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MEN'S TOP 25 No. 4 Pittsburgh beaten by Irish



Published: Thu, February 13, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Unranked Cincinnati avoided losing four in a row for the first time in coach Bob Huggins' 14 seasons.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Chris Thomas found Torin Francis inside for the game-winning basket with .6 seconds remaining and No. 10 Notre Dame beat No. 4 Pittsburgh 66-64 Sunday, overcoming a 10-point deficit to win its 13th straight home game.

Thomas, who led the Irish with 24 points and eight assists, drove past Brandin Knight on the way to the basket, but stopped and found Francis underneath as the Irish beat Pittsburgh for the fifth straight time at the Joyce Center.

The Panthers had one last chance, but Jordan Cornette swatted away the inbounds pass by Jaron Brown as time expired.

It was the fourth straight game Pittsburgh (16-3, 6-2 Big East) squandered a double-digit lead, although the Panthers managed to beat Georgetown and Providence. But the Panthers, who were a win away from taking over No. 1 last week but lost to Syracuse, have lost two of three. The Irish (19-4, 7-2) are a half-game ahead of the Panthers in the Big East West Division.

Knight, who has been hobbled by a sprained left ankle, finally hit his first field goal of the game, a 3-pointer with 32 seconds left, to tie the score at 64.

Julius Page led the Panthers with 19 points.

Georgia Tech 90,No. 8 Maryland 84

ATLANTA -- B.J. Elder scored 23 points and freshman point guard Jarrett Jack added a career-high 20 and ran an offense that became the first this season to reach 90 points against Maryland.

The Terrapins (14-6, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost earlier this week to Virginia at home.

Georgia Tech (12-8, 5-4) improved to 11-0 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Drew Nicholas had 18 points for the Terrapins, including a 3-pointer with 1:12 remaining that drew them within 82-80, but Jack answered with a 3.

No. 9 Duke 65, Clemson 55

DURHAM, N.C. -- Dahntay Jones scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half as the Blue Devils won their 25th straight home game by beating Clemson for the 15th consecutive time.

Casey Sanders added eight points and a career-high 14 rebounds for Duke (16-3, 6-3 ACC), which won despite shooting 34 percent.

Chey Christie scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half for the Tigers (12-7, 2-7), who started the season 9-0.

Cincinnati 61,No. 11 Oklahoma St. 50

CINCINNATI -- Jason Maxiell scored a career-high 24 points as the Bearcats ended a three-game losing streak.

Cincinnati (14-6) has never lost four in a row during coach Bob Huggins' 14 seasons.

Oklahoma State (18-3) missed 16 of its first 18 shots in the second half, allowing the Bearcats to turn a one-point deficit into a 14-point lead.

Victor Williams had 18 points for the Cowboys, who shot a season-low 34 percent from the field, including 2-of-12 on 3-point attempts.

No. 15 Marquette 68,No. 14 Wake Forest 61

MILWAUKEE -- Robert Jackson scored 19 points and Dwyane Wade had 18 to lead the Golden Eagles to their 28th consecutive home victory.

Scott Merritt added 16 points, including seven straight midway through the second half, as Marquette (17-3) won its ninth straight and ended Wake Forest's four-game winning streak.

Josh Howard scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and Taron Downey added 10 for the Demon Deacons (16-3), who average 81 points a game.

No. 21 Missouri 82, Texas Tech 73

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Arthur Johnson had 23 points and 13 rebounds as the Tigers dominated inside.

Missouri outrebounded the Red Raiders 38-21, getting 13 on the offensive end. The Tigers (14-5, 5-3 Big 12) remained unbeaten in 11 home games.

Andre Emmett had a career-high 34 points for Texas Tech (13-6, 3-5) on 14-for-20 shooting.

No. 25 Stanford 84, Oregon St. 73

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Julius Barnes had a career-high 33 points for the Cardinal (17-6, 8-3 Pac-10), who have won eight of 10.

Philip Ricci had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Beavers (11-9, 4-7), who have lost two straight after a four-game winning streak.




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