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College basketball

No. 1 Stanford wins at buzzer

By wire services
Published March 5, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. - Matt Lottich's desperation 3-pointer gave top-ranked and undefeated Stanford another buzzer-beating victory, 63-61 over Washington State on Thursday night.

The Cardinal (26-0, 17-0 Pac-10) rallied in the final 20 seconds, with Lottich's long 3-pointer coming after a wild scramble for a loose ball.

Washington State led 61-56 with 25 seconds left before Dan Grunfeld cut it to a point with a rare four-point play, hitting a long 3-pointer from the corner and making a free throw.

With 17.2 seconds left, Washington State could not inbound the ball against Stanford's defense and turned it over on a five-second violation, setting the stage for Lottich's winning shot.

Stanford needs to beat Washington on Saturday to complete the first 18-0 season in conference history.

DePAUL 68, NO. 13 CINCY 65: Drake Diener and Delonte Holland scored 17 each and Quemont Greer had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the host Blue Demons. Fans rushed the floor after what could be a costly loss for Cincinnati. The Bearcats came in tied with Memphis for the lead in Conference USA. The Bearcats (20-6, 11-4) play Memphis on Saturday in the regular-season finale.

The Bearcats pulled within 60-56 with 2:23 to play but they couldn't overcome the Demons.

NO. 21 KANSAS: Forward Wayne Simien will stay for his senior year. A 6-foot-9 native of Leavenworth, Kan., he is the Big 12's second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder. After he scored 22 Wednesday night in 78-67 victory over Nebraska, reporters asked if he had just played his final game in Allen Fieldhouse.

His response: "No way."

Atlantic Sun tournament

UCF 71, JACKSONVILLE 63: Josh Bodden scored 20 to lead four players in double figures for the Golden Knights in quarterfinal play in Nashville.

Bodden was 8-of-11 from the floor to lead the Golden Knights (23-5), who advanced to today's semifinals to play Belmont.

Jacksonville (13-15) lost for the third time this season to UCF and is 0-6 all-time in A-Sun tournament play.

TROY ST. 85, FLA. ATLANTIC 82: Herbert Evans and Ryan Heck each made critical free throws in the final 1:04 of the A-Sun game, and the Trojans won their 12th straight.

Evans led the Trojans (23-5) with 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including four 3-pointers.

Florida Atlantic (9-19) led for much of the first half, only to fall behind 70-56 after a Troy State run in the second half.

GEORGIA ST. 55, STETSON 47: Herman Favors scored 13 and had five assists for the Panthers, who face top-seeded and defending champion Troy State today.

D'Andre McGrew scored 10 for the Panthers, which held Stetson to 31 percent shooting and a season low in points.

BELMONT 71, MERCER 63: Brian Collins scored 16 to lead the Bruins (21-7).

Adam Mark scored 15 and had 10 rebounds for Belmont, which committed just four turnovers. Josh Goodwin added 12 points and Steve Drabyn 11.

Andrew Brown and Delmar Wilson led Mercer with 15 points each. Belmont's win was its first postseason victory as a member of Division I.

SSC tournament

ECKERD 48, BARRY 45: Anthony Washington's 3-pointer with 1:29 left lifted the Tritons (18-10) in the opening round at the Alfond Sports Center in Winter Park.

Washington, who had a team-high 12 points, gave the Tritons a 44-43 lead, its first since making the first two free throws of the game.

Barry's Nick Ellingsworth-Perez led all scorers with 19 on 8-of-13 shooting.

"We haven't had the heart yet to come back this season," Eckerd coach Tom Ryan said. "We have not showed the kind of spunk that we did today. They played together the whole second half."

Eckerd plays Rollins on Saturday.

TAMPA 63, LYNN 60: Mark Borders scored 25 to lead the Spartans (16-12).

Justin Wingard and James Taylor each had 15 points for the Knights. Lynn made the first basket of the game, but it would be its only lead as Tampa got the next 12 points and never relinquished the lead.

"Our kids gave 100 percent," Tampa coach Richard Schmidt said. "We hung in and battled hard. We played to win."

Tampa plays Florida Southern at noon on Saturday.

ROLLINS 92, SAINT LEO 65: Eric Faber scored 20 and Lex Brown added 19 to lead the top-seeded Tars. Jamie Turner led the Lions with 17 points.

FLA. SOUTHERN 81, FLA. TECH 73: Conference player of the year Chris Brooks scored a game-high 23 to lead the Mocs.

C-USA

SAINT LOUIS: Leading scorer Reggie Bryant has left the team to be with his seriously ill father in Baltimore. Coach Brad Soderberg said Bryant will be gone an indefinite period of time. Bryant gets 16.9 ppg.

Nation

ND 61, GEORGETOWN 48: Chris Thomas scored 19, Chris Quinn added 18 and the host Irish held the Hoyas to 28 percent shooting.

The 48 points were the least ever allowed by the Irish (15-11) in a Big East game, breaking the mark of 51 set in an 11-point victory over Seton Hall in 2002. Ray Reed hit a 15-foot shot at the buzzer for Georgetown, which scored a season-low 48 for a second straight game in losing its seventh straight.

BAYLOR: The school appointed a special panel to recommend standards and policies for recruiting and admitting athletes.

An internal probe has revealed major NCAA violations by former coach Dave Bliss, including paying tuition for players and other infractions. Baylor has sent its findings the NCAA.

The panel created by university president Robert Sloan is headed by the school's ex-football coach Grant Teaff. It is to report to the president by June 1.

"The work this task force will do over the next 90 days is important for ensuring that Baylor recruits and retains student-athletes of character who will succeed in the classroom and on the athletic fields and courts," Sloan said.

PATRIOT LEAGUE: Lehigh's Austen Rowland was picked as the player of the year, and Billy Taylor earned coach of the year for the second straight time.

GARDNER-WEBB: The school was placed on three years' probation by the NCAA for the grade-tampering scandal.

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