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Top 25: Terps take out Devils again

©Associated Press
January 19, 2003

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Cole Field House and the Comcast Center are across campus from each other. Maryland found a bridge between its old and new arenas: beating No. 1 Duke.

The No. 17 Terrapins beat the last undefeated team, downing the No. 1 Blue Devils 87-72 on Saturday.

It was the second straight season Maryland prevailed at home when Duke was No. 1, and it came in the new arena that sounded a lot like the old one when the final buzzer went off and the students rushed the floor.

"This crowd was as good as any crowd we've had since we've been here at Maryland," said Gary Williams, who has been coaching at his alma mater since 1989.

Drew Nicholas scored 24 and Ryan Randle had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for the Terrapins.

Maryland scored the first six of the second half to make it 43-43 then turned up the defense. Dahntay Jones, who scored a career-high 26 for Duke, made a 3-pointer 5:39 in that tied it for the last time at 53.

The Terrapins went on a 10-0 run with all of the points coming from newcomers John Gilchrist and Jamar Smith. The Blue Devils went 5:55 without a field goal, missing six shots and committing three turnovers during that span as Maryland went up 75-60.

NO. 2 ARIZONA 87, UCLA 52: Salim Stoudamire scored 19 as the Wildcats, who beat USC 81-72 on Thursday, completed their first sweep of the Los Angeles schools in 10 years and handed the Bruins their worst loss at Pauley Pavilion.

UCLA lost its fourth in a row and dropped to 2-7 at Pauley, its most losses at home in a season. The 1987-88 team lost six at Pauley.

Fans booed coach Steve Lavin's five-on-five substitutions when the Bruins were down 28 in the second half. At one point, he yanked veterans Jason Kapono, Ray Young, Dijon Thompson and T.J. Cummings.

NO. 3 PITT 73, NO. 25 SYRACUSE 60: Julius Page scored 25 and Chevy Troutman came off the bench to add 23 for the host Panthers. Pitt, at 14-1 for the second straight season, improved to 4-0 for the first time in 21 Big East seasons and ended Syracuse's 11-game win streak.

Down by as many as seven in the first half, the Panthers went on a 13-5 run to open a 50-40 lead as Troutman made two layups and Page made two outside shots.

NO. 4 TEXAS 89, TEXAS A&M 61: T.J. Ford scored a career-high 25 for the host Longhorns, who have won seven in a row since losing at then-No. 1 Arizona on Dec. 15. Ford sparked a 14-2 run that made it 31-14 with seven consecutive points on two long jumpers and a 3-point play. After the Aggies cut it to 44-35, Ford made another jumper and James Thomas's basket put Texas back up by 13.

NO. 5 OKLA. 70, IOWA ST. 60: Bouncing back from his worst game of the season, Hollis Price made nine 3-pointers and scored 31 for the visiting Sooners. Down 54-39, the Cyclones got eight from Adam Haluska and five from Jake Sullivan, and they made it 58-53 on Haluska's 3-pointer with 6:49 left. But Price, held to six against Oklahoma State Monday, ended the run with a 3-pointer. His ninth 3 made it 68-54.

UNC 68, NO. 6 UCONN 65: Rashad McCants scored 27, including the clinching free throws with 3.3 seconds left, for the host Tar Heels. The ACC's scoring leader was 7-of-11 from the field and 9-of-10 at the free-throw line as North Carolina (11-5) beat its second Top 10 team a year after going a program-worst 8-20.

Down 19, Emeka Okafor gave Connecticut its first lead at 65-64 with 1:16 left. Jawad Williams countered with a 15-foot jumper 17 seconds later, and after a 3-point miss by Ben Gordon, the Huskies didn't foul until just seconds left. After McCants' free throws, Gordon's 28-footer bounced off the rim.

NO. 18 IU 74, NO. 8 ILLINOIS 66: Jeff Newton scored a career-high 28 and had eight rebounds for the host Hoosiers, whose leading scorer, Bracey Wright, missed his second straight game with a pinched nerve in his lower back.

A 16-3 run during the first half gave Indiana the lead for good. Down 60-45 with 8:57 left, Illinois cut it to 70-66 with 25.9 seconds left. But two free throws by Newton and Donald Perry sealed it.

AUBURN 77, NO. 9 ALABAMA 68: Reserve Brandon Robinson had 13 points and seven rebounds to help the host Tigers hand the Crimson Tide its third loss in five games since being No.1. Alabama led 18-15 midway through the first half. But a tip-in by Robinson and 3-pointer by Nathan Watson gave Auburn the lead for good. It led by as many as 13 during the second half.

NO. 16 UK 88, NO. 10 NOTRE DAME 73: Chuck Hayes had 17 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists, all career highs, for the host Wildcats, who beat the Irish for the ninth consecutive time.

Notre Dame missed 12 of its first 15 shots and fell behind 31-15 before cutting it to 38-30 at halftime. The Irish made four of their first nine second-half shots then went three minutes without a point. Erik Daniels' tip-in gave Kentucky a 14-point lead.

NO. 24 OKLAHOMA ST. 76, NO. 11 MISSOURI 56: The host Cowboys put on another stifling defensive performance. After holding Oklahoma to 46 points on Monday, Oklahoma State held Missouri to 24 below its average and its leading scorer, Rickey Paulding, to 10, seven below his average, on 3-for-12 shooting. The Tigers fell behind 14-2 in the first 4:40. Arthur Johnson made consecutive baskets to make it 14-6, but an 11-2 Cowboy run made it 25-8.

NO. 12 KANSAS 81, K-STATE 64: Kirk Hinrich scored 26 as the host Jayhawks beat the Wildcats for the 25th consecutive time. Kansas opened with a 15-0 run, but Kansas State kept it close, down by eight 2:12 into the second half. But Nick Collison scored and Keith Langford added a basket and two free throws for a 50-36 lead. Kansas didn't let the lead slip below 11 again.

NO. 15 LOUISVILLE 87, TCU 74: The host Cardinals won their 11th consecutive game behind Marvin Stone's 22 points and eight rebounds. Louisville led comfortably throughout the second half. TCU made it 79-65 on Junior Blount's 3-pointer with just under five minutes left. But Erik Brown answered with a 3-pointer.

NO. 20 UGA 81, ARKANSAS 64: Ezra Williams scored 19 for the Bulldogs, who won for the first time in six tries in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks have lost five in a row for the first time since Nolan Richardson's first season in 1985-86. Georgia's press stifled Arkansas in taking a 33-15 halftime lead. Arkansas shot just 23 percent during the half, making 5 of 22 shots and committing 12 turnovers. The Bulldogs stretched the lead to 31 early in the second half.

NO. 21 MARQUETTE 67, CHARLOTTE 64: Dwyane Wade scored 20 and the Golden Eagles won their first game in Charlotte in nine tries. Robert Jackson's three-point play gave Marquette a 63-61 lead with 1:36 left. After Charlotte missed two free throws, it fouled Travis Diener, who made both free throws. Demon Brown's 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left made it 66-64. And after Steve Novak made one of his two free throws with 1.7 seconds left, Wade intercepted a long inbound pass.

NO. 22 OREGON 79, OREGON ST. 68: Luke Ridnour and Luke Jackson combined on a second-half surge that carried the host Ducks. Oregon State led 16-9 before Oregon pulled ahead 34-31 at halftime. The Ducks started to pull away midway though the second half, taking a 55-48 lead on Ridnour's driving layup. The margin widened when Ridnour fed a perfect pass to Jackson on a fastbreak with 10:07 left.

MISSISSIPPI 67, NO. 23 LSU 57: Aaron Harper scored 10 of his 16 in the final eight minutes for the visiting Rebels. The Tigers made one field goal during the final 9:52 and were outscored 22-7. The Rebels used a 13-4 run early in the second half to take a 45-38 lead. After LSU took a 50-45 lead, Harper's 3-pointer and layup tied it. Mississippi took a 55-50 lead with 5:05 left on Justin Reed's basket and Harper's 3-pointer.

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