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Tide wins at Mississippi State

By Wire services
Published February 22, 2004

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Kennedy Winston scored a career-high 31 to lead Alabama to a 77-73 upset of No. 4 Mississippi State on Saturday, snapping the Bulldogs' eight-game winning streak.

Alabama gave its NCAA Tournament resume a needed boost. The Crimson Tide, who have played one of the toughest schedules in the country, came in having lost six of seven, and were 1-6 on the road.

Three of the Tide's recent losses have been by four or fewer.

"We're a team that nobody even ever, ever thought we'd have a discussion about the NCAA Tournament this late in February. Who's kidding who? We're just going to play hard and see what happens," Alabama coach Mark Gottfried said.

Lawrence Roberts scored 23 and Timmy Bowers had 14 for the Bulldogs.

Winston thwarted Mississippi State's late run with one of the few shots he made from close in. He got free for a layup and was fouled, then converted the three-point play to make it 63-58 with 3:27 left.

Winston made 8 of 10 free throws during the final 1:25. He was 13-for-15 from the line for the game and Alabama was 23-for-28.

Alabama shot 50 percent from the field and outrebounded the best rebounding team in the SEC 34-31.

NO. 1 STANFORD 73, UCLA 60: The undefeated Cardinal beat UCLA, becoming the only opponent to win seven in a row at Pauley Pavilion in the arena's 39 years.

Stanford clinched its fourth Pac-10 title in six years and 11th overall. Rob Little led the Cardinal with 18 points, tying his career high.

"We want to make history," Little said. "Why not go out to win them all? It's a personal goal for everyone now, with four games left, to go undefeated."

Other than starting the second half with a big run that cut Stanford's lead to seven, the Bruins did not muster much of a threat.

NO. 2 SAINT JOSEPH'S 76, TEMPLE 53: Delonte West scored 20 for the Hawks, who went 11-of-20 from 3-point range after making a conference-record 20 in their 83-71 win against the Owls last month. David Hawkins, who ranked third nationally with a 24.3 scoring average and had scored at least 20 in 17 consecutive games, had 13 points on 5-for-21 shooting for Temple.

NO. 5 PITT 67, WEST VIRGINIA 58: Julius Page and Chevon Troutman each scored 15 for the Panthers, who have won five straight games in the series between the schools 70 miles apart. Pitt improved to 6-20 at the Coliseum.

West Virginia played its first basketball game 100 years ago Friday, and as part of Saturday's celebration the Mountaineers wore uniforms resembling those worn by its 1959 NCAA runner-up led by Jerry West.

NO. 6 GONZAGA 76, TULSA 56: Tony Skinner was 4-for-5 from 3-point range and scored 12 as the visiting Bulldogs won their 16th straight. Gonzaga had a 48-25 rebounding advantage. Tulsa had five steals early and led by seven in the first half, but shot only 5-for-11 from the line and trailed 41-32 at halftime.

NO. 7 OSU 87, NEBRASKA 83 (OT): Joey Graham scored a career-high 36 and the host Cowboys went 7-for-8 from the line in overtime.

Graham scored 30 in the second half and overtime to help Oklahoma State remain in first in the Big 12.

Nebraska's Nate Johnson was fouled by Daniel Bobik on a reverse layup with six seconds left in regulation and his three-point play tied it at 74. John Lucas missed a 3-point attempt and Tony Allen's putback failed as time expired.

Nebraska took advantage of OSU's aggressive defense, scoring six layups and gaining even more trips to foul line on backdoor cuts.

NO. 8 UCONN 61, NOTRE DAME 50: Emeka Okafor led the host Huskies with 14 points, a career-high 22 rebounds and seven blocks. UConn avenged a road loss to the Irish on Feb. 9 by holding Chris Thomas to 13 points. The guard, who scored 31 in the last meeting, had two points at halftime. The Irish were outrebounded 59-30.

NO. 9 KENTUCKY 68, AUBURN 59: Gerald Fitch returned after missing three games with a sprained ligament in his right hand and scored 18 for the visiting Wildcats, who have won 19 of the past 20 against the Tigers. Cliff Hawkins spent much of the second half on the bench with foul trouble, but ignited Kentucky with eight of his 10 points over the final 5:14 during a 19-10 run after Auburn tied it.

NO. 17 CINCINNATI 66, NO. 10 LOUISVILLE 61 (OT): Field Williams scored 18, including a fadeaway jumper that set up overtime, for the host Bearcats. Tony Bobbitt made a 3-pointer and two clinching free throws in overtime. Francisco Garcia scored a career-high 27 for the Cardinals.

NO. 11 TEXAS 68, OKLAHOMA 63: Brandon Mouton scored 25 and Royal Ivey hit two free throws with 11.6 seconds left for the Longhorns, who won in Norman for the second straight season. Mouton missed a free throw seconds before, but Jason Klotz wrestled away the rebound from two Sooners and P.J. Tucker scored on a putback. Texas completed its second straight sweep of Oklahoma. James Thomas had a season-high 12 rebounds and set UT's career rebounding record.

NO. 19 PROVIDENCE 70, MIAMI 57: Rob Sanders scored 14 to lead five players in double figures in the host Friars' fourth straight victory. Providence remained in second place in the Big East and matched the 2000-01 team for the school's best conference start. Robert Hite scored 15 for the Hurricanes, who lost their ninth straight.

NO. 21 KANSAS 90, IOWA ST. 89 (OT): J.R. Giddens had 24 points, including a free throw with three seconds left in overtime, and the Jayhawks held on after blowing a 17-point lead. Will Blalock hit a 3-pointer at the final buzzer for the Cyclones, who lost their 23rd straight Big 12 road game. Keith Langford of Kansas sent it into overtime by blocking Curtis Stinson's shot and then hitting a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left. "That's the biggest shot anybody's made this year," coach Bill Self said.

NO. 22 TEXAS TECH 76, TEXAS A&M 60: Andre Emmett became the Big 12's all-time leading scorer, getting 18 for the host Red Raiders. Emmett needed four coming into the game to overtake Nick Collison of Kansas (2,097). "That's a neat thing for a kid to have," coach Bob Knight said. "But what it means to me is that a lot of kids have worked like hell to get him the ball, screen for him and get him open. You guys get too caught up with individual honors." Texas Tech went up by double digits early in the first half and built the margin to 50-29 with 15:09 left in the game.

NO. 23 MEMPHIS 73, UAB 66: Sean Banks scored 21 of his 24 in the second half and the host Tigers took over sole possession of first in C-USA. Memphis won its 10th straight and snapped the Blazers' three-game winning streak.

VANDERBILT 74, NO. 24 LSU 54: Matt Freije had 22 points and 7-foot-2 center Dawid Przybyszewski was 5-for-5 on 3-pointers for the host Commodores. Freije, six points away from becoming Vanderbilt's all-time leading scorer, was taken out with three minutes left and the Commodores comfortably ahead. Tigers leading scorer and rebounder Jamie Lloreda did not dress because of lower leg injuries.

ARKANSAS 82, NO. 25 S. CAROLINA 66: Reserve Kendrick Davis scored 19 as the host Razorbacks ended a four-game losing streak. The Gamecocks entered with the SEC's best defense and forced 18 turnovers, but Arkansas also forced 18 turnovers that led to 19 points.

[Last modified February 22, 2004, 01:45:26]

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