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UConn gets back to winning ways



Published: Fri, February 14, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Texas snapped its losing streak against Oklahoma.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 23 Connecticut used a balanced offense and solid defense to beat No. 17 Syracuse 75-61 Monday night.

The Huskies (15-5, 6-3 Big East) won their second straight game since losing two in a row by more than 20 points. They improved to 2-1 without coach Jim Calhoun, who was released from the hospital Sunday, three days after having surgery to remove a cancerous prostate.

They also won their second game without starting point guard Taliek Brown, who will be out four-to-six weeks with a broken finger.

Freshman Carmelo Anthony matched his career high with 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Orangemen (16-4, 7-3), who had won three straight and five of six.

The Orangemen, who entered the game third in the league in scoring (81.1) and second in field goal percentage (48.8), were 20-for-67 from the field (29.9 percent), including 8-for-37 in the second half.

Syracuse's first 17 points of the second half came on free throws, and its first field goal was accidentally put in by Okafor as he tried to grab a rebound.

The Orangemen still pulled to 50-46 with 10:04 remaining, but the Huskies went on a 13-5 run.

No. 6 Texas 67, No. 5 Oklahoma 61

AUSTIN, Texas -- Brandon Mouton scored 14 points and Royal Ivey hit the key 3-pointer as Texas snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Sooners.

The Longhorns (16-4, 7-2 Big 12) hadn't beaten their border rivals since Jan. 15, 2000. The skid included three straight defeats in the Big 12 tournament and an overtime loss in Austin last season.

Hollis Price scored 23 points for Oklahoma (16-4, 7-2), which dropped out of a tie for first place in the conference with Oklahoma State and Kansas.

Texas, which led most of the game, was ahead 55-54 when Ivey nailed his second 3-pointer to give the Longhorns a four-point lead with 2:11 remaining.

The Sooners got to 60-59 on Price's fifth 3-pointer before Texas' Jason Klotz dropped in a turnaround jumper. Texas made 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.




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