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February-14-2003,
COLLEGE BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK...By "Easy" Al Monte

ROUNDING UP COLLEGE HOOPS MONDAY College of Charleston posted an 84-75 win over cross-town rival The Citadel giving the Cougars their eighth straight win.

High Point (6-16, 2-9) lost for the ninth time in 10 games with an 89-71 loss to Coastal Carolina.

Nineteen players were ejected following a bench-clearing brawl that overshadowed Eastern Kentucky`s 89-72 win over Tennessee State (2-20, 0-11). The game resumed with a four-on-four contest and ended with seven players on the court after Tennessee State`s Jeremy Jackson fouled out.

Coppin State edged South Carolina State 74-72, ending the Bulldogs` 11-game winning streak.

Alcorn State defeated Grambling State 88-79. The Braves (8-15, 6-5) have won six of their last seven Conference games.

Texas put an end to an eight-game losing streak to Oklahoma with a 67-61 victory. Texas (16-4, 7-2 Big 12) hadn`t beaten Oklahoma since Jan. 15, 2000.

Brigham Young beat Colorado State 77-68 as the Cougars (17-5, 6-1 MWC) won for the first time at Moby Arena since 1994.

Utah posted a 69-56 win over Wyoming, handing Rick Majerus his 400th coaching victory. TUESDAY Ohio State center Terence Dials won`t return this season because of a stress fracture in his back. The 6-foot-9 Dials played the first six games of the 2002-03 season, starting four, before back pain kept him out of the Seton Hall game Dec. 21. Tests indicated a stress fracture to the lumbar spine.

Stony Brook upset Boston University 73-65 in an America East Conference game. The Seawolves (12-10, 6-5), winners in seven of the last eight, topped the first-place Terriers (14-8, 9-2), who had won nine of their last 10.

St. John`s held on to beat Villanova 52-50. The Wildcats (13-9, 6-3) have lost four of their last five.

Penn defeated Princeton 65-55 to remain undefeated in the Ivy League. The Quakers (13-5, 5-0), have won its sixth straight and ended Princeton`s six-game winning streak.

Kansas State beat Colorado 62-54. The Buffaloes (14-8, 4-5 Big 12) have lost all five of its Big 12 road games.

Lehigh posted a 61-49 victory over Bucknell. The victory allowed Lehigh coach Billy Taylor to tie Roy Geary`s school record for the most wins by a first-year coach. Geary`s record was set in the 1916-1917 season.

Wisconsin (17-5, 5-3 Big Ten) pulled within a half-game of first place in the Big Ten Conference with a 64-53 victory over Michigan State, ending the Spartans` three-game winning streak. The Badgers maintained its perfect home Big Ten record in Bo Ryan`s era, winning its 13th consecutive Big Ten home game and winning 22 of their last 23 home conference tilts.

Kansas remained atop the Big 12 standings with a 79-58 win at Baylor. Baylor is 0-6 against Top 25 teams this season and have lost nine straight against ranked teams since an 81-80 upset over Missouri last February.

Buffalo decisively won its first Mid-American Conference game of the season, defeating Eastern Michigan 90-66. Buffalo (4-16, 1-10) snapped a 12-game losing streak dating to Dec. 11. WEDNESDAY Saint Louis upset second-ranked Louisville 59-58. The Billikens (9-12, 3-7) was coming off a pair of road losses and put an end to the nation`s longest winning streak. Louisville (18-2, 8-1 C-USA) had won 17 in a row since a two-point loss to Purdue on Nov. 30 in the second game of the season. This was by far the lowest scoring total for Louisville, which is averaging 84 points, and had no other players in double figures.

Indiana snapped a five-game losing streak, its worst in 31 years, with a 63-49 win over Michigan. Michigan, after starting 0-6 for the first time in program history, has won 14 of its last 17 games. The Hoosiers are 0-4 on the road in Big Ten games and haven`t won away from Assembly Hall since Dec. 31.

Northwestern made 13-of-14 free throws over the final 1:06 in a 78-67 win over Purdue. The Wildcats (10-11, 2-8 Big Ten) posted their second big home victory in the last week. The Wildcats upset Indiana 74-61 last Wednesday, ending a 26-game losing streak to the Hoosiers that dated back 15 years.

Marquette (18-3, 9-1 CUSA) beat DePaul 73-60 for its 10th straight win. Marquette goes into Saturday`s game against No. 2 Louisville with a half-game lead in C-USA`s American Division. Marquette has won its last six against DePaul, and hasn`t lost in Chicago since January 1999.

Troy Bell scored a season-high 33 points and became Boston College`s career scoring leader as the Eagles defeated Providence 80-69 for their fourth win in five games.

LSU posted a 79-60 victory over Vanderbilt. The Tigers (14-8, 3-7 SEC) had lost 6-of-7 conference games over the past 25 days, including five straight. The loss was the third straight for Vanderbilt (10-11, 3-7), which has lost all eight of its road games this season.

Minnesota pulled away in the final minutes to beat Iowa 77-64. The Gophers won for the fifth time in six games.

Charlotte held on to beat Houston 59-55, ending a three-game losing streak. The Cougars who dropped their third in a row and fell to 1-7 on the road.

Tennessee posted a 70-62 victory over Arkansas for its fifth straight win and its first in Fayetteville since 1994.

Ohio State beat Penn State 76-67. Penn State (5-15, 0-9), the only Big Ten team without a win, is off to its worst start since joining the conference in 1992-93.

Texas A&M nipped Missouri 73-71 as the Aggies (12-8, 4-5 Big 12) beat a ranked opponent for the first time since Jan. 23, 2001.

Dayton remained unbeaten at home with an 87-58 victory over George Washington. Dayton (17-4, 9-1 A10) is 12-0 at UD Arena, their best home record since it was built in 1969. Dayton is off to its best start at home since it won its first 12 games at the UD Field house in 1965-66.

North Carolina State beat Georgia Tech 63-57 as the Wolfpack (13-7, 6-4 ACC) avoided its first three-game losing streak since March 2001. THURSDAY Teresa Phillips made history by becoming the first woman to coach a men`s Division I team, but her presence couldn`t stop Tennessee State from losing for the 17th straight time, 71-56 at Austin Peay. Phillips, the school`s athletic director, made the choice to step in for interim coach Hosea Lewis after he was suspended following a benches-clearing brawl against Eastern Kentucky on Monday night.

Wake Forest snapped a 14-game losing streak to Duke with a 94-80 win in double overtime. The victory kept the Demon Deacons (17-3, 7-2) in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, a half-game ahead of No. 16 Maryland.

The Blue Devils (16-4, 6-4) lost their fourth straight ACC road game for the first time since 1996.

Fairfield beat Manhattan 70-68, snapping the Jaspers` Division I-leading 15-game winning streak. The Jaspers` last loss was 74-72 to MAAC rival St. Peter`s on Dec. 21.

Rice defeated Texas-El Paso 72-66, handing the Miners their 22nd straight road loss.

Stanford beat Washington 78-69 for the 10th straight time at home. The Huskies fell to 1-7 on the road and lost for the fifth time in six games overall. Stanford, which hadn`t played at home in 19 days, won its sixth in seven games since losing 73-68 to Washington in Seattle last month.

Southern Illinois beat Northern Iowa 72-61, for its 23rd straight win at home.

UC Santa Barbara took first place in the Big West Conference with a 62-52 victory over Pacific. The Gauchos improved to 12-10 and 9-3 in the Big West with their third consecutive win and seventh in eight games.

Northern Arizona won for the fourth time in five games, beating Portland State 75-64. Portland State lost its sixth straight fell to 0-13 in road games.

California scored the final nine points for its 16th straight home victory, beating Washington State 63-53. Cal (17-4, 10-2), off to its best start since 1960, won for the 11th time in 13 games. Saint Joseph`s posted a 78-59 victory over cross-town rival Temple. The Hawks (18-3, 8-2 A10) have won four in a row, and swept the season series for just the third time in 20 years.

Arizona routed UCLA 106-70. The Wildcats (19-2, 11-1 Pac-10) gave the Bruins their ninth consecutive Pac-10 loss.

Idaho beat Long Beach State 75-67. The 49ers (4-17, 3-9) are winless in 10 road games.

Loyola Marymount won its first road game of the season with a 73-61 win over Santa Clara. The Lions (10-15 overall, 4-6 WCC) extended their winning streak to three and swept the Broncos in conference play for the first time in 13 years. Meanwhile, Santa Clara (11-11, 2-7) has lost seven of its last eight games, equaling its worst conference start ever.

St. Francis, Pa., defeated Maryland-Baltimore County 72-64, handing the Retrievers their fifth straight loss. St. Francis won for the first time in seven lifetime games at the RAC Arena.

Texas-Arlington posted a 73-68 victory over Southeastern Louisiana, for its fifth straight win.

Mercer (16-5) won its fifth straight, a 90-83 over Morris Brown. With its 16th win, Mercer has the most victories since 1984-85, which it finished 22-9.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee defeated Illinois-Chicago 81-78 to vault into first place in the Horizon League. The Panthers (20-5) improved to 11-2 in league play. The Panthers finished with a perfect 11-0 home record this season and have won 20 games in a season for the first time since 1992-93 when they went 23-4.

Mike Hood sank a pair of free throws with 1.3 seconds left to lift UC Irvine to a 59-58 victory that snapped Utah State`s undefeated home record this season. The Irvine victory was just the third time in the last six years that a Big West opponent has won at the Spectrum.

Weber State (19-5, 9-0) remained unbeaten in the Big Sky Conference by holding off Montana 75-72.



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