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TOP 25 Tar Heels role past Terps in ACC matchup



Published: Sat, January 8, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Pittsburgh freshman Ronald Ramon scored 21 points in an overtime win.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Rashad McCants scored 19 points to lead seven players in double figures, and No. 3 North Carolina beat No. 22 Maryland 109-75 Saturday for its 13th straight victory.

Raymond Felton added 12 points and six assists for the Tar Heels (13-1, 2-0 ACC).

Chris McCray and Travis Garrison each scored 13 for the Terrapins (9-3, 1-1).

No. 4 Wake Forest 103, Clemson 68

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Justin Gray tied his career high with 31 points to help Wake Forest win its eighth in a row.

Gray scored 25 points in the first half and finished 10-of-19 from the field. Eric Williams added 21 points for the Demon Deacons (13-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Akin Akingbala led Clemson (9-5, 0-2) with a 16 points.

No. 5 Duke 82, Temple 74

DURHAM, N.C. -- Daniel Ewing and J.J. Redick proved to be the perfect matchup for Temple's vaunted zone, combining for 46 points and nine 3-pointers to lead the Blue Devils in the matchup of Hall of Fame coaches Mike Krzyzewski and John Chaney.

Ewing finished with 24 points and Redick scored 22 for Duke (11-0). Shelden Williams added 10.

Mardy Collins scored 23 points and Dustin Salisbery had a career-high 21 for the Owls (5-6).

No. 7 Oklahoma St. 76, Texas Tech 66

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Joey Graham had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Cowboys, and John Lucas hit six 3-points to add 20 points.

In the Big 12 opener for both teams, the Cowboys (11-1) used an 18-6 run to take a 60-53 lead with 8:24 remaining.

Graham had four points, and his brother, Stephen, had 10 during the run.

The Red Raiders (8-4) used a 9-3 run, with five points by Ronald Ross and four by Jarrius Jackson, to pull within 68-66 with 2:50 left but could get no closer.

No. 10 Connecticut 66,Georgetown 59

WASHINGTON -- Charlie Villanueva had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead a dominating inside game, and Denham Brown scored a season-high 19 points as the Huskies rebounded from a surprise loss in their Big East opener.

Connecticut (9-2, 1-1) built a 20-point halftime lead by simply throwing the ball toward the basket and letting its big men go after it. Connecticut overcame 38 percent shooting with 17 offensive rebounds, which it converted into 18 second-chance points, and had an overall 47-32 rebounding advantage.

The Hoyas (9-4, 1-1) trailed by 22 early in the second half, then cut the lead to six with an 18-4 run that included three 3-pointers.

Stanford 87,No. 13 Arizona 76

STANFORD, Calif. -- Dan Grunfeld scored six straight points during a decisive second-half run and finished with a career-high 29 to help Stanford snap Arizona's nine-game winning streak.

Chris Hernandez, the Cardinal's starting point guard, returned to the lineup after missing Thursday's game against Arizona State with back spasms and scored 23 in his team's best showing yet under first-year coach Trent Johnson.

Rob Little added 16 points and 12 rebounds for Stanford (7-7, 1-3 Pac-10).

Channing Frye had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead Arizona (12-3, 2-1).

No. 16 Pittsburgh 66, Rutgers 63, OT

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Freshman Ronald Ramon scored a career-high 21 points to help Pittsburgh end its two-game losing streak.

Ramon looked like he would be the hero in regulation when his 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds left gave the Panthers (11-2, 1-1 Big East) a 58-55 lead. But Ricky Shields hit a 3 from the left side with 0.4 seconds left for Rutgers (6-5, 0-1) to force overtime.

Pitt, which was coming off home losses to Bucknell and Georgetown, took the lead for good at 64-63 on a drive by Antonio Graves with 41 seconds to play.

It was Graves' first points in more than 39 minutes.

Chris Taft added 17 points and nine rebounds for Pitt, while Clevon Troutman had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

No. 17 Louisville 86, TCU 61

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Freshman Juan Palacios scored 23 points and Francisco Garcia added 21 for Louisville.

Palacios grabbed seven rebounds and Garcia had five assists for the Cardinals (12-3, 1-1 Conference USA), who scored 22 points off 23 TCU turnovers.

Nile Murry had 15 points and eight rebounds for TCU (10-5, 0-1).

No. 18 Mississippi State 87, Mississippi 76

OXFORD, Miss. -- Lawrence Roberts scored 23 points and Gary Ervin added 15 for the Bulldogs (14-2, 2-0 SEC), who shot nearly 57 percent from the field in winning their NCAA-best 16th straight road game.

Mississippi State trailed for much of the first half and struggled at other times during its eighth straight victory.

Eddie had 17 points for Ole Miss (9-6, 0-2).

No. 19 Alabama 73, LSU 58

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Kennedy Winston scored 21 points and Alabama held LSU without a point for nearly 9 minutes in the second half.

The Crimson Tide (12-3, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) turned a one-point game into an easy win with a 17-0 run and handed the Tigers (6-5, 0-1) their fourth loss in five games.

Glen Davis had 13 points and seven rebounds to lead LSU.

No. 21 West Virginia 64, St. John's 60

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- D'or Fischer had 18 points and three blocks as West Virginia rebounded from its worst loss in six seasons.

Kevin Pittsnogle came off the bench to add nine points for West Virginia (11-1, 1-1 Big East), which lost 84-46 at Villanova on Wednesday night.

Daryll Hill led St. John's (6-6, 0-2) with a career-high 29 points.




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