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Arizona wraps up Pac-10 title

©Associated Press

March 2, 2003


STANFORD, Calif. -- Salim Stoudamire had four of his 18 points in the final 45 seconds as No. 1 Arizona clinched the Pac-10 title for the 10th time in coach Lute Olson's 20-year tenure, beating No. 19 Stanford 72-69 on Saturday.

Josh Childress had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Stanford, which had its season-best six-game winning streak snapped.

Childress hit a 3-pointer with 58 seconds left to cut Arizona's lead to 68-67. Stoudamire then scored with 43 seconds left and came up with a key rebound 18 seconds later and was fouled. He made both free throws.

After the Wildcats' Rick Anderson missed a free throw with 18 seconds left, Stanford had a final chance to tie. Childress missed a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left, then Julius Barnes missed a 3 with 1 second on the clock.

Arizona avenged its only conference loss. Stanford beat the Wildcats 82-77 on Jan. 30 in Tucson.

Arizona held Stanford to one field goal in a five-minute span late in the second half, but after an air ball by Jason Gardner from about 10 feet, Nick Robinson made a jumper on the other end to bring the Cardinal within 64-63 with three minutes to go.

NO. 3 OKLA. 69, TEXAS A&M 64: Hollis Price had 15 of his 23 points in the first half and made two free throws with 7 seconds left for the visiting Sooners, who almost squandered a 17-point second-half lead. The Sooners led 59-42 with 3:13 to play, but the Aggies rallied behind Bernard King, who had 12 of his 17 points over the final eight minutes. A&M got within 67-64 with 9 seconds left on King's 3-pointer.

NO. 5 TEXAS 76, TEXAS TECH 71: Brandon Mouton had 20 points to lead four Longhorns in double figures. Visiting Texas led most of the way until Tech tied it at 41 with 17:21 left. The Red Raiders went on a 9-2 run to pull within 72-69 on a drive by Kasib Powell with 25 seconds left.

NO. 7 KANSAS 79, NO. 16 OKLA. ST. 61: Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison combined for 43 points in their final home game for the Jayhawks. As they exited with 55 seconds left, OSU coach Eddie Sutton trotted all the way down the court to embrace the startled players who had just beaten his team. "Those two guys are the type of people we would all like to recruit as coaches," Sutton said. "They have just had a remarkable career." Collison had 24 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks, one short of the school record. Hinrich had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists as Kansas beat the Cowboys for the 11th straight time in Allen Fieldhouse.

RUTGERS 95, NO. 9 ND 82: Jerome Coleman broke out of a scoring slump with 27 for the host Scarlet Knights, who beat a Top 10 team for the first time in more than 20 years. Freshman guard Calvin Wooten scored 18 for Rutgers, which shot a season-high 54 percent. Rutgers' last win against a Top 10 team was Feb. 27, 1982, against West Virginia. Rutgers had a 31-11 run in the first half to take a 43-19 lead. The Fighting Irish were unable to get closer than 11 in the second half.

NO. 10 MARQUETTE 98, UAB 87: Dwyane Wade scored 26 for the host Golden Eagles, who won a share of the Conference USA title for the first time in the league's eight-year history. The only team that can tie Marquette is Memphis, which beat Cincinnati and has games at Houston and UAB left. Marquette used a 20-7 run midway through the second half to take a 76-55 lead on Todd Townsend's 3-pointer with 11:19 left.

NO. 11 LOUISVILLE 82, ECU 76: Reece Gaines scored a season-high 30 for the host Cardinals, who had lost three in the past two weeks. Leading rebounders Ellis Myles (season-ending knee injury) and Marvin Stone (held out because of an NCAA inquiry) were lost in the past two days. Gabriel Mikulas hit a baseline shot with 1:41 left to get the Pirates within 75-72. Kendall Dartez and Gaines each hit a free throw over the next minute and Gaines hit two more with 22 seconds left.

NO. 12 WAKE FOREST 80, CLEMSON 68: Josh Howard had 29 points, including a career-best six 3-pointers, as the host Demon Deacons moved closer to their first outright ACC title since 1962. Wake Forest closes Wednesday against North Carolina at home and Saturday at N.C. State. Clemson got within 44-42 before a 12-0 run sealed it for Wake Forest.

NO. 13 XAVIER 71, GW 70: David West tipped in a shot at the buzzer and officials watched the replay for several minutes before counting the basket, giving the host Musketeers the victory. Xavier (22-4, 13-1 Atlantic 10) lost a 10-point lead and appeared to have lost when one of the officials waved off the basket. The Colonials (10-16, 4-11) celebrated until the three-man officiating crew huddled, then headed for the scorer's table to look at the replay.

NO. 15 SYRACUSE 93, G'TOWN 84 (OT): Carmelo Anthony missed two free throws in the final 30 seconds of regulation and Gerry McNamara missed 1 of 2 from the line with 10 seconds left. So the visiting Orangmen (21-4, 11-3) needed overtime for their 11th comeback win of the season and McNamara redeemed himself with 10 of his 22 points in the extra period. Gerald Riley hit a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left in regulation for Georgetown (13-12, 5-9) to tie it at 77.

NO. 18 ILLINOIS 82, MICHIGAN 79: Brian Cook had 26 points and seven rebounds for the visiting Illini, who moved into a tie for first in the Big Ten. Roger Powell had 18 points and his stingy defense and two key rebounds in the closing minute helped Illinois to its fourth consecutive win. LaVell Blanchard scored 25 for Michigan.

ARKANSAS 53, NO. 20 MISS. ST. 51: Kendrick Davis was the catalyst of an 8-0 run for the host Razorbacks in the final 2:18. The freshman's 3-point play with 25 seconds left capped the run, during which he also hit a 3-pointer and picked up an assist on a 17-footer by Dionisio Gomez. Davis drove down the lane, drew a blocking foul on Ontario Harper and banked in a layup with his right hand. Mario Austin, who was held to five points, missed a shot with about five seconds left for the Bulldogs.

NEW MEXICO 76, NO. 22 UTAH 69: Ruben Douglas, the nation's leading scorer, had 39, including a school-record 26 free throws, for the host Lobos (10-15, 4-8 Mountain West). Douglas also was named to the school's all-time team. The Utes (21-5, 9-2) put up a school-record 40 3-point attempts but hit 12. Douglas was 26-of-31 at the free-throw line, 20-of-23 in the second half. He is averaging 28.5 points.

NO. 24 MEMPHIS 67, CINCY 48: Chris Massie bounced back from first-half foul trouble and scored 17 of his 23 in the second half to lead the host Tigers. Memphis took control with a 17-2 run midway through the second half. The Bearcats scored 19 in the half on four field goals.

NO. 25 DAYTON 69, FORDHAM 64: The host Flyers stepped up their defense in the second half and found the range on 3-pointers to hold off the Rams, who ran down the shot clock on nearly every possession. There were 15 lead changes. Brooks Hall scored 15 to lead five players in double figures for Dayton (21-5, 13-2 Atlantic 10). Michael Haynes scored 25 for Fordham (2-23, 1-13), which stayed in it until John Blackgrove missed a tying 3-pointer with 5 seconds left.

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