Illini stay unbeaten with win vs. Ducks

Posted: Sunday, December 12, 2004


  Illinois' Dee Brown, left, looks to pass after winning control of a loose ball with Oregon's Aaron Brooks, right, during the first half Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004 in Chicago. Illinois won the game, 83-66. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) JEFF ROBERSON

Illinois' Dee Brown, left, looks to pass after winning control of a loose ball with Oregon's Aaron Brooks, right, during the first half Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004 in Chicago. Illinois won the game, 83-66. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


CHICAGO — Luther Head had 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting and all five starters reached double figures, leading top-ranked Illinois to an 83-66 rout of Oregon at the United Center on Saturday.

Deron Williams added 17 points and seven assists, Dee Brown had 13 points and James Augustine had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Illini (9-0). Roger Powell Jr. finished with 12 points despite spending most of the first half on the bench with foul trouble.

Bryce Taylor had 19 to lead Oregon (4-1).

This is the third time Illinois has been ranked No. 1, but it's never been able to stay on top for more than a week. The Illini won their three games this week, though, and did so in convincing fashion.

No. 2 Kansas 96, Louisiana-Lafayette 51

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Keith Langford had 19 of his 24 points in the first half as Kansas coasted from the outset.

J.R. Giddens had 14 of his 16 points for Kansas (6-0) in the first half. He was 5-for-7 — including 4-for-6 behind the arc. Wayne Simien had 11 points and 12 rebounds before going to the bench with 10:45 left in the game.

Louisiana-Lafayette (3-4) was led by Tiras Wade and Brian Hamilton with 12 points each. The Ragin' Cajuns never got closer than 35 points after the first few minutes of the second half.

No. 3 Georgia Tech 64, Air Force 42

ATLANTA — Luke Schenscher scored 15 points and Georgia Tech overcame Air Force's slow-paced offense.

The Yellow Jackets (6-0), who try to run at every opportunity, were forced into a game that was totally out of character. They attempted a season-low 40 shots and failed to make a 3-pointer for the first time since 1987.

But Georgia Tech still managed to dominate, leading 32-12 at halftime and holding the Falcons (6-3) to just under 28 percent shooting.

No. 4 Syracuse 86, Binghamton 56

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Hakim Warrick scored 20 points, Gerry McNamara added 18 and Syracuse bounced back from its first loss of the season.

Syracuse (8-1), a loser to No. 5 Oklahoma State in the Jimmy V Classic, took command early in the second half and defeated the Bearcats (2-5) for the fourth straight time since they moved up to Division I.

Andre Heard led Binghamton with 17 points and Troy Hailey added 16.

No. 10 Kentucky 73, Indiana 58

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Patrick Sparks scored 16 points and Kentucky dominated Indiana inside.

Chuck Hayes added 14 points and nine rebounds for Kentucky (6-1), which has won five straight games and 12 of the last 14 in its annual series against Indiana (2-4). Bracey Wright led Indiana with 31 points.

The Hoosiers have lost four straight games, the third time in as many seasons they've had a losing streak of at least four games. The current streak has come against heavyweights — North Carolina, Connecticut, Notre Dame and Kentucky.

No. 11 Pittsburgh 84, Penn State 71

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Carl Krauser scored a career-high 28 points and Pittsburgh held off Penn State flurries in each half, giving the Panthers their third 7-0 start in as many seasons.

The Panthers beat the Nittany Lions (5-4) for a fourth consecutive season in the intrastate series.

Chevon Troutman and Antonio Graves scored 18 points each for Pittsburgh, which finally played a relatively close game after winning its first six by an average of 26.5 points.

No. 12 N.C. State 94, Liberty 60

RALEIGH, N.C. — Julius Hodge had 27 points and finished an assist and a rebound short of the second triple-double of his career.

Freshman Andrew Brackman added a season-high 13 points for the Wolfpack (7-0), who matched their best start under ninth-year coach Herb Sendek.

The Flames (1-5) only have beaten Division III Shenandoah this season, and that victory came in overtime. Larry Blair scored 22 points and was the only player in double figures for Liberty, which shot only 40 percent and made 14 turnovers.

No. 13 Louisville 74, Florida 70

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Taquan Dean scored 22 points, Francisco Garcia added 19 and Louisville withstood a late rally.

Rick Pitino improved to 20-1 against former assistant coaches and players, extending his record to 6-0 against Billy Donovan.

Dean and Garcia helped stake the Cardinals (5-1) to a 12-point lead in the second half, but the Gators came back and had several chances to move ahead late. Florida (5-2), however, made poor shot selections and committed an intentional foul down the stretch that cost it a chance to win the game.

No. 15 Arizona 67, Utah 62

TUCSON, Ariz. — Channing Frye scored 19 points despite foul trouble and Hassan Adams slammed home a rebound with 40 seconds to play.

The victory was the 1,000th for Lute Olson as a head coach in 47 years at the high school, junior college and major college level.

Chris Rodgers had six points and a crucial assist in the final 3:39, including four free throws in the last 25.2 seconds. His two from the line with 2.7 seconds to go sealed the victory for Arizona (6-2).

Andrew Bogut, Utah's 7-foot Australian center, had 20 points and 10 rebounds on 8-for-10 shooting, but was scoreless after his rebound basket put the Utes (5-3) up 56-51 with 5:41 remaining.

No. 18 Alabama 75, Temple 71

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Earnest Shelton scored 22 points, and Alabama hit six of 10 free throws in the final 62 seconds.

The Crimson Tide (8-1) led by 12 points early in the second half. But the Owls (3-4), paced by Mark Tyndale's 22 points and seven rebounds, rallied with seven 3s in the first 13 minutes after the break.

Jermareo Davidson had 16 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Tide. Chuck Davis finished with 14 points and Ronald Steele had 12.

No. 20 Michigan St. 78, Stanford 53

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Paul Davis scored 20 points and keyed a first-half surge for the Spartans.

Michigan State (5-2) took control with an 18-4 run midway through the first half and was able to coast the rest of the way. Davis started the spurt with a low-post move for a basket, then added a jumper and three-point play.

Matt Haryasz led the Cardinal (2-4) with 12 points.

Stanford's Dan Grunfeld, who was averaging 19.4 points, was held to six on 2-of-8 shooting.

No. 21 George Washington 79, St. Francis, Pa. 65

LORETTO, Pa. — Pops Mensah-Bonsu scored 17 points, and George Washington used a 20-2 run late in the first half to take control.

George Washington (6-1) was playing for the first time since knocking off ranked opponents Michigan State and Maryland on consecutive days last week. The Colonials are in the top 25 for the first time since 1998.

Jason Osborne led St. Francis (4-3) with a season-high 24 points, while Darshan Luckey added 18.

J.R. Pinnock scored 16 points and T.J. Thompson 14 for George Washington.

No. 22 Mississippi St. 83, Arkansas-Little Rock 53

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Lawrence Roberts scored 21 of his season-high 27 points in the first half to lead Mississippi State.

The preseason All-American and reigning Southeastern Conference player of the year bounced back from a poor performance against 15th-ranked Arizona with his biggest game of the season.

Roberts scored the Bulldogs' first 10 points, then keyed a 21-0 spurt late in the half which helped Mississippi State (7-2) seize control against Arkansas-Little Rock (4-4).

The Trojans got just 6 points from leading scorer Brandon Freeman — nearly 10 below his average. Zack Wright had 15 points and Darius Eason added 12.

Marquette 63, No. 24 Wisconsin 54

MILWAUKEE — Travis Diener scored 29 points in leading unbeaten Marquette past the Badgers.

The Golden Eagles (9-0) never trailed in beating their instate rivals for just the second time in six tries under coach Tom Crean.

Alando Tucker scored 13 points for the Badgers (5-2), who failed to end Marquette's 34-game unbeaten streak against non-conference opponents at home. Sharif Chambliss added 12 points but he was dominated by Diener on both ends of the court.

No. 25 Gonzaga 75, Saint Louis 45

SPOKANE, Wash. — Adam Morrison scored 20 points and Gonzaga won despite just 2 from Ronny Turiaf.

Gonzaga (7-1) has won four straight since losing to top-ranked Illinois. Turiaf entered averaging 23 points per game.

Reggie Bryant scored 16 points for Saint Louis (1-6), which lost its fourth straight game. The Billikens shot just 30 percent and made only six of 20 3-pointers.

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