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Bucknell stuns No. 10 Pittsburgh



Published: Mon, January 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



ASSOCIATED PRESS

PITTSBURGH -- Kevin Bettencourt made two free throws with 23 seconds remaining to give Bucknell the lead in a 69-66 victory over No. 10 Pittsburgh on Sunday night, one of the biggest wins in school history.

Bettencourt's free throws made it 67-66 and Charles Lee added two free throws with 2.3 seconds remaining to seal the win as Bucknell beat its highest-ranked opponent ever.

Chris McNaughton scored 17 points, Lee had 14 and Bettencourt 13 for Bucknell (9-4), which has won six straight.

Carl Krauser had 20 points for Pitt (10-1), which had a 48-game home winning streak against nonconference teams snapped.

No. 4 North Carolina 105,William & amp; Mary 66

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Sean May continued his recent tear, scoring 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting to lead North Carolina.

Raymond Felton finally missed a 3-pointer, ending his run of 12 straight, but that was about the only problem for the Tar Heels (12-1). They have won 12 in a row since losing to Santa Clara in the opener.

Jawad Williams had 19 points, Rashad McCants added 15 and Felton finished with 12 assists for North Carolina.

No. 5 Wake Forest 89,No. 25 Virginia 70

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Chris Paul scored six of his 21 points during a 13-0 run early in the second half and Wake Forest won its seventh straight game.

The Demon Deacons (12-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 44-39 before Jamaal Levy's putback sparked the big run in the second half. Gray had a three-point play and a 3-pointer and Eric Williams finished it with a free throw, giving Wake Forest a 57-39 lead with 15:22 remaining.

The Cavaliers (8-2, 0-1) immediately scored nine straight points to close to 61-54 with 11:37 left, but Paul scored seven points in a 14-5 response by Wake Forest and it cruised to the bruising victory.

No. 6 Duke 62, Clemson 54

DURHAM, N.C. -- J.J. Redick had 20 of his 24 points in the second half and role player Lee Melchionni made two clutch 3-pointers, helping Duke rally in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

Shelden Williams finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Blue Devils (9-0), who won their 18th straight over the Tigers.

No. 13 Washington 76, Stanford 73

SEATTLE -- Mike Jensen's career-high 17 points led Washington to its eighth straight win.

The Huskies (12-1, 2-0 Pac-10) dropped the two-time defending conference champion Cardinal (6-6) to their first 0-2 start in league play since 1990-91.

Jensen was 6-of-9 from the field and his two free throws with 12 seconds to play provided the final margin.

No. 14 Arizona 97, Arizona St. 79

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Salim Stoudamire had 15 of his 18 points in the second half, helping Arizona turn a close game into a rout.

Channing Frye had a season-high 21 points and Mustafa Shakur added 20, including a season-high four 3-pointers, for the Wildcats (11-2), who won their eighth straight.

No. 15 Texas 89, UNLV 82

AUSTIN, Texas -- P.J. Tucker had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead Texas.

Texas (10-2) finally shook off the pesky Runnin' Rebels (6-5) late in the second half. The Longhorns trailed 67-65 with 5:50 to play after UNLV guard Michael Umeh nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing. But Texas went on a 12-1 run to take control.

West Virginia 82, No. 17 N.C. State 69

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Johannes Herber and Mike Gansey each scored 15 points, giving the Mountaineers their best start in more than 40 years.

Patrick Beilen and Tyrone Sally each scored 11 points in a balanced effort by the Mountaineers, who improved to 10-0 for the first time since the 1959-60 season when Jerry West played for West Virginia.

Freshman Andrew Brackman scored 19 points in his first start for the Wolfpack (10-3), who played without leading scorer Julius Hodge. Hodge, last year's Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, was sidelined with an ankle injury.

No. 19 Louisville 98,Tennessee St. 64

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Francisco Garcia matched his career-high with 29 points, including eight straight during a 27-4 run.

Garcia hit four 3-pointers and Larry O'Bannon added three over Tennessee State's zone as the Cardinals (11-2) hit 12 from behind the arc despite the absence of 3-point specialist Taquan Dean because of back spasms.

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