© St. Petersburg Times, published February 23, 2003
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Third-ranked Texas ran out of time before No. 16 Oklahoma State ran out of players.
The Cowboys had three frontcourt players foul out, but Victor Williams and his fellow guards made enough plays down the stretch to give them an 82-77 victory.
Williams, who missed eight minutes of the second half after picking up his fourth foul, made a 3-pointer and added four free throws during the final 30 seconds.
"We had lost two big games in a row (to Baylor and Oklahoma), and this was like a must-win situation for us," Williams said. "For us to get the win kind of shows us the character of the team."
Texas, arguably the deepest and most talented team in the Big 12, nearly erased a 15-point deficit but came up short despite a career-high 32 points from T.J. Ford.
Down by 14 at halftime, Ford scored six during a 9-0 run that got the Longhorns within 70-69 with 3:35 left.
They got within 76-73 on a tip-in by James Thomas with 1:40 left and made it 76-74 on a free throw by Ford with 50 seconds left.
But Williams made two free throws for a 78-74 lead with 21 seconds left. And after Ford missed a short jumper, Williams was fouled again and made both free throws with 8.6 seconds left.
CINCINNATI -- Reserve Tony Bobbitt jump-started Cincinnati's offense by making five consecutive shots, and the Bearcats shot a school-record 58 free throws as they beat No. 4 Louisville 101-80.
Since winning 17 in a row, Louisville has lost three of four. It lost its poise as well, drawing four technical fouls. Coach Rick Pitino got two in rapid-fire succession and was ejected with 11:02 left.
"We didn't understand how tough it is to stay on top," said Louisville's Reece Gaines, who also got a technical.
Bobbitt missed his first four shots then hit three consecutive 3-pointers for a 47-33 halftime lead.
Cincinnati won for only the second time in seven games, its worst slump during coach Bob Huggins' 14 seasons.
"We haven't worked as hard as we have in the past," Huggins said. "Hopefully, we've turned the corner. (Friday's) practice was as good as we've had in the 14 years I've been here."
NO. 1 ARIZONA 92, ARIZONA ST. 72: Luke Walton scored a season-high 23 and had 10 rebounds for the Wildcats. The blowout came in front of the fourth-largest crowd ever at Arizona State.
Arizona outscored Arizona State 12-4 during the final 2 1/2 minutes of the first half to go up 51-43 at the break then went 12-1 to start the second half. When Jason Gardner capped the run with a 10-foot fadeaway jumper, Arizona led 63-44 with 14:28 left.
NO. 8 DUKE 79, N.C. STATE 68: Dahntay Jones scored 19 and Daniel Ewing 18 for the host Blue Devils. Duke went ahead to stay during a 12-0 run in the first half after an early technical foul on Julius Hodge, taking a 44-27 halftime lead. The Wolfpack cut the lead to single digits three times during the second half, but Duke answered each time.
N.C. State opened the second half with nine consecutive points to pull within eight. But Duke came back with a 10-2 run, six points by Ewing, to take a 54-38 lead with 15 minutes left.
NO. 9 PITTSBURGH 86, RUTGERS 65: The Panthers, the Big East's top defensive team, held the Scarlet Knights, the conference's worst offensive team, to 14 points in the first half and moved into a three-way tie with Notre Dame and Syracuse for the Big East West division lead.
No Panther reached double figures until Julius Page hit 11 points with 11:13 left, but they already had opened leads of as many as 24.
Pitt didn't let up until midway through the second half in its second straight easy home victory, surging to a 42-18 lead. The Panthers beat West Virginia 82-46 on Feb. 12 before winning at Georgetown 82-67 on Tuesday.
Pitt came in allowing a league-low 59.1 points, and Rutgers was averaging 67.3 points.
NO. 11 MARQUETTE 79, TCU 68: Dwyane Wade had 22 points and 14 rebounds, including a putback basket to start the deciding run, for the visiting Golden Eagles. Down 47-43, Wade's tip-in of his own miss ignited a 17-3 spurt. He then had a steal and traded passes with Scott Merritt before his dunk tied it.
Up 54-52, Marquette scored the next nine, capped by Travis Diener's long 3-pointer with 6:37 left.
NO. 12 NOTRE DAME 98, VA. TECH 76: Matt Carroll scored 25 and Chris Thomas had 21 points, 13 assists and six rebounds for the host Irish. Down 42-33, the Hokies closed to 42-37 on two free throws by Dimari Thompkins. But Carroll made a 3-pointer and Thomas made a free throw as the Irish began to pull away. A 15-3 run midway through the second half, with Carroll scoring seven, gave Notre Dame a 62-44 lead with 11:49 left.
NO. 13 MARYLAND 96, NORTH CAROLINA 56: The host Terps concluded a demanding week by crushing the Tar Heels, who have lost four in a row to the Terps for the first time since 1930-32. Maryland beat No. 10 Wake Forest at home Monday in a game delayed a day by snow then lost on the road to No. 8 Duke on Wednesday.
The Terrapins let a 13-point halftime lead dwindle to 47-40 before Steve Blake scored seven during a 13-2 run. After North Carolina closed to 62-47, John Gilchrist hit a runner in the lane, Jamar Smith slammed an alley-oop from Calvin McCall and Andre Collins and Ryan Randle made layups to start a 14-0 run that put Maryland up by 29.
NO. 14 XAVIER 73, NO. 25 DAYTON 72: Lionel Chalmers scored on an offensive rebound with 24 seconds left to propel the visiting Musketeers. With Dayton leading 72-71, Xavier's Dedrick Finn launched a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left as the shot clock ran out. The shot missed, but Chalmers got the rebound and put it in.
Dayton had a chance to win. But Ramod Marshall missed a shot as he drove the lane, and the ball went out of bounds with a second to play.
NO. 20 ILLINOIS 73, NORTHWESTERN 61: Roger Powell scored a career-high 20 and Brian Cook scored 13 of his 17 during the second half for the Illini in Chicago. After going 1-of-3 from the field during the first half, Cook was more assertive after halftime. He scored 10 of 12 points, including an alley-oop dunk, for Illinois during an eight-minute span that saw it extend its lead to nine with 3:30 left.
NO. 21 STANFORD 93, UCLA 84: Julius Barnes scored 27 for the Cardinal, who won for the sixth consecutive time at Pauley Pavilion. Jason Kapono and Ray Young hit consecutive 3-pointers during the final 59 seconds to cut UCLA's 10-point deficit to 88-84. But Barnes made two free throws with 39 seconds left, and Kapono missed a 3-pointer.
NO. 22 GEORGIA 79, SOUTH CAROLINA 66: Ezra Williams scored eight of his 16 during a game-turning run at the end of the first half for the host Bulldogs.
The Gamecocks took their last lead on a 3-pointer by Chris Warren with 4:46 left in the first half. But they scored only three before the break, and the Bulldogs exploded behind Williams and Jarvis Hayes.
First, Williams hit a jumper and Hayes had a three-point play, giving Georgia a 24-22 lead. Williams added two more baskets and two free throws during the spurt, which was capped by a dunk by Hayes just before the buzzer for a 38-25 lead.
OHIO ST. 52, NO. 24 PURDUE 44: The host Buckeyes made just five free throws, all by Brent Darby during the final 44 seconds, but won.
The Boilermakers lost starting guard Kenneth Lowe, their second-leading scorer, when he dislocated his left shoulder with 5:16 left in the first half.
Brandon McKnight's 15-footer with 2:15 left cut the Buckeyes' lead to 43-42. But Darby drove end to end for a layup with 1:38 left then made two free throws to make it 47-42.
Purdue has lost four of five, including three in a row on the road, to fall out of a first-place tie in the Big Ten.