Wildcats upset Illini

Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2001

PHOENIX -- Jason Gardner scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half, including six consecutive free throws over the final 54 seconds, and No. 7 Arizona beat fifth-ranked Illinois 87-82 Tuesday night.

Frank Williams scored 16 of his 30 points over the last 4:19 as the Illini (6-2), who trailed by as many as 19 points early in the second half, narrowed the gap to four.

Rick Anderson scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 21 minutes for the Wildcats (4-1), while freshman Isaiah Fox added 12 points.

The teams met for the fourth time over the last 13 months. The Wildcats won three of the four, including an 87-81 victory in last season's Midwest Regional final.

No. 9 Syracuse 91, Hofstra 65

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- DeShaun Williams had 23 points and seven assists and Syracuse played without head coach Jim Boeheim on the bench for the first time in 26 years.

It was the first meeting between Hofstra (4-2) and Syracuse (9-0).

Boeheim, who had coached 816 straight games since taking over the program in 1976, was recovering from prostate surgery performed Monday in St. Louis and is expected to miss at least two games. Associate head coach Bernie Fine, Boeheim's long-time assistant, took his place.

Preston Shumpert scored 26 points and Kueth Duany had 15 for Syracuse, which shot 62.1 percent for the game, including 10-for-20 on 3-pointers.

Rick Apodaca had 22 points for Hofstra, which was just 2-for-17 on 3-pointers.

N. Iowa 78, No. 12 Iowa 76

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Robbie Sieverding scored 30 points and Octav Morariu got a key offensive rebound and basket late in the game to lead the Panthers to the upset.

David Gruber added 22 points and 12 rebounds for Northern Iowa (5-2), which beat the Hawkeyes (6-3) for just the fourth time in 32 games.

Northern Iowa, which trailed by 11 points in the first half, was leading 72-69 when Aaron Middendorf missed a free throw with 2:06 left. But Morariu came up the rebound, Northern Iowa ran some offense and got Morariu free for a layup, making it 74-69 with 1:36 left.

Luke Recker led Iowa with 21 points.

No. 13 Boston College 90, Morris Brown 65

BOSTON -- Troy Bell scored 22 points and Ryan Sidney added 19 as the Eagles remained unbeaten.

The Eagles (6-0) opened the game with a 15-4 run and led 41-22 late in the first half. Sidney had seven rebounds and six assists and went 7-for-7 from the field, scoring 17 points in the first half to stake BC to a 45-30 lead.

Joseph Dunn scored 19 points for Morris Brown (1-6).

No. 4 Kansas 83, No. 23 Wake Forest 76

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Nick Collison had 16 points as Kansas avenged last year's 31-point loss at Wake Forest.

Broderick Hicks had 12 points to lead five players in double figures for Wake Forest (5-2), which had never played at Kansas (5-1).

Wayne Simien, who missed the first five games with an injury, had 10 points in his collegiate debut, including a huge dunk that put the Jayhawks in front 71-61 with 3:27 to go.

Kansas, 20-of-25 from the foul line Saturday in a victory over then-No. 4 Arizona, was only 20-of-40 against Wake Forest.

No. 21 Fresno St. 75, San Francisco 65

FRESNO, Calif. -- Melvin Ely, cleared to play just hours before the game, scored 21 points and Chris Jefferies added 18 for the Bulldogs.

Ely sat out two games while the NCAA investigated allegations the 6-foot-10 center received an improper benefit. School officials cleared Ely, who has denied the allegations, to play hours before the game.

Darrell Tucker led USF (1-5) with 22 points, while Shamell Stallworth added 20.

A 20-5 run by Fresno State (7-1) turned a tie game into a 41-26 halftime lead. The Dons cut the deficit to six with 11:51 remaining, but Fresno State responded with a 14-4 run.



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