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Ga. Tech closes Duke's streak

By Wire services
Published March 4, 2004

DURHAM, N.C. - Georgia Tech ended its losing streak to Duke and the Blue Devils' long home winning streak.

Luke Schenscher scored 14, including several key second-half baskets, to lead the 19th-ranked Yellow Jackets to a 76-68 victory that ended No.3 Duke's 41-game home winning streak, the longest in the nation.

Jarrett Jack had 15 points for Georgia Tech (21-8, 8-7 ACC), which had lost 15 straight to the Blue Devils dating to the 1995-96 season.

J.J. Redick scored 20 of his 24 in the second for Duke (24-4, 12-3), which last lost at home to Maryland 91-80 in February 2001.

Georgia Tech gave Duke trouble from the start with its athleticism, pushing the ball up the court and through the Blue Devils' defense. The Yellow Jackets shot 51 percent and scored 38 in the paint.

In addition, Georgia Tech played physical man-to-man defense, blocking 11 shots and holding the Blue Devils to 34 percent shooting. Duke finished with 20 turnovers.

NO.9 KY. 84, S. CAROLINA 65: Cliff Hawkins scored a career-high 21 and tied his personal best with 11 assists to lead the visiting Wildcats (22-4, 12-3 SEC). Kentucky went on a 17-2 run during a seven-minute span to take a 30-14 lead with 3:45 left in the first. The Gamecocks (21-8, 8-7) shot 1-for-8 during the run and committed five turnovers.

MARYLAND 70, NO.16 N.C. ST. 69: John Gilchrist scored 21 and Jamar Smith had 16 points and eight rebounds for the visiting Terrapins (15-11, 6-9 ACC), who have won 17 of their past 21 meetings with the Wolfpack (18-8, 10-5). Marcus Melvin missed two 3-pointers in the final minute, one that would have given N.C. State the lead and another that would have tied it.

NO.18 ILL. 81, PURDUE 79 (OT): Luther Head converted an offensive rebound as he was falling to the floor with nine-tenths of a second left in overtime to give the visiting Illini (21-5, 12-3 Big Ten) their ninth straight win. The Boilermakers' Brandon McKnight hit a jumper as the shot clock expired to send it to overtime tied at 69.

NO.20 MEMPHIS 83, TCU 56: Sean Banks scored 25 and the host Tigers (21-5, 12-3) moved into first in Conference USA. The Tigers have won 12 of their past 13. The Horned Frogs (11-15, 7-8) have lost four of six.

NO.21 KANSAS 78, NEBRASKA 67: Wayne Simien scored 22 and Aaron Miles fueled a 16-0 run that broke open a tight game and gave the host Jayhawks a victory. Kansas (19-7, 11-4 Big 12) led by as many as 22 while winning on senior night for the 21st consecutive season.

NO.25 LOUISVILLE 75, SAINT LOUIS 48: Francisco Garcia had 17 points, six assists and five rebounds to lead the visiting Cardinals (19-7, 9-6 C-USA). Kendall Dartez had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Otis George added 13 points for Louisville, which took control with pressure defense that held the Billikens (15-11, 8-7) to 34.9 percent shooting and forced 20 turnovers.

VANDERBILT 61, TENN. 58: Matt Freije scored 19 of his 28 in the second and the host Commodores (19-7, 8-7) rallied past the Volunteers (14-12, 6-9). Vanderbilt trailed by as many as 14 in the first, but Freije took over after halftime and made a 3-pointer with 1:58 left that proved to be the difference.

ALABAMA 72, ARKANSAS 68 (OT): Chuck Davis scored 18 and gave the visiting Crimson Tide (16-10, 8-7) its first lead with 3:46 left in overtime. Alabama's Antoine Pettway sent it into an extra period tied at 63 with a 3-pointer with eight seconds left.

LSU 58, MISS. 45: Brandon Bass and Darrel Mitchell each scored 14 as the host Tigers (18-8, 8-7) rallied. LSU scored 48 in the second to overcome a 16-point deficit. The Tigers were without senior Jaime Lloreda, their leading scorer who is out for the season with an injured left foot.

C-USA

MARQUETTE 77, E. CAROLINA 73: Travis Diener scored 30, but the host Golden Eagles (16-10, 7-8) didn't wrap it up until Diener made four free throws with 25 seconds to play. Mike Cook led the Pirates (12-13, 4-11) with 17 points.

SO. MISS. 70, TULANE 60: Jasper Johnson had 22 points, including two key 3-pointers down the stretch, to lift the host Golden Eagles (13-13, 6-9). The Green Wave (11-15, 4-11) got a spot in the conference tournament when Houston lost to Charlotte.

State

FLA. INTERNATIONAL: Coach Donnie Marsh was fired after a 5-22 season, the worst in the program's 18-year history.

Nation

INDIANA 61, MICHIGAN 56: Marshall Strickland scored a career-high 21 and hit four 3-pointers after halftime as the host Hoosiers (13-13, 7-8 Big Ten) beat the Wolverines (16-10, 7-8) for the sixth straight time.

OHIO ST. 71, PENN ST. 64: Tony Stockman set a Value City Arena record with seven 3-pointers and scored 25 to lead the host Buckeyes (14-14, 6-9).

TEXAS TECH 87, MISSOURI 76: Andre Emmett scored 28 to give the host Red Raiders (20-9, 8-7 Big 12) their third straight 20-win season under coach Bob Knight.

OKLAHOMA: Center Jabahri Brown was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Brown was not arrested and a time was not set immediately for his arraignment. Police said they found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a firearm during a search of Brown's home on Tuesday.

ST. JOHN'S: Suspended player Abraham Keita said he got $300 almost every month from a member of the team staff. In a statement read by one of his attorneys, Keita said he is filing a federal civil rights lawsuit against the university. "He firmly believes he was the unworthy recipient of racially disparate disciplinary treatment," attorney Steven Spielvogel said. St. John's issued a statement saying it was surprised by the allegations about the payments and that it would begin an investigation. The university also said the racial discrimination charge was "simply not true." Keita, who is black, was suspended last month after he and several other players were caught breaking curfew by visiting a strip club near Pittsburgh.

[Last modified March 4, 2004, 01:15:01]


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