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Heels surprise Kansas

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 28, 2002

NEW YORK -- Freshman Rashad McCants energized North Carolina with some nearly flawless shooting Wednesday night and led the Tar Heels to a 67-56 victory over No. 2 Kansas in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT.

North Carolina will play Stanford for the tournament championship Friday night.

The loss ended a streak of 14 straight victories in the Preseason NIT for Kansas, a Final Four team last year. And it was an emotional triumph for Tar Heels coach Matt Doherty, who spent seven years as an assistant at Kansas under coach Roy Williams.

Doherty shed his jacket early and dashed up and down the sidelines as North Carolina, the youngest team in the country, stunned the Jayhawks.

The Jayhawks turned the ball over 11 times in the first half and 21 times in the game, and North Carolina took advantage of every mistake.

Top 25

NO. 1 ARIZONA 101, N. ARIZONA 66: Will Bynum scored a career-high 18 points, all on 3-pointers, but the visiting Wildcats lost Luke Walton to a sprained right ankle in the rout. Jason Gardner scored 24, including 5-for-6 on 3-pointers, and the Lumberjacks committed 26 turnovers. Freshman Hassan Adams added 21 points as five Arizona players reached double figures.

NO. 3 TEXAS 76, TEXAS-ARLINGTON 45: James Thomas had 14 points and 15 rebounds and the Longhorns used relentless defense to beat the Mavericks. Thomas secured his second consecutive double-double and 14th of his career with more than 16 minutes left in the game.

NO. 5 PITT 69, ST. FRANCIS, PA. 46: The host Panthers turned Brandin Knight's playmaking and Jaron Brown's dunks into a big early lead and never let up. Knight, a third team All-American who had offseason knee surgery, was 4-of-11 while scoring 10 points, but just missed a rare triple-double for a guard with nine assists and a game-high eight rebounds.

NO. 11 MARYLAND 97, CITADEL 49: Drew Nicholas scored 17 of his career-high 28 points in the first half as the Terrapins won their 86th consecutive non-conference home game. The defending NCAA-champion Terrapins never trailed in extending their overall home winning streak to 20 -- four short of the school record.

NO. 15 KENTUCKY 80, NO. 20 GONZAGA 72: Keith Bogans scored 18 points as the Wildcats finished third in the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii. The Wildcats, who struggled against the zone defense in their 75-61 semifinal loss to Virginia, went inside to take control against the Bulldogs.

NO. 19 INDIANA 70, VIRGINIA 63: Bracey Wright scored 21 points and Marshall Strickland added 15 as the Hoosiers won the Maui Invitational for the first time. Wright, a freshman guard, was named tournament MVP.

GA. TECH 83, NO. 17 GEORGIA 77: B.J. Elder shook off the pain in his right leg and scored 24 points for the host Yellow Jackets.

Nation

ARIZONA ST. 83, UTAH 79 (OT): Curtis Millage scored 26 points in his season debut, and the Sun Devils finished fifth in the Maui Invitational.

UMASS 69, CHAMINADE 55: Anthony Anderson had 20 points and nine assists for the Minutemen in the seventh-place game of the Maui Invitational.

DAYTON 64, EVANSVILLE 59: Brooks Hall scored 20 points and had a career-high 15 rebounds, and Sean Finn had 14 points to rally the host Flyers.

ILLINOIS 96, ARK.-PINE BLUFF 43: Roger Powell scored 17 points and had seven rebounds for the host Illini.

BALL STATE: Forward Theron Smith, who led the Cardinals to startling victories over Kansas and UCLA last season, will sit out this season with knee tendinitis. Smith, a 6-foot-8 senior from Auburndale, will seek a medical redshirt.

LA SALLE: Center Chukwunike Okosa, a 6-foot-10 senior who started all 32 games last season, was dismissed from the team for unspecified rules violations.

MICHIGAN: Junior guard Avery Queen was dismissed from the team for violating unspecified team rules.

ACC

CLEMSON 91, HIGH POINT 65: Edward Scott had 14 points and 10 assists as six players for the visiting Tigers scored in double digits.

WAKE FOREST 73, YALE 61: Josh Howard scored 18 points as five players for the host Demon Deacons scored in double figures.

SEC

MISSISSIPPI 74, ALABAMA ST. 58: John Gunn, who missed last season due to a kidney ailment, scored 16 points for the host Bulldogs.

C-USA

SOUTHERN MISS 77, TROY ST. 70: Mario Myles scored a career-high 21 points, including 17 in the second half, to lead the host Golden Eagles.

RICE 71, HOUSTON 53: Brock Gillespie scored 18 points to lead the visiting Owls.

MEMPHIS: Guards Billy Richmond and Clyde Wade were suspended for one game for their roles in a fight in a game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

State

TAMPA 83, PUERTO RICO-BAYAMON 60: Achille Ngounou scored 15 points in 21 minutes and freshman Marty Harrington added 14 as the Spartans improved to 4-0.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC 86, NOVA SOUTHEASTERN 60: Jeff Cowans scored a game-high 21 for the Owls.

JACKSONVILLE 60, SAVANNAH STATE 47: Kevin Sheppard scored 18 points and Ryan Lewis and James Daniels grabbed nine rebounds apiece for the visiting Dolphins.

CENTRAL FLORIDA: Marcus Avant, a 6-foot-7 forward from Northwest Mississippi Junior College pre-qualified and signed to play for the Golden Knights.

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