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No. 13 Kansas gets scare from Villanova

By Wire services
Published January 3, 2004

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Keith Langford scored seven in a tiebreaking 23-5 run and No. 13 Kansas then withstood a late rally for an 86-79 victory over Villanova on Friday night.

The Jayhawks (8-2) made 35 of 41 free throws, three off the school record.

Langford scored 24 as Kansas beat an unranked opponent at home for the 51st straight time.

Villanova rallied three times in the first half, and tied it at 43 on Mike Nardi's 3-pointer early in the second half.

The Jayhawks moved to a 66-48 lead with 8:58 left, but the Wildcats closed to 80-75 with 55 seconds left on two free throws by Allan Ray, who had 22 points.

Kansas then put it away on two Aaron Miles free throws, a Ray shot and two more Miles free throws.

"They were a scrappy bunch, very athletic," said the Jayhawks' Wayne Simien, who scored 23. "We're fortunate to come out with a win."

NO. 1 UCONN 92, RICE 83: Emeka Okafor treated his hometown crowd with 27 points and 14 rebounds and the visiting Huskies took the lead for good midway through the first half. Trailing 41-33 at halftime, the Owls came out running and got within six with 12:37 left, but baskets by Okafor and Hilton Armstrong and a 3-pointer by Charlie Villanueva made it 62-50. Okafor, a star at Houston Bellaire High School, got a pregame ovation.

NO. 5 STANFORD 73, WASHINGTON ST. 51: Josh Childress scored 10 in an impressive season debut and the host Cardinal (10-0) won with coach Mike Montgomery serving a one-game suspension. Childress, the Pac-10's second-leading rebounder last season, has been sidelined this season with a left foot injury. He played just seven minutes but led a second-half surge in the Pac-10 opener for both. Stanford's Chris Hernandez missed a free throw, ending his streak of 31 straight.

NO. 19 TEXAS 99, TEXAS ARLINGTON 79: P.J. Tucker scored 22 for the host Longhorns, playing only five minutes of the first half because of foul trouble but going 6-of-7 from the field and 10-of-11 from the free-throw line. "Not a bad night," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. Texas used a sixth different starting lineup, seeking continuity at point guard. Shooting guard Brandon Mouton sat out with a sore knee and ankle and Kenton Paulino started at point guard after missing the first eight games with a tender hamstring. Paulino had seven points and two assists.

NO. 16 GONZAGA: Forward Tony Skinner (broken right hand) and center Richard Fox, who Friday had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, will be sidelined indefinitely after being injured Wednesday against Eastern Washington.

NO. 18 WISCONSIN: Sophomore forward Alando Tucker will miss today's game against the College of Charleston because of an injured right foot.

SOUTH CAROLINA 78, APPALACHIAN ST. 58: Carlos Powell and Michael Boynton each scored eight in the highest-scoring first half of the season for the host Gamecocks. Their 42 points eclipsed the 41 they scored against Campbell on Nov. 29.

AUBURN 70, NEW ORLEANS 55: Brandon Robinson had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the host Tigers. The Privateers pulled within four in the second half, but Auburn went on a 10-0 run, including two layups on offensive rebounds by Kyle Davis.

C-USA

CHARLOTTE 64, S. ILLINOIS 59: Curtis Withers scored a game-high 16 for the visiting 49ers, who pulled away with 52 percent shooting in the second half. Stetson Hairston scored 15 for the Salukis.

Nation

PENN STATE: Forward DeForrest Riley-Smith, the Nittany Lions' second-best scorer and leader in assists, left the team and likely will transfer.

[Last modified January 3, 2004, 01:33:24]


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