No. 2 Texas slides past George Washington

Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2002

WASHINGTON -- James Thomas had a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, and led two key second-half runs as second-ranked Texas beat George Washington 100-92 Saturday.

Texas (5-0) advanced to Sunday's championship game of the BB&T Classic against Notre Dame. T.J. Ford added 16 points for the Longhorns.

Chris Monroe scored 26 points and T.J. Thompson added 24 for George Washington (3-2), which made a game of it by making 32 of 41 free throws.

No. 3 Alabama 77, St. Bonaventure 68

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Erwin Dudley tied a career high with 28 points and had 17 rebounds in Alabama's school-record 23rd straight home victory.

The Crimson Tide (6-0) eclipsed its 22-game home winning streak that started in 1971. Alabama dominated the undersized Bonnies (2-4), controlling the boards 62-39 and scoring 40 points in the paint.

Patricio Prato had 19 points for St. Bonaventure.

No. 4 Duke 81, Michigan 59

DURHAM, N.C. -- Daniel Ewing and Dahntay Jones had 17 points each as Duke spoiled the return Michigan coach Tommy Amaker, a former Blue Devils star.

Duke (5-0) converted 25 turnovers into 26 points with a suffocating defense.

Lester Abram scored 14 points for Michigan (0-6), off to the worst start in its 93-year history.

No. 5 Pittsburgh 82, Penn St. 60

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Donatas Zavackas hit three unguarded 3-pointers early in the second half to give No. 5 Pittsburgh a comfortable lead.

Zavackas scored 20 points and Julius Page 14 for the Panthers (5-0).

Penn State, which made the final 16 in the NCAA Tournament two seasons ago, is 0-5 for the first time since 1931. Sharif Chambliss led Penn State with 16 points. The Lions turned it over 20 times -- 13 in the second half.

No. 6 Oklahoma 92, Hartford 52

NORMAN, Okla. -- Ebi Ere scored a career-high 33 points and Hollis Price added 17 for Oklahoma, which took control with an 11-3 first-half run.

Ere had 19 points in the first half when the Sooners (4-1) built a 46-29 lead. His previous career high was 29 points last season against Arkansas.

Aaron Cook led Hartford (2-2) with 16 points. Kevin Bookout added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Sooners.

No. 7 Oregon 84, No. 14 Kansas 78

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Luke Ridnour had 25 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as Oregon avenged last season's NCAA Tournament loss.

Luke Jackson added 26 points and nine rebounds for the Ducks (5-0).

Kirk Hinrich led the Jayhawks (3-3) with 24 points, and Keith Langford had 21 in the rematch of Midwest Regional finalists. Kansas won that game 104-86 and made its first trip to the Final Four since 1993.

Notre Dame 79, No. 9 Maryland 67

WASHINGTON -- Freshman Torin Francis scored a 20 points on 8-for-8 shooting as Notre Dame stunned Maryland.

Matt Carroll had 19 points, and former Terrapin Dan Miller added 17 for the Irish (7-1).

Steve Blake scored 15 points for Maryland (3-2), which has lost consecutively for the first time since dropping three straight games two seasons ago.

No. 10 Indiana 91, Illinois-Chicago 62

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Jeff Newton had a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds, and the unbeaten Hoosiers blocked eight shots.

Bracey Wright scored 16 points, and Tom Coverdale added 14 for Indiana (6-0).

Joe Scott scored 12 points for the Flames (2-2), who reached the NCAA Tournament last season.

No. 13 Marquette 101, Appalachian St. 78

MILWAUKEE -- Dwyane Wade scored 31 points for Marquette, which used a 27-3 run to pull away from Appalachian State.

Robert Jackson added 25 points and 13 rebounds, Scott Merritt 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Travis Diener 10 points and 10 assists for Marquette (5-1).

Johnathon Mitchell led Appalachian State (2-2) with 22 points, and Shawn Hall added 20.

No. 18 Kentucky 98, No. 12 North Carolina 81

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Gerald Fitch and Marquis Estill scored all of Kentucky's points during an 18-2 run to start the second half.

Fitch finished with a career-high 25 points, while Estill and Keith Bogans added 20 for the Wildcats (4-1), who beat the Tar Heels for the third straight year.

North Carolina (5-2) lost its second straight game since jumping into the Top 25. Rashad McCants scored 22 points to lead the Tar Heels.

No. 16 Xavier 50, Cincinnati 44

CINCINNATI -- David West scored 23 points as Xavier continued to hold the upper hand against its crosstown rival.

Xavier (4-1) has won five of the last seven games in the series.

Leonard Stokes scored 13 points to lead Cincinnati (3-2), which shot only 30 percent. Cincinnati dominated last year's game, winning by 20 points.

No. 23 Wisconsin 91, UNLV 74

MADISON, Wis. -- Freshman Alando Tucker had 24 points and 18 rebounds in his first start, and Wisconsin handed UNLV its first loss.

Devin Harris added 20 points, Kirk Penney 17, and Freddie Owens and Mike Wilkinson 15 apiece for Wisconsin (5-1).

Dalron Johnson led UNLV (4-1) with 19 points and James Peters had 18.

No. 24 Mississippi St. 78, Louisiana Tech 38

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Michael Ignerski had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Mississippi State, which had a 20-0 run to open the second half.

Ontario Harper added 11 points and 15 rebounds for the Bulldogs (5-1), who held Louisiana Tech (1-2) scoreless for nearly 11 minutes.

Antonio Meeking led Louisiana Tech with 11 points and six rebounds.

No. 25 Illinois 62, Arkansas 58

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Brian Cook scored 18 points as Illinois remained undefeated.

Akansas point guard Eric Ferguson's turnover with 2.9 seconds remaining all but clinched the game for the Fighting Illini (5-0).

Dionisio Gomez led Arkansas (1-4) with 15 points.

No. 11 Connecticut 97, Wagner 85

STORRS, Conn. -- Emeka Okafor had 23 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and blocked eight shots for Connecticut.

The sophomore center has recorded a double-double in all five games this season. The last time a UConn player had five straight double-doubles to open the season was Tony Hanson in 1976-77.

Ben Gordon led UConn (5-0) with 29 points, and Taliek Brown had 15 points and eight assists. Dedrick Dye and Jermaine Hall each had 20 points Wagner (2-3).

No. 15 Missouri 78, Southern California 72

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Arthur Johnson had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Missouri overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half to beat Southern California in the John Wooden Classic.

No. 1 Arizona 89, San Diego St. 81

SAN DIEGO -- Will Bynum scored 19 points and Rick Anderson had 17 points and 10 rebounds as Arizona beat San Diego State.

The Wildcats (4-0) had won their first three games by an average of 36 points.

Women

No. 6 Purdue 73, No. 8 Vanderbilt 66

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Erika Valek scored a career-high 23 points, and sixth-ranked Purdue shut down Chantelle Anderson in the second half to earn a 73-66 victory Saturday over No. 8 Vanderbilt.

No. 7 Kansas St. 60, Weber St. 36

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kendra Wecker had 18 points and seven rebounds as Kansas State won its fifth straight Commerce Bank Classic championship.

No. 9 Notre Dame 81, Arizona St. 52

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Jacqueline Batteast scored 20 of her season-high 24 points in the first half for unbeaten Notre Dame.

No. 15 Louisiana Tech 68, Tulane 53

NEW ORLEANS -- Amber Obaze scored 13 of her season-high 21 points in the second half.

New Mexico 77, No. 17 Texas 70

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Jordan Adams had season highs of 22 points and five blocks.

No. 21 Arizona 95, UC Riverside 66

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Dee-Dee Wheeler scored a career-high 28 points and made five 3-pointers in the second half for Arizona.

No. 22 Boston College 69, Temple 62

BOSTON -- Jessalyn Deveny scored 16 of 23 points in the second half as Boston College battled back from an 11-point deficit.

No. 24 George Washington 67, Syracuse 66

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Lindsay Davidson's 3-pointer in the final minute gave George Washington the victory.

No. 2 LSU 61, Alabama St. 19

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Second-ranked LSU allowed the fewest points in its history, and Kisha James and Ayisha Smith scored 11 points apiece.

No. 13 Arkansas 63, Rice 50

HOUSTON -- India Lewis scored 22 points and Shameka Christon had 12 points and nine rebounds for Arkansas.

Oregon 80, No. 19 Brigham Young 77

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Kayla Steen hit a layup with 1:08 to go, and Oregon handed Brigham Young its first loss of the season.

No. 25 Cincinnati 92, Coastal Carolina 54

CINCINNATI -- Verie King scored 26 points, and set a school record with eight 3-pointers.



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