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Top 25: LSU hangs on, beats nation's best

©Associated Press
December 22, 2002

BATON ROUGE, La. -- For much of the game, it looked as if LSU would win big against No.1 Arizona.

In the end, the Tigers were delighted to hang on for a one-point victory.

LSU, which led by 15 in the second half, held off a furious rally by Arizona for a 66-65 victory Saturday.

Jaime Lloreda had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead LSU to a victory against a No.1 team for the second time. The Tigers beat Kentucky 95-94 in overtime on Feb.11, 1978.

"This game puts us back on the map," LSU's Ronald Dupree said. "It was time for us to win a big one and get this town excited about something."

LSU frustrated the Wildcats for much of the game and controlled the tempo until the final minutes. The Tigers held Arizona to a season-low 33 percent from the field and 4-of-22 on 3-pointers.

"It would have helped if we didn't miss all the triples we shot," Wildcat coach Lute Olson said. "We had a lot of easy shots that we didn't put away. Some of that had to do with the challenge of those shots by LSU underneath."

LSU had a 15-point lead in the second half and was up six with about a minute left.

After a basket by LSU's Antonio Hudson, Channing Frye made a free throw to make it 66-61. Dupree rebounded Frye's second attempt but was falling out of bounds and tried to call a timeout.

LSU was out of timeouts, and Salim Stoudamire made both free throws on the technical foul to make it 66-63.

The Tigers turned the ball over, and Andre Iguodala scored to make it 66-65 with 36 seconds remaining.

A pass from Torris Bright then was picked off by Frye. Jason Gardner drove and lost the ball out of bounds with half a second left. Bright tipped the inbounds pass to preserve the victory for the Tigers, sending fans onto the floor to celebrate.

Illini get Braggin' Rights

ST. LOUIS -- Youth was served at the annual Braggin' Rights game.

Dee Brown had 21 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds to lead a lineup that included three freshmen, as No.12 Illinois, often dominating play, beat No.11 Missouri 85-70 on Saturday.

"We controlled all aspects of the game, in my opinion," Brown said. "We played great, and we did a great job of rebounding and getting loose balls."

Illinois has won the past three games in the neutral-site series, which again played to a sellout crowd of 22,153. It was the first time both teams entered unbeaten since 1989.

"It needs to hurt, and it does hurt," Missouri coach Quin Snyder said. "It's a crummy way to go into your Christmas. I thought we were ready to play."

Brown and Ricky Clemons played to a virtual standstill in a battle of point guards. Clemons had 16 points and three assists and made four 3-pointers, and Brown made a quick recovery from a shoulder injury early in the second half, missing about 21/2 minutes.

NO. 2 ALABAMA 69, PROVIDENCE 61: The host Crimson Tide escaped with a victory, going 7-of-8 from the free-throw line during the final 1:34 to overcome a 3-point assault by Romuald Augustin.

The Friars trailed 64-59 with 1:13 left after Augustin made two 3-pointers in nine seconds. But they didn't score again until Augustin's scoop shot with 18 seconds left.

Antoine Pettway made two free throws with 26 seconds left, and Mo Williams and Earnest Shelton combined to make 3 of 4 after that.

NO. 4 PITT 87, RHODE ISLAND 71: Brandin Knight scored 22 to lead the visiting Panthers.

Knight scored 16 as Pittsburgh took a 47-31 halftime lead despite playing without leading scorer Julius Page for most of the opening 20 minutes.

Page picked up his second foul four minutes into the game and didn't play the rest of the half. Knight picked up the slack, hitting four 3-pointers in the half.

Dustin Hellenga led Rhode Island with 17 points, all in the second.

NO. 7 OKLA. 89, GEORGIA ST. 62: The Sooners won their 28th in a row at home, the third-longest current streak in Division I.

Lamont McIntosh made a 3-pointer to get the Panthers within 31-24 with 3:32 left in the first half. But Hollis Price, who had 22 points and seven assists, made four free throws in the next 20 seconds to make it 35-24, and the Sooners led 41-29 at halftime.

They opened the second half with a 9-2 run.

NO. 8 UCONN 117, UNC-ASHVILLE 67: Ben Gordon scored 29 and Emeka Okafor 19, providing an overpowering inside-outside combination for the Huskies in Hartford, Conn.

The Huskies scored their most points this season. Gordon made 5 of 10 3-pointers and had a team-high nine assists, most of them down low to Okafor.

NO. 14 MARQUETTE 89, ELON 57: Dwyane Wade scored 29 and Robert Jackson had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Golden Eagles, who extended their home win streak to 22.

Wade scored eight in a row to start a 20-0 run late in the first half. Marquette led 19-13 when Wade made four field goals, including two 3-pointers. Steve Novak's two free throws capped the run and gave Marquette a 39-13 lead with 1:17 left.

NO. 19 KANSAS 87, UCLA 70: Kirk Hinrich made five 3-pointers and scored 27, one shy of his career high, for the host Jayhawks. UCLA, which trailed by as many as 26 during the first, used a fullcourt press during the second and got within 77-66 when Dijon Thompson made a layup and was fouled with 3:01 left. He missed the free throw. UCLA rebounded but failed to convert. Kansas then put the game out of reach on Hinrich's 3-pointer with 2:44 left and Wayne Simien's dunk 17 seconds later.

NO. 20 CREIGHTON 81, NEBRASKA 73: Kyle Korver scored 25, including six 3-pointers, for the visiting Bluejays. Korver hit three of the 3-pointers in the opening eight minutes as Creighton took a 26-9 lead. The Bluejays are off to a 9-0 start for the second time in four seasons and the seventh time in the 85-year history of the program.

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