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Cardinal's 24th comes easily

By wire services
Published February 27, 2004

STANFORD, Calif. - When the ball hits the backboard and bounces in for a baseline 3-pointer, you know things are going right.

Josh Childress did just that on the way to scoring 12 in No. 1 Stanford's school-record 24th straight victory, 73-47 over Oregon State on Thursday night.

Childress, a junior All-America candidate, had five assists, two rebounds, a steal and a block for the Cardinal, which remained one of two unbeaten teams in Division I with 25-0 Saint Joseph's.

Chris Hernandez scored 11 of his 13 in the first 11 minutes as Stanford (24-0, 15-0 Pac-10) built a big lead early. Third-string swing man Fred Washington scored a career-high 11 and Stanford shot 52.8 percent.

David Lucas had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Oregon State (11-14, 5-10), which had won three of four since a six-game losing streak. The Beavers lost their 11th straight at Maples Pavilion and couldn't handle Stanford's stingy man-to-man defense.

Stanford forward Justin Davis had an MRI exam on his injured left knee and is expected to miss two more weeks.

Huskies vault past Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. - Tre Simmons scored a career-high 22 and Washington held off No. 17 Arizona 89-84 on Thursday night to move ahead of the Wildcats into second place in the Pac-10.

The Wildcats were playing without leading scorer Salim Stoudamire, suspended by coach Lute Olson "for failure to meet team responsibilities."

After opening the conference schedule with five losses, the Huskies (14-10, 9-6) have won nine of 11, including a sweep of Arizona.

Washington opened a 10-point lead early in the second half and held off a late rally by the Wildcats (17-8, 9-7), who were down to six players from their regular rotation.

Nate Robinson, who scored a career-high 31 in the Huskies' victory over the Wildcats Jan. 29 in Seattle, had 18 points. Hakeem Rollins scored 14, all in the second half, and Brandon Roy added 12 and Bobby Jones 10.

Channing Frye had 25 points and nine rebounds for Arizona but put up an ill-advised 18-footer late in the game. Hassan Adams scored 23, Andre Iguodala 11 and Chris Rodgers 10 for Arizona.

The Huskies won at McKale Center for the second time in 20 tries. They won at Arizona in 1996.

NO. 5 DUKE 97, VALPARAISO 63: Daniel Ewing scored 20 to lift the Blue Devils to their 41st consecutive home win.

Luol Deng added 18 points for Duke (23-3), which made a season-high 15 3-pointers. Shavlik Randolph had 16 points.

Joaquim Gomes scored 18 to lead the Crusaders (13-12).

NO. 24 UTAH ST. 67, LONG BEACH ST. 47: Cardell Butler scored 23 as the Aggies (23-2, 15-1 Big West) handed host Long Beach State (6-18, 4-11) its seventh straight loss.

State

UCF 87, GARDNER-WEBB 79 (OT): Dexter Lyons scored 11 of his career-high 28 in overtime as the host Golden Knights (21-5, 16-3 Atlantic Sun) moved within a half-game of Troy State for first place. The Bulldogs (8-20, 5-14) rallied to tie at 69 on two Brian Bender free throws with 25 seconds left.

FAU 95, CAMPBELL 80: Earnest Crumbley scored 39 to become the Owls' career scoring leader as host Florida Atlantic (9-17, 6-13 A-Sun) clinched the eighth and final conference tournament spot. Corey Parker had 24 points for the Fighting Camels (3-22, 3-16).

Nation

WASH. ST. 83, ASU 70: Marcus Moore and Jeff Varem scored 21 each as the visiting Cougars (12-13, 6-9 Pac-10) stayed in eighth place and kept their conference tournament hopes. Ike Diogu scored 28 for the last-place Sun Devils (10-15, 4-12).

Women

UF 69, NO. 19 GEORGIA 59: Bernice Mosby scored 14 of her 19 in the second half, helping the Gators snap a four-game losing streak.

Vanessa Hayden, a senior playing in her final home game, had 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Danielle Santos added 14 points for Florida (17-9, 7-6 SEC).

Christi Thomas had 20 points and Cori Chambers 10 for the Bulldogs (18-8, 7-6).

NO. 11 UNC 71, FSU 58: Camille Little scored 16, helping the visiting Tar Heels clinch the second seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Little had 10 points in a crucial 18-3 second-half run by North Carolina (21-5, 11-4), which never trailed and beat the Seminoles for the 15th time in 16 meetings. Florida State (14-13, 7-9) lost three of its final five regular-season games.

UCF 66, MERCER 39: Takira Allen had 20 points to lead the visiting Golden Knights (12-12, 10-6 A-Sun). Up 37-22 at halftime, Central Florida started the second half with a 12-0 run to put away the Bears (10-14, 8-9).

LIPSCOMB 67, JU 54: Courtney Boynton had 22 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead the visiting Camels (16-10, 13-5 A-Sun). Rebecca Montz had 14 points for the Dolphins (3-21, 1-16).

NO. 2 UT 93, ARKANSAS 71: Tasha Butts scored 25 and Shyra Ely 17 for the visiting Volunteers (24-2, 13-0 SEC). With eight players available, Tennessee led 47-21 at halftime and never allowed the Razorbacks (16-10, 5-8) within 20 after that.

NO. 4 PURDUE 84, IOWA 55: Shereka Wright had 21 points and Katie Gearlds 15 to lead the host Boilermakers (24-2, 14-1 Big Ten) to their 15th straight victory and set up a meeting with Penn State on Sunday for the conference championship. Wright and Gearlds combined for 64 points against the Hawkeyes (15-11, 9-6) in Purdue's 90-79 win at Iowa on Feb. 10.

NO. 6 PENN ST. 63, NO. 22 MICH. ST. 51: Kelly Mazzante had 23 points and Jess Strom 18 for Penn State (22-4, 14-1). Kelli Roehrig had 14 points for the Spartans (19-7, 9-6), who lost their third in a row and fourth in eight Big Ten contests at home.

NO. 7 LA. TECH 83, UTEP 60: Amisha Carter scored 22 to keep the visiting Techsters (21-2, 14-1 WAC) tied with Rice for the conference lead. Ingrid Goslin scored 16 for the Miners (14-11, 9-7).

OREGON 67, NO. 10 STANFORD 66: Corrie Mizusawa's layup with 8.2 seconds left helped the host Ducks (13-14, 5-12 Pac-10) end six-game losing streak against the Cardinal (20-6, 13-4).

NO. 25 OHIO ST. 76, NO. 12 MINNESOTA 62: Brandie Hoskins had 17 points and 11 assists as the visiting Buckeyes (18-8, 10-5 Big Ten) moved into third place. Janel McCarville scored 19 for the Golden Gophers (20-6, 9-6), playing their fifth game without leading scorer Lindsay Whalen.

NO. 15 LSU 85, OLE MISS 68: Temeka Johnson, playing what could have been her final regular-season home game, had 22 points and seven assists for the Tigers (22-5, 10-3 SEC). Johnson, academically ineligible as a freshman, has not decided whether to petition the NCAA for an extra year. The Rebels (15-12, 6-7) lost their fourth straight.

NO. 18 AUBURN 72, ALA. 40: Le'Coe Willingham had 17 points and eight rebounds, Mandisa Stevenson 14 points and Natasha Brackett 13 for the visiting Tigers (21-6, 9-4 SEC). Katie Sipe and Monique Bivins scored 12 for the Crimson Tide (12-14, 4-9).

NO. 24 VANDY 87, MISS. ST. 64: Reserve Ashley Earley had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the host Commodores (19-7, 7-6 SEC), who won their third straight after four consecutive losses. Tan White scored 26 of her 30 in the second half for the Bulldogs (12-14, 6-7).

[Last modified February 27, 2004, 01:31:31]


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