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Seton Hall D just a little better than Pitt's

By Wire services
Published February 10, 2004

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Andre Barrett made a free throw with 9.6 seconds left in the second overtime to give Seton Hall a 68-67 victory over No.4 Pittsburgh on Monday night.

Barrett had five of Seton Hall's seven points in the second OT as the Pirates (16-5, 6-3 Big East) won their fifth of six and improved to 11-1 at home.

The Panthers (22-2, 8-2) had won four straight and four of their past five against Seton Hall.

Pittsburgh and Seton Hall went in ranked 1-2 in the Big East in scoring defense. Both lived up to that, finishing regulation tied at 57.

Barrett had 20 points and six assists for the Pirates, who last beat a team ranked No.4 in 2000 at Syracuse.

Carl Krauser, who picked up his fifth foul on the call that sent Barrett to the line with 9.6 seconds left, had 23 points for Pitt. Panthers freshman Chris Taft had 16 points and 15 rebounds, including seven offensive rebounds as the Panthers had a 46-38 advantage on the boards.

Pitt held Seton Hall to three field goals over a 13-minute stretch of the second half as it rallied from a 43-35 deficit. Krauser scored the Panthers' last eight of regulation, including a free throw with 19 seconds left that tied it at 57.

Each team scored four in the first overtime, the last a rebound basket by Taft that tied it at 61 with 3:01 to play.

NOTRE DAME 80, NO.5 UCONN 74: Chris Thomas scored 22 of his season-high 31 in the second half and Chris Quinn added 16 points for the host Irish.

Thomas shot 7-for-13 in the second half to pace the Irish (11-9, 5-5 Big East), who slowed the Huskies (19-4, 7-2) for their first win against a ranked team in six tries this season.

UConn had won five straight, including a 30-point win over West Virginia and a 28-point win over Syracuse the past two games. The Irish had lost three straight and five of their past seven.

NO.10 OKLA. ST. 80, NO.12 KANSAS 60: John Lucas scored 21 and Tony Allen added 17 as the host Cowboys handed the Jayhawks their worst loss in three years.

Oklahoma State (18-2, 8-1 Big 12) won its eighth straight and moved into a first-place tie for the conference lead with No.11 Texas.

The rout of two-time defending Big 12 champ Kansas (15-5, 7-2) was a huge step for a school seeking its first league title since winning the Big Eight in 1995.

NO.6 MISS. ST.: The SEC publicly reprimanded coach Rick Stansbury for his tirade against a referee during Saturday's win over Mississippi. The league office released a statement saying Stansbury violated the SEC's rule prohibiting public criticism of officials and actions that can incite fans.

C-USA

MEMPHIS: The team plans to move in with the NBA's Grizzlies when the city's $250-million arena is finished. The arena is scheduled to open for the 2004-05 NBA season.

State

FAMU 83, MORGAN ST. 67: Terrence Woods scored 31, including 18 straight in the first half, to lead the host Rattlers (8-12, 7-4 MEAC). Chris Grant led the Bears (8-11, 7-5) with 15.

COPPIN ST. 65, B-CC 52: Kelvin Green and Jimmy Boykin scored 16 each for the visiting Eagles (11-12, 9-3 MEAC). The Wildcats (4-14, 3-8) blew a 35-22 second-half lead.

Nation

AP POLL: Mississippi State reached No.6, its highest ranking in 41 years, and Southern Illinois was in the Top 25 for the first time since 1976.

Duke, Stanford and Saint Joseph's held the top three spots for the fourth straight week.

North Carolina State and SIU were the newcomers, the Salukis at No.23 and the Wolfpack at No.21. Syracuse and Oklahoma fell out.

ST. JOHN'S OFF AIR?: The Big East is asking ESPN to cancel the broadcast of the Feb.24 game between St. John's and UConn, the New York Daily News reported. Six members of the Red Storm have been expelled or suspended after breaking curfew, then being accused of agreeing to pay a woman for sex in a hotel room. The team is down to eight players, four on scholarship.

Ron Rutledge, an assistant for 17 seasons, returned as a volunteer coach to try to help the Red Storm through the scandal.

Women

FSU: Freshman guard Shante Williams, who scored 20 and added eight assists in an upset of then-No.2 Duke and had 12 points, six assists and six rebounds in a win against Clemson, was named ACC rookie of the week.

AP POLL: Texas replaced Tennessee at No.1, the school's 46th appearance as the leader but first since the week of Dec. 28, 1987. No.24 Arizona and No.25 Houston returned after being ranked earlier. Miami and Notre Dame dropped out.

- Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.

[Last modified February 10, 2004, 01:00:27]


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