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Men's college basketball briefs

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 23, 2000


Surprising Dayton gives Terps 2nd loss

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Tony Stanley found out late Tuesday that his mother had died.

Not only did the senior guard decide to play Wednesday, he led Dayton to one of its biggest wins.

Stanley scored 21 points, including a back-breaking three-pointer as the shot clock expired with a little more than a minute left to beat No. 6 Maryland 77-71 Wednesday in the third-place game of the Maui Invitational.

"I didn't think it was too difficult to play. If anything, my mom would have wanted me to play hard for her," Stanley said. "My family wanted me to play. I was here anyway, so I should have taken care of business."

Karen Stanley died Tuesday in Philadelphia of pneumonia.

Dayton played only ranked teams in the three days, beating No. 12 Connecticut 80-66 in the opening round and losing 76-59 to No. 1 Arizona in the semifinals.

The Flyers went up 65-55 with 5:05 to play on a three-pointer by Stanley. But the Terrapins, who lost 90-80 to No. 8 Illinois in the semifinals, chipped away at the lead and closed to 67-64 with 2:51 to play on a basket down low by Lonny Baxter, who led Maryland with 20 points.

Top 25

NO. 1 ARIZONA 79, NO. 8 ILLINOIS 76: The Wildcats, who finished second in two past appearances in the Maui Invitational, held off the Illini in the title game. Jason Gardner made two free throws with 11 seconds left to give Arizona a 79-76 lead. Illinois had two last chances, but both fell short.

In Wildcats team news, the NCAA upheld its six-game suspension of All-America center Loren Woods for accepting benefits from a family friend in September. The 7-1 senior will be out of action until the Dec. 9 game at Connecticut.

NO. 2 DUKE 95, TEXAS 69: The Blue Devils, playing fundamentally sound at both ends of the court, wore Texas down early to advance to the Presason NIT final at Madison Square Garden in New York. They had the game's first seven points and steadily increased the lead to as much as 20 in the first half. The lead reached 31 in the second half. Nate James led Duke with 26 points.

The Blue Devils meet Temple in the championship game Friday night. The Owls advanced with a 69-61 victory over Indiana, which will play Texas for third place.

NO. 12 UCONN 83, LOUISVILLE 71: Caron Butler scored 20 points in an impressive college debut in the fifth-place game of the Maui Invitational. UNLV defeated Chaminade 90-78 in the seventh-place game.

Butler, a 6-foot-7 freshman swingman, missed the Huskies' first three games because of an NCAA violation regarding payment of his prep school tuition. He made a three-pointer with his first college shot.

NO. 14 NOTRE DAME 107, LOYOLA, ILL. 68: The host Irish put their high-octane offense on display for their first back-to-back 100-point games in 15 years. The Irish set school records by hitting 16 three-pointers and shooting 76.2 percent from three-point range.

Troy Murphy scored 23 on 8 of 12 shooting, and Matt Carroll tied his career-best with 22 points and was 5-of-6 on three-pointers.

North Dame beat Sacred Heart 104-58 on Saturday.

SEC

NO. 24 ARKANSAS 107, JACKSON ST. 78: Brandon Dean hit 4 of 6 three-pointers for the host Razorbacks.

After two subpar performances over the weekend, including a nine-point loss to Southern Mississippi, Arkansas combined accurate three-point shooting and a second-half defense as solid as a rock to down the Tigers.

MISSISSIPPI 71, SAM HOUSTON 65: Rahim Lockhart had a team-best 23 points to lead the host Rebels. The victory extended Ole Miss' non-conference home winning streak to 37 games, the third longest in the nation.

ALABAMA: Freshman guard Demetrius Smith has a stress fracture in his right foot and is expected to miss 4-5 weeks. He had surgery to place a pin in the foot to help it heal.

ACC

N.C. STATE 82, FRESNO ST. 63: Chris Jeffries scored 19 and Melvin Ely 17 for the Bulldogs in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic in Springfield, Mass. Ely was 7-for-11 from the field, had a team-best seven rebounds and was selected most valuable player.

Nation

TEMPLE 69, INDIANA 61: Temple scored baskets in bunches, advancing to the final of the Preseason NIT at Madison Square Garden in New York. It will face the winner of the late Duke-Texas game in the final.

The loss was the Hoosiers' first in the post-Bob Knight era.

Lynn Greer and Quincy Wadley got Temple off to a quick lead with three-pointers at the start catching IU by surprise. The Hoosiers, still getting organized under interim coach Mike Davis, who replaced Knight in September, never overcame that early deficit.

"I thought our starters played too soft," Davis said.

MINNESOTA: Clem Haskins has asked the NCAA to reconsider a ruling that bars him from coaching until 2007 without special approval. The NCAA committee on infractions ruled Oct. 24 that Haskins was "knowledgeable about" an academic fraud scandal within the men's basketball department. The NCAA banned Haskins from taking an athletics-related college job unless that school could "show cause" before the infractions committee that Haskins should be hired.

Late Tuesday

CS NORTHRIDGE 78, NO. 15 UCLA 74: Jeff Parris scored a career-high 27 points for the Matadors, who shocked the Bruins in their home opener. UCLA self-destructed with poor shooting late. The Matadors calmly put together a run when their double-digit lead shrank to two with 3:28 left.

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