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No. 7 Duke pulls off comeback against Oklahoma

Posted: Sunday, December 19, 2004

 

  Oklahoma Sooners' Kevin Bookout, bottom, and Duke Blue Devils' Shelden Williams fight for control of the ball during the first half of the NCAA Dreyfus Classic at New York's Madison Square Garden, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004. Duke defeated Oklahoma,78-67. AP Photo/Tina Fineberg

Oklahoma Sooners' Kevin Bookout, bottom, and Duke Blue Devils' Shelden Williams fight for control of the ball during the first half of the NCAA Dreyfus Classic at New York's Madison Square Garden, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004. Duke defeated Oklahoma,78-67.

AP Photo/Tina Fineberg

NEW YORK —J.J. Redick had 19 of his 26 points in the second half and Daniel Ewing had 12 of his 17 after halftime, leading No.7 Duke to a come-from-behind 78-67 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday.

The Blue Devils trailed 39-29 at half and rallied to their fourth 8-0 start in the last five seasons.

Shelden Williams took over inside in the opening minutes of the second half, scoring seven points in a 10-2 run that brought the Blue Devils within 43-39 with 16:23 to play. Williams, a native of Forest Park, Okla., finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

No. 6 Wake Forest 89, No. 14 Texas 88

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. —Chris Paul had 23 points and a career-high 12 assists, and Eric Williams added 19 points, helping Wake Forest hold off Texas.

Kenton Paulino missed an 18-foot jumper just before the buzzer that would have won it for the Longhorns.

Vytas Danelius, banished to the bench in the previous game, gave the Demon Deacons (9-1) the lead for good with a reverse layup in traffic with about 3 1/2 minutes left. The hosts went 6-of-8 on free throws down the stretch to seal it.

No. 9 Kentucky 60, No. 13 Louisville 58

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Patrick Sparks made three free throws with 0.6 seconds left to cap his 25-point performance and complete Kentucky's comeback win over Louisville and Rick Pitino.

The Wildcats (7-1) trailed 32-16 at halftime and were down 58-57 after Larry O'Bannon hit two free throws for Louisville with 15.2 seconds to go.

No. 15 Arizona 48, Marquette 43

MILWAUKEE —With leading scorer Salim Stoudamire benched, Arizona relied on Chris Rodgers' 16 points and key late layup to beat Marquette.

It was the Wildcats' lowest scoring output in nearly 20 years.

Arizona coach Lute Olson didn't say why he sidelined Stoudamire. The player was coming off a career-low one field-goal attempt in a 67-62 win over Utah last week, just Stoudamire's third scoreless game in 101 at Arizona.

Arizona (7-2) hadn't been held to so few points since a 50-41 loss to Alabama in the 1985 NCAA tournament.

No. 19 George Washington 85, Towson 69

WASHINGTON —Pops Mensah-Bonsu scored 15 points and Ricky Lucas added 13 of his season-high 14 points in the second half to help George Washington win its seventh straight.

Omar Williams scored 10 of his 12 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half, and finished with eight rebounds for the Colonials (7-1).

Lawrence Hamm led Towson (3-7) with 18 points. Jonathan Pease added 16 points.

No. 21 Michigan St. 63, Delaware St. 45

EAST LANSING, Mich. —Chris Hill had 14 points, including four 3-pointers, Kelvin Torbert added 12 points and Shannon Brown had 10 for the Spartans (6-2).

Jahsha Bluntt had 11 points for the Hornets (2-6), who still haven't played a home game.

Michigan State shot 52 percent overall, and had 13 of its 19 assists in the second half.

No 10 Pittsburgh 73, Coppin State 42

PITTSBURGH —Chris Taft scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help No. 10 Pittsburgh remain undefeated.

Carl Krauser added 17 points for the Panthers, who are off to an 8-0 start for the third year in a row. Pittsburgh also has won 23 consecutive non-conference games.

Pitt had one of its best defensive games of the year, holding Coppin State to 30.6 percent shooting. Robert Pressey scored 12 points and Nicholas King 10 for Coppin State (2-7), which is 0-14 all-time against Big East teams.

Coppin State held Chevon Troutman, Pitt's leading scorer, to a season-low four points, but Taft picked up the slack inside. He scored 11 points in the first half, including a dunk off an alley-oop pass from Krauser that gave the Panthers a 25-12 advantage.

No. 8 Syracuse 74, Drexel 54

SYRACUSE, N.Y. —Hakim Warrick scored 21 points and Darryl Watkins had 14 points and 13 rebounds for his first career double-double for Syracuse.

The Orange (9-1) won their second straight after a loss to No. 4 Oklahoma State and did it by dominating the boards against Drexel (3-4), which managed just 17 rebounds to Syracuse's 44. It was the lowest total the Orange have allowed since Princeton managed only 15 rebounds in a game during the 1982-83 season.

Josh Pace had 14 points and Louie McCroskey seven in his second straight start in place of Demetris Nichols, who has a sore back. Gerry McNamara, hounded all game by Drexel's aggressive man-to-man defense, finished with a season-low six points and nearly matched his career low until draining a 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds left.

Chaz Crawford led Drexel with 15 points, Phil Goss had 11 and Jeremiah King had 10.

No. 16 Iowa 88, W. Carolina 75

IOWA CITY, Iowa —Jeff Horner scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half and almost single-handedly broke the game open for Iowa.

Iowa (9-1) led by only seven after a sloppy first half against a team that had lost its four previous games to power conference opponents by an average of 20 points. And Western Carolina (5-7) hung around for a while in the second half.

Then Horner took over, scoring 15 of the Hawkeyes' next 18 points and feeding Alex Thompson for a dunk, the only other Iowa basket in that stretch.

Pierre Pierce led Iowa with 21 points, 13 in the first half, while Greg Brunner had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Horner finished 7-for-10 from the field and had 10 assists.

David Berghoefer led Western Carolina with 18 points. Corey Muirhead and Trey Hopkins each scored 13 for the Catamounts, who committed 24 turnovers.

No. 17 Alabama 87, Tennessee St. 79

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. —Chuck Davis scored 24 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked seven shots to lead Alabama.

Alabama (9-1) never trailed in the game and led by as many as 25 points in the second half before Tennessee State rallied late, mostly against reserves.

Kennedy Winston scored 19 points for Alabama, while Earnest Shelton had 15.

It was a big day both on and off the court Saturday for Shelton, a senior guard who graduated from Alabama on Saturday morning with a degree in management after 3 1/2 years. He will begin work on a second degree in January.

The leading scorer in the game was Tennessee State's Bruce Price, who had 26 points. Eric King scored 12 points and had 12 rebounds for the Tigers, while Roshaun Bowens and Rod Flowers had 11 each.

No. 20 Mississippi St. 80, Xavier 74

CINCINNATI —Winsome Frazier emerged from a deep shooting slump by scoring 20 points and No. 20 Mississippi State kept its road streak going by beating Xavier.

The Bulldogs (9-2) won their 14th straight road game, the longest current streak in Division I. Mississippi State shot a season-high 54 percent from the field.

Xavier (2-4) has lost three consecutive home games.

Freshman Josh Duncan scored 13 points, leading five Xavier players in double figures.

No. 25 Cincinnati 81, Northwestern St. 65

CINCINNATI —Jason Maxiell scored 21 points, including 14 in the second half, to lead Cincinnati to the win in the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.

The Bearcats (7-0) are ranked for the first time this season. The game was coach Bob Huggins' 500th at Cincinnati, where he is 381-119.

Tramaine Hancock scored 12 points and Clifton Lee added 11 to lead Northwestern State (5-5), which lost its third straight after a five-game winning streak.

Cincinnati's Eric Hicks had 11 points and 11 rebounds, after missing the previous game with a knee injury.

No. 2 Kansas 64, South Carolina 60

LAWRENCE, Kan. —Russell Robinson scored four points in the final 36 seconds, allowing Kansas to escape with the win over a South Carolina team that led most of the game.

The unranked Gamecocks (5-2), 17-point underdogs in their first road game, came out with a full-court pressure defense and seized an 11-0 lead over the fumble-fingered Jayhawks.

Kansas (7-0) had five turnovers and a blocked shot in its first six possessions, and did not get its first lead until Keith Langford fed Christian Moody inside to make it 54-52 with 5:03 to go.

Wayne Simien had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Kansas, despite leaving the game for about 5 minutes in the second half after injuring his right thumb. He returned with the thumb heavily taped.

No. 4 Oklahoma St. 79, UNLV 67

LAS VEGAS —Joey Graham had 20 points, and John Lucas added 17 to help Oklahoma State remain undefeated.

UNLV made things interesting late, cutting the deficit to 71-63 with under two minutes to play. But Ivan McFarlin's dunk with 1:38 left sparked the Cowboys' 8-4 run that closed the game.

Oklahoma State (8-0) was 15-of-20 from the foul line, including 5-of-7 in the final three minutes.

McFarlin added 17 for the Cowboys, who used a 15-0 run early in the first half to take a double-digit lead.

Romel Beck had a game-high 25 points for UNLV (3-4), and Jerel Blassingame added 19.

Women's Capsules

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. —Seimone Augustus scored 19 points and No. 1 LSU fought off a second-half charge by Southwest Missouri State with a late 16-0 run in a 66-54 victory in the Triple Crown Classic on Saturday.

No. 2 Stanford 71, Missouri 55

COLUMBIA, Mo. —Brooke Smith scored 16 points and Kelley Suminski added 13 on her 22nd birthday to lead Stanford.

No. 3 Duke 66, No. 20 Purdue 48

INDIANAPOLIS —Monique Currie had 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead Duke in the Boilermaker Blockbuster.

No. 22 Rutgers 66, Clemson 51

PISCATAWAY, N.J. —Rutgers used tenacious defense to force 24 turnovers and scored 11 of the final 13 points from the foul line to defeat Clemson.

New Mexico 61, No. 23 Arizona St. 45

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Abbie Letz scored 16 points and New Mexico's defense held Arizona State to a season-low point total.

No. 24 Iowa 80, Drake 69

DES MOINES, Iowa —Crystal Smith scored a career-high 33 points and Jamie Cavey added 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks for Iowa.

No. 25 Kansas State 71, Alabama 52

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. —Megan Mahoney scored 22 points to lead Kansas State in the Triple Crown Classic at Southwest Missouri State.

No. 12 Texas Tech 87, Arkansas St. 53

LAS VEGAS —Alesha Robertson scored 21 points and Chesley Dabbs added 17 as Texas Tech won its first-round game in the Duel in the Desert.

No. 10 Ohio St. 73, Oregon 58

EUGENE, Ore. —Jessica Davenport had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Caity Matter added 19 points and seven rebounds for the Buckeyes (10-1), who have won seven straight.

Catherine Kraayeveld led all scorers with 21 points for the Ducks (7-1).

Ohio State led by 13 points early in the second half when Davenport's jumper made it 37-24. But Oregon stayed in it, and closed to within 51-47 on Chelsea Wagner's two free throws.

Ohio State regrouped with a timeout and embarked on a 15-4 run, capped by Alice Jamen's jumper and Matter's pair of free throws to make it 66-51.



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