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Wildcats' court favors Cardinal

Associated Press
Published January 11, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. - A Stanford victory at Arizona is nothing new. A dominating double-digit Cardinal win was unexpected and impressive.

Josh Childress scored 19 to lead five Stanford players in double figures, and the fourth-ranked Cardinal remained unbeaten with a dominating 82-72 victory over No.3 Arizona on Saturday.

"A really nice road trip for our basketball team," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "The kids are real pleased right now, and they should be."

The Cardinal (13-0, 4-0 Pac-10) led by 20 with 4:02 to play. A late 24-14 run prevented it from being the worst home loss for the Wildcats in coach Lute Olson's 21 seasons there.

"They must have to have a pretty high GPA to get in there or something," Olson said, "because they really play with poise and intelligence. A lot of that has to do with Mike, too."

Stanford won at McKale Center for the fourth straight season. No other team has won more than twice at Arizona.

The home team hasn't won in the past seven games of the series between the two Pac-10 powers. The Wildcats (10-2, 2-1) have a four-game winning streak at Stanford.

NO.5 WAKE 78, CLEMSON 63: Freshman Chris Paul scored a career-high 21 and Eric Williams added 17 to help the Demon Deacons (11-0, 2-0 ACC) win their 24th straight at home. Vernon Hamilton led the Tigers (7-6, 0-2) with 17 points. Clemson neutralized the Deacons' speedy three-guard set by forcing Justin Gray and Taron Downey into poor shooting performances. Gray missed his first 11 shots and finished with nine points on 3-of-14 shooting, and Downey was 1-for-6 with one 3-pointer for three points.

NO.7 KENTUCKY 75, NO.20 VANDY 63: Kelenna Azubuike, Gerald Fitch and Erik Daniels each scored 16 for the host Wildcats. Kentucky (10-1, 1-0 SEC) had 23 turnovers but held off a second-half rally by the Commodores (12-1, 1-1). Vanderbilt cut a 13-point deficit to 57-55 on Matt Freije's three-point play with 5:52 left, but the Wildcats scored 11 of the next 13.

NO.9 SAINT JOE'S 78, DUQUESNE 61: Jameer Nelson scored 19 of his 21 before halftime and hit four 3-pointers during a pivotal 24-4 run for the visiting Hawks. Delonte West added 20 points, and Saint Joseph's (13-0, 3-0 Atlantic 10) overwhelmed the Dukes with their ball movement, outside shooting and relentless defense to continue the best start in school history. With Nelson shooting 4-of-7, the Hawks went 12-of-28 on 3-pointers - the seventh time in 13 games they've had 10 or more 3s.

NO.11 CINCY 90, DePAUL 65: Tony Bobbitt scored 19 and the host Bearcats (11-0, 2-0 C-USA) extended their best start in five seasons. Cincinnati's fullcourt press and halfcourt traps took the Blue Demons (7-6, 0-2) completely out of their offense. DePaul had 15 first-half turnovers and only 16 shots - three were blocked - as it fell behind by 21. The Blue Demons finished with a season-high 24 turnovers.

NO.17 SYRACUSE 96, BC 73: Gerry McNamara scored 13 in less than 5 minutes for the host Orangemen. It was the 664th win for coach Jim Boeheim, tying him with former UCLA mentor John Wooden for 18th on the all-time list, and the 11th straight for Syracuse (11-1, 2-0 Big East). McNamara, who hit six 3-pointers, had seven assists and finished with 26 points. Hakim Warrick had 19 points, Billy Edelin had 17 points and six assists, and Josh Pace had 14 points, six rebounds and six assists. Craig Smith led the Eagles (11-3, 1-1) with 27 points and nine rebounds.

NO.18 TEXAS 79, BAYLOR 57: Brad Buckman had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Longhorns (9-2, 1-0 Big 12), who ran their home winning streak to 23. Harvey Thomas scored 19 for the Bears (5-9, 0-1). In the second half, P.J. Tucker scored six and Buckman had four as Texas used a 12-2 run to take a 54-30 lead with 12:22 left. Baylor never again got the Texas lead under 15.

NO.24 PURDUE 58, NO.19 ILLINOIS 54: David Teague scored 15, including three of his team's four 3-pointers, as the Boilermakers snapped the Illinois' six-game winning streak. An 11-2 second-half run made the difference for Purdue (11-4, 1-1 Big Ten), which handed Illinois (10-3, 1-1) its first home loss in 24 games. After Dee Brown hit a 3 to give the Illini a 42-40 lead with 10:01 to go, Teague scored five of the next nine to put the Boilermakers up 49-42 with 7:06 left. Illinois could get no closer than five the rest of the way. NO.21 WISC. 77, MICH. ST. 64: Devin Harris scored 14 of his 21 in the second half, and the Badgers won their 22nd straight home game. Boo Wade had a career-high 15 points and reserve Zach Morley added 13 for Wisconsin (11-2, 2-0 Big Ten), which is 18-0 in conference home games under third-year coach Bo Ryan. Chris Hill and Kelvin Torbert each scored 13 for the Spartans (5-7, 0-1), who fell to 0-6 against ranked teams this season. The Badgers shot 53 percent and outscored Michigan State 24-13 from the free-throw line.

NO.22 MISS. ST. 80, ARKANSAS 62: Lawrence Roberts had 29 points and 11 rebounds to keep host Bulldogs unbeaten. Mississippi State (13-0, 2-0 SEC) is off to the best start in school history. Billy Pharis scored 18 to lead the Razorbacks (8-5, 0-2), who have lost four straight in Starkville. Ronnie Brewer had 14 points and seven rebounds.

NO.23 MARQUETTE 61, ST. LOUIS 59: Travis Diener's bank shot near the baseline with 2.6 seconds left gave the host Golden Eagles the win. Diener, who finished with 18 points, went the length of the court and drove toward the basket. He pump faked Josh Fisher into the air and hit an offbalance shot for Marquette (11-2, 2-0 C-USA). Diener then deflected the Billikens' inbounds pass as the clock ran out.

RUTGERS 65, NO.25 PROVIDENCE 64: Herve Lamizana hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with less than a second left for the host Scarlet Knights (8-4, 1-2 Big East). It was the second straight loss in the final seconds for the Friars (8-3, 0-1). Providence had one last chance with 0.4 seconds left, but Lamizana blocked the inbounds pass as the buzzer sounded.

KANSAS: Center David Padgett will be out at least a week because of a stress fracture in his left foot, coach Bill Self said.

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