Louisville defeats rival Kentucky

Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2002

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky transfer Marvin Stone scored 16 points as Louisville beat No. 14 Kentucky 81-63 Saturday.

The Cardinals avenged last season's 20-point loss in Rick Pitino's return to Rupp Arena. Pitino coached Kentucky from 1989-97, leading the Wildcats to the 1996 NCAA championship.

Ellis Myles had 11 points and 14 rebounds, and freshman Francisco Garcia added 12 for Louisville.

No. 2 Pittsburgh 65, George Mason 41

PITTSBURGH -- Brandin Knight's playmaking led Pittsburgh on a 15-4 run just before halftime and the Panthers cruised.

Jaron Brown scored 13 points as Pittsburgh (9-0) matched its best start since the 1987-88 season, the last time it was ranked No. 2.

No. 4 Arizona 95, Davidson 69

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Salim Stoudamire scored a season-high 23 points and Arizona ran away from Davidson in the second half in the first round of the Fiesta Bowl Classic.

No. 6 Connecticut 93, Central Connecticut 65

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Ben Gordon scored 24 points and Emeka Okafor added 17 for the Huskies at the Hartford Civic Center.

Memphis 77, No. 7 Illinois 74

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Chris Massie had 13 points and 10 rebounds in his first game of the season as Memphis held off Illinois for its first victory over a Top 25 team since 1997.

Temple 71, No. 10 Indiana 64

PHILADELPHIA -- Alex Wesby and Maurice Collins each hit two free throws in the final 21 seconds to lead Temple. Keith Butler's offensive rebound led to two free throws by Collins to put Temple ahead 67-63 with 21.4 seconds to go. Bracey Wright missed an off-balance 3-pointer with 5 seconds left, and the Owls got the rebound. Wesby made two free throws with 3.4 seconds left to seal the win.

No. 11 Oregon 108, UC Riverside 67

EUGENE, Ore. -- Luke Ridnour had 24 points and Luke Jackson added 20 as Oregon beat overmatched UC Riverside for its school record-tying 23rd straight home victory.

No. 12 Florida 99, Bethune-Cookman 64

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Matt Walsh hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 29 points to lead Florida.

No. 13 Marquette 105, Grambling State 74

MILWAUKEE -- Robert Jackson scored a season-high 26 points and Dwyane Wade had 23 as Marquette won for the 23rd straight time at home.

No. 16 Mississippi St. 54, No. 5 Oklahoma 45

NEW ORLEANS -- Mario Austin scored 18 points as the Bulldogs upset the Sooners in the Sugar Bowl Classic.

Mississippi State (8-1) shot 36 percent from the field (18-of-50) and was just 3-of-13 from 3-point range, but the Bulldogs made 15-of-19 from the free-throw line to stay ahead.

No. 15 Michigan St. 76, Jacksonville St. 52

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Chris Hill had 14 points and five assists for Michigan State (8-2).

Kelvin Torbert and Aloysius Anagonye added 13 points apiece for Michigan State, and Alan Anderson had 10.

No. 19 Kansas 80, California 67

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Wayne Simien led a balanced attack with 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to lead Kansas in the first game of the Pete Newell Challenge.

Iowa 67, No. 20 Tulsa 63

TULSA, Okla. -- Chauncey Leslie's reverse layup with 52 seconds left gave Iowa its first lead, and the Hawkeyes overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to win.

No. 21 Xavier 84, Eastern Kentucky 60

CINCINNATI -- Romain Sato scored 15 of his 23 points in the first half as Xavier beat Eastern Kentucky.

No. 22 North Carolina 63, St. John's 59

NEW YORK -- Rashad McCants scored 21 points, including the clinching free throws with 5.6 seconds to play in the consolation game of the Holiday Festival to match last season's win total.

No. 24 LSU 74, Tulane 62

NEW ORLEANS -- Darrel Mitchell came off the bench to score 12 points for LSU at the Sugar Bowl Classic.

No. 25 Wake Forest 104, North Carolina A&T 64

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Vytas Danelius scored 18 points and Josh Howard added 17 to lead Wake Forest.

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