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MEN'S TOP 25 Villanova stuns Jayhawks in upset



Published: Sat, January 22, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The Wildcats toppled No. 2 and previously undefeated Kansas on torrid shooting.

Associated press

PHILADELPHIA -- Undefeated Kansas never stood a chance once Allen Ray, Curtis Sumpter and the rest of the spirited Villanova Wildcats got rolling.

Sumpter sank five 3-pointers and scored 25 points, Ray made four 3s and scored 27 and Villanova led by as many as 32 points in a stunning 83-62 victory over No. 2 Kansas on Saturday.

The Wildcats (10-4) lost their last two games on free throws in the final seconds, but this one was never really close. After holding a modest seven-point lead at halftime, the Wildcats went on a 15-2 run to open the second half, gave up three points, then reeled off 16 straight points.

Wayne Simien led Kansas (14-1) with 15 points and J.R. Giddens and Sasha Kaun each had 11.

No. 3 Wake Forest 74, No. 20 Cincinnati 70

CINCINNATI -- Eric Williams scored a career-high 29 points, having his way with Cincinnati's shorter front line.

The Bearcats (15-3) lost at home to a ranked team for the second time in eight days.

Chris Paul added 21 points for Wake Forest (16-2) , which improved to 5-1 against ranked teams this season.

No. 4 Duke 88, Florida State 56

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- J.J. Redick scored a season-high 31 points for Duke.

The Blue Devils (15-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) were never in trouble, jumping to an 18-8 lead and steadily building it to as many as 33 late in the game.

Isiah Swann came off the bench to lead Florida State (10-9, 2-4) with 13 points and Von Wafer added 10, eight in the second half.

No. 5 Oklahoma St. 82, Baylor 53

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Joey Graham scored 24 points to help Oklahoma State rebound from its loss to Texas.

Freshman JamesOn Curry added 14 points, including 10 in the final 2:16, as the Cowboys (14-2, 4-1 Big 12 Conference) won the first game at the newly named Eddie Sutton Court.

Tim Bush led the Bears (9-6, 1-3) with 19 points and Tommy Swanson added 15.

No. 7 Syracuse 72, West Virginia 64

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Hakim Warrick had 22 points and 13 rebounds, Gerry McNamara scored 18 points and Billy Edelin added a season-high 12 to lead Syracuse.

It was the 12th straight win for Syracuse (19-1, 6-0 Big East), which equaled the best start in school history. In 1999, Syracuse won its first 19 before losing to Seton Hall 69-67 at home and also started 19-1 in 1979-80.

No. 8 Kentucky 89, LSU 58

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Patrick Sparks went 5-of-7 from 3-point range and scored 15 points to lead the Wildcats.

Kelenna Azubuike added 16 points for Kentucky (14-2, 5-0 Southeastern Conference), which made a season-high 11 3-pointers in 20 attempts to win for the 14th time in its last 15 meetings with LSU (9-6, 2-2).

Virginia Tech 70, No. 12 Georgia Tech 69

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech's Isma'il Muhammad missed two free throws with 5.5 seconds left and Virginia Tech handed the Yellow Jackets their third consecutive loss.

Carlos Dixon led Virginia Tech (10-6 overall, 3-2 ACC) with 21 points, and Zabian Dowdell added 18.

Will Bynum matched his career high with 28 points for Georgia Tech (11-5, 2-3), which lost for the first time at home this season.

No. 14 Louisville 85, Tennessee 62

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Francisco Garcia scored 20 points to lead Louisville.

Garcia had seven points during a crucial 24-2 second-half run, and added had nine rebounds and four assists for the Cardinals (16-3), who have won 10 of 11.

Larry O'Bannon scored 15 points for Louisville and Ellis Myles had 12 points and five rebounds after breaking his left thumb on Wednesday.

Chris Lofton had 15 to lead Tennessee (10-8).

No. 17 Mississippi State 73, South Carolina 65

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Lawrence Roberts had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead five Mississippi State scorers in double figures.

Marcus Campbell, Jamall Edmondson and Shane Power each had 11 points for Mississippi State (16-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference).

No. 18 Oklahoma 64, No. 15 Texas 60

NORMAN, Okla. -- Kevin Bookout had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Lawrence McKenzie scored 15 and Oklahoma won its ninth straight.

The Sooners outmuscled the Longhorns, who were in their first game without leading scorer and rebounder P.J. Tucker, ruled academically ineligible earlier in the week.

McKenzie hit two free throws with 7.7 seconds left to seal the victory for Oklahoma (15-2, 4-0 Big 12).

No. 19 Michigan State 69, Minnesota 55

MINNEAPOLIS -- Alan Anderson scored 13 points -- 11 from the foul line -- as Michigan State made 26 of 28 foul shots to hold off Minnesota.

Maurice Ager and Shannon Brown each added 12 points for the Spartans (12-3, 4-1 Big Ten).

Jeff Hagen, the second-leading scorer and emotional leader for the Gophers (13-5, 3-2), made a surprising appearance on his sprained left knee and finished with 16 points.

No. 22 Alabama 66, Mississippi 58

OXFORD, Miss. -- Kennedy Winston scored 26 points and Jermareo Davidson had a game-high 13 rebounds for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama (15-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) snapped a seven-game road losing streak at Mississippi (11-8, 2-4), last winning 59-46 in the 1996-97 season.

Charlotte 76, No. 25 Marquette 66

MILWAUKEE -- Eddie Basden scored 23 points and Brendan Plavich added 20 for Charlotte.

Curtis Withers had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the 49ers (13-3, 4-1 Conference USA).

Marquette (14-4, 2-3) has lost three of its past four games.




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