|Top 25 Capsules|
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|Thursday, 07 February 2008 19:15|
Armon Bassett scored 11 of his 16 points in the second overtime, and No. 14 Indiana rallied to beat Illinois 83-79 Thursday even though Gordon struggled for much of the night.
The Hoosiers' freshman was jeered throughout the night for reneging on an early verbal commitment to Illinois and he committed what looked like a costly turnover in the second overtime.
Illinois' Calvin Brock had just converted a runner, cutting it Indiana's lead to 79-76, when Gordon got called for a 10-second violation with 26 seconds left. The Illini's Demetri McCamey dribbled with ball off his knee and out of bounds.
Bassett then hit two free throws, and he converted two more to make it 83-79 with five seconds left following a 3-pointer by McCamey, who scored 31 points.
No. 9 Stanford 72, Oregon 43
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Robin Lopez had 15 points, six rebounds and two blocks and No. 9 Stanford jumped to an early lead on the way to winning its sixth straight game.
including four 3-pointers, after a slow start this season. Robin Lopez led Stanford (19-3, 8-2 Pac-10) in scoring this time instead of his twin brother, Brook.
Brook Lopez, swarmed each time he touched the ball, still had 12 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots. The sophomore 7-footer had been the top scorer in Stanford's previous seven games and came in having shot 23-for-41 - 56 percent - in his first three meetings against Oregon.
Tajuan Porter scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead cold-shooting Oregon (13-9, 4-6).
No. 13 Xavier 70, Saint Louis 68
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Derrick Brown made a tip-in with 0.1 seconds to go, enabling No. 13 Xavier to barely avoid a second-half meltdown.
Josh Duncan led a balanced atack with 15 points for Xavier (19-4, 7-1 Atlantic 10), which squandered all of a 16-point cushion against the persistent Billikens. Drew Lavender added 13 points and three others scored in double figures for Xavier, which has won five in a row and 11 of 12.
Kevin Lisch had three 3-pointers and a three-point play in the final minute, and his driving layup and free throw with 11.6 seconds to go tied it at 68. Lisch was a career-best 6-for-9 from 3-point range and scored 25 points for Saint Louis, which also got 11 points from Luke Meyer and 10 from Tommie Liddell III.
der just ahead of the buzzer.
No. 21 Pittsburgh 55, West Virginia 54
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ronald Ramon barely beat the final horn with a game-winning 3-pointer from the left wing and No. 21 Pittsburgh rallied in the final minute.
The Panthers (18-5, 6-4 Big East) got an important win that substantially helps their NCAA tournament hopes and damages those of West Virginia (16-7, 5-5), which led 53-50 with a minute to play.
Alex Ruoff, an 85 percent free throw shooter, missed one of two free throws with 9 seconds remaining to prevent West Virginia from taking a three-point lead. That miss - the Mountaineers were only 7-of-17 from the line - proved costly when an unguarded Ramon took Keith Benjamin's giveback pass and hit the game winner.
Sam Young and Keith Benjamin scored 10 each for Pitt, which beat the Mountaineers for the fourth time in a row and the 10th time in 13 games.
Darris Nichols scored 16 and Joe Mazzulla had 15 for West Virginia, which lost its third in four games.