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Hoosiers keep winning

©Associated Press
December 2, 2002

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Bracey Wright scored 21, Jeff Newton had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Tom Coverdale scored 17 as No.19 Indiana followed its victory at the Maui Invitational with an 84-58 victory against North Texas on Sunday.

"I think we're better than last year," coach Mike Davis said. "That doesn't mean we're better than last year's team that (reached the national championship). But at this time last year, we're way ahead. We're not even close."

The Hoosiers struggled at the outset and led by just six at halftime. North Texas trailed by nine with 12 minutes left in the second half before Indiana's 3-pointers starting falling.

Wright, the Maui MVP, hit two 3-pointers, and Coverdale and Marshall Strickland added one during a 17-2 run that made it 66-42.

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NO. 12 UCONN 76, VANDY 70: Emeka Okafor had 11 rebounds and a career-high 25 points for the visiting Huskies. The Commodores took their only lead 54-53 midway through the second half on Mario Moore's steal and layup, which capped a 17-5 run. But up 59-58 with 6:23 left, Taliek Brown stole the ball and scored on a layup to start a 11-4 Connecticut run that put it up 72-62 with 1:15 left.

SEC

W. KENTUCKY 89, AUBURN 70: David Boyden scored 19 and led five others in double figures for the Hilltoppers in Nashville. Western Kentucky, which trailed by 11 during the first half, used an 11-4 run in the second half to take the lead for good at 67-53 and improve to 3-0 against Auburn.

KENTUCKY: Guard Antwain Barbour will miss at least five weeks after breaking his left hand during practice. Barbour, who started all three Maui Invitational games, fell on his non-shooting hand.

TENNESSEE: Forward Andy Ikeakor is transferring in order to play more, coach Buzz Peterson said. The junior had two points and four rebounds in limited action.

C-USA

TULANE 81, SE MO. ST. 60: Brandon Brown had 21 points and nine rebounds as the host Green Wave took third in the University Hoops Classic. Tulane led 39-24 at halftime after making 18 of 25 shots.

UAB 97, W. ALA. 71: Cedric Davis scored a career-high 19 for the host Blazers, who forced 26 turnovers. Down 48-33 at halftime, the Tigers cut it to 11. But UAB's 10-2 run sealed it.

ACC

WAKE 83, TEMPLE 76: Eric Williams had 19 points and 10 rebounds and helped spark the host Demon Deacons' second-half run in his second game. Up by 14, Wake turned it over on its first three possessions of the second half as Temple closed to 44-36. But Williams had two dunks during an ensuing 12-3 run.

GA. TECH 75, GARDNER-WEBB 53: Freshman Chris Bosh had 17 points and 12 rebounds, his third double double in three games for the host Yellow Jackets. The Bulldogs kept it close, trailing 44-36 with the ball. But Georgia Tech went on a 6-0 run, and Gardner-Webb didn't get closer than 11.

Nation

HOLY CROSS 71, BC 70: The Crusaders ended a 12-game losing streak to the Eagles in Worcester, Mass. Down 69-68, Boston College's Troy Bell missed a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left. Brian Wilson got the rebound, was fouled and made two free throws.

ILL. 85, W. ILL. 56: Brian Cook returned from a suspension and scored 17 for the host Illini. Cook and guard Jerrance Howard missed the first two games for participating in a non-sanctioned tournament. Cook scored 13 as Illinois took a 42-24 halftime lead.

State

UT 76, P.R.-MAYAGUEZ 65: Denis Orlov had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Achille Ngounou scored 17 for the host Spartans.

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