St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports

Weather | Sports | Forums | Comics | Classifieds | Calendar | Movies

College basketball

KU survives Missouri

©Associated Press

February 4, 2003

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas coach Roy Williams, never one to gamble, almost was ready to test the odds Monday night.

The Tigers outrebounded Kansas 38-29, had 10 3-pointers while the Jayhawks had two and forced Kansas point guard Aaron Miles into six turnovers while holding him to one field goal. Yet the 12th-ranked Jayhawks still found a way to beat No. 21 Missouri 76-70.

"I feel like the luckiest man in town," Williams said. "Never bought a lottery ticket in my life, but maybe I ought to tonight."

The difference was Missouri had 20 turnovers and Kansas 12, and Kansas had seniors Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich.

The 6-foot-9 Collison, working outside as well as near the basket, had 22 points. Hinrich, often running point guard while Miles sat, had 24 points and eight assists.

"Those seniors decided they didn't want us to lose," Williams said. "They played their tails off."

The Jayhawks also got three key free throws from Michael Lee in the final seconds to win their 15th straight Big 12 home game.

Ricky Clemons had 19 points for the Tigers, who have lost 13 in a row to ranked teams on the road. Missouri's five losses all have come on the road.

"They made some big shots and capitalized on our turnovers," Clemons said.

Clemons, who has been charged with second-degree domestic assault in Columbia, Mo., was taunted by fans who chanted, "Woman beater, woman beater."

"I've been dealing with it," he said. "I don't react to anything they say. My life has been rougher than that."

Rickey Paulding's two free throws cut Kansas' lead to 71-69 with 1:07 left in the 246th game of one of the nation's most spirited rivalries.

Then with 50 seconds to go, Missouri center Arthur Johnson picked up his fifth foul and Bryant Nash made a free throw to put the Jayhawks on top 72-69.

NO. 19 SYRACUSE 88, GEORGETOWN 80: Hakim Warrick picked the right time to listen to his coach.

Silent for most of the game, Warrick scored eight within 90 seconds midway through the second half to break open a tense struggle for the Orangemen.

Syracuse remained unbeaten in 13 games at the Carrier Dome. Georgetown lost its fourth straight and fell to 0-6 on the road.

Warrick has received more than his share of shouts from coach Jim Boeheim this season, and every time the lanky sophomore forward went off for a breather against the Hoyas, his ears were ringing some more.

"He didn't get to loose balls, and that upset me," Boeheim said. "He's too nice of a kid. We need to send him to aggression school."

After consecutive 3-pointers by Gerald Riley and Tony Bethel gave the Hoyas a 56-55 lead with 12:27 left, Warrick woke up. Held to three points through 30 minutes, he hit a jumper in the lane with 9:46 left to give the Orangemen a 63-57 edge, then converted two three-point plays in a 28-second span to boost the lead to 69-59 with 8:16 left.


UVA: Guard Keith Jenifer, who started 14 of the first 16 games before coming off the bench for the past three, was suspended indefinitely by coach Pete Gillen for conduct detrimental to the team.

A message left at Gillen's office was not returned, and an official in the sports information office said he could not elaborate on the cause of the suspension. Gillen said in a release that Jenifer will not play or practice during the suspension.


B-CC 78, N.C. A&T 69: Richard Toussaint scored a season-high 40 as the host Wildcats held off the Aggies in the closing minutes.

S.C. STATE 69, FAMU 63: Dustin Braddick had 16 points and 10 rebounds as the visiting Bulldogs stayed unbeaten in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. South Carolina State made 10 of 11 free throws in the final six minutes.


FLA. TECH 76, SAINT LEO 55: Sharita Tisdale scored 21 on 9-of-10 shooting, and Marcia Alvarado had 12 points and four steals as the host Panthers won a game rescheduled from Saturday because of the Columbia disaster.

NEW NO. 1: After an impressive victory at Duke, Connecticut was a unanimous choice to replace the Blue Devils at No. 1 in the AP poll. The Huskies have won a women's record 59 straight games.

NOTRE DAME: Sophomore guard Kelsey Wicks has left the team for personal reasons.

© Copyright, St. Petersburg Times. All rights reserved.