February 16, 2003
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Instead of worrying about making the Big East tournament, Seton Hall is thinking about going to the NCAA Tournament after winning five in a row.
Seton Hall posted its second major upset in 10 days with reserve Andre Sweet getting 15 of his 17 points after halftime as the Pirates (12-9, 6-4 Big East) cruised past No. 7 Pittsburgh 73-61.
Andre Barrett added 17 points and John Allen 14 for the Pirates, whose winning streak includes a stunner against No. 10 Notre Dame.
"We feel that we're the team to beat right now," Sweet said. "I felt like we were a good team, a tournament team from the beginning of the season. Now, it's beginning to show."
Jaron Brown had 14 points to lead Pittsburgh (17-4, 7-3), which lost for the third time in five games, all on the road.
NO. 1 ARIZONA 86, USC 59: Channing Frye had a career-high 25 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks for the host Wildcats (20-2, 12-1 Pac-10), who reached 20 victories for the 16th year in a row, the longest active streak in the country. They swept all four games from USC and UCLA for the first time since 1992-93.
Jason Gardner scored 16 for Arizona, including 4-of-9 from 3-point range, and became just the second Pac-10 player to reach 300 3-pointers in his college career.
Desmon Farmer scored 11 for USC (10-11, 5-7). Gregg Guenther had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
NO. 2 LOUISVILLE 73, NO. 11 MARQUETTE 70: Reece Gaines hit a 3-pointer with six seconds left and the Cardinals snapped the Golden Eagles' 28-game home winning streak. Louisville (19-2, 9-1 C-USA) rebounded from a 59-58 loss at Saint Louis on Wednesday that ended its 17-game winning streak.
Gaines finished with 20 points, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, and Taquan Dean added 18 points for the Cardinals.
Dwyane Wade led Marquette (18-4, 9-2) with 15 points, and Robert Jackson had 14 and Travis Diener 13.
NO. 3 KENTUCKY 68, LSU 57: Keith Bogans scored 20 and Gerald Fitch added 15 as the host Wildcats extended their winning streak to 14.
Chuck Hayes had six points, 10 rebounds and a career-high six blocks, and Erik Daniels added nine points and a career-high 10 rebounds for the Wildcats (20-3, 10-0 SEC), who outrebounded LSU 46-30 and forced 17 turnovers.
The winning streak, the longest active stretch in the nation, is Kentucky's longest in a season under coach Tubby Smith.
Jaime Lloreda had 18 points and nine rebounds for LSU (14-9, 3-8), which lost for the seventh time in nine games.
NO. 5 OKLA. 63, TEXAS TECH 58: Quannas White scored 23 for the visiting Sooners in the rematch of a controversial finish last month.
After trailing by one at the half, Oklahoma (17-4, 8-2 Big 12) came out in the second half and used an 11-3 run to take a 45-38 lead.
Andre Emmett and Kasib Powell each scored 14 for Tech (14-7, 4-6). On Jan. 20 at Oklahoma, a glitch in the game clock ultimately led to a 69-64 Oklahoma win in overtime. Big 12 officials later determined the clock stopped twice in the last seven seconds, which possibly could have given Oklahoma more time sink a jump shot to tie it at the buzzer in regulation.
NO. 6 TEXAS 75, NEBRASKA 63: Brandon Mouton scored 24 and the visiting Longhorns overtook the Cornhuskers late in the first half. Royal Ivey added 12 points and James Thomas had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Texas (17-4, 8-2 Big 12). The Longhorns held a 41-30 rebounding advantage.
Brennon Clemmons had 17 points and Corey Simms 12 to lead Nebraska (9-14, 1-9), which lost its seventh straight. Mouton scored 14 straight at one point in the first half to rally the Longhorns.
NO. 8 DUKE 78, VIRGINIA 59: Shelden Williams scored a career-high 20 and helped set the early tone with defense for the Blue Devils (17-4, 7-4 ACC), who ended a four-game road losing streak in the league -- and a two-game losing streak at University Hall.
The Cavaliers (14-9, 5-6) lost for the first time in 11 home games, and for the 15th time in their past 17 meetings with Duke.
Williams blocked four shots in the first half and had all but six of his points in the second as the Blue Devils pounded the ball inside.
NO. 17 SYRACUSE 82, NO. 10 ND 80: Gerry McNamara's 3-pointer with 18 seconds left kept the Orangemen unbeaten at home.
The victory, coupled with Seton Hall's victory, allowed the Orangemen (17-4, 8-3) to take a half-game lead in the Big East West Division over the Fighting Irish (19-5, 7-3) and Pitt.
The top two teams in the division get byes into the tournament quarterfinals.
Freshman Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse with 26 points, including 10 in a 14-2 run that brought the Orangemen into a tie at 69 with 61/2 minutes left. Syracuse trailed by 12 four minutes earlier.
WICHITA ST. 80, NO. 12 CREIGHTON 74: Aaron Hogg scored the go-ahead layup with a little less than a minute left and the host Shockers won for the first time over a ranked team since 1990.
Hogg had 27 points and Jamar Howard added three key late free throws and 18 points for the Shockers (14-8, 8-4 MVC).
Creighton (22-3, 12-2) led 56-52 midway through the second half before Wichita State went on an 18-7 run, capped by Fridge Holman's 3-pointer for a 70-65 lead with 4:45 left.
Kyle Korver finished with 15 points for the Bluejays.
BAYLOR 74, NO. 13 OKLA. ST. 72: Kenny Taylor's 3-pointer with 1:54 left and the Bears' four ensuing defensive stops ended a 22-game road losing streak.
Baylor (11-10, 2-8 Big 12) rallied in the closing minutes after seeing a 15-point second-half lead turn into a five-point deficit.
Melvin Sanders scored a career-high 30 and Victor Williams had 18 for Oklahoma State (19-3, 8-2), which had beaten Baylor 11 straight but simply got outplayed. Taylor finished with 17 points for the Bears.
PURDUE 70, NO. 14 ILLINOIS 61: Kenny Lowe scored 23 and the Boilermakers (16-6, 8-3 Big Ten) snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 13-0 at home. They entered needing a victory to remain tied for the conference lead with Wisconsin and Michigan.
The Illini (16-5, 6-4) cut the deficit to 56-53 on a 3 by Deron Williams but got no closer.
NO. 18 XAVIER 93, R.I. 70: Romain Sato had a school-record nine 3-pointers for the host Musketeers.
Xavier (18-4, 9-1 A10) has won nine in a row and is back to full strength after losing point guard Lionel Chalmers to a broken foot on Dec. 31. Sato matched his career high with 34 points and tied the A10 record with nine 3s.
Dawan Robinson scored 19 points for the Rams (15-7, 7-4).
NO. 19 MISS. ST. 68, MISS. 64 (OT): Mario Austin converted a three-point play with 52 seconds left in overtime to help the host Bulldogs escape the upset.
Austin's layup and free throw gave the Bulldogs a 64-62 lead and sparked a late 7-0 run. Ontario Harper added a layup and a dunk to give Mississippi State (16-5, 6-4 SEC) a six-point lead to offset a meaningless layup by the Rebels' David Sanders at the buzzer.
Justin Reed, who led the Rebels (12-10, 3-8) with 18 points, sent the game to OT with four points in the final 64 seconds of regulation.
NO. 20 GEORGIA 83, VANDY 70: Ezra Williams and Jarvis Hayes each scored 16 as the host Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing streak. The game was dominated by the three officials, who whistled 61 fouls and ejected Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings for arguing in the second half.
The Bulldogs (14-7, 6-4 SEC) avenged a Jan. 29 loss to Vanderbilt (10-12, 3-8) and handed the Commodores their fourth straight loss. Corey Smith led the Commodores with 14 points.
NO. 21 MISSOURI 71, K-STATE 63: Arthur Johnson had 14 points and a season-best 17 rebounds, and the host Tigers held the Wildcats without a basket for more than 81/2 minutes down the stretch.
Rickey Paulding added 19 points and six rebounds and Travon Bryant had a career-best 15 points and four blocks for Missouri, which rebounded from a two-point loss at Texas A&M on Wednesday. The Tigers (15-6, 6-4 Big 12) are 12-0 at home, including five conference victories.
Frank Richards matched his career best with 20 points for Kansas State (12-11, 3-7), which has lost five of six -- four to Top 25 foes.
NO. 22 CAL 58, WASH. 53: Freshman Richard Midgley scored 15 and hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:39 left as the Bears survived nine lead changes in the second half.
Joe Shipp had 16 points and seven rebounds, and Amit Tamir made a jumper in the lane with 51 seconds left as Cal (18-4, 11-2 Pac-10) stayed one game behind top-ranked Arizona in the conference race with its 17th straight home victory.
Nate Robinson and Curtis Allen scored 12 apiece for the Huskies (8-14, 3-10), who lost their fourth straight. Washington trailed 55-53 when Will Conroy dribbled the ball out of bounds near the Huskies bench with 14 seconds left.
VILLANOVA 79, NO. 23 UCONN 70: Gary Buchanan scored 28 and Ricky Wright added 13 for the host Wildcats.
Villanova (14-9, 7-3 Big East), which had lost four of five, hadn't beaten a ranked opponent since upsetting No. 9 Michigan State 81-73 on Nov. 29.
Ben Gordon, who was in the starting lineup despite being arrested Friday on charges of slapping a female student, scored 22 of his 25 in the second half, and Emeka Okafor added 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Huskies (15-6, 6-4).
NO. 24 STANFORD 72, WASH. ST. 54: Justin Davis made his first start since tearing a knee ligament in early January and scored 21 for the Cardinal. Josh Childress added 15 points for Stanford (19-6, 10-3 Pac-10), which trailed for much of the first half despite holding the Cougars (5-17, 0-13) without a basket for the opening 61/2 minutes of the game.
It was the 13th straight loss for Washington State, which has lost all 10 of its road games this season and 19 straight conference games. The Cougars have lost 14 straight to Stanford.
Jerry McNair had 14 of his 21 points in the first half for Washington State.
DAYTON 66, NO. 25 ST. JOSEPH'S 56: Brooks Hall scored 13 and had nine rebounds for the Flyers, who have won 14 of 16 and are 13-0 at home. Delonte West scored 26 to lead St. Joseph's come-from-behind effort in the second half that fell short.
Neither team shot well. Dayton (18-4, 10-1 A10) shot 35 percent from the floor, only slightly better than the 32 percent managed by St. Joseph's (18-4, 8-3).