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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 11, 2001


Storm guard shrugs off split lip to sink Miami

MIAMI -- Omar Cook had 21 points and 12 assists and made two key three-pointers in the second overtime as St. John's outlasted Miami 85-79 on Saturday.

Playing with five stitches in his upper lip, Cook hit consecutive three-pointers in the second overtime to vault the Red Storm from three points down to three points ahead.

It was the Red Storm's second overtime victory this season against Miami. At Madison Square Garden last month, St. John's beat the Hurricanes 67-63.

The second meeting was much more physical.

Cook, who leads the nation in assists, missed more than seven minutes in the second half after taking an inadvertent elbow to the mouth from Miami's Darius Rice.

The teams combined for 62 fouls. Six players fouled out and Miami was hit with two technical fouls. Even a Hurricanes cheerleader had to leave after getting hit in the face with the ball.

St. John's made 30 of 43 free throws, and Miami made 29 of 41.

Rice led Miami with 21 points despite fouling out with 48 seconds left in regulation.

St. John's led 32-28 when Cook went to the locker room. When the freshman guard returned, Miami was ahead 43-39.

Cook's 10-foot jumper with 30.6 seconds left in regulation tied the score at 63 and forced overtime. Cook had a chance to win it in the final seconds of the first overtime, but his driving shot missed.

S.C. STATE 71, B-CC 45: Vincent Whitt had 22 points as the visiting Bulldogs took leads of 11-2, 22-4 and 29-10 to win their fourth in a row and remain atop the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

ROLLINS 67, SAINT LEO 59: Four players scored in double figures as the host Tars gave coach Tom Klusman his 350th career victory.

ECKERD 74, LYNN 63: Dwayne Smith had 16 points and David Anthony 15 for the host Tritons.

FAMU 59, N.C. A&T 52: Demarcus Wilkins scored 16, 14 in the second half, to lead the host Rattlers.

TROY ST. 96, FAU 76: Lemayn Wilson had 23 points and hit five of the visiting Trojans' season-high 16 three-pointers. Troy State shot 62 percent from the floor and was 16-of-30 (53 percent) from beyond the arc.

STETSON 74, SAMFORD 59: Santos Hampton, Will Robertson and Sebastian Singletary combined for 38 of the host Hatters' 48 second-half points.

JU 64, JACKSONVILLE ST. 59: The host Dolphins shot 59 percent in the second half to erase a seven-point deficit and win their seventh in eight games.

MERCER 82, UCF 74: Rodney Kirtz had 29 points and Scott Emerson 17 as the visiting Bears overcame a 10-point halftime deficit.

NEW ORLEANS 66, FIU 59: Tory Walker had 20 points, and the visiting Privateers shot a season-high 61.8 percent (21-of-34) from the floor and 11-of-15 from three-point range.

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