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College basketball briefs

By Times staff and wire reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 13, 2001


Baylor stuns No. 6 KU

WACO, Texas -- Big Monday is a big jinx for No. 6 Kansas.

Terry Black scored 20, many on rim-rattling dunks, as Baylor rode a nearly flawless first half to an 85-77 victory, handing the Jayhawks their third straight loss in the Big 12's made-for-TV Monday night series.

The Bears (16-6, 5-6) scored the first 10 points and led by 25 after the first half, the biggest halftime deficit coach Roy Williams has faced in his 13 years at Kansas.

Although the Jayhawks (19-4, 8-3) got within four, Baylor held on for its first win against a Top 10 team since beating No. 3 Arkansas in 1990 and its first win over Kansas in seven tries.

The Bears also ended a 17-game losing streak to ranked teams and gave fans at the conference school with the least success in major sports something huge to celebrate. Thousands of fans wearing yellow T-shirts stormed the court, many throwing yellow and green confetti.

Kirk Hinrich led KU with 26.

Black's most impressive dunk was a one-handed slam on an alley-oop pass that made it 40-18. When replayed during a timeout, it drew as many oohs and aahs as it did the first time.

VILLANOVA 59, NO. 18 G'TOWN 56: Michael Bradley scored 24 and the visiting Wildcats won a Big East matchup of bad shooting vs. bad ball-handling. Playing most of the game without injured point guard Jermaine Medley, Villanova (15-8, 6-5) had 23 turnovers. But the Hoyas (19-5, 6-5) more than compensated by shooting 27 percent.

Villanova's Gary Buchanan missed a free throw with 4.6 seconds left, ending his Division I-record streak of consecutive made free throws at 73. He made his second shot for a three-point lead. Georgetown's Kevin Braswell missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

AP TOP 25: While North Carolina remained No. 1, two of the sport's other premier programs re-entered the poll. Kentucky and UCLA joined at Nos. 22 and 24. Florida dropped to 11th.

State

B-CC 58, N.C. A&T 56: Derricus Lockwood scored 15 to lead the host Wildcats. Bethune-Cookman (7-15, 4-10 MEAC) snapped a three-game losing streak.

S.C. STATE 80, FAMU 66: Vincent Whitt scored 22 to lead the visiting Bulldogs. Jermaine Hill led FAMU (6-16, 4-10 MEAC) with 16.

Nation

RHODE ISLAND: Jerry DeGregorio announced he will not return as coach next season after a 10-44 record.

UCLA: Center Dan Gadzuric, nursing a sprained left ankle, is doubtful for Thursday's game against No. 8 Arizona.

AGENT PLEADS GUILTY: A Las Vegas sports agent pleaded guilty to charges that he illegally paid former Auburn player Chris Porter. Agent Robert L. Walsh was given a one-year suspended jail sentence and ordered to serve two years' probation. He was also ordered to pay Auburn $20,000 restitution.

NAISMITH FINALISTS: Shane Battier of Duke and twins Coco and Kelly Miller of Georgia are among the finalists for the player of the year awards.

The other men's finalists: Charlie Bell and Jason Richardson of Michigan State, Jarron Collins and Casey Jacobson of Stanford, Joseph Forte and Brendan Haywood of North Carolina, Troy Murphy of Notre Dame and Jason Williams of Duke.

The other women's finalists: Svetlana Abrosimova, Sue Bird and Shea Ralph, all of Connecticut, and Tamika Catchings and Michelle Snow of Tennessee.

Women

NO. 4 DUKE 74, GA. TECH 54: Iciss Tillis and Alana Beard each scored 17 to lead the visiting Blue Devils in the ACC.

FSU: Senior forward Brooke Wyckoff, who averaged 23.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in wins against Georgia Tech, No. 4 Duke and Maryland, was named ACC player of the week.

AP TOP 25: Notre Dame stayed No. 1 in the poll, while Florida dropped three spots to ninth.

- Staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.

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