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TOP 25 Top-ranked Gators overturn Tide; Kentucky wins



Published: Wed, February 12, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



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

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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). Freshman Anthony Roberson had 16 points for Florida. David Lee had 12 points and eight rebounds.

No. 3 Texas 95, Texas A & amp;M 87

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- T.J. Ford had 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and Sydmill Harris added 17 points for Texas (15-4, 6-2). Texas A & amp;M senior guard Bernard King became the Big 12's career scoring leader when he hit a free throw with 11:48 remaining to give him 1,831 points. Freshman Antoine Wright led Texas A & amp;M with 25 points.

No. 5 Louisville 81, Houston 55

HOUSTON -- Marvin Stone led a balanced Louisville attack with 17 points as the Cardinals extended their winning streak to 16 games. Reece Gaines scored 16 points for Louisville (17-1, 8-0 Conference USA) to become the ninth player in school history to crack 1,700 career points. The Cougars (6-13, 4-4) committed 22 turnovers.

No. 6 Kentucky 80, Mississippi 62

OXFORD, Miss. -- Erik Daniels scored 20 points and Kentucky (18-3, 8-0), 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 at Kentucky. 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. De'Angelo Alexander scored 15 points for Oklahoma.

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).

No. 13 Creighton 88, Bradley 65

OMAHA, Neb. -- Michael Lindeman scored a career-high 21 points for Creighton (21-2, 11-1 Missouri Valley Conference). Bradley (8-14, 4-7) lost for the fourth time in five games. Kyle Korver added 14 points and Joe Dabbert 10 for the Bluejays. Philip Gilbert scored 16 points to lead the Braves. James Gillingham had 14 and Marcello Robinson 10.

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.

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.

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 (17-4, 8-1 Atlantic 10) rally from a 15-point deficit. West 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 SEC), whohave 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.

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




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