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College basketball

St. John's keeps UCLA struggling

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 12, 2003

LOS ANGELES -- St. John's found a valuable reward at the end of its 3,000-mile trip.

Marcus Hatten scored 23 and the team from the Big East easily dismissed UCLA's lone run during the second half to beat the fading Bruins 80-65 on Saturday.

"When you win at the most famous college arena in the world, it's well worth it," St. John's coach Mike Jarvis said. "Even though UCLA is not having a great year, this is a huge win for our program.

"We held up to the pressure of playing UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on national television, and we'll have a nice trip home."

The Red Storm won its fifth in a row against UCLA in the teams' first meeting since 1987, when it also won at Pauley 72-64.

"UCLA is still a magic name," Hatten said. "When I got here, I looked at the rafters in amazement. I was trying to count all of the national championships, and I couldn't believe it."

UCLA lost its second straight and fell to 2-5 at home, where it and coach Steve Lavin are the frequent targets of derisive shouts. The final buzzer signaled another loud burst of booing.

"It's challenging when you know the crowd is a little upset," said Jason Kapono, who led UCLA with 22 points. "Any time you lose on your homecourt back to back, it's not a good sign. This is definitely the low point in our season."

The Bruins lost 80-75 to crosstown and Pac-10 rival USC on Wednesday, when Kapono was held to 10 points.

Their strongest sustained play of the second half came during a 15-4 run that left them down 44-38 with 12:54 left.

But the Red Storm responded with 10 consecutive points as part of a 13-2 run for its largest lead of the game at 57-40 with 8:42 left.

ARIZ. ST. 96, WASH. ST. 55: Ike Diogu scored 17 points and Tommy Smith had 14 and seven rebounds for the host Sun Devils. Diogu, a freshman who has scored in double figures in every game, had 14 points in the first half, when Arizona State led by as many as 31. The Sun Devils began with a 12-0 run and led 30-7 midway through the half after Jamal Hill's 3-pointer.

Big East

SYRACUSE 82, BC 74: Carmelo Anthony and Hakim Warrick scored 24 points and combined for 25 rebounds as the host Orangemen won their 10th in a row and handed the Eagles their fourth consecutive loss.

Boston College, which trailed 40-32 at halftime, tied it at 48 with a 14-2 spurt to start the half and took a 53-50 lead on Andrew Bryant's 3-pointer. But he was whistled for a technical two minutes later. Gerry McNamara made both free throws. Anthony converted two more and Warrick followed with a three-point play to put the Orangemen ahead 59-58.

Anthony later scored seven in 71 seconds to make it 73-62 with 3:30 left.

VILLANOVA 81, PROVIDENCE 67: Randy Foye scored 14 to lead six players in double figures for the host Wildcats. Sheiku Kabba's 3-pointer with 14:14 left drew Providence to within 50-46. But Villanova went on a 10-3 run, capped by Foye's 3-pointer with 11:07 left, to take its first double-digit lead.

Big Ten

MICHIGAN 66, PENN ST. 53: LaVell Blanchard, one of four players scoring in double figures for the host Wolverines, scored 15 as they continued their turnaround. Michigan has won nine in a row for the first time since 1993-94 after losing its first six for the first time.

Down 48-35 with 9:52 left, the Nittany Lions pulled to within five twice before the Wolverines scored seven in a row, capped by Blanchard's 3-pointer, to lead 61-49 with 2:06 left.

PURDUE 82, NORTHWESTERN 68: Willie Deane scored a season-high 23 and Kenny Lowe 14 for the host Boilermakers. Purdue is 9-3 for the second time in three seasons and won its conference opener for the first time in two seasons.

Down 11, Jitim Young drove the lane for consecutive layups to pull the Wildcats to within 71-64. Purdue's Brandon McKnight missed a one-and-one. Chris Booker, though, grabbed the rebound, and Melvin Buckley made one of his two free throws to give Purdue a 72-64 lead.

ACC

VIRGINIA 79, NORTH CAROLINA 72: Todd Billet scored 17 of his 24 points during the first half, and the host Cavaliers withstood two second-half runs.

Down 20 during the first half, the Tar Heels used a 14-3 burst to begin the second half to make it 51-44 then cut it to 75-69 on two free throws by Jawad Williams with 2:35 left.

Virginia turned it over on its next two possessions, but North Carolina couldn't convert either time. Devin Smith's two free throws with 29.4 seconds left sealed it.

GEORGIA TECH 85, N.C. STATE 61: B.J. Elder scored 16 of his 24 during the first half for the host Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech avoided starting 0-2 in conference play for the second straight season. Last season, it lost its first seven before finishing 7-9.

With the Wolfpack down 10 with 13:34 left, Julius Hodge, averaging 19.2 points coming in, missed two free throws. Ed Nelson made a jumper at the other end. N.C. State then missed three consecutive shots, and Elder made a jumper followed by a 3-pointer by Jarrett Jack for a 54-37 lead.

CLEMSON 75, MORRIS BROWN 52: Ray Henderson scored a season-high 15 for the host Tigers. Henderson, 6 feet 8, was 7-for-7 from the field, all from within 3 feet of the basket against an opponent that did not start a player taller than 6-7.

Clemson used a 12-0 run to go up 19-7 midway through the first half. Julian Betko made a 3-pointer during the run, the Tigers' only basket outside of the paint during the first 16:58.

C-USA

CINCINNATI 83, TCU 72: Field Williams scored 24, Jason Maxiell 22 and Leonard Stokes 20 for the visiting Bearcats. Cincinnati got only 17 points from its bench but shot 52 percent from the field.

The Bearcats led 45-35 at halftime then held the Horned Frogs to 41 percent shooting from the field during the second half.

UNLV 75, DePAUL 70: Marcus Banks scored 19, including six free throws during the final minute, and Dalron Johnson scored 18 for the Rebels, who handed the Blue Demons their first home loss.

It was the fifth consecutive victory for the Rebels, off to their best start since the 1996-97 squad also began 11-2. Down 40-37 at halftime, the Rebels began the second half with an 11-2 run that gave them a 48-32 lead.

SOUTHERN MISS 84, MEMPHIS 67: Greg Johnson had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the host Golden Eagles. Southern Miss trailed 35-29 at halftime but scored a season-high 55 points during the second half.

After Memphis took a 39-31 lead early in the second half, Southern Miss went on an 11-1 run for a 42-40 lead.

CHARLOTTE 83, EAST CAROLINA 62: Demon Brown scored 21 to help the host 49ers end a four-game losing streak. He made five 3-pointers, including three in a row, and Charlotte led all of the way after scoring the game's first 14 points.

The Pirates entered off to their best start since they opened the 1955 season 10-2, including a 73-70 victory against then-No. 13 Marquette. But East Carolina, in its second season in the conference, dropped to 0-9 in road conference games.

UAB 63, HOUSTON 50: Richard Jones scored 14 and Morris Finley 13 for the visiting Blazers. The Cougars outrebounded the Blazers 46-31 but shot 33 percent from the field, including 6-of-25 on 3-pointers.

SEC

TENNESSEE 66, MISSISSIPPI 64: Freshman Stanley Asumnu scored the winner on a putback with 2.6 seconds left for the visiting Volunteers. Tennessee made it 64-64 on a layup by Jon Higgins with 1:01 left.

The Volunteers forced a shot-clock violation on the next possession, which gave Tennessee the ball with 23 seconds left.

AUBURN 52, ARKANSAS 37: The visiting Tigers held the Razorbacks to 15 second-half points. Arkansas' Kendrick Davis made a layup to tie it at 32 with 8:26 left. But the Tigers outscored 20-5 the rest of the way.

Big 12

OKLAHOMA ST. 93, TEXAS A&M 76: Tony Allen scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the visiting Cowboys, who won their 10th in a row. The Aggies led 41-40 at halftime but made 1 of 14 3-pointers during the second half. Melvin Sanders' jumper gave the Cowboys a 53-51 lead 6:46 into the second half, and they did not trail again.

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