March 4, 2003
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Keith Langford scored 20 as No.6 Kansas beat Texas Tech 65-56 Monday night.
The Jayhawks (23-6, 13-2) led most of the game and built a 13-point lead early in the second half. The Red Raiders narrowed the margin to 59-53 with 5:01 to play.
But Kansas' Aaron Miles scored back-to-back baskets to stretch the lead to 10 with 4:21 left.
Texas Tech (16-10, 6-9) scored three in the last five minutes.
The win gave the Jayhawks at least a tie for the Big 12 title with either No.4 Texas or No.5 Oklahoma. Kansas has won 10 of its past 11 and can clinch the title with a win at Missouri on Sunday.
Andre Emmett, the league's leading scorer who was averaging 22 points going into the game, scored 16 for the Red Raiders.
NO.19 CREIGHTON 86, WICHITA ST. 60: Larry House scored a career-high 28 to lead the host Bluejays. Creighton (26-4, 15-3 Missouri Valley Conference) outscored the Shockers 26-8 in the first eight minutes of the second half to put the game away. Paul Miller scored 18 to lead Wichita State (17-10, 12-6).
FLORIDA STATE: Junior guard Tim Pickett was named ACC player of the week. He averaged 24 points, nine rebounds and three steals in a win against Virginia and a loss to league-leading Wake Forest.
FAMU 69, MORGAN ST. 56: Terrence Woods scored a game-high 20 and had three rebounds to lead the visiting Rattlers (14-11).
ARKANSAS ST. 85, FIU 65: Antonio Rambo had 19 points and five assists for the host Indians. Carlos Morban led Florida International with 25 points.
SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE: Matt Story scored 24 to lead the Florida Southern men past Rollins 81-69. The Moccasins captured their ninth tournament title and advanced to the Division II South region tournament. ... Florida Southern's Lucresia West had a game-high 25 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Moccasin women past the Tars 71-63 in overtime. Rollins' Gabriel Blakenfeld tied the score at 59 with a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left in regulation.
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FRESNO STATE: The school banned its men's team from playing in the postseason after confirming allegations of academic fraud. The Bulldogs (20-6, 13-3 WAC) had clinched the regular-season league title. The WAC has not decided whether the team will be allowed to play in its tournament, which begins March 11. In mid-February, former team statistician Stephen Mintz said he was asked to write papers in exchange for cash for three players during the 1999-2000 season.
IOWA STATE: Assistant coach Randall Brown resigned after he was charged with possession of child pornography and obstruction of justice.
RHODE ISLAND: The school is investigating allegations that players received money from former coach Jim Harrick's staff and boosters and had their grades changed. University spokeswoman Linda Acciardo specified the alleged violations outlined in a lawsuit it settled with former athletic department employee Christine King. Harrick's son and former Rhode Island assistant Jim Harrick Jr. falsified hotel and meal reports for recruits, King also charged.
ST. BONAVENTURE: The Bonnies must forfeit six Atlantic 10 Conference wins and are barred from the league tournament for using an ineligible player. Junior Jamil Terrell was declared ineligible Feb.27 for failing to meet NCAA junior college transfer guidelines. The school said it was petitioning to have Terrell reinstated.
UCLA: Point guard Cedric Bozeman will miss the rest of the season to have shoulder surgery.
-- Correspondent Rod Gipson contributed to this report.