Tar Heels survive Bruins onslaught for fourth straight win

Posted: Sunday, December 24, 2000

LOS ANGELES -- Joseph Forte scored 29 points and No. 15 North Carolina survived a furious UCLA rally in the second half to beat the Bruins 80-70 Saturday.

The Tar Heels (7-2) won their fourth straight despite blowing an 18-point lead when the Bruins (4-4) roared back to lead by two points three times. But Carolina closed the game with an 18-8 run.

Texas 72, No. 5 Illinois 64

AUSTIN, Texas -- Darren Kelly scored 21 points and Texas made 11 of 15 free throws over the final three minutes to beat Illinois.

Maurice Evans had 12 points and Brian Boddicker added 12 as Texas (8-2) won its 18th straight home game.

No. 7 Florida 76, American 33

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Udonis Haslem had 14 points as Florida beat American to tie a school record for consecutive nonconference home wins at 21.

Florida (8-1) also won 21 straight nonconference home game from 1983-88. Brett Nelson and LaDarius Halton added 10 each for Florida.

No. 9 Kansas 69, Ohio St. 68

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Kenny Gregory had 17 points in a return to his hometown and Kansas survived Brian Brown's two shots in the last 11 seconds to beat Ohio State.

Kansas (10-1) misfired on the front end of three consecutive bonus situations while Ohio State (8-3) ran off the final nine points.

No. 14 Virginia 85, UMBC 69

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Roger Mason scored 23 points and Travis Watson had 19 points and 16 rebounds as Virginia beat the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

The Cavaliers (8-0) used a balanced scoring attack and stingy defense to smother the Retrievers (6-3) and continue their best start since 1992-93 when they opened with 11 straight wins.

No. 16 Wisconsin 52, Marquette 47

MILWAUKEE -- Roy Boone scored a season-high 18 points as Wisconsin (8-1) beat Marquette (5-4) to win its eighth straight game.

The game was the first of the season for Wisconsin senior forward Maurice Linton and junior point guard Travon Davis. They were suspended for eight games by the NCAA.

No. 20 Maryland 123, Norfolk St. 79

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Lonny Baxter scored a career-high 32 points on 12-for-14 shooting as Maryland extended its nonconference home winning streak to 74 games.

Juan Dixon had a season-high 26 points for the Terrapins (7-3), whose six-game winning streak is their longest since a seven-game run in 1999.

Kansas St. 86, No. 19 Iowa 78

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Larry Reid scored 31 points and Kansas State beat Iowa for its first victory over a Top 20 opponent in almost seven years.

Phineas Atchison sank four straight free throws in the final 20 seconds as the Wildcats withstood a late rally by the Hawkeyes (9-1), who were playing their second road game and first outside the state of Iowa.

No. 18 Oklahoma 88, No. 25 Arkansas 79, OT

NORMAN, Okla. -- Hollis Price scored all 21 of his points after halftime, including nine in overtime, as Oklahoma pulled away from Arkansas.

Daryan Selvy had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Sooners (9-1), including a follow shot with 10.9 seconds remaining to tie the score at the end of regulation and cap a rally from a 12-point deficit.

No. 13 Southern California 70, BYU 67

LAIE, Hawaii -- Sam Clancy and Brian Scalabrine each scored 26 points to help Southern California rally from a 20-point deficit to defeat BYU in the third-place game of the Yahoo! Sports Invitational.

The Trojans (9-1), who dropped a heartbreaking 84-83 overtime loss to No. 24 Mississippi on Friday, appeared to be headed for their second straight defeat.

Iowa St. 73, No. 24 Mississippi 6

LAIE, Hawaii -- Jamaal Tinsley scored eight of his 14 points during a big second half run that carried Iowa State to a win in the championship game of the Yahoo! Sports Invitational.

The Cyclones (10-1) trailed 48-34 after Emmanuel Wade converted a three-point play with 14:43 to play. But Iowa State went on a 21-5 run that knocked the Rebels (11-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Women's Top 25

No. 22 Vanderbilt 97, Portland State 56

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Chantelle Anderson scored 40 points on 19-of-20 shooting to lead Vanderbilt to a 97-56 victory over Portland State on Saturday night.

Vanderbilt (8-2) hit its first 10 shots and set a school record by shooting 70 percent from the field. Portland State (1-10) shot only 33 percent.

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