January 23, 2003
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Clifford Crawford had endured more than half of North Carolina State's 13-game losing streak against No.3 Duke, so the senior wasn't about to let go of the game ball in the locker room.
Crawford scored 21 and Julius Hodge added 18 as the Wolfpack snapped its five-year skid against the Blue Devils with an 80-71 victory Wednesday night.
"I am just going to keep this with me," Crawford said as he hugged the ball. "I might even sleep with this tonight."
The Blue Devils, the nation's top-ranked team a week ago, lost their second straight ACC game for the first time since 1997. Duke lost to No.12 Maryland by 15 points on Saturday.
"He played like a real veteran," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said of Crawford, who had six assists. "My hat goes off to him. He was really good, and he hasn't been hitting like that. When you win games like this you need people to step up. I thought they had that."
Wolfpack coach Herb Sendek was 1-15 against Duke in his career -- his only win coming in the 1997 ACC tournament. But the Wolfpack pulled off the upset with its outside shooting and Crawford's play.
Crawford came in 3-for-12 from 3-point range but was 4-of-5 from long range, and his defense in the second half on Duke's J.J. Redick was key.
Redick had 20 first-half points but was held to four in the second as the Blue Devils faded down the stretch.
NO.1 ARIZONA 71, ARIZONA ST. 63: Jason Gardner scored 19 to lead the visiting Wildcats, who nearly blew a 26-point second-half lead before holding off the Sun Devils. Arizona State trailed by 20 at halftime and was down 51-25 with 14:26 to play, but the Sun Devils outscored Arizona 31-10 during a 9:14 span to cut the lead to 61-56 on Kenny Crandall's second straight 3-pointer with 5:09 to play. After missing five straight free throws, the Wildcats put the game away at the line.
COLO. 60, NO.6 KANSAS 59: Stephane Pelle scored 27, including the short jumper with 25 seconds left that gave the Buffaloes the winning margin, as host Colorado snapped a 27-game losing streak to the Jayhawks. Kansas took a 53-60 lead with 6:38 to go after a 9-0 run, and the Jayhawks were still up 57-53 with 3:17 left. But the Buffs outscored Kansas 7-2 the rest of the way.
NO.8 KENTUCKY 67, NO.24 AUBURN 51: Gerald Fitch scored 15 of his 16 in the second half and Keith Bogans added 13 for the host Wildcats' eighth straight win. Marco Killingsworth scored 19 to lead the Tigers, who had a nine-game winning streak snapped. Auburn committed a season-high 26 turnovers and lost to Kentucky for the 17th time in the past 18 meetings. Bogans moved past Ed Davender and into the top 10 on Kentucky's all-time scoring list with 1,649.
NO.9 LOUISVILLE 71, DePAUL 43: Reece Gaines scored 14 and the host Cardinals used defensive pressure to win their 12th straight. Louisville held DePaul to 34 percent from the field, the 10th consecutive game it has held opponents below 40 percent. The Cardinals forced 17 turnovers and blocked eight shots to extend their winning streak over the Blue Demons to 13 games.
NO.12 MARYLAND 81, UNC 66: Drew Nicholas scored 20 and Steve Blake added 17 for the visiting Terrapins. Ryan Randle added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Terrapins, who won for the third straight time in the series. The defending NCAA champions beat the Tar Heels twice last season by an average of 24. Maryland used two first-half runs to take a double-digit lead and answered several spurts in the second half with baskets.
NO.18 ILLINOIS 75, PURDUE 62: Brian Cook scored 16 of his 22 in the second half as the host Illini snapped the Boilermakers' six-game winning streak. Illinois outscored Purdue 18-6 during the final 6:46 after leading most of the game. Cook had just two field goals and six points in the first half. He was guarded most of the game by Chris Booker and had difficulty getting open, fumbling the ball when he did. Cook had four first-half turnovers. He was more assertive in the second half, and so was Illinois.
NO.19 GEORGIA 81, UT 76 (OT): Ezra Williams scored 21 of Georgia's first 23 in the second half, then Jarvis Hayes took over in overtime for the host Bulldogs. Georgia squandered a five-point lead in the final minute of regulation. Tennessee's Jon Higgins made two straight 3-pointers to send the game to overtime tied at 67. Williams, who had 29 points, sparked the Bulldogs again by scoring the first basket of overtime. Hayes, who finished with 23, scored the next 10 for Georgia, which won its 10th of the past 11 and seventh straight at home.
NO.22 MISS. ST. 64, S. CAROLINA 48: Mario Austin scored 18 to help the host Bulldogs overcome another sloppy performance. Mississippi State snapped a three-game losing streak despite committing 20 turnovers. South Carolina shot a season-low 27.5 percent. The Gamecocks had more turnovers (20) than field goals (14) and finished with a season low in points. Kendrell Brown led South Carolina with 15 points.
UNDER REVIEW: Big 12 officials are reviewing a tape of Texas Tech's 69-64 overtime loss at No.7 Oklahoma to try to determine whether there was a glitch in the game clock during the final seconds of regulation. Television replays of Monday night's game show that two pauses on the clock may have affected the final seven seconds of the second half and given the Sooners extra time before Hollis Price's buzzer-beating shot forced overtime. The outcome cannot be reversed.