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Arizona averts upset by inches

Associated Press
Published December 7, 2003

ST. LOUIS - A smaller shoe size, perhaps, and Saint Louis takes No. 7 Arizona to overtime.

Instead, the Wildcats made a narrow escape with a 68-67 victory Saturday after Reggie Bryant's potential tying shot from the top of the key with 3.1 seconds left was ruled a 2-pointer.

"I saw his foot on the line," said Andre Iguodala, who led Arizona with 16 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. "We just wanted to get the ball inbounds and hold it."

Saint Louis didn't argue the call, which was confirmed after a quick replay review. But several Billikens believed the basket was a 3-pointer and did not foul after the ensuing inbounds. Bryant said he knew he was on the line.

"I didn't have time to step back," Bryant said. "I just tried to get up in the air and draw a foul."

Billikens coach Brad Soderberg also knew it was a 2-pointer.

"I saw it right away, and I couldn't communicate it to our guys that we were down one," he said. "They thought it was tied, but he did step on the line."

Arizona trailed by as many as 11 in the second half. It took its first lead at 49-48 with two free throws by Hassan Adams with 11:24 left, part of a 21-4 run.

NO. 3 UCONN 74, ARMY 46: Emeka Okafor had 18 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks, his first triple double, for the host Huskies. Freshman Charlie Villanueva, who missed the first six games while the NCAA determined his eligibility, finished with 16 points, five rebounds and three blocks for UConn, which led 39-15 at halftime.

NO. 4 MISSOURI 63, INDIANA 58: The visiting Tigers held the Hoosiers scoreless for the final 4:29 and rallied from a 14-point deficit with seven minutes left. Missouri closed the game with a 21-2 run.

Indiana dominated the first half, making 7 of 13 3-pointers. It led 56-42 with 7:15 left after Bracey Wright's long 3-pointer.

But Linas Kleiza made a free throw and 3-pointer. Rickey Paulding followed with a layup, and Travon Bryant made a 3-pointer to cut it to 58-57 with 2:05 left. Kleiza's three-point play with 1:20 left made it 60-58, Missouri's first lead since 2-0.

NO. 6 DUKE 79, ST. JOHN'S 58: Shavlik Randolph had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who extended the Red Storm's worst start in 81 seasons by winning their 30th in a row at Cameron Indoor Stadium. St. John's, which lost to Hofstra by 17 last week, last started 1-4 in 1922-23.

The Red Storm cut a 15-point first-half deficit to eight with 121/2 minutes left. But Randolph keyed a 14-4 run that made it 65-47 with 8:10 left. He started it with two free throws and added two more and two follow shots.

NO. 9 KENTUCKY 52, UCLA 50: Erik Daniels scored 14 for the Wildcats in the John Wooden Classic in Anaheim, Calif. Kentucky shot 27 percent to 34 percent for UCLA. The Wildcats led by 17 during the first half and did not trail. The Bruins closed to within three three times during the final 71/2 minutes. UCLA closed to 36-33 on seven consecutive points with 7:31 remaining. But Kentucky scored the next five on baskets by Daniels and a 3-pointer by Gerald Fitch, his only basket of the game.

NO. 11 ILLINOIS 84, ARKANSAS 61: Deron Williams had 17 points and 10 assists as the Illini rebounded from their first loss in Chicago. Williams, who scored a career-high 22 in Tuesday's loss to North Carolina, left with five minutes to go and Illinois leading by 27.

The Illini led by 15 at halftime and scored three consecutive baskets to open the second half. Bloomingdale graduate Nick Smith hit a jumper. Williams caught a lob underneath the basket for a reverse layup then made a nice pass to set up Roger Powell to extend the lead to 21.

NO. 12 SAINT JOE'S 67, PENN 59: Jameer Nelson had 23 points and eight steals and Delonte West 15 points for the visiting Hawks. Nelson and West scored 16 of 18 in one stretch late. The Quakers made 13 of 24 3-pointers, and Jeff Schiffner, who led the nation in 3-point percentage last season, went 7-for-11. Adam Chubb's two free throws and Charlie Copp's 3-pointer pulled Penn to within 62-59 with 36 seconds left. But the Hawks sealed it at the line.

NO. 13 GA. TECH 94, TENN. ST. 43: B.J. Elder keyed a 15-0 first-half run for the host Yellow Jackets. It was Tech's largest margin of victory since it beat Florida A&M 112-56 on Nov. 26, 1994. It was 8-8 when Elder scored eight consecutive points and Luke Schenscher added five as the Yellow Jackets took a 23-8 lead. Tennessee State went scoreless for 8:09.

NO. 15 WISCONSIN 68, DETROIT 42: Devin Harris had 13 points and nine assists for the host Badgers. Wisconsin, which had not shot better than 38 percent this season, shot 49. It shot 60 percent in the first half to lead 30-20 then opened the second half with a 21-7 run.

NO. 17 GONZAGA 82, MD. 68: Blake Stepp scored 27 and Adam Morrison keyed a second-half surge for the Bulldogs in the BB&T Classic in Washington. Gonzaga plays George Washington, a 70-64 winner against West Virginia, in today's final.

Gonzaga opened the second half with a 7-0 run to take a 37-34 lead then yielded five consecutive points before Morrison scored in the lane and Stepp made a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 run that made it 47-39. After Maryland closed to 49-44, Morrison had a three-point play and a dunk and Stepp two 3-pointers in a 15-5 run that made it 64-49 with 10:28 left.

NO. 18 WAKE 81, RICHMOND 66: Eric Williams, Taron Downey and Chris Paul scored 17 for the host Demon Deacons. After leading by two at halftime, Wake went on an 8-2 run midway through the second half. Up 53-52, Paul and Justin Gray scored four. Two free throws by Gray made it 61-54 with 7:20 to go. It became 66-57 when Paul inbounded the ball to Jamaal Levy, who gave it right back to Paul for a layup. Richmond got no closer than six points the rest of the way.

NO. 20 PURDUE 75, CHICAGO ST. 57: Melvin Buckley came off the bench and matched his career high with 20 points, including nine during a 15-point run, for the host Boilermakers. Off to its best season start in 10 seasons, Purdue (6-0) missed its first eight shots and trailed 10-4 before the first basket by Buckley, a 3-pointer seven minutes in. That started the run that included another Buckley 3-pointer, another basket and a free throw. An 11-0 run later helped Purdue to a 40-24 halftime lead.

NO. 22 PITT 64, PENN ST. 37: Julius Page and Jaron Brown led a defense that held Penn State to two points in a 13-minute span for the Panthers. Pitt has won 26 in a row at home, one short of the school record, and is 36-1 at home during the past three seasons.

Pittsburgh started with a 12-2 run keyed by Toree Morris' six points, gave up DeForrest Riley-Smith's 3-pointer, then went on a 20-2 run that made it 32-7.

BYU 76, NO. 25 OKLAHOMA ST. 71: Rafael Araujo scored a career-high 32, including six free throws during the final 1:01, for the host Cougars. The Cowboys led 43-38 early in the second half when the Cougars went on a 14-5 run, including 10 by Araujo, for a 52-48 lead. The Cowboys last led at 68-66 on a layup by John Lucas with 3:51 left but didn't score again until the final seconds.

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