Jayhawk has happy homecoming in North Dakota

Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2001

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Jeff Boschee, playing in his home state for the first time since high school and before a state-record crowd of 13,280, scored 23 points to lead No. 3 Kansas to a 108-77 victory over North Dakota on Saturday.

Boschee, who is from Valley City, about a 3 1/2-hour drive from Grand Forks, was 9-for-12 from the field, including four 3-pointers.

No. 4 Florida 76, New Orleans 60

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Udonis Haslem scored 20 points to lift Florida (9-1) to its eighth straight victory and ruin former Gators assistant Monte Towe's return to Gainesville.

Towe, in his first season at New Orleans (5-7), coached in the O'Connell Center for the first time since leaving in 1989, after a decade as Norm Sloan's assistant.

No. 6 Oklahoma St. 85, Arkansas 76

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Victor Williams had 17 points, including six free throws in the final minute, and the Cowboys (12-0) remained unbeaten.

Williams, who was limited by foul trouble, made two free throws with 2:19 left to give Oklahoma State its first lead of the game, 75-74.

No. 7 Kentucky 66, Indiana 52

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tayshaun Prince and Cliff Hawkins each scored 17 points to lead No. 7 Kentucky to a 66-52 victory over Indiana at the RCA Dome on Saturday.

It wasn't just the Wildcats' offense that posed problems for the Hoosiers, though.

Kentucky (7-2) limited Indiana (6-4) to just 32.1 percent shooting from the field, and the Wildcats were hardly challenged in their first game since losing to top-ranked Duke in overtime Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.

No. 9 Illinois 72, No. 8 Missouri 61

ST. LOUIS -- Frank Williams scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half as Illinois beat Missouri.

Williams, who scored on a variety of shots off drives and added three steals, helped Illinois (10-2) beat Missouri (9-2) for the second straight season in the neutral-court series. Last year, he scored six of his 18 points in overtime.

Brian Cook added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Illini.

Missouri's Kareem Rush, the preseason Big 12 player of the year, had 16 points on 6-for-15 shooting.

Oregon 105, No. 11 Arizona 75

EUGENE, Ore. -- Luke Jackson scored 28 points, and Oregon tied a McArthur Court record with 13 3-pointers.

The 30-point margin of victory was Oregon's largest over the Wildcats. Fredrick Jones added 21 for the Ducks (8-3, 2-0 Pac-10), and Luke Ridnour had 18.

The Ducks were 13-of-22 (59 percent) from 3-point range and were 24-of-27 from the line.

Wisconsin 86, No. 14 Marquette 73

MADISON, Wis. -- Kirk Penney scored a career-high 33 points, the most by a Wisconsin player since Michael Finley had 38 in the 1994 NCAA tournament, and the Badgers (5-6) knocked Marquette from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Wisconsin blew all but one point of a 20-point lead in the second half before recovering to beat the Golden Eagles (10-1) for the fourth straight time.

Dwayne Wade, who played only six minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, led Marquette with 23 points.

No. 17 Michigan St 68, Seton Hall 64

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Marcus Taylor had 18 points and five assists and the Spartans (9-3) extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 53 games.

Michigan State led 62-49 with just under five minutes to go but Seton Hall (6-4) scored 11 straight points. Michigan State was 6-of-6 at the free-throw line over the final 18 seconds to hold on.

Andre Barrett had 24 points for the Pirates, just the eighth team to lose by less than 10 points in the Breslin Center since the current streak started in 1998.

No. 19 UCLA 79, Washington St. 74

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Dan Gadzuric scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half as the Bruins (7-2, 2-0 Pacific-10) rallied for the win.

A layup by Jason Kapono with 1:33 remaining put the Bruins up for good at 73-71. Kapono finished with 14 points -- 12 in the second half -- and eight rebounds.

St. John's 72, No. 20 Wake Forest 60

NEW YORK -- Marcus Hatten scored 19 points over the final 11 1/2 minutes to lead St. John's (8-2) to the win at Madison Square Garden. He finished with 26 points.

Darius Songaila had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Demon Deacons, who had won their last three games.

No. 21 Ball St. 68, Indiana St. 54

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Patrick Jackson scored 19 points and the Cardinals (7-3) won by holding the Sycamores (2-8) to the fewest points and poorest shooting (38 percent) of any opponent they have faced.

Kelyn Block had 17 points for Indiana State.

No. 10 Boston College 67, Holy Cross 57

HONOLULU -- Uka Agbai scored a season-high 15 points and No. 10 Boston College defeated Holy Cross for fifth place in the Rainbow Classic.

Last Sunday at Boston, the Eagles beat Holy Cross 75-51. In the rematch, Boston College (11-1) won a foul-marred game.

Troy Bell, the Eagles' leading scorer, was held to 13 points, 11 below his season average. Brian Wilson had 15 points for Holy Cross (5-6).

No. 12 Iowa 89, Kansas St. 70

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Luke Recker scored 20 of his 29 points in the first half and No. 12 Iowa held off a second-half rally by Kansas State.

Kansas State (5-5) cut a 16-point lead to one less than six minutes into the second half before Iowa (10-3) regained control with the help of its reserves.

Recker was the only Iowa starter on the floor when Kansas State pulled to 56-55 on Larry Reid's free throw with 14:24 left. But the Hawkeyes tightened their defense and got key 3-pointers from Chauncey Leslie and Ryan Hogan to rebuild their lead.

North Carolina 92, No. 15 St. Joseph's 76

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jason Capel had 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to help North Carolina salvage its appearance in the Hardee's Tournament of Champions with an upset over No. 15 Saint Joseph's.

North Carolina, which had won this tournament nine previous times and had not lost a game here in three years, was not in the championship game for the first time since it became a regular participant in 1992.

Brian Morrison added 19 points for North Carolina (3-5). Brian Bersticker scored 12, while Jackie Manuel and Jawad Williams each had 11.

Women

No. 1 Connecticut 86, No. 3 Oklahoma 72

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Sue Bird scored 21 points and Asjha Jones had a career-high 18 rebounds Saturday to lead No. 1 Connecticut to an 86-72 win over previously unbeaten No. 3 Oklahoma.

It was a physical game that moved in choppy spurts because of 49 fouls. Both teams had key players in foul trouble throughout the game.

The Huskies (11-0) were without sharpshooter Diana Taurasi for much of the first half because of foul trouble. Stacey Dales, the leading scorer for the Sooners (10-1), played just 10 minutes in the second after she picked up her fourth foul in the first 15 seconds of the period.

No. 4 Vanderbilt 75, Vermont 54

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Chantelle Anderson scored 16 points and No. 4 Vanderbilt shot well from 3-point range to beat Vermont.

Abi Ramsey scored 12 points, making all four of her 3-point shots. Vanderbilt (11-1) was 12-of-17 on 3s.

No. 24 LSU 68, Prairie View 26

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU allowed the fewest points in school history, and Temeka Johnson and the No. 24 Lady Tigers romped past Prairie View.

The previous low, also against the Lady Panthers, came in a 104-28 victory on Dec. 1, 1995.

Pittsburgh 82, No. 18 N.C. State 65

CANCUN, Mexico -- Mandy Wittenmyer scored 22 points as Pittsburgh beat North Carolina State in the Sports Tour International tournament.

The Wolfpack (6-5) lost their fifth straight game -- the longest winless slide against nonconference competition in school history. Freshman Rachel Stockdale led N.C. State with 17 points.

No. 11 Louisiana Tech 78, Arkansas St. 54

RUSTON, La. -- Erica Smith scored 19 points and Ayana Walker had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Louisiana Tech.

No. 5 Iowa St. 95, N. Iowa 55

AMES, Iowa -- Mary Cofield hit six 3-pointers and scored all of her career-high 22 points in the first half for Iowa State.

Tracy Paustian added 15 points for the Cyclones (10-0. Abbi Schutte led Northern Iowa (5-6) with 12 points.



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