Connecticut soars against Ball State

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2003

HARTFORD, Conn. Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon each scored 25 points, and top-ranked Connecticut defeated Ball State 101-62 on Sunday.

Okafor also had 14 boards for his sixth double-double of the season and the 34th in his three years with the Huskies (9-1).

Cameron Echols scored 22 points for the Cardinals (3-5), whose losing streak reached four games.

UConn, which has won six straight, remained unbeaten at home.

No. 5 Arizona 107, Liberty 91

TUCSON, Ariz. Arizona sophomore Andre Iguodala had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his second triple-double of the season, and only the eighth in school history, leading the fifth-ranked Wildcats in the first round of the Fiesta Bowl Classic .

The Wildcats (7-1) will meet Louisiana-Lafayette for the championship Tuesday.

Arizona is 35-1 in its holiday tournament, losing by one point to Mississippi State in the 2000 title game the only Fiesta Classic game Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson has missed. Olson was at the bedside of his critically ill wife.

Reserve David Dees had 18 points to lead Liberty (3-8).

No. 6 Stanford 100, Harvard 59

STANFORD, Calif. Matt Haryasz set a career high for the second straight game with 16 points and No. 6 Stanford remained unbeaten.

Matt Lottich added 19 points and Rob Little 17 points and nine rebounds for Stanford (9-0), which went to its bench early and used a 21-3 spurt to turn the game into a blowout early in the second half.

Harvard leading scorer Kevin Rogus had 22 points for the struggling Crimson (0-11), who have lost 13 in a row dating to last season. This is their longest losing streak since they dropped 17 straight from Feb. 15-Dec. 28, 1991.

No. 9 North Carolina 71, North Carolina Wilmington 54

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) Melvin Scott scored 19 points and overshadowed teammate Raymond Felton's homecoming, leading No. 9 North Carolina over North Carolina Wilmington.

Felton, a sophomore star for the Tar Heels (7-1), won two state titles at Latta High, about an hour's drive from the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, site of the game.

But while Felton struggled to find his range early, Scott hit four 3-pointers and finished a point off his career best.

No. 15 Gonzaga 96, Washington St. 58

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Cory Violette scored a career-high 31 points and 15th-ranked Gonzaga shot 70.8 percent from the field in a rout of Washington State.

It was the second-best shooting performance ever by Gonzaga.

Ronny Turiaf scored 19 and Adam Morrison added 17 points for the Bulldogs (8-2), who were coming off a loss to No. 6 Stanford. The 38-point victory was Gonzaga's largest in the 96-year history of the series.

Thomas Kelati led Washington State (6-4) with 15 points, and Marcus Moore added 13.

No. 17 Syracuse 81, N.C.-Asheville 63

SYRACUSE, N.Y. Hakim Warrick scored 18 points and Billy Edelin had 11 points and a career-high 11 assists to lead No. 17 Syracuse.

It was the seventh straight win for the Orangemen (7-1) and the sixth loss in seven games for North Carolina-Asheville (2-8).

Gerry McNamara hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, Josh Pace had 10 points and seven rebounds and freshman Darryl Watkins had a season-high eight points and four of the Orangemen's 14 blocks.

Joseph Barber topped the Bulldogs with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Bryan McCullough and Chad Mohn each had nine points.

Florida St. 79, No. 24 Maryland 75

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Alexander Johnson's ferocious dunk sparked a 16-2 run midway through the second half, and Florida State bounced back from its lone loss of the season.

Florida State (11-1, 1-0 ACC) blew a 14-point lead early in the game and fell behind 56-51 in the second half before the run gave the Seminoles a 67-58 lead with 6:20 left.

Johnson's dunk gave Florida State the lead at 57-56 with 8:48 left as the Seminoles snapped a five-game losing streak against Maryland dating back to the 1999-2000 season and won their first conference opener in four seasons.

Johnson led Florida State with 14 points and Tim Pickett added 13, all in the second half. The Seminoles started the season with 10 straight wins before losing 63-56 to Pittsburgh last Monday.

Nik Caner-Medley, John Gilchrist and Chris McCray all scored 15 points for Maryland (7-3, 0-1).



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