No. 4 Blue Devils run past Portland

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2003

DURHAM, N.C. Reserve Luol Deng scored 15 points, and fourth-ranked Duke held Portland to three first-half baskets in an 84-43 victory Sunday night.

Deng got off the bench for the first time this season, but the freshman didn't miss a beat, scoring 11 of his points as the Blue Devils built a 28-point halftime edged.

In a 26-second span in Duke's masterful first half, Deng blocked a shot, hit a 3-pointer and then drew a charge, showing of his all-around game.

Duke (6-1) didn't have much trouble with its overall game after an eight-day layoff for exams, extending the nation's longest home winning streak to 31.

Meanwhile, Portland (5-2), which came in with a five-game winning streak, missed 16 of its first 17 shots and was just 3-for-28 with 12 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes against Duke's pressuring defense.

No. 6 Texas 89, New Orleans 55

AUSTIN, Texas Brian Boddicker had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and sixth-ranked Texas beat New Orleans 89-55 Sunday to extend its home winning streak to 20 games.

P.J. Tucker had 17 points and Brandon Mouton scored 15 for Texas (5-1). Bo McCalebb led New Orleans (3-1) with 15 points.

No. 7 North Carolina 64, Akron 53

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Rashad McCants had 14 points and Sean May had a Smith Center-record 21 rebounds to lift North Carolina over Akron.

Jawad Williams scored 13 points and Raymond Felton added 12 for the Tar Heels (6-0), who are off to their best start since winning their first eight games in 1998-99. May finished with 10 points on 3-for-18 shooting.

Romeo Travis scored 13 points to lead Akron (3-2).

No. 12 Saint Joseph's 92, Drexel 70

PHILADELPHIA Jameer Nelson scored 24 points, Delonte West added 20 and Chet Stachitas had a career-high 14, all but two on 3-pointers, for the Hawks.

Saint Joseph's (7-0) had a season-high 13 3-pointers and finished with a season-high point total.

Women

No. 2 Tennessee 70, No. 6 Stanford 66

STANFORD, Calif. Shanna Zolman scored five of her 18 points in overtime, and second-ranked Tennessee survived for a thrilling 70-66 victory Sunday over No. 6 Stanford in a game between two unbeaten women's teams.

Stanford's Nicole Powell had 32 points and 16 rebounds, but was 7-for-25 in the second half. She missed a shot under pressure just before the buzzer at the end of regulation and a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 11 seconds left in overtime that would have tied the game.

No. 3 Duke 90, Tulsa 36

DURHAM, N.C. Mistie Bass had 21 points and a career-high 12 rebounds as Duke cruised to an easy win over Tulsa.

No. 5 Texas 91, North Texas 50

AUSTIN, Texas Kala Bowers scored 17 of her 22 points in the second half, when Texas made 78 percent of its shots.

No. 7 Penn St. 96, Pittsburgh 44

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Kelly Mazzante had 31 points in just 30 minutes and wound up outscoring Pittsburgh 22-21 in the first half.

No. 11 Kansas St. 94, Creighton 60

MANHATTAN, Kan. Nicole Ohlde scored a season-high 32 points to lead Kansas State to its fifth straight victory.

No. 12 Louisiana Tech 94, Mississippi St. 65

RUSTON, La. Trina Frierson scored 27 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, and No. 12 Louisiana Tech had five double-figures scorers.

Florida 75, No. 15 UC Santa Barbara 49

GAINESVILLE, Fla. Vanessa Hayden's 31 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocked shots helped Florida end a 13-game losing streak against ranked opponents.

Rutgers 73, No. 19 TCU 65

PISCATAWAY, N.J. Cappie Pondexter scored 23 points for Rutgers, which made 14 of 18 free throws in the final three minutes and ended a four-game losing streak while handing TCU its first loss.

Chelsea Newton added 15 points for the Scarlet Knights (4-4). Sandora Irvin scored 20 points for TCU (6-1).

No. 24 Auburn 100, Prairie View A&M 48

AUBURN, Ala. Le'Coe Willingham scored 19 points, and four others reached double figures for Auburn.

Thompson scored a career-high 15 points for the Tigers (7-2), and Mandisa Stevenson added 15.



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