Illinois lives up to No. 1 ranking

Posted: Tuesday, December 07, 2004

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Luther Head scored 17 points and Dee Brown added 15 points and nine assists for Illinois, which celebrated its new No. 1 ranking with a 78-59 victory over Chicago State on Monday night.

The Illini (7-0) moved from fifth to the top spot in The Associated Press' poll earlier Monday. It was the third time in school history it reached No. 1. The other two appearances were in 1952 and 1989, each for one week.

Deron Williams and Roger Powell Jr. each added nine points for Illinois, which was playing its second game in three days.

No. 7 Connecticut 97, Northeastern 60

STORRS, Conn. - Josh Boone had a career-high 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Connecticut in a game delayed for 20 minutes by a power outage.

Boone anchored a dominating post for UConn (4-0), which overwhelmed smaller Northeastern (2-4) in a matchup of schools nicknamed Huskies. Connecticut leads the series 32-4 and hasn't lost to Northeastern since 1985.

Marcus Barnes, who scored the first nine points for Northeastern, finished with 20 points.

UConn had taken an 8-3 lead when the lights went out with 17:15 left in the first half. Bad weather in the area caused about 24,000 people to lose power and that didn't include the 10,000 in Gampel Pavilion.

Iowa St. 81, No. 19 Virginia 79

AMES, Iowa - Curtis Stinson scored 30 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 18.6 seconds left, for the Cyclones.

Iowa State (4-1) survived a career-high 40 points by Virginia's Devin Smith and wasn't assured of winning until the Cavaliers (6-1) missed three shots in a wild flurry just before the buzzer.

Virginia took a 79-77 lead when Gary Forbes drove for a basket with 27 seconds left, but Iowa State quickly got the ball to Stinson on the left wing and he made his fifth 3-pointer to put the Cyclones up 80-79.

After Will Blalock of Iowa State made one free throw, Virginia's Sean Singletary raced the ball up the floor, drove for a layup from the right side and the Cavaliers then missed two tip-ins.

Women's games

LUBBOCK, Texas - Alesha Robertson scored a career-high 37 points, including nine 3-pointers, to lead No. 13 Texas Tech past Miami 109-49 on Monday night.

Robertson finished 9-of-12 from behind the 3-point line, surpassing the school record of eight by Natalie Ritchie set against Oklahoma State last season.

No. 15 DePaul 99, Loyola of Chicago 54

CHICAGO - Khara Smith and Erin Carney scored 22 points each to lead the Blue Demons.

Allie Quigley added 19 points and Carney led Depaul with 16 rebounds. The Blue Demons outrebounded Loyola 53-23.

Jenna Real and Ciara Henderson each scored 12 points to lead the Ramblers (3-5).

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