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MEN'S TOP 25 ROUNDUP No. 8 Kansas dealt third straight loss



Published: Tue, February 22, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Oklahoma handed the Jayhawks their first three-game losing streak in 11 years.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

NORMAN, Okla. -- Terrell Everett scored 19 points and freshman David Godbold added a career-high 15 to help No. 22 Oklahoma beat No. 8 Kansas 71-63 on Monday, handing the Jayhawks their first three-game losing streak in nearly 11 years.

Kansas (20-4, 10-3 Big 12) has lost three consecutive for the first time since falling to Oklahoma State, Missouri and Nebraska from Feb. 16-23, 1994. The Jayhawks haven't lost four in a row since an eight-game losing streak in 1988-89.

Kansas, which lost to Texas Tech in double overtime and Iowa State in overtime last week, rallied from 19 points down in the first half to get within a point midway through the second half, but the Sooners (20-6, 9-4) held on to drop the Jayhawks out of a first-place tie with Oklahoma State.

After trailing 37-18 with 1:10 left in the first half, the Jayhawks scored the last four points before intermission and the first five of the second half.

They used an 11-2 run, capped by J.R. Giddens' 3-pointer off a pass from Wayne Simien, to pull to 47-46. Aaron Miles started the run with four straight free throws, and Giddens and Simien followed with jumpers.

The Sooners scored six straight points to stretch the lead to 60-52, with Godbold grabbed a rebound and hitting a jumper in the lane with 2:33 left.

New Mexico 65, No. 13 Utah 54

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Mark Walters scored a season-high 22 points and New Mexico beat Utah, snapping the Utes' 18-game winning streak.

The Lobos (20-6, 7-4 Mountain West Conference) used tenacious defense and strong rebounding to win for the sixth time in seven games.

The Utes (23-4, 11-1), who clinched the conference regular-season title with a victory over Air Force on Saturday, shot just 37 percent. Utah entered the game ranked second in the nation in field goal percentage (52.8) and third in rebounding margin.

Utah center Andrew Bogut, averaging 20.6 points and 11.8 rebounds a game, finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

No. 17 Connecticut 88, Notre Dame 74

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Charlie Villanueva matched his career high with 25 points and sophomore point guard Marcus Williams was a rebound shy of a triple-double in Connecticut's victory.

The Huskies (18-6, 10-3 Big East) won for the sixth time in seven games and moving Jim Calhoun within two wins of becoming the sixth active coach with 700.

Williams finished with 17 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.

Colin Falls led Notre Dame (16-8, 8-6) with 19 points, and Chris Thomas had 16 points on 6-for-15 shooting.




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