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Huskies escape from New Jersey

By wire services
Published January 7, 2004

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Playing with four fouls, Ben Gordon scored eight of his 22 points over the final 41/2 minutes, and top-ranked Connecticut barely hung on to beat Rutgers 75-74 Tuesday night.

The Huskies (12-1, 1-0 Big East) won their ninth in a row, but the Scarlet Knights (7-4, 0-2) led 65-63 with 4:43 to go on a basket by Herve Lamizana.

A 7-0 run by Gordon gave UConn a five-point lead, but Rutgers had the ball, down three, with 10 seconds left.

After a Rutgers timeout, a poor inbound pass caused a scramble near midcourt that turned into Gordon's fifth foul.

Ricky Shields made two free throws for Rutgers with 7 seconds left, and when Connecticut inbounded the ball, three players were able to touch it without being fouled and the clock ran out.

Emeka Okafor had 21 points, 16 rebounds and six blocked shots for UConn. Lamizana had 20 points for Rutgers.

NO. 2 DUKE 99, FAIRFIELD 58: Chris Duhon had 20 points for the host Blue Devils (11-1), who have won 34 in a row at home. J.J. Redick hit his 48th consecutive free throw to tie the ACC record set by Virginia's Jeff Lamp during the 1979-1980 season. Deng Gai had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Stags (7-4).

NO. 5 WAKE FOREST 86, BROWN 47: Eric Williams scored 14 points to lead the Deacons (10-0) past the Bears (3-9) for their 23rd consecutive home victory.

NO. 9 ST. JOSEPH'S 71, RICHMOND 60: Jameer Nelson scored 32 for the visiting Hawks (12-0, 2-0 Atlantic 10) against the Spiders (8-6, 1-1).

NO. 15 PITTSBURGH 78, VIRGINIA TECH 59: Jaron Brown had 21 points and Julius Page 20 for the host Panthers (15-0, 1-0 Big East), who stretched the nation's longest home-court winning streak to 35 games. Tech's Bryant Matthews, the conference's leading scorer, had 22 points but twisted his ankle on the last play when he tried to catch an alley-oop pass for the Hokies (7-5, 0-1).

NO. 21 WISCONSIN 79, INDIANA 45: Mike Wilkinson had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the host Badgers (10-2, 1-0 Big Ten). Sean Cline scored 12 points for the Hoosiers (6-6, 0-1).

MARYLAND 87, MD.-EASTERN SHORE 38: Mike Jones scored 23 of his career-high 25 points in the second half for the host Terrapins (9-3) against the Hawks (0-8).

CLEMSON: Sophomore forward Julian Betko has left the team and plans to transfer. He played all 28 games for former coach Larry Shyatt but only one for coach Oliver Purnell.

LSU 66, ARKANSAS 55: Brandon Bass scored 20 for the visiting Tigers (10-1, 1-0), and Billy Pharis had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Razorbacks (8-4, 0-1).

AUBURN: Huntsville, Ala., summer league coach Mark Komara denied any financial wrongdoing when questioned by attorneys about his relationship with two former recruits, Chadd Moore of Huntsville and Jackie Butler of McComb, Miss.

C-USA

CHARLOTTE 75, DEPAUL 70: The host Blue Demons (7-5, 0-1) had no answer for Demon Brown as he scored a career-high 34 points for the 49ers (9-3, 1-0).

MEMPHIS 73, VILLANOVA 57: Antonio Burks and Sean Banks each had 22 points for the visiting Tigers (9-2) against the Wildcats (8-4).

State

ARK.-LITTLE ROCK 65, FLA. INT'L 53: Brandon Freeman scored 21 points for the visiting Trojans (7-6, 1-0 Sun Belt). Marcus Robinson led the Golden Panthers (3-10, 0-2) with 16.

ECKERD 71, TAMPA 69: Peter Akintola had 20 points as the host Tritons (8-5, 1-1 Sunshine State) beat the Spartans (8-5, 1-1), who got 20 from James Mereus.

TONIGHT: NO. 14 FLORIDA AT SOUTH CAROLINA WHEN/WHERE: 7:30; Colonial Center, Columbia, S.C.

TV/RADIO: Sunshine; WDAE-AM 620.

RECORDS: South Carolina - 13-1, 0-0. UF - 9-2, 0-0.

COACHES: South Carolina - Dave Odom, (47-32, third season; 325-306 overall). UF - Billy Donovan (158-75, eighth season; 193-95 overall).

KEY PLAYERS: USC - Carlos Powell, F, 6-7 Jr. (14.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg); Tarence Kinsey, G, 6-6 So. (11.9 ppg, 5 rpg); Mike Boynton, G, 6-2 Sr. (10.7 ppg, 3.6 apg). UF - David Lee, F, 6-9 Jr. (15.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg); Anthony Roberson, G, 6-1 So. (16.7 ppg, 3.8 apg); Matt Walsh, G, 6-6 So. (13.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg).

NOTES: Florida opens the conference season at South Carolina for the third time in the past four seasons. The Gators have won the past two conference openers and open SEC play on the road for the second straight season. The Gators take on the Gamecocks in the midst of a four-game winning streak, during that span hitting 55 percent from the field. South Carolina's 13 victories already surpasses its total victories last season (12-16). The Gamecocks' starting lineup includes, Kinsey, a Tampa native who played high school ball at Jefferson.

- Compiled by Antonya English.

Nation

BOSTON COLLEGE 72, GEORGETOWN 64: Craig Smith scored 19 of his 24 points in the final 10 minutes and grabbed 12 rebounds for the visiting Eagles (11-2, 1-0 Big East). Darrel Owens scored 20 points to lead Georgetown (10-1, 1-1).

SAN DIEGO: Center Nick Lewis was taken to a hospital after being knocked unconscious during a scramble for a loose ball in the opening minutes at New Mexico. He was listed in satisfactory condition late Tuesday.

Women

USF 73, NIAGARA 58: Jessica Dickson had 23 points, and Nalini Miller added a career-high 22 and 14 rebounds for the host Bulls (7-6) against the Eagles (7-4).

ECKERD 52, TAMPA 50 (OT): Qunisha Rush's basket with less than 1 second left lifted the host Tritons (6-7, 1-1 Sunshine State) over the Spartans (5-7, 0-2). NO. 19 TCU 96, NEW MEXICO STATE 63: Sandora Irvin had 24 points for the host Frogs (11-2). Sinnamonn Garrett led the Aggies (6-6) with 25.

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