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College basketball

After cruising, Arizona needs to hold off Texas

By wire services
Published December 10, 2003

NEW YORK - Hassan Adams scored a career-high 30 to lead Arizona's usual balanced attack and the eighth-ranked Wildcats beat No. 6 Texas 91-83 on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.

Andre Iguodala had a triple double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in the win that kept Arizona unbeaten in nine games in Madison Square Garden under coach Lute Olson.

The Wildcats (3-1) won the Preseason NIT in 1990, '95 and '99 under Olson at the Garden and also won the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic there in 2001.

The Wildcats took command with a 20-3 run early in the second half that gave them a 61-43 lead with 12:50 to play.

Their biggest lead was 79-60 on a 3-pointer by Adams with 6:03 to play and it seemed as if it would be a matter of watching the clock run out.

But the Longhorns (4-1) were relentless with their offensive rebounds the rest of the way and held the Wildcats to just one field goal - a four-point play by Salim Stoudamire with 4:02 left. They got as close as 86-80 on a 3-pointer by Kenny Taylor with 31 seconds left, but Arizona went 5-for-6 from the free-throw line to close it.

NO. 12 ST. JOE'S 67, BC 57: Delonte West scored 27 and had nine rebounds and Jameer Nelson added 13 points for the host Hawks.

"Sometimes, I've got to step up and take shots," West said.

The Hawks (6-0) started slowly with some uncharacteristically sloppy play and off-target shooting before West and Nelson passed and shot the Hawks toward another win.

Nelson, a preseason All-America selection, gets most of the attention, but West, last season's Atlantic 10 most improved player, is second on the Hawks in scoring, 3-point shooting and assists. West, still bothered by a high right ankle sprain, was 10-for-17 from the floor.

Jermaine Watson had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Boston College (6-1). The Eagles shot only 38 percent from the field and were 22-for-34 from the free-throw line.

Nelson had seven assists, setting Saint Joseph's career record with 584.

PROVIDENCE 70, NO. 14 ILLINOIS 51: Ryan Gomes had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Donnie McGrath had all 15 of his points in the second half for the Friars in the opening game of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The Friars (4-1) overcame a terrible start and a 30-24 halftime deficit behind the offense of Gomes and McGrath and the effectiveness of their 2-3 zone that shut down the Illini (4-2).

James Augustine had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Illini.

N. IOWA 77, NO. 24 IOWA 66: Erik Crawford scored a career-high 24 and hit two late 3-pointers to lift the host Panthers.

Northern Iowa (3-3) had been 0-for-14 on 3-pointers before hitting three straight in the final 51/2 minutes to pull away from the Hawkeyes (6-1), who broke into the Top 25 for the first time this season Monday.

It was the second straight time Northern Iowa upset a nationally ranked Iowa team in Cedar Falls.

NO. 25 DAYTON 66, LA.-LAFAYETTE 59: Ramod Marshall hit two 3-pointers in the final 1:33 to lead the host Flyers.

Keith Waleskowski scored 18, and Sean Finn and Mark Jones each had 16 for the Flyers (7-0).

Brad Boyd had 20 points and Antoine Landry added 19 for Louisiana-Lafayette (1-2).

Boyd hit a 3-pointer with 2:02 left to tie it at 57. Marshall answered with a 3-pointer.

WINTHROP 80, GEORGIA 60: The visiting Eagles got 20 points from Tyrone Walker and 18 from James Shuler to give the South Carolina school its first win against a SEC team. The Eagles (5-2), perennial powers in the Big South who have lost 10 times against SEC opponents, hit 10 of 16 3-pointers, outrebounded Georgia 29-25 and had just seven turnovers to 12 for the Bulldogs (4-2).

ARKANSAS 78, SE MISSOURI ST. 68: Jonathan Modica led five players in double figures with 20 points to help the Razorbacks overcome a 10-point halftime deficit.

Arkansas (5-1) came off a 23-point loss to No. 14 Illinois on Saturday and was listless against Southeast Missouri (4-3), which shot well from all over the court in trying for a rare road victory.

C-USA

DePAUL 63, OHIO 60: Sammy Mejia scored 15, including three free throws in the final 31 seconds, to lead the visiting Blue Demons. Ohio led 32-31 at halftime, but DePaul held the Bobcats scoreless for almost seven minutes during a 21-2 second half run.

TULANE 83, NORTHWESTERN ST. 66: Marcus Kinzer and Ben Benfield scored 15 apiece to lead the host Green Wave.

Tulane (5-1) used a 15-6 run midway through the second half to pull away from instate rival Northwestern State (1-5).

State/nation

MIAMI 61, UMBC 52: Robert Hite scored 13 of his 18 during a late second-half rally to lead the host Hurricanes. Down 23-21 at the half, Miami (5-2) used a 13-2 run to take control. William Frisby's dunk with a little more than six minutes left gave Miami a 45-43 lead, its first since leading 4-2 in the first half.

ROLLINS 63, SAINT LEO 52: The host Lions were held scoreless over a span of 6:19 late in the second half and couldn't rally.

ST. JOHN'S: Senior guard Willie Shaw, suspended Nov. 26 after being arrested for possession of marijuana, was dismissed.

Bliss quits as volunteer

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Former Baylor coach Dave Bliss is no longer a volunteer coach for a Denver-area high school team. Bliss began volunteering at Green Mountain High last month and quit Monday because of negative media attention.

News reports about Bliss' volunteer work surfaced last week and included descriptions of the scandal that led to his resignation. Bliss left Baylor in August after an investigation into the slaying of one of his players turned up NCAA rules violations.

Women

NO. 7 PENN ST. 74, BAYLOR 63: Kelly Mazzante scored 31 - including three 3s in a critical second-half surge - to lead the host Nittany Lions. Penn State (6-1) led 47-44 before Mazzante hit her third 3-pointer to start the run and make it 50-44.

NO. 12 LA. TECH 81, ARK.-L.R. 58: Trina Frierson scored 19 to lead the host Techsters (4-1). Frierson connected on 7 of 14 shots.

NO. 17 COLO. 78, WASH. 64: Tera Bjorklund had 26 points and 11 rebounds and the host Buffaloes won their fourth straigh.

FLORIDA 76, OAKLAND 72: Sophomore Bernice Mosby scored a game-high 21 with nine rebounds for the visiting Gators down the stretch at the Athletics Center Arena in Rochester, Mich.

[Last modified December 10, 2003, 01:34:25]


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