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College basketball

Lions cripple Hoosiers' hopes

©Associated Press
March 9, 2003

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Jan Jagla scored 25 points and Sharif Chambliss added 22 as Penn State upset Indiana 74-66 Saturday night.

The Nittany Lions (7-20, 2-14 Big Ten) went up 56-47 on a B.J. Vossekuil three-point play, then extended their lead to 70-60 on a short jumper by Chambliss with 2:18 to go.

Indiana (18-11, 8-8) got within 70-66 with 51 seconds left. But Jagla, Aaron Johnson and Vossekuil hit free throws to seal the victory and damage Indiana's already tenuous NCAA Tournament hopes.

Despite the win, the Nittany Lions tied their worst showing since joining the conference. Penn State went 2-14 in its first season, 1992-93.

Penn State point guard Brandon Watkins left the court with 4:55 left after he went down hard while driving to the basket. Watkins did not return, but coach Jerry Dunn said he expected Watkins to play in the conference tournament this week.

Johnson added 10 points for Penn State, and he and Jagla each had eight rebounds.

Bracey Wright led Indiana with 21 points.

PURDUE 69, MICHIGAN 61: Willie Deane scored a career-high 36 as the visiting Boilermakers (18-9, 10-6) won in double digits in the conference for sixth time in the past decade. The Wolverines (17-12, 10-6), who have dropped three of their past four, got within 53-48 with less that four minutes remaining on a 3-pointer by senior LaVell Blanchard. Purdue then scored eight straight points.

MICH. ST. 72, OHIO ST. 58: Chris Hill scored 20 and the visiting Spartans shot 63 percent, 77 percent (20-of-26) on shots inside the arc. Michigan State (18-11, 10-6), which has won four in a row and eight of 11, will be a No. 3 or No. 4 seed in the conference tournament. The Buckeyes (14-13, 7-9) will be the eighth seed and play Iowa in the opening round.

IOWA 77, N'WESTERN 61: Jared Reiner scored 20 to lead four players in double figures as the host Hawkeyes (15-12, 7-9) swept the season series. The Wildcats (11-16, 3-12) played without coach Bill Carmody, who checked into an Evanston, Ill., hospital after practice Friday with tightness in his chest.

SEC

LSU 66, ALABAMA 62: Ronald Dupree had 14 points and 12 rebounds as the host Tigers ended its regular season on a five-game winning streak. LSU (19-9, 8-8) won seven of its last nine games, all in the conference, and moved up to the third seed in the West Division. Alabama (17-10, 7-9) could have clinched the No. 2 seed but finished fourth.

UT 70, VANDERBILT 65: Ron Slay scored 22 and Brandon Crump added 18 as the visiting Volunteers (17-10, 9-7) rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit. Tennessee handed the Commodores (10-17, 3-13) their ninth straight loss.

OLE MISS 64, ARKANSAS 54: David Sanders scored 23 and Justin Reed 15 as the visiting Rebels (13-14, 4-12) snapped a 10-game skid. Kendrick Davis scored 16 for the Razorbacks (9-18, 4-12), who trailed by least 10 for most of the second half.

GEORGIA: Former player Tony Cole was charged with writing a bad check, and a warrant for his arrest was issued last week. Cole's accusations of misconduct against the program resulted in the firing of assistant coach Jim Harrick Jr., and the scandal has threatened the career of head coach Jim Harrick Sr.

ACC

GA. TECH 66, CLEMSON 56: Chris Bosh and B.J. Elder each scored 20 as the host Yellow Jackets (14-13, 7-9) gave former coach Bobby Cremins a warm welcome back. The Tigers (15-12, 5-11) lost their fourth straight and the 13th of their past 14 ACC road games.

Cremins, who lives in Hilton Head, S.C., and works as a television analyst, was honored after the game as the institute renamed the Alexander Memorial Coliseum floor Cremins Court.

C-USA

SAINT LOUIS 58, ECU 48: Anthony Drejaj's 3-pointer with 6:01 left gave the visiting Billikens the lead, then Saint Louis (15-12, 9-7) scored 17 of the game's final 21 to win its seventh in a row. The Pirates (12-15, 3-13) scored two in the final 5:38.

DePAUL 65, HOUSTON 59: Sam Hoskin followed a clutch performance in the Blue Demons' upset of Louisville with 23 points and 12 rebounds to help lead host DePaul (16-11, 8-8) into the conference tournament on a roll. Andre Owens had 21 points for the Cougars (8-19, 6-10).

TULANE 74, SO. MISS 61: Quincy Davis had a career-high 18 points and eight rebounds as the host Green Wave (15-14, 8-8) clinched the sixth seed. Charles Gaines had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Golden Eagles (12-15, 5-11).

Big East

UCONN 91, BC 54: Emeka Okafor tied his career high with 25 points as the visiting Huskies (19-8, 10-6) shut down the Eagles (17-10, 10-6) and Troy Bell to earn a share of the East Division title. Bell, the senior guard who needed 33 points to pass Lawrence Moten as the conference's all-time leading scorer, had 15 on 4-of-20 shooting.

PROVIDENCE 64, SETON HALL 61 (OT): Tuukka Kotti scored 12 of his 15 in the second half to lead the host Friars (15-12, 8-8). Greg Morton and Andre Sweet had 14 each for the Pirates (16-11, 10-6). Sweet forced overtime with a layup with 15.2 seconds left.

W.VA. 71, VA. TECH 67: Drew Schifino had 19 points as the host Mountaineers (14-14, 5-11) clinched a conference tournament bid. West Virginia snapped a five-game losing streak despite being outrebounded 50-28 and yielding 20 second-chance points to the Hokies (11-18, 4-12).

ST. JOHN'S 76, UM 73: Marcus Hatten scored 27 and finished his career with the best scoring average, 23.0, in conference history to lead the visiting Red Storm (15-12, 7-9). Darius Rice scored 26 for the Hurricanes (11-16, 4-12) despite still being hampered by torn ligaments in the index finger of his shooting hand.

VILLANOVA: The school suspended 12 players, including leading scorers Gary Buchanan and Ricky Wright, for allegedly making unauthorized phone calls. The suspensions will leave the team with seven players available for today's regular-season finale against No. 7 Pittsburgh, and the Wildcats will be short-handed for the conference tournament.

Big 12

BAYLOR 74, TEXAS TECH 68: Lawrence Roberts scored seven of his 28 in the final two minutes as the host Bears (14-13, 5-11) overcame a long second-half shooting drought to hold off the slumping Red Raiders (16-11, 6-10).

Baylor built a 42-26 second-half lead before Andre Emmett, the Big 12's leading scorer, brought Tech back to take a 46-45 lead with 7:31 left.

The Red Raiders rallied with help from Baylor, which went almost 12 minutes without a field goal.

But Baylor quickly retook the lead on free throws by R.T. Guinn and were in control the rest of the way.

"We got behind and were able to come back, but we couldn't finish," Texas Tech coach Bob Knight said in a testy postgame press conference that lasted about two minutes. "It has been that pattern for our team all year."

COLORADO 84, NEBRASKA 69: David Harrison had 20 points, 10 rebounds and a school-record 11 blocks as the host Buffaloes (19-10, 9-7) boosted their NCAA Tournament hopes. The Cornhuskers (11-17, 3-12) lost for the 11th time in 13 games.

KANSAS ST. 74, IOWA ST. 63: Gilson DeJesus had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the host Wildcats (13-16, 4-12). Jackson Vroman, who fouled out, had 13 points, 11 in the first half, for the Cyclones (15-12, 5-11).

Pac-10

ASU 74, OREGON ST. 64: Ike Diogu scored 18 as the host Sun Devils (19-10, 11-7) locked up fourth place in the conference and improved their chance of their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1995. Phillip Ricci had 16 points for the Beavers (13-14, 6-12).

USC 86, WASH. ST. 68: Desmon Farmer scored 27 as the host Trojans clinched a spot in the conference tournament as the No. 7 seed. The Cougars (7-20, 2-16) finished in last place.

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