UConn beats Iona by 50

Posted: Sunday, December 21, 2003

HARTFORD, Conn. Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor had just about everything covered for Connecticut.

Gordon recorded his first triple-double with 17 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Huskies (8-1) to a 104-54 rout of Iona on Saturday.

It was the first game for the Huskies since they reclaimed their top-ranking this week. It also marked the return of Okafor, who missed a game with chronic back pain. He had 24 points and 10 boards against the Gaels (2-5), who were held to 29 percent shooting.

No. 2 Kentucky 80, Indiana 41

INDIANAPOLIS Kentucky held Indiana to its lowest point total in nearly 20 years and got 22 points from Chuck Hayes in a blowout.

Erik Daniels added 19 and the Wildcats (6-0) used a suffocating defense to hold Indiana to just 15 points in the second half.

While Kentucky was hitting 50 percent of its shots from the field, Indiana (4-4) shot just 24.2 percent 16.7 percent in the second half.

No. 3 Duke 89, No. 11 Texas 61

NEW YORK J.J. Redick had 20 points to lead six players in double figures and Duke beat Texas in front of a pro-Blue Devils crowd at Madison Square Garden.

The Blue Devils (8-1) won their fifth straight, and just like the previous four they did it with defense.

Texas (5-2) missed its first nine shots and shot only 25 percent (9-for-36) in falling behind 48-29 at halftime.

No. 20 Louisville 80, Austin Peay 63

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Francisco Garcia scored 21 and Luke Whitehead added 17 points and seven rebounds to lead Louisville to its fifth straight win.

Garcia also had eight assists, matching a career high, and went over 20 points for the fourth straight game as Louisville (5-1) won its 20th straight nonconference home game.

No. 22 Wisconsin 63, No. 23 Marquette 59

MADISON, Wis. Alando Tucker scored 17 points, including a free throw with 7 seconds remaining, in Wisconsin's victory over Marquette.

Devin Harris added 15 points for the Badgers (7-1), who overcame a slow start to win their 19th straight home game.

No. 14 Wake Forest 119, No. 4 North Carolina 114, 3 OT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Eric Williams spoiled Roy Williams' ACC coaching debut, hitting a jumper in the lane with 36 seconds left in the third overtime to lift Wake Forest over North Carolina.

In the Tar Heels' first three-overtime game since Williams was an assistant for Dean Smith in November 1982, the teams provided a thrilling start to the conference season.

Williams scored 24 points and Justin Gray added 20 for the Demon Deacons (7-0), who earned their first road win against a top-10 team in six years.

No. 8 Oklahoma 68, Jackson State 46

NORMAN, Okla. Freshman Drew Lavender scored 23 points and had five assists to lead Oklahoma to a methodical win over Jackson State.

The 5-foot-7 point guard has led the Sooners (8-0) in scoring for three straight games, finally asserting control of Oklahoma's often-spotty offense. Lavender scored 14 points in the second half, helping the Sooners shake off the plucky Tigers down the stretch.

Jason Detrick was the only other Sooner to score in double figures with 12 points.

No. 17 Purdue 80, Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne 69

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Matt Kiefer scored a career-high 23 points in a reserve role to lead Purdue over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne in the first round of the Boilermaker Invitational.

Chris Booker added 18 points for Purdue (8-1), which advanced to play SMU, a 66-55 first-round winner over Miami of Ohio, in the championship Sunday.

No. 19 Syracuse 74, Siena 61

SYRACUSE, N.Y. Hakim Warrick had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Craig Forth added a career-high 14 points to lead Syracuse over Siena.

It was the fifth straight victory for Syracuse (5-1) and the fifth straight loss for the Saints (3-5).

Billy Edelin had nine points, eight rebounds, six assists and no turnovers, Gerry McNamara added 12 points, and Josh Pace 11 for the Orangemen.

No. 16 Cincinnati 89, Middle Tenn. St. 54

CINCINNATI Tony Bobbitt made all six of his shots for 15 points, and Cincinnati used its trapping defense to beat Middle Tennessee State.

Cincinnati (6-0) was at full strength Saturday with the addition of forward James White, who had to sit out one season after transferring from Florida. White looked nervous, repeatedly forced shots as he went 2-for-7 from the field for eight points.

No. 18 Pittsburgh 70, Murray State 49

PITTSBURGH Levon Kendall, barely used in Pitt's first nine games, led a decisive first-half surge that carried the Panthers past Murray State (8-1).

No. 6 Kansas 72, UC Santa Barbara 52

RENO, Nev. Keith Langford scored 19 points and Wayne Simien had 15 points and 16 rebounds for Kansas in the Wolf Pack Holiday Classic.

Freshman J.R. Giddens added 15 points, and Aaron Miles scored all 13 of his points in the second half for the Jayhawks (6-1).

No. 15 Florida 70, West Virginia 57

MIAMI Matt Walsh scored 17 points, David Lee added 15, and No. 15 Florida rebounded from consecutive losses with a victory in the Orange Bowl Classic.

No. 24 Dayton 78, Prairie View 65

DAYTON, Ohio Sean Finn scored a career-high 27 points to help Dayton improve to 9-0, the Flyers' best start since opening the 1965-66 season 11-0.

No. 9 Stanford 87, No. 13 Gonzaga 80

OAKLAND, Calif. Matt Lottich scored a career-high 34 points with six 3-pointers and Stanford remained unbeaten with a victory in the Pete Newell Challenge.

No. 11 Saint Joseph's 59, California 57

OAKLAND, Calif. Jameer Nelson hit a fadeaway jumper with 4.3 seconds left and finished with 19 points as No. 11 Saint Joseph's remained unbeaten with a 59-57 win over California in the Pete Newell Challenge on Saturday night.

Women

No. 3 Duke 105, Northwestern State 53

BOSSIER CITY, La. Alana Beard scored 19 points to lead No. 3 Duke to a 105-53 victory over Northwestern State on Saturday.

Iciss Tillis scored on a layup with three minutes to play to hit the 100-point mark for the Blue Devils (7-1).

No. 15 North Carolina 77, South Carolina 53

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. Freshman Ivory Latta scored 16 points in her return home to South Carolina to lead North Carolina.

No. 16 LSU 97, SE Louisiana 47

BATON ROUGE, La. Doneeka Hodges scored 20 points to lead LSU to its seventh straight victory.

No. 18 Ohio St. 67, St. John's 53

COLUMBUS, Ohio Michelle Munoz scored 12 points for Ohio State in the first round of the Buckeye Classic.

No. 23 Auburn 54, Army 37

WEST POINT, N.Y. Natasha Brackett scored 20 points, and Mandisa Stevensen grabbed 15 rebounds and had eight points to help Auburn (8-2) increase its winning streak to fourth games.

No. 19 Utah 51, Weber St. 38

SALT LAKE CITY Mandie Little had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Kelsy Stireman added a season-high 15 points and seven steals for Utah, which won its 21st straight home game.

No. 5 Texas 71, No. 10 Georgia 58

AUSTIN, Texas Heather Schreiber had 25 points and nine rebounds, and Texas rode a 20-7 surge in the second half to its 25th straight home victory.

No. 14 Colorado 69, USC 67

LOS ANGELES Tera Bjorklund scored 19 points, Emily Waner had 15, and Colorado overcame a 12-point halftime deficit.

Randie Wirt added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Buffs (8-1).

Ebony Hoffman and Eshaya Murphy led USC (4-3) with 13 points apiece.



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