 Arizona.

Florida's win came despite a 31-point effort from Terrence Woods, a former Tennessee player who moved to Florida A&M (0-4) before last season. It was the most an opposing player had scored at Florida since 1989. Woods made nine 3-pointers.

No. 4 Missouri 70, Coppin St. 61

COLUMBIA, Mo. Missouri survived its second straight scare, getting 16 points, six rebounds and three blocks from Travon Bryant in a comeback victory.

Arthur Johnson added 14 points and nine rebounds for Missouri (2-0). Nicholas King scored 25 points and hit five 3-pointers for Coppin State (2-5).

No. 10 North Carolina 88, No. 11 Illinois 81

GREENSBORO, N.C. Sean May had 23 points and 14 rebounds to help North Carolina outlast Illinois in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Rashad McCants added 20 points, and Jawad Williams had 18 for North Carolina (4-0). Deron Williams led Illinois (3-1) with 22 points, and Roger Powell added 20.

No. 12 Saint Joseph's 84, San Francisco 52

PHILADELPHIA Jameer Nelson scored 18 points and Dwayne Jones added a career-high 13 points for Saint Joseph's.

Delonte West and Chet Stachitas each scored 13 points and Pat Carroll had 11 for the Hawks (4-0). James Bayless led the Dons (3-4) with 16 points.

No. 14 Oklahoma 94, Ark.-Pine Bluff 24

NORMAN, Okla. Tuning up for a big game, No. 14 Oklahoma overwhelmed Arkansas-Pine Bluff in coach Kelvin Sampson's most lopsided win in 10 seasons with the Sooners.

The Sooners (4-0) didn't have to break much of a sweat while preparing for Saturday's showdown at No. 5 Michigan State. The 24 points were the fewest by an Oklahoma opponent in 60 years.

De'Angelo Alexander scored 19 points for the Sooners. Kevin Bookout had 14, Jason Detrick 13 and Jabahri Brown 12.

The Sooners limited the Golden Lions (0-4) to just nine field goals and 21-percent shooting.

Maryland 73, No. 15 Wisconsin 67, OT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. Jamar Smith scored a career-high 25 points, including the go-ahead basket with 56 seconds left, and Maryland outlasted Wisconsin in overtime in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Smith also had 12 rebounds, his fourth double-double in four games. Chris McCray scored a career-high 15 points and John Gilchrist had 12 points and nine assists for the Terrapins (4-0), 92-1 in nonconference home games since Dec. 12, 1989.

Devin Harris scored 24 points for the Badgers (3-1).

No. 18 Wake Forest 100, Indiana 67

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Eric Williams scored 25 points and freshman Chris Paul had 20, both career highs, for Wake Forest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The Demon Deacons (4-0) remained unbeaten in five Challenge games, extended their home winning streak to 19 and gave third-year coach Skip Prosser his 50th win at the school.

Bracey Wright scored 27 points to lead Indiana (2-2).

No. 19 Cincinnati 68, Valparaiso 49

VALPARAISO, Ind. Jason Maxiell had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Cincinnati (4-0) in its lone road game before beginning Conference USA play next month.

Joaquim Gomes led Valparaiso (1-3) with 10 points.

Women's Top 25

STORRS, Conn. Ann Strother had 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead top-ranked Connecticut to a 69-45 victory Tuesday night over Siena, extending the Huskies' home winning streak to 67 games.

Diana Taurasi added 13 points, and Barbara Turner scored all 12 of hers in the second half to help UConn (4-0) shake off a sloppy start. The Huskies are now two wins short of matching Tennessee's record for most consecutive victories at home.

The Huskies had five turnovers in the first four minutes, and Siena (2-3) made them pay. The Saints scored seven of their first nine points off turnovers and built a 9-2 lead. But UConn recovered, led 29-23 at the break and took command with a 27-5 surge in the second half.

No. 10 Louisiana Tech 96, Tulane 37

RUSTON, La. Amber Obaze scored 18 points, and Amisha Carter added 15 points and 14 rebounds for Louisiana Tech.

Tech (3-0) dominated the game from start to finish, going up by 30 or more points during the final 7 1/2 minutes of the opening half and prevailing by 40-plus points after the break against Tulane (1-3).

No. 12 Kansas St. 60, Northern Illinois 41

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kendra Wecker had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Laurie Koehn added 15 on five 3-pointers for Kansas State.

Despite 22 turnovers, the Wildcats won their 21st straight home game.

Kansas State (3-2) trailed only once, 3-0 in the opening minute, and held the Huskies (2-2) to just 26.5 percent shooting.

No. 18 LSU 78, No. 22 Rutgers 68

BATON ROUGE, La. Doneeka Hodges scored 23 points, and Seimone Augustus added 19 for LSU.

Tillie Willis added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Tigers (3-2), while Temeka Johnson dished out 13 assists. Rutgers (3-3) was led by Cappie Pondexter's 18 points. Chelsea Newton added 12 and Shalicia Hurns had 11, plus 10 rebounds.

No. 19 Utah 69, St. Mary's 40

SALT LAKE CITY Kim Smith scored 18 points, and No. 19 Utah held St. Mary's of California to just 11 in the first half.

Utah (4-1) shut out St. Mary's (3-2) for the first 5:47 and had little trouble winning for the third time in a row. Shona Thorburn had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Mandie Little 10 points for the Utes, who were 25-for-51 from the field and forced 19 turnovers.

No. 21 TCU 73, Texas-Arlington 43

FORT WORTH, Texas Adrienne Ross scored 12 points and Stephanie Faulkner added 11 points and seven rebounds for TCU, off to its best start in 11 years.

TCU (4-0) took the lead with 16:56 to go in the first half on a shot by Niki Newton, and led 42-24 at the break. The victory over Texas-Arlington (2-3) gave the Horned Frogs their best beginning since a 5-0 start in 1992-93.

Oklahoma St. 62, No. 24 Michigan St. 60

STILLWATER, Okla. Nina Stone made two free throws with 26 seconds remaining to give Oklahoma State the win.

Trisha Skibbe had 20 points and six rebounds to lead Oklahoma State (2-3), which also got 18 points from Stone. Liz Shimek had 17 points and eight rebounds for Michigan State (4-1). She made two free throws to give the Spartans a 60-59 lead with 47 seconds to go, but Stone put her team back on top.



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