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College basketball

Arkansas drops game against former coach

By Associated Press
Published December 21, 2003

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Tony Allen scored 22 to help give Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton a 73-58 victory Saturday in his first game in Fayetteville, where he coached Arkansas to nine NCAA Tournaments in 11 seasons.

The Cowboys broke open a close game by holding the Razorbacks without a field goal for a 10-minute stretch that started in the first half and extended four minutes into the second. Oklahoma State put together a 21-5 run in between baskets by Arkansas freshman Ronnie Brewer.

The Cowboys extended their lead to 49-32 before the Razorbacks cut it to 52-43 with seven minutes left. Wen Mukubu came off the bench for a basket, and leading scorer Jonathon Modica came to life with seven points during the run.

Modica came in averaging 21 points but had two in the first half. He battled back to score 23.

S. CAROLINA 58, N.C. ST. 55: Carlos Powell scored 11, nine in a decisive 9-2 run, for the Gamecocks. The Wolfpack was down by two when South Carolina's Kerbrell Brown stole a rebound from Marcus Melvin with 10.5 seconds left and hit a layup that clinched the win and the Gamecocks' 13th straight non-SEC victory since opening the Colonial Center in 2002.

UT 87, GEORGIA ST. 71: Brandon Crump scored 20 and Scooter McFadgon added 19 for the host Volunteers, who have won twice since a loss at Nebraska. Tennessee put the game away at the beginning of the second half and survived a rally that was too late for the Panthers. Georgia State was 11-of-24 from 3-point range but 6-of-7 in free throws. Tennessee was 29-of-32 from the free-throw line.

MISS. 66, LA.-MONROE 64: Aaron Harper had 19 points as the host Rebels held off a last-minute charge. The Indians, trailing 62-53, nailed three consecutive 3-point shots, the last by Mark Keith with three seconds remaining to pull to 65-64. Mississippi's Justin Johnson hit the second of two bonus free throws to make it it 66-64. A potential winning shot from halfcourt by John Andrews bounced off the front of the rim.

LSU 65, S. MISS. 50: Jaime Lloreda scored 15 and had 16 rebounds for the host Tigers. Antonio Hudson scored 10 before leaving with an injured left ankle. LSU outscored the Eagles 15-7 in the final minutes. Charles Gaines led Southern Mississippi with 14 points, and Jasper Johnson added 12.

VANDERBILT 90, WOFFORD 59: Matt Freije scored 21 of his 24 in the first half, and the host Commodores matched their best start in the past 30 years. Vanderbilt is 8-0 for the second time since the 1973-74 team started 10-0. The Commodores shot 56 percent, including 61 percent in the second half.

CLEMSON 77, S.C. ST. 74: Sharrod Ford converted a three-point play with one minute left, and Shawan Robinson made a short baseline jumper with 24 seconds left to lead the host Tigers. The game featured 16 lead changes and eight ties, and neither team led by more than six. Chris Hobbs led Clemson with 18 points. Eleven of Robinson's 16 points came in the final nine minutes.

C-USA

TOLEDO 93, DePAUL 81: Keith Triplett scored 29 in the second half to lead visiting Rockets. Toledo was ahead 72-70 with 4:54 remaining when it went on a 13-3 run keyed by Triplett's 3-pointer and three free throws. Triplett was 8-of-14 from the field and made 4-of-6 3-point attempts.

SE LOUISIANA 66, TULANE 63: Nate Lofton scored 15 in the second half to lead the visiting Lions. Tulane's Vytas Tatarunas got his fourth double double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

HOUSTON 79, WASH. 64: Andre Owens scored 22, and Anwar Ferguson nearly had a triple double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks for the host Cougars, who never trailed.

SW MO. ST. 70, SAINT LOUIS 59: Blake Ahearn scored 21 to lead the host Bears. Southwest Missouri State closed with a 14-10 run, including 9-of-12 from the free-throw line.

Nation

UCLA 64, MICH. ST. 58: T.J. Cummings scored 13 in his first start of the season for the host Bruins. Brian Morrison was relegated to the bench for the first time in six games to make way for Cummings, who became academically eligible Wednesday. Morrison added 11 points before he was hurt with 31/2 minutes left.

SETON HALL 75, OHIO ST. 59: J.R. Morris scored 19, and the host Pirates hit nine 3-pointers and held the Buckeyes to 34 percent shooting. Seton Hall won its second straight and snapped Ohio State's three-game winning streak.

UMASS 83, MARSHALL 65: Maurice Maxwell scored 19 for the host Minutemen, who led 46-29 at halftime and never trailed.

VA. TECH 74, TOWSON 67: Bryant Matthews scored 19 of his 24 in the second half, and the visiting Hokies won their third straight.

MICH. 85, CENT. MICH. 75: Lester Abram scored a career-high 24 and Bernard Robinson Jr. added 22 for the host Wolverines, who are 6-1 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

XAVIER 78, LA.-LAFAYETTE 74: Dedrick Finn made a driving layup as the shot clock expired to give the host Musketeers the lead for good.

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