Missouri Trips Iowa On Late Ot Free Throws
Kelly Thames made two free throws with 5.6 seconds left in overtime Saturday as Missouri, down 14 points early in the second half, defeated No. 10 Iowa 80-79 in Columbia, Mo.
The victory was the Tigers’ fourth over a ranked opponent in a month. Missouri (11-7) also defeated No. 20 Maryland on Dec. 30, No. 25 Oklahoma State on Jan. 14 and No. 3 Kansas last Monday. All of the victories have come at home, where Missouri is 9-1. This time, the Tigers rallied from a 46-32 deficit with 18:43 remaining, and handed Iowa its first loss in 15 games when leading at halftime.
Last season, Missouri was 1-9 against ranked teams.
Kent McCausland’s fifth 3-pointer with 2 seconds to go in regulation gave Iowa a 70-69 lead. But Jeff Hafer completed a three-quarter court inbounds pass to 6-foot-11 Tate Decker, who made the second of two free throws after being fouled near the basket to force the extra period.
McCausland’s sixth 3-pointer gave Iowa (15-4) a 79-78 lead with 19 seconds left in overtime.
Missouri missed two shots on its next trip, a 3-pointer by Hafer that rolled out and a tip by Monte Hardge, before Thames was fouled on the rebound. Iowa had a good shot at the end as Dean Oliver dribbed the length of the court, but his 10-footer from the baseline rolled out at the buzzer.
(1) Duke 72, Virginia 65
In Charlottesville, Va., Trajan Langdon scored eight of his 15 points over the final 3:54 and, in their season of runaway victories, the Blue Devils (18-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) survived a rare scare from the Cavaliers (10-10, 2-5).
The Blue Devils came in having outscored their opponents by an average of 30.8 points per game.
(2) N. Carolina 103, (20) Flo. St. 55
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Antawn Jamison scored 20 of his 24 points in a lopsided first half as the Tar Heels (20-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) achieved their 28th straight 20-win season by ripping the Seminoles (14-6, 3-5).
(3) Kansas 88, Texas Tech 49
In Lawrence, Kan., Raef LaFrentz returned to the lineup with 31 points and led the Jayhawks (22-3, 6-1 Big 12) to a devastating 30-point halftime lead and a victory over the Red Raiders (8-8, 2-4) for Kansas’ school-record 56th consecutive victory in Allen Field House.
(4) Utah 67, UNLV 54
In Las Vegas, Michael Doleac and Hanno Mottola each scored 12 points in the first half as the Utes (17-0, 5-0 Western Athletic Conference) broke open the game early and defeated the Runnin’ Rebels (9-8, 2-3) to remain unbeaten.
(7) Kentucky 85, Tennessee 67
In Knoxville, Tenn., Scott Padgett scored 20 points before being ejected and Jeff Sheppard and Wayne Turner each added 17 as the Wildcats (18-2, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) beat the Volunteers (11-5, 1-5).
(8) UConn 63, (15) Syracuse 54
In Syracuse, N.Y., Richard Hamilton scored 24 points and the Huskies (17-3, 7-2) used their smothering defense to defeat the Orangemen (15-4, 5-3) in a battle between the Big East’s top two teams.
(12) Purdue 80, Northwestern 45
In West Lafayette, Ind., Brad Miller scored 20 points to lead the Boilermakers (17-4, 5-2 Big Ten) over the Wildcats (7-9, 1-6).
(13) Miss. 81, Miss. St. 77 (2OT)
In Oxford, Miss., Ansu Sesay scored 33 points, including the last four of the second overtime, as the Rebels (14-2, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) defeated the Bulldogs (13-6, 2-4) to extend their home winning streak to a school-record 16 games.
Sesay’s 18-footer with 31 seconds left broke the final tie, and he added two free throws with 8.3 seconds left after rebounding a missed shot by Detrick White.
(14) South Carolina 61, Auburn 56
In Auburn, Ala., LeRon Williams came off the bench to lead the Gamecocks (13-3, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) with 14 points in a victory over the Tigers (11-6, 3-3).
(17) New Mexico 76, UTEP 69
In El Paso, Texas, Kenny Thomas scored five of his 21 points during a 12-2 run late in the second half, helping the Lobos (14-3, 4-1 Western Athletic Conference) hold off the Miners (11-6, 2-3).
(18) Arkansas 77, Alabama 70
In Fayetteville, Ark., with two guards on the bench for missing curfew and leading scorer Pat Bradley ineffective, Landis Williams scored 16 points and Sunday Adebayo added 12 as the Razorbacks (16-3, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) defeated the Crimson Tide (9-11, 1-6).
Dayton 93, (19) Xavier 82
In Dayton, Ohio, Ryan Perryman scored 20 points and Coby Turner hit two clutch jumpers in a closing 16-4 run that carried the Flyers (13-6, 5-2 Atlantic 10) over the Musketeers (12-5, 4-3).
Dayton matched its win total for last season.
(23) W. Virginia 81, Providence 63
In Morgantown, W.Va., Marcus Goree scored a career-high 19 points and added eight rebounds as the Mountaineers (17-3, 7-3 Big East) defeated the Friars (8-9, 3-5).
Goree scored 12 points in the first half to keep the game close before West Virginia pulled away in the second half.
Tulsa 64, (24) Hawaii 63
In Tulsa, Okla., Eric Coley returned from a four-game absence caused by his mother’s death and scored 12 points as the Golden Hurricane (11-8, 3-2 Western Athletic Conference) held off the Rainbows (13-4, 2-3).
Maryland 74, (25) Clemson 69
In College Park, Md., Sarunas Jasikevicius scored 10 points in a 3-minute stretch to rally the Terrapins (12-6, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) past the Tigers (12-7, 3-4) for their fourth win over a ranked team this season.
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