January 28, 2003
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Nick Collison was not about to let Kansas' first three-game losing streak in nine years occur on his watch.
So the senior center had the best game of his career, scoring 24 and grabbing 23 rebounds as No. 12 Kansas held on for a wild 90-87 victory over No. 3 Texas on Monday night.
"I just made up my mind that I was going to be very aggressive," said Collison, who fouled out with a little more than a minute left. "We really needed a win. We really needed a lot of rebounds against a big, physical Texas team. I think it might be my best game."
Coach Roy Williams was sure that it was.
"I don't know if I've ever seen a person be so relentless on the backboard as Nick Collison was," he said. "If those NBA scouts sitting over there tonight say there's anybody in the world with a bigger heart, then they're just blind."
Students stormed the court after the Jayhawks halted the Longhorns' eight-game winning streak.
Michael Lee made two free throws with 29 seconds left and Texas missed two 3-pointers in the final seconds. Point guard T.J. Ford's 3-pointer at the buzzer was barely short.
"It looked like it was going in," he said. "I thought it was going to go into overtime."
Meanwhile, the Jayhawks held a ceremony to honor one of their biggest rivals, former Missouri coach Norm Stewart, who was frequently mocked at Allen Fieldhouse with, "Sit down, Norm! Sit down, Norm!"
During the ceremony, a rocking chair was brought to midcourt. As fans cheered, a smiling Stewart sat down.
"Thank you," said Stewart, who retired in 1999. "This is a very meaningful moment. I mean that from the bottom of my heart."
Kansas coach Roy Williams told the crowd he decided to pay homage to Stewart when told that Kansas similarly honored the late Jack Hartman when he retired as coach at Kansas State.
NO. 14 UCONN 74, ST. JOHN'S 68: Ben Gordon scored 23 and came up with two big rebounds as the Huskies snapped a three-game road losing streak.
Emeka Okafor had 21 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks for Connecticut.
Marcus Hatten made two free throws with 7:41 left to get the Red Storm within 57-55. Gordon missed a 3-pointer on the next possession but dived, got control of the loose ball and passed to Okafor, who hit a short hook shot.
After each team failed to score on its next possession, Hatten missed a 3-pointer as the shot clock ran out and Gordon emerged from a cluster of players under the basket with the rebound. He drove the floor and missed a shot, but Shamon Tooles grabbed the rebound and was fouled.
His three-point play gave Connecticut a 62-55 lead with 5:44 to go.
B-CC 79, MORGAN ST. 71: Richard Toussaint scored 27 and Maurice Riddick added 24, and both hit clutch baskets down the stretch as the Wildcats won for the first time in five home games this season.
COPPIN ST. 74, FAMU 69 (OT): Jimmy Boykin's 3-pointer with 2:15 left put the visiting Eagles ahead to stay.
PLAYER PARALYZED: Mississippi Valley State guard Michael Archie was paralyzed by a stray bullet fired in a nightclub shootout, his family said.
Archie was hit in the side early Sunday in a shooting in Itta Bena, Miss., that left a man dead and wounded two others, including volleyball player Danielle France.
NEW MEXICO: Senior point guard Senque Carey was listed in good condition after surgery for a spinal cord injury that had left his legs paralyzed for two weeks. Carey is scheduled to return home today. He will be in a neck brace for two months followed by physical therapy for a year or more.
UTEP: A day after being arrested in El Paso, Texas, on a charge of driving while intoxicated, coach Billy Gillispie said he did nothing wrong. "What I want to say is I was not driving while intoxicated," Gillispie said.