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TOP 25 Top-ranked Gators overturn Tide; Kentucky wins



Published: Tue, February 11, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



No. 7 Oklahoma and No. 12 Kansas earned victories while No. 17 Georgia lost.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Matt Bonner scored 21 points Saturday to help top-ranked Florida rediscover its winning ways, 75-56 over slumping No. 22 Alabama.

The Gators (19-3, 8-1 Southeastern Conference), ranked first for the first time in school history this week, lost 70-55 at Kentucky in their debut game as No. 1 on Tuesday.

They recovered nicely against Alabama (13-7, 3-6), a team that knows all about a No. 1 hangover. Since making it to the top spot in the Associated Press poll Dec. 23, the Crimson Tide has gone 5-7, including five losses in its last six games.

Freshman Anthony Roberson was brilliant again for Florida, making four 3-pointers to finish with 16 points. David Lee had 12 points and eight rebounds.

No. 6 Kentucky 80, Mississippi 62

OXFORD, Miss. -- Erik Daniels scored 20 points and Kentucky, playing its 1,000th Southeastern Conference game, overwhelmed Mississippi for its 12th straight victory.

Keith Bogans added 17 points and Gerald Fitch 14 for coach Tubby Smith, who won his 150th game in five-plus seasons at Kentucky.

Kentucky (18-3, 8-0) has its longest streak since winning 13 in a row in 1998.

Justin Reed scored 14 points and David Sanders had 13 for the Rebels (12-8, 3-6), who have lost four straight.

No. 7 Oklahoma 91, Baylor 42

NORMAN, Okla. -- Hollis Price scored 17 points and led five players in double figures as Oklahoma made a season-high 13 3-pointers in a victory over Baylor, the Sooners' 34th straight home win.

Oklahoma (16-3, 7-1 Big 12) showed no rust from a weeklong layoff, winning by its widest margin since a 109-50 victory over Eastern Illinois in December 2001.

The loss was the worst for Baylor (10-9, 1-7) since a 50-point romp by Clemson in December 1983.

The Sooners shot a season-best 58 percent in beating Baylor for the 18th straight time. The Bears lost their 22nd straight road game.

De'Angelo Alexander scored 15 points for Oklahoma, which essentially got a tuneup for its game Monday night at No. 3 Texas.

No. 12 Kansas 82, Kansas State 64

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kirk Hinrich scored 28 points as Kansas came back to beat Kansas State, the Jayhawks' 26th straight victory over their state rivals.

Keith Langford had 18 and Aaron Miles 13 for Kansas (17-5, 7-1 Big 12), which has not lost to Kansas State (11-10, 2-6) since Jan. 17, 1994. The Jayhawks have not lost in Manhattan since Jan. 29, 1983, a span of 20 games.

Since Bramlage Coliseum opened in 1989, the Jayhawks are 15-0 on the Wildcats' home court. Tim Ellis had 14 points for Kansas State.

Tennessee 78, No. 17 Georgia 72

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Ron Slay scored 33 points and Thaydeus Holden made six free throws down the stretch as Tennessee held off Georgia.

The Volunteers (13-6, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) earned their first victory over a ranked team in five tries this season. They broke a tie and took the lead for good after Slay made the first of two free throws with 2:04 left.

Holden finished with 15 points, and Brandon Crump had 16. Slay was 12-of-18 from the floor and 4-of-5 on 3-pointers.

Georgia (13-6, 5-3) was led by Jarvis Hayes with 19 points while Chris Daniels added 14 points and 12 rebounds.

No. 18 Connecticut 84,Providence 68

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Emeka Okafor had 21 points, Ben Gordon added 20 and Connecticut, playing without its coach and starting point guard, ended an ugly two-game losing streak with a victory over Providence.

This was the second game the Huskies (14-5, 5-3 Big East) played without coach Jim Calhoun, who had surgery to remove a cancerous prostate on Thursday and is expected to miss three-to-four weeks. Associate coach George Blaney is running the team in Calhoun's absence.

It was also Connecticut's first game without injured junior guard Taliek Brown, who is expected to miss four-to-six weeks.

Ryan Gomes and Maris Laksa each had 16 points for the Friars (10-10, 3-6), who lost for the fifth time in six games.

No. 19 Syracuse 94,West Virginia 80

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Carmelo Anthony scored a career-high 29 points and had 12 rebounds.

The Orangemen (16-3, 7-2 Big East) trailed by as many as 15 in the first half but outscored West Virginia 48-33 in the second. Billy Edelin scored a career-high 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting in his seventh collegiate game for Syracuse.

The Mountaineers (12-8, 3-5) were outrebounded 43-31 and made only 13 of 35 field-goal attempts in the second half. Drew Schifino scored 25 points to lead West Virginia.

No. 20 Xavier 85, Dayton 77

CINCINNATI -- David West's career-high 47 points and 18 rebounds helped Xavier rally from a 15-point deficit.

Xavier (17-4, 8-1 Atlantic 10) let its preseason All-America pick apart Dayton's sagging man-to-man defense. The 6-foot-9 forward went 15-of-26 from the field and 16-of-19 on free throws en route to the second-highest point total in school history.

The Flyers (16-4, 8-1) had their nine-game winning streak snapped as they once again failed to win on Xavier's court. Dayton has lost 18 in a row in Cincinnati.

No. 23 Mississippi St. 84,Arkansas 54

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mario Austin had 19 points and 12 rebounds as Mississippi State cruised to its biggest blowout of Arkansas in more than 50 years.

The Bulldogs (15-5, 5-4 Southeastern Conference), who have won five of their last six, led by at least 26 points the entire second half. Arkansas (7-12, 2-6) shot just 25 percent from the field.

Mississippi State's most lopsided win in the series was 79-39 at home in 1952 -- the first game between the schools.

Ontario Harper had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs, who led 52-18 at halftime.




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