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Nittany Lions fall to 'Cats in 2OT

©Associated Press
March 2, 2003

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Jitim Young scored 26 and Aaron Jennings added 15, including seven in the second overtime Saturday, as Northwestern beat Penn State 85-79.

Jennings' hook shot tied it at 76 with 2:10 left in the second overtime. At 1:17 his free throw gave Northwestern a 77-76 lead it didn't relinquish.

The Nittany Lions' Brandon Watkins hit a 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left to tie it at 65 and send it into the first overtime. He also made a running jumper in the lane with 6.3 seconds left to force a second overtime.

Watkins finished with a career-high 31 points for Penn State. Northwestern's Jason Burke missed a 20-footer to win the game in regulation, and T.J. Parker was off on a 20-footer to win it in the first overtime.

INDIANA 91, IOWA 88 (OT): Bracey Wright scored 21, including the winning 3-pointer with 14 seconds left in overtime, for the host Hoosiers. Jeff Newton added 20 points, 14 in the final four minutes of regulation and overtime, and Tom Coverdale had 16 for Indiana, which blew a 13-point lead during the final 11 minutes of regulation. Jared Reiner had career highs of 25 points and 17 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, while Chauncey Leslie, playing on a sprained ankle, added 17 points.

MICH. ST. 69, PURDUE 61: Kelvin Torbert had 13 points and Alan Anderson had 12 as the host Spartans rallied and knocked the Boilermakers out of the Big Ten title race. The Spartans shot 73 percent from the field, 100 percent from 3-point range and more than 92 percent from the free-throw line in the final 12:54 after failing to score for the first 7:06 of the second half. Purdue, the Big Ten leader with a 7-1 mark halfway through the conference season, lost for the fifth time in seven games and the fourth-straight time in East Lansing.


UNC 67, GA. TECH 66: Raymond Felton hit two free throws with 7.7 seconds left as the host Tar Heels rallied from 10 down in the second half. Felton had 19 points while Jawad Williams scored 15 for the North Carolina, which trailed the entire half until a furious comeback in the final seconds ended a two-game conference losing streak. Chris Bosh scored 13 of his 17 in the second for the Yellow Jackets, who lost their fifth straight game and fell to 0-10 on the road.


LSU 88, TENNESSEE 67: Collis Temple III scored a season-high 23 as the Tigers got their first road win of the season. LSU also set a school record in hitting 17 of 27 3-pointers, including six from Temple, who tied a career high. The host Volunteers have lost four in a row after a six-game winning streak. Saturday's total was the most points given up by Tennessee this season.

S. CAROLINA 76, VANDY 64: Carlos Powell set career highs with 21 points and seven assists for the host Gamecocks. Chuck Eidson added 18 points, and Rolando Howell had 13 as South Carolina ended a two-game losing streak. Matt Freije led the Commodores with 22 points. Brian Thornton had 13 points and nine rebounds for Vanderbilt, which has lost seven straight.


SAINT LOUIS 76, TULANE 74 (2OT): Marque Perry hit three free throws and a jumper in the second overtime to lead the host Billikens. Perry, who scored four in the first half, led all scorers with 27. Brandon Brown led Tulane with 26 points. Waitari Marsh added 17 and Brandon Spann 16. The Green Wave scored the first five in the second overtime for a 72-67 lead, but Perry made a basket and Chris Sloan made a 3-pointer. Perry then made three free throws for a 75-72 lead. Tulane had a chance to tie it again when Spann was fouled on a 3-point shot, but he made just only two free throws.

DePAUL 58, CHARLOTTE 50: Curtis Withers scored 12 and Curtis Nash battled through a knee injury to help the host 49ers overcome a slow start. Nash hit a 3-pointer to give Charlotte the lead for good at 50-47 with just over two minutes left. Withers and Eddie Basden, who tied a school record with seven steals, both hit a pair of field goals in the final 30 seconds, and Basden dunked the ball to help the 49ers win for the fifth time in six games.

HOUSTON 75, TCU 57: Andre Owens scored 22, and Jeremee McGuire and Louis Truscott each had double doubles for the host Cougars. Truscott had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and McGuire scored 11 and had 13 rebounds. The Horned Frogs were led by Junior Blunt's 22 points.


BOSTON COLLEGE 72, MIAMI 68: Troy Bell scored 32 for the visiting Eagles and moved into second place on the Big East all-time scoring list. Bell has 1,335 and needs 67 in his final two games to reach Syracuse's Lawrence Moten, the conference's all-time scoring leader. James Jones scored 27 for the Hurricanes. Miami's leading scorer, Darius Rice, sat out because of sprained ligaments in his right index finger.

UCF 82, FAU 75: Ray Abellard scored 18 as the visiting Golden Knights broke a two-game losing streak. UCF had lost three of its past four. Florida Atlantic ends the season after its fifth consecutive loss and won't defend its conference tournament championship. The Owls finished last in the Atlantic Sun's South Division.

MERCER 101, STETSON 84: Scott Emerson scored 21 as the host Bears tied a school record with their 22nd victory. They enter Atlantic Sun tournament as the No. 1 seed. Ravii Givens led the Hatters with 24 points.

MORGAN ST. 59, B-CC 55: Sam Brand scored 16 and Randy Dukes added 13 and eight rebounds for the host Golden Bears. Morgan State was 41 percent from behind the 3-point line. Richard Toussaint led Bethune-Cookman with 26 points and had three steals.

FAMU 73, COPPIN ST. 69 (OT): Terrence Woods set a MEAC record with 12 3-pointers to lead the visiting Rattlers. With a chance to tie it in overtime, Coppin State's Jimmy Boykin was whistled for an offensive foul. Michael Griffith's free throws gave Florida A&M the win.

Big East

SETON HALL 56, W. VIRGINIA 53: Andre Barrett hit a go-ahead 3-pointer from the corner with 57.6 seconds for the host Pirates, who won their ninth straight.

VIRGINIA TECH 88, VILLANOVA 63: Bryant Matthews had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the host Hokies, who broke open a close game with a 20-0 run in the second half.

Big 12

NEBRASKA 69, IOWA ST. 63: Nate Johnson scored 20 and made four clinching free throws in the final 18 seconds for the host Cornhuskers. The Cyclones rallied down the stretch, and Tim Barnes' 3 with 24 seconds left cut the lead to 65-63, forcing Johnson to hit the winning free throws.

COLORADO 72, BAYLOR 59: Stephane Pelle scored 23 and Michel Morandais 22 as the Buffaloes earned their first Big 12 road win this season. Colorado dominated the Bears inside, outscoring them 46-14 in the paint and outrebounding them 50-28.

MISSOURI 77, KANSAS ST. 70: Rickey Paulding scored 23 and Ricky Clemons hit two late 3-pointers for the visiting Tigers. Paulding was 3-for-3 from the line and scored eight inside the final two minutes. The Wildcats led 56-51 with just more than 71/2 minutes left, but Missouri came back to take leads of 60-59 and 65-62 on 3-pointers by Clemons.


OREGON 79, UCLA 48: Luke Ridnour scored 21, Luke Jackson had 16, and the host Ducks made 14 3-pointers. James Davis added 12 points, all on 3-pointers, for Oregon, and Andre Joseph scored 10 off the bench in the Ducks' last home game. Ray Young was the only player in double-digits for UCLA with 10.

OREGON ST. 61, USC 60: Philip Ricci had 15 points and Brian Jackson hit two free throws to clinch the host Beavers' win. Errick Craven led the Trojans with 15 points. Desmon Farmer and Gregg Guenther added 12.

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