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Top 25: GW gets help to cap perfect A-10 season
By wire services
Published March 5, 2006
WASHINGTON - Carl Elliott's buzzer-beater helped No.7 George Washington cap a perfect Atlantic 10 season with an 86-85 overtime victory over Charlotte on Saturday.
Elliott caught Noel Wilmore's 3-point air ball in the paint and lofted it in to extend the nation's longest win streak to 18.
The Colonials matched Temple in 1983-84 and 1987-88 and St. Joseph's in 2003-04 with perfect conference records.
The Colonials got a break in the final 10 seconds. With the 49ers up 84-82, GW's Maureece Rice missed a short jumper. Charlotte got the rebound, but play was stopped because of an altercation between the 49ers' Leemire Goldwire and Colonials' Mike Hall with 5.7 seconds left.
Officials reviewed video for several minutes and gave Hall a foul and Goldwire a technical. De'Angelo Alexander made 1 of 2 free throws for Charlotte, and Hall made both free throws for GW, also awarded possession to set up the finish.
The 49ers led 72-67 on Alexander's 3-pointer with 59 seconds left in regulation. His two free throws made it 74-71 with 16 seconds left. And Hall missed a 3-pointer for GW, but Rice chased down the rebound and made an off-balance 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds left.
NO. 10 ILLINOIS 75, NO. 25 MICHIGAN ST. 68: Dee Brown scored 16 of his 20, including two 3-pointers during a 12-0 run, in the second half for the visiting Illini. Brown broke a 48-48 tie with a 3-pointer about eight minutes into the second half. Jamar Smith followed with two 3-pointers, and Brown hit another to make it 60-48. Michigan State pulled within six with about four minutes left and 2:09 left. But James Augustine scored on both ensuing possessions.
NO. 14 WASHINGTON 70, ARIZONA 67: Brandon Roy scored 16 to help the visiting Huskies rally. Washington took its first lead at 68-67 when Justin Dentmon stripped Marcus Williams and fed Bobby Jones for a dunk with 33 seconds left. Thirteen seconds later, Williams missed two free throws. After Dentmon made two free throws with nine seconds left, Arizona's Hassan Adams air-balled a 3-pointer.
NO. 15 UCLA 75, STANFORD 54: Arron Afflalo led four players in double figures with 16 points for the visiting Bruins, who clinched their first Pac-10 title in nine seasons. The Cardinal committed eight turnovers during the first six minutes, during which the Bruins went on a 19-4 run.
NO. 18 KANSAS 66, KANSAS ST. 52: Brandon Rush tied a career high with 24 points for the visiting Jayhawks, who win the Big 12 title if Texas loses to Oklahoma today. Fellow freshman Julian Wright's tip-in with 6:12 left put Kansas up 54-47. On the Wildcats' ensuing possession, Wright made a diving steal and flipped to Rush for a dunk. Russell Robinson's 3-pointer made it 59-47 with five minutes left.
NO. 23 IOWA 59, WISCONSIN 49: Jeff Horner scored 22 for the host Hawkeyes. Up four, Adam Haluska scored 10 of Iowa's first 13 of the second half. Then Horner and Mike Henderson scored twice during a 10-0 run that helped make it 47-30 with 9:08 left.Nation
TEXAS A&M 75, TEXAS TECH 59: Marion Pompey scored a career-high 17 in the visiting Aggies' seventh consecutive win. Tech's 14-16 finish is coach Bob Knight's first under .500 since Army went 11-13 in 1970-71. A&M closed the first half with a 19-4 run to lead 41-27.
OKLAHOMA ST. 79, BAYLOR 76: The host Cowboys rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit. Freshman Byron Eaton's three-point play on a driving layup put Oklahoma State up 67-65 with 3:03 left. JamesOn Curry then added a jumper and two free throws.
INDIANA 69, MICHIGAN 67: Marco Killingsworth scored 19 for the visiting Hoosiers, who clinched a first-round bye in the Big Ten tournament with their 10th consecutive win over the Wolverines. Earl Calloway's free throw put Indiana up 65-64 with 30.9 seconds left, and Roderick Wilmont made four free throws during the final two seconds.
NORTHWESTERN 57, MINNESOTA 53: Tim Doyle made the winning basket and clinching free throws for the host Wildcats. J'son Stamper was called for goaltending on Doyle's layup with 1:20 left. Doyle then made two free throws with 5.5 seconds left after rebounding a missed 3-pointer.
CAL 71, USC 60: Leon Powe had 22 points and 11 rebounds to clinch Pac-10 titles in both for the host Bears. Powe scored six and DeVon Hardin five during an 18-4 second-half run.
OREGON ST. 65, OREGON 62: Sasa Cuic scored 21, including consecutive 3-pointers that put the Beavers up 55-50 in the second half in Portland. After the Ducks pulled within 61-60 with 1:19 left, Cuic's putback off the top of the backboard helped seal it.
ARIZ. ST. 68, WASH. ST. 55: Kevin Kruger scored 20, including five during a 7-0 run early in the second half that made it 33-24, for the host Sun Devils.
ATLANTIC SUN: Justin Hare scored 10 of his career-high 32 in overtime to lift Belmont to its first NCAA Tournament berth, 74-69 over Lipscomb in Johnson City, Tenn. Lipscomb took a 58-55 lead on James Poindexter's 3-pointer with 27.7 seconds left, but Hare drove the lane for a three-point play with 20.7 left. Another driving layup by Hare a minute into overtime made it 62-58.
BIG SOUTH: Craig Bradshaw's hook with 9.1 seconds left lifted Winthrop into the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season, 51-50 over Coastal Carolina in Rock Hill, S.C. Colin Stevens' 3-pointer put Coastal Carolina up 50-49 with 35.1 seconds left.
MISSOURI VALLEY: Matt Shaw scored six of his 15 in overtime in Southern Illinois' 55-46 semifinal win over Northern Iowa in St. Louis. Bryan Mullins' layup for the Salukis tied it at 40 with 33 seconds left. Randal Falker's three-point play 18 seconds in and Shaw's two free throws made it 45-40 with 2:35 left. ... The Braves made three of their first four shots in the second half to take the lead for good and sealed a 60-52 win over Wichita State on David Bennett's 3-pointer with 37 seconds left that made it 54-48.
OHIO VALLEY: Tyler Holloway scored 11 of his 13 during a 16-4 second-half run as Murray State beat Samford 74-57 in the final in Nashville.