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Saturday, 23 February 2008 19:14
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 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -No. 1 no more.
And the perfect season is gone, too.
Tyler Smith hit a turnaround jumper in the lane with 26.5 seconds left and No. 2 Tennessee knocked off the nation's last unbeaten team, beating top-ranked Memphis 66-62 on Saturday night.
Tennessee (25-2) won on a night when star guard Chris Lofton scored only 7 points, beating the Tigers with a dominating performance on the boards. Lofton did finish it off, though, hitting a couple of free throws with 4.5 seconds to go after Memphis intentionally missed a free throw.
Memphis (26-1) lost at home for the first time since Jan. 2, 2006, ending the nation's longest home winning streak at 47 games.
The Tigers had hoped to use this game to show their lofty record was proof they were the nation's best team, not the beneficiaries of playing in an unheralded league, Conference USA.
And, of course, they wanted to stay on track to become the first team since Indiana in 1976 to make it all the way through the season with a perfect record.
But the Hoosiers can rest easy. At the end, Tennessee's players walked off the court in triumph, holding up the name across the front of their orange jerseys to taunt the stunned crowd. The small group of Vols fans who actually got in the building hung around to chant ``We're No. 1! We're No. 1!''
Tennessee surely will be No. 1 when the next poll comes out - for the first time in school history.
Smith led Tennessee with 16 points.
Derrick Rose scored 23 points for Memphis.
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Oklahoma State 71, No. 4 Kansas 60
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Byron Eaton scored a career-high 26 points, including the game-winning free throw with 12.6 seconds left, and Oklahoma State knocked Kansas out of first place in the Big 12.
Eaton was fouled by Sasha Kaun as he drove to the basket and made the first free throw before missing the second.
Kansas grabbed the rebound and worked the ball to Brandon Rush, but he missed a 3-pointer from the left corner before fans rushed the court to celebrate the Cowboys' third straight victory.
The Jayhawks (24-3, 9-3) rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to go ahead 58-54 in the final 3 minutes. But Oklahoma State (14-12, 5-7) finished strong to knock Kansas out of a first-place tie with No. 7 Texas, which beat Oklahoma 62-45 on Saturday.
Darnell Jackson led Kansas with 16 points and 10 rebounds while playing three days after his 19-year-old cousin, Kascey Corie McClellan, died after getting shot earlier this month at an Oklahoma City nightclub. Backup guard Rodrick Stewart also played three days after Allen Stewart, his cousin and adopted brother, was shot and killed in Seattle.
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No. 5 Duke 86, St. John's 56
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Kyle Singler led five double-figure scorers with 16 points and Duke snapped a two-game losing streak.
Gerald Henderson and Nolan Smith scored 13 points apiece for the Blue Devils (23-3), who overwhelmed the Red Storm with a 32-9 run late in the first half and cruised to their NCAA-leading 59th straight nonconference victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Jon Scheyer added 12 points in his first start of the season and center Brian Zoubek had 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for Duke.
Freshman D.J. Kennedy had 16 points for the Red Storm (10-16).
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No. 6 UCLA 75, Oregon 65
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Russell Westbrook scored 16 points and helped rally UCLA from an 11-point second-half deficit.
The Bruins (24-3, 12-2) extended their lead in the Pac-10 to 1 1/2 games over No. 9 Stanford, which plays California on Sunday.
Westbrook helped ignite a 38-17 game-ending run.
Kevin Love, dogged by double teams, added 15 points and 11 rebounds for his 16th double-double for the Bruins, while Darren Collison had 17 points.
Maarty Leunen had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Oregon (15-12, 6-9), which has lost eight of 11.
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No. 7 Texas 62, Oklahoma 45
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -D.J. Augustin scored 19 points and Texas held the Sooners to a season-low point total.
The Longhorns (23-4, 10-2) have won seven straight, the school's longest winning streak in the Big 12.
Texas has also won five in a row and 10 of the last 13 against the Sooners (18-9, 6-6).
Blake Griffin led Oklahoma with 16 points and 16 rebounds.
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No. 16 Drake 71, No. 8 Butler 64
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Josh Young scored a career-high 25 points, including three free throws when he was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 20 seconds to go, for Drake.
Drake (24-3) snapped a nine-game winning streak for Butler (25-3), which led by four points midway through the second half but went scoreless for almost 5 minutes during a decisive 9-0 run by Drake.
Jonathan Cox added 13 points for Drake, which got its first nonconference victory over a Top 25 team since 1980.
Matt Howard finished with 16 points for Butler.
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No. 12 Georgetown 73, Cincinnati 53
WASHINGTON (AP) - Jessie Sapp scored 16 points and Austin Freeman added 13 to lead Georgetown.
The win moved the Hoyas (22-4, 12-3) into sole possession of first place in the Big East. No. 18 Louisville (21-6, 11-3) plays at Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Roy Hibbert, the Hoyas' leading scorer and rebounder, had 12 points and five blocked shots - one short of his career high - as Georgetown won its 19th straight game at the Verizon Center.
John Williamson and Deonta Vaughn both had 13 points for the Bearcats (13-13, 8-6), who were seeking their season-high fourth straight win but instead suffered their worst loss of the season.
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Villanova 67, No. 13 Connecticut 65
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Corey Stokes and Scottie Reynolds both scored 18 points and Villanova snapped the Huskies' 10-game winning streak.
Antonio Pena added 10 points for the Wildcats (17-9, 7-7 Big East), who won their third straight game.
A.J. Price scored 16 points and Jeff Adrien had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Connecticut (21-6, 10-4), which hadn't lost since Jan. 17.
The Huskies had a chance to tie the game, but Price, a 75 percent free throw shooter, made one of from the line with 6.4 seconds left to make it 66-65.
Villanova's Dante Cunningham was fouled with 4.9 seconds to go, and he missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Pena tipped the rebound back to Cunningham, who was fouled again with 2.3 seconds remaining. He hit the first free throw and missed the second to make it 67-65.
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No. 15 Indiana 85, Northwestern 82
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - A day after Indiana bought out coach Kelvin Sampson's contract and players threatened to boycott, Armon Bassett scored a season-high 24 points and the Hoosiers escaped with a victory over Northwestern.
The game seemed like a fitting conclusion to one of the most difficult weeks in the storied program's history. The Hoosiers had to hang on against a team still searching for its first Big Ten win.
D.J. White deflected a potential go-ahead layup by Northwestern's Michael Thompson, then hit two free throws to make it 85-82 with 5 seconds left. Thompson missed a pull-up 3-pointer at the buzzer, and the Hoosiers (23-4, 13-2 Big Ten) moved into a three-way tie for first with Wisconsin and Purdue.
Kevin Coble scored a career-high 37 points for Northwestern (7-18, 0-14).
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Arizona 65, No. 17 Washington State 55
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Chase Budinger scored 22 points and Jerryd Bayless had all 20 of his points in the second half to help Arizona upset Washington State.
Jordan Hill added 13 for the Wildcats (17-10, 6-8 Pacific-10), who avoided a third straight loss. The Wildcats are trying to keep alive their streak of 23 straight NCAA tournament appearances.
Taylor Rochestie scored 14 points, Derrick Low added 12, and Kyle Weaver had 10 for the cold-shooting Cougars, who hit just 17-of-50 (34 percent) of their shots.
Arizona swept Washington State (21-6, 9-6) in the series. The Wildcats won 76-64 in Tucson on Jan. 24.
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No. 19 Michigan St. 66, Iowa 52
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Raymar Morgan scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and coach Tom Izzo got his 300th career win with the Spartans.
Six weeks after a humbling 43-36 loss to the Hawkeyes, the Spartans (22-5, 10-4 Big Ten) jumped to a 20-1 lead over the opening 10:20 and were never seriously threatened.
Michigan State committed a season-low five turnovers, 13 fewer than it had in Iowa City.
Cyrus Tate led Iowa (12-16, 5-10) with a career-high 26 points and nine rebounds.
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No. 20 Vanderbilt 86, Georgia 74
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Shan Foster scored 29 points Alex Gordon added 23 to lead Vanderbilt.
The Commodores (23-4, 8-4) extended their winning streak to six games and remained one game behind Kentucky for second place in the Southeastern Conference East Division.
Sundiata Gaines had 24 points for Georgia (12-13, 3-9), which led 38-37 at halftime. But Vanderbilt stepped it offensively behind Foster, who scored 21 points after halftime including opening the final 20 minutes with his first 3-pointer of the game. The Commodores made 17 of their first 24 shots in the second half to take an 86-68 lead on a 3-pointer by Foster with 4:38 remaining.
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M 59
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Sek Henry and Steve Harley scored 11 points each to lead Nebraska to its second straight win over a ranked team.
The loss was the third straight for the Aggies (20-7, 6-6 Big 12).
Nebraska (16-9, 5-7) beat No. 24 Kansas State 71-64 on Wednesday.
M with 13 points.
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Baylor 92, No. 24 Kansas State 86
WACO, Texas (AP) - Michael Beasley's Big 12 record 44 points wasn't enough for Kansas State to avoid another road loss, not even with 31 more points from fellow freshman Bill Walker.
Curtis Jerrells scored 24 points, including some clutch baskets in the go-ahead spurt by Baylor in a victory over the Wildcats.
Beasley's two free throws with 1:56 left gave him 44 points, one more than the conference record, and made it 87-85. But Kansas State (18-8, 8-4) couldn't get closer and lost its fourth straight road game.
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No. 25 Marquette 78, Rutgers 48
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Marquette's trio of junior guards - Jerel McNeal, Dominic James and Wesley Matthews - combined for 39 points in the Golden Eagles' fourth straight victory.
The Golden Eagles (20-6, 10-5 Big East) used a 16-4 run straddling halftime to take a commanding lead by relying on its stifling defense.
Freshman Corey Chandler had 12 points for Rutgers (10-18, 2-13), who has lost seven straight, the Scarlet Knights' longest streak in seven years.
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