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MEN'S TOP 25 Cardinals slip past Bearcats for 17th



Published: Sun, February 9, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



No. 9 Duke pulled away from North Carolina, 83-74.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Freshman Francisco Garcia scored a career-high 24 points and tied a school record with eight 3-pointers as No. 5 Louisville beat Cincinnati 77-71 on Wednesday night to extend the nation's longest active winning streak to 16 games.

Reece Gaines scored 17 points and Marvin Stone had 11 rebounds for the Cardinals (17-1, 7-0 Conference USA), who are off to the program's best start since the 1955-56 team won 19 of its first 20 games.

Jason Maxiell scored 21 and Field Williams added 14 for the Bearcats (13-6, 6-3), who've lost three in a row for only the fifth time in coach Bob Huggins' 14 seasons.

No. 9 Duke 83, North Carolina 74

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke scored on its final 11 possessions, and Dahntay Jones scored 23 points and had 13 rebounds in front of a cheering section that included Grant Hill and Jason Williams.

Duke (15-3, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat the Tar Heels (11-10, 2-6) for the sixth straight time.

North Carolina got 25 points from Raymond Felton, and 19 each from Jawad Williams and David Noel.

Seton Hall 78,No. 10 Notre Dame 72

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Andre Barrett scored nine of his 24 points over the final 2 1/2 minutes and Seton Hall ended a three-game losing streak to the Notre Dame.

Andre Sweet added 17 points, almost triple his average, for the Pirates (10-9, 5-4 Big East), who have won three straight.

No. 11 Oklahoma St. 63,Kansas St. 55

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Tony Allen scored 17 points and Andre Williams blocked seven shots in Eddie Sutton's 1,000th game as a Division I coach.

Melvin Sanders scored 14 for Oklahoma State (18-2, 7-1 Big 12). Matt Siebrandt had 17 for Kansas State (11-9, 2-5).

No. 15 Marquette 68,Saint Louis 64

MILWAUKEE -- Sophomore Travis Diener scored a career-high 21 points and Robert Jackson added 15 in Marquette's hard-fought win.

The Golden Eagles (16-3, 8-1 C-USA) extended their home winning streak to 27 games despite a horrid performance by Dwyane Wade, who was 3-of-17 from the floor and 1-of-3 at the line for seven points, 15 below his average.

Virginia Tech 95,No. 18 Connecticut 74

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Carlos Dixon scored 21 points for Virginia Tech, in Connecticut's (13-5, 4-3 Big east) first game since coach Jim Calhoun took a leave of absence to have surgery for prostate cancer.

It was the Hokies' (9-11, 2-5) first victory against a ranked team since the 1995-96 season.

Arkansas 81, No. 22 Alabama 70

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Jonathan Modica scored 26 points as Arkansas handed Alabama its fifth straight road loss. Carl Baker scored 12 points for Arkansas.

No. 23 Mississippi State 82,Vanderbilt 60

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State's (14-5, 4-4 SEC) entire starting five scored in double figures and its quick-handed defense forced 21 turnovers.

Tommy Bowers had 14 points and five assists while Derrick Zimmerman had 13 points, three steals, seven assists and a blocked shot.




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