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College basketball

Irish avert collapse for 20th win

©Associated Press
February 19, 2003

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Dan Miller's inside basket with 18.8 seconds left lifted Notre Dame past West Virginia 56-55 Tuesday night to give the Irish their fourth straight 20-win season.

Notre Dame (20-5, 8-3 Big East) stayed within a half-game of first-place Syracuse in the West Division.

Matt Carroll led the Irish with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Thomas added 13 points and Torin Francis had 11.

Notre Dame seemed to be in control after Carroll hit a 3-pointer for a 48-33 lead with 11:39 left.

West Virginia (13-10, 4-7) clawed back despite being outrebounded badly for the second time by Notre Dame this season.

Freshman Joe Herber, whose mother and sister flew in from his native Germany to watch him play, made his only basket of the game to tie the score at 52 with 1:49 left.

Thomas hit a floater in the lane with 1:02 left. Freshman Kevin Pittsnogle's 3-pointer 22 seconds later gave West Virginia its only lead, 55-54.

Miller, who shot 2-of-13 for the game, took a feed from Thomas and scored the winner from beneath the basket.

NO. 9 PITT 82, GEORGETOWN 67: Brandin Knight, shaking off a senior-year slump, scored a season-high 23 for the visiting Panthers (18-4, 8-3 Big East).

Knight, who has been struggling to match his third-team All-American season from a year ago, was 7-of-12 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line in scoring more than 20 for the second time this season.

The Hoyas (11-11, 3-8) fell into last place in the West Division.

NO. 15 ILLINOIS 70, MICH. ST. 40: Freshman Dee Brown had 24 points, five rebounds and five steals and the host Illini (17-5, 7-4 Big Ten) held the Spartans (14-10, 6-6) scoreless for 9:38 during the second half.

Brown, a 6-foot guard, seemed to be involved in every play. He made two steals to spark an 18-0 run in the first half and capped several fastbreaks with layups before leaving with 5:42 to play.

NO. 17 SYRACUSE 66, ST. JOHN'S 60: Carmelo Anthony scored 12 of his 21 in the second half as the Orangemen won a game of miscues and misfires.

Syracuse (18-4, 9-3 Big East) went 6-for-7 from the free-throw line over the final 35 seconds to win its 17th consecutive home game. Its 15-0 home start is its best at the Carrier Dome.

The Red Storm (12-10, 5-7) set a Big East record with 41 3-point attempts but made nine.

NO. 22 GEORGIA 74, ALABAMA 69: Jarvis Hayes scored 23 and the visiting Bulldogs (15-7, 7-4 SEC) survived a wild comeback attempt to hand the Crimson Tide (14-8, 4-7) its sixth loss in eight games.

Georgia watched a 13-point lead dwindle to four over the final 2:21 before nudging the former No. 1 team a step closer to not receiving an at-large berth for the NCAA Tournament.

ACC

CLEMSON 73, UVA 64: Edward Scott scored 32 and hit several key baskets down the stretch as the Tigers (14-8, 4-7) dealt the Cavaliers' NCAA Tournament hopes a serious blow by handing Virginia (14-10, 5-7) its second consecutive home loss.

UNC 93, N.C. A&T 57: Rashad McCants scored 16 and Raymond Felton had 11 assists for the host Tar Heels (14-11). The Aggies (0-21) are the only winless team out of 327 in Division I.

C-USA

SAINT LOUIS 58, UC 55: Marque Perry scored 20 and pulled the visiting Billikens out of a 10-minute shooting drought as Saint Louis (11-12, 5-7) won its third in a row. Perry's 3-pointer and pullup jumper kept the Bearcats (14-8, 6-5) at bay and gave the Billikens their first victory at the Shoemaker Center.

DePAUL 77, ECU 63: Sam Hoskin had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the visiting Blue Demons (14-8, 6-5), who shot 53 percent in the second half. Derrick Wiley had 18 points to lead the Pirates (12-11, 3-9).

UAB 88, TCU 85 (OT): Tony Johnson hit a jumper with 21.6 seconds left in overtime for the visiting Blazers (14-8, 6-5). UAB's Jeffrey Collins hit a 3-pointer with 15.7 seconds left tie it at 76 and force overtime. Chudi Chinweze had a career-high 28 points for the Horned Frogs (8-16, 2-10).

HOUSTON 46, SO. MISS 42: Louis Truscott scored 15, including the winner with 33 seconds left, to lead the host Cougars (7-15, 5-6). Charles Gaines scored 13 for the Golden Eagles (10-13, 3-8).

State

PROVIDENCE 73, UM 63: Ryan Gomes had 20 points and 10 rebounds as the host Friars (12-11, 5-7 Big East) won consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 30 and Jan. 2. The Hurricanes (10-12, 3-8) are 0-6 in conference road games.

HOWARD 74, FAMU 68: Ron Williamson scored 19 of his 34 in the second half and the host Bison (10-13, 8-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) overcame poor first-half shooting to snap a three-game winning streak by the Rattlers (10-12, 7-6).

GEORGIA ST. 71, JU 69: Nate Williams scored 20 and Cedric Patton had 18 off the bench as the host Panthers (11-13, 6-7 Atlantic Sun Conference) ended a four-game losing streak. The Dolphins are 12-13, 7-6.

Nation

MISSOURI 67, NEBRASKA 50: Ricky Clemons hit six of his first eight shots and scored 20 for the Tigers (16-6, 7-4 Big 12). Nebraska (9-15, 1-10) is winless at Missouri since 1995.

About four hours before the game, Clemons pleaded innocent at a brief hearing to a felony charge of choking a woman and refusing to let her leave his apartment. A trial date will be set March 3.

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