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College basketball

Streaking Memphis powers past Louisville

©Associated Press
February 20, 2003

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville coach Rick Pitino went into Wednesday night's game with Memphis worried about the Tigers' 3-point shooting.

He should have been more concerned about their rebounding.

Antonio Burks scored 16 and the Tigers outrebounded No. 4 Louisville 47-31 in an 80-73 victory.

Chris Massie had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Earl Barron also had 11 rebounds for the Tigers (17-5, 8-3 C-USA), who won their sixth straight game.

"They just took us to the woodshed on the glass," Pitino said. "They deserved the victory. They beat the hell out of us."

Reece Gaines scored 19 on 5-of-18 shooting for the Cardinals (19-3, 9-2), who lost at home for the first time in 12 games this season. Gaines made 1 of 9 3-pointers and the Cardinals, the best 3-point shooting team in the conference, went 5-for-23 (22 percent).

"We shot way too many 3s," said Gaines, who hit a winning 3-pointer at Marquette on Saturday. "I shot too many 3s that didn't go in. I thought they'd go in, but they didn't."

Massie fell awkwardly with 14:08 left. He returned and played with a broken nose.

NO. 2 KENTUCKY 66, ARKANSAS 50: Gerald Fitch scored 17 and the Wildcats shut down the Razorbacks to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 15 games. Kentucky (21-3, 11-0 SEC) pulled its starters with almost three minutes left as coach Tubby Smith won for the first time in six tries at Bud Walton Arena. Eric Ferguson had 13 points for Arkansas (7-15, 2-9).

NO. 5 OKLAHOMA 64, NO. 16 OKLA. ST. 48: Hollis Price scored 22 to lead the Sooners (18-4, 9-2 Big 12) to their 35th straight home victory. The Cowboys (19-5, 8-3) were undone by 28 percent shooting (16-of-56).

NO. 6 KANSAS 94, COLORADO 87: Nick Collison had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Wayne Simien added 21 and 13 as the host Jayhawks (20-5, 10-1) held off the Buffaloes (15-9, 5-6) to avenge their only loss in 31 regular-season Big 12 games.

NO. 8 DUKE 75, NO. 13 MARYLAND 70: Dahntay Jones scored 21 as the Blue Devils (18-4, 8-4 ACC) ran their home winning streak to 26 and tied the defending national champion Terrapins (16-7, 8-4) for second in the conference.

NO. 14 XAVIER 93, LA SALLE 71: Romain Sato scored a career-high 35 to lead the visiting Musketeers (19-4, 10-1 Atlantic 10) to their 10th straight victory. Gary Neal scored a career-high 37 for the Explorers (10-12, 4-7).

NO. 17 CREIGHTON 77, INDIANA ST. 54: Kyle Korver scored 12 of his 15 in the first half and the host Bluejays (23-3, 13-2 Missouri Valley Conference) held the Sycamores (6-19, 2-12) to 37 percent shooting in the second half.

NO. 19 MISS. ST. 63, AUBURN 46: Timmy Bowers scored a career-high 25 on 9-of-13 shooting as the visiting Bulldogs took over the SEC Western Division lead. Mississippi State (17-5, 7-4) held the Tigers (17-7, 6-5) to a season low in points and dominated the boards 40-30 to break the teams' deadlock.

MICH. 78, NO. 24 PURDUE 67: Daniel Horton scored a career-high 31 as the visiting Wolverines (16-9, 9-3) took over first place in the Big Ten, breaking a tie with the Boilermakers (16-7, 8-4) and Wisconsin.

NO. 25 DAYTON 70, RICHMOND 63: D.J. Stelly scored eight during a 12-4 second-half run and the visiting Flyers (19-4, 11-1 Atlantic 10) withstood a rally in the closing minute. The Spiders (12-11, 6-6) used a 19-9 run to get within 64-63 with 53 seconds left.

SEC

SOUTH CAROLINA 77, UT 63: Tony Kitchings scored 15 of his 21 in the second half and the Gamecocks (11-11, 4-7 SEC) ended a six-game winning streak by the Volunteers (15-7, 7-4).

C-USA

USF: Sophomore forward Terrence Leather, who did not travel with the Bulls to Tuesday's game at Tulane, is expected to rejoin the team today. He left the bench after being removed from the game early in the second half. Sunday it was announced he would take an indefinite leave of absence for personal reasons.

State

ECKERD 67, LYNN 62: It was the kind of game Tritons coach Tom Ryan has seen all season. For 20 minutes they play well. The other 20, they play poorly.

Therefore, it was no surprise when Eckerd trailed by seven at halftime. Or that it fell behind by 10 midway through the second half before finally pulling it together.

"It's been like that all season," Ryan said. "Sometimes, the intensity isn't there. We chip away at the lead and we get happy and give up some baskets. I just want to see 40 minutes of effort once."

The Tritons (20-5, 9-4 Sunshine State Conference) solidified third place with only Saturday's season finale at Tampa remaining. They also avenged a 72-70 loss this the season to Lynn (15-11, 7-6).

TAMPA 74, SAINT LEO 55: Rob Sargeant had a career-high 21 points to lead the host Spartans (15-10, 6-7 SSC). Collin Shaw scored 27 for the Lions (6-19, 2-11).

W.KY. 71, FIU 58: Patrick Sparks scored 20 and Caleb Halcomb 13 as the visiting Hilltoppers (18-8, 10-2 Sun Belt) won their sixth in a row. The Golden Panthers (7-17, 1-10) have lost 10 of 11.

Nation

UCONN 87, RUTGERS 70: Tony Robertson scored a career-high 24 to lead the host Huskies (16-6, 7-4 Big East). Herve Lamizana led the Scarlet Knights (11-12, 3-8) with 20 points.

BC 87, VA. TECH 69: Troy Bell scored 29 as the host Eagles (14-9, 7-5 Big East) won their sixth in seven games. Bryant Matthews scored 23 but shot 7-of-25 for the Hokies (10-14, 3-8).

MINN. 73, N'WESTERN 61: Rick Rickert had 22 points and a career-high 13 rebounds as the visiting Golden Gophers (15-7, 7-4 Big Ten) held off a late rally by the Wildcats (10-13, 2-10).

PENN ST. 58, WISCONSIN 57: Sharif Chambliss scored 16, and DeForrest Riley's three-point play with nine secondes left helped the host Nittany Lions (6-16, 1-10 Big Ten) overtake the Badgers (18-6, 8-4).

INDIANA 79, IOWA 63: Bracey Wright scored 16 of his 18 in the second half for the Hoosiers (16-9, 6-6 Big Ten) in their first conference road victory. Chauncey Leslie scored 18 for the Hawkeyes (13-9, 5-6).

BAYLOR 66, KANSAS ST. 57: Lawrence Roberts had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the visiting Bears (12-10, 3-8 Big 12) held off a late rally by the Wildcats (12-12, 3-8) to win consecutive conference games for the first time this season.

TEXAS A&M 66, IOWA ST. 54: Bernard King scored 15 of his 17 in the second half as the host Aggies (13-9, 5-6 Big 12) pulled away from the Cyclones (12-10, 2-9).

TEXAS TECH: Two players suspended for a game this week believe they were "set up" as punishment for their part in the team's losses, one of their fathers told a newspaper. Coach Bob Knight held junior guard Andre Emmett, the Big 12's leading scorer, and senior forward Nick Valdez out of Monday night's game at Texas after they missed breakfast and the morning walkthrough. Valdez's father, Joe Valdez, told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in an e-mail Tuesday that "Andre and Nick believe they were set up, purportedly for their irresponsibility toward the team, more likely their relative responsibility in the team's losses and resulting disappointment." Knight's spokesman, Randy Farley, said the claim was "absolutely the most ridiculous thing" he has seen.

-- Times staff writers Rodney Page and Pete Young contributed to this report.

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