February 15, 1995 in Sports

Minutemen Off The Mark, Upset By Colonials

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Alexander Koul and Nimbo Hammons combined for 34 points before fouling out and leaving their George Washington teammates to protect an 80-78 victory over No. 5 Massachusetts (9-2 Atlantic 10, 18-3) in Amherst, Mass.

The Colonials (9-4, 16-9) also beat UMass on Feb. 4 to end the Minutemen’s 16-game winning streak and knock them out of the No. 1 ranking. But instead of revenge, UMass got its first loss on campus in 42 games - dating to a Jan. 8, 1992 loss to West Virginia - and its first loss ever at the Mullins Center.

(1) Connecticut 91, Georgetown 85

The Huskies (13-0 Big East, 20-1) won their first game as a No. 1 team and also ended the Washington area’s recent jinx over top-ranked schools with a victory over the Hoyas (7-6, 14-7) in Landover, Md.

(3) Kansas 91, Nebraska 68

Raef LaFrentz scored 16 points and the Jayhawks (8-2 Big Eight, 19-3) got double-figure scoring from reserves Billy Thomas and Greg Gurley in a victory over the Cornhuskers (3-6, 16-8) in Lincoln, Neb.

(23) Miss. St. 76, (4) Kentucky 71

Marcus Grant scored a career-high 23 points in Lexington, Ky., as the Bulldogs (8-3 Southeastern Conference, 16-5) upset the Wildcats, defeating Kentucky (9-2, 17-4) for the first time in 17 games in Rupp Arena.

(15) Villanova 89, (11) Syr. 87, OT

The Wildcats’ Chuck Kornegay scored six of his 14 points in overtime, including a reverse layup with 8.7 seconds left that gave Villanova (11-2, 18-5) a Big East victory over the Orangemen (10-3, 17-5) in Philadelphia.

Lawrence Moten finished with a career-high 36 points for the Orangemen and became the school’s career scoring leader with 2,177 points, 34 more than Derrick Coleman.

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