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February-28-2003,
COLLEGE BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK...By "Easy" Al Monte

ROUNDING UP COLLEGE HOOPS MONDAY

Iowa State`s reserve F Clint Varley was suspended after being arrested for drunken driving. Varley, a 6-4 senior, was the only substitute head Coach Larry Eustachy used in Iowa State`s 64-61 victory over Kansas State on Saturday.

Alcorn State defeated Alabama State 69-50. The game was the last regular-season home game for Alcorn State coach Davey Whitney, who will retire after this season. Whitney is the winningest coach in SWAC history.

New Mexico (9-15, 3-8) suffered its 16th consecutive road loss with an 89-73 loss to San Diego State. The losing streak is the schools longest since the Lobos lost 26 in a row on the road from 1956-60. New Mexico is 0-9 on the road this season.

Charleston Southern (13-13, 7-6 Big South) beat North Carolina-Asheville 76-68 to snap a four-game losing streak.

Oklahoma State (20-6, 9-4 Big 12) was stunned at home for the second time in three games with a 62-57 loss to Texas Tech (16-8, 6-7)

TUESDAY

Iowa State posted an 81-55 victory over Colorado, keeping the Buffaloes winless (0-7) in Big 12 road games.

Miami (Ohio) posted a 59-56 victory over Northern Illinois, sending the Huskies to their first conference loss on the road this season.

Creighton (24-3), has already equaled the program`s record for wins in a season.

Nebraska (10-16, 2-11 Big 12) defeated Kansas State 68-61 to snap a nine-game losing streak. Kansas State (12-14, 3-10) lost its 13th straight Big 12 road game and has now lost eight of nine since defeating Nebraska 77-53 in Manhattan, Kan., on Jan. 22.

North Carolina State remained in the NCAA tournament hunt with a 75-67 OT win against North Carolina. N.C. State has now swept the Tar Heels in the regular season two times in a row for the first time since winning eight straight from 1972-75.

Illinois beat Indiana 80-54, giving the Hoosiers` their seventh loss in 10 games. It was the Illini`s third straight win overall and 16th in a row at Assembly Hall. The Illini have won their last three home games by a total of 75 points.

Seton Hall posted a 62-52 victory over Rutgers. The Pirates (14-9, 8-4 Big East) are on a six-game winning streak. Rutgers next faces Notre Dame Saturday, then plays St. John`s and Syracuse on the road, where it is 0-6 in the Big East this season.

WEDNESDAY

Hector Romero, the Sun Belt Player of the Year last season and one of the league`s top scorers for a second straight year, has ended because of an injury. The 6-7 senior forward from New Orleans, suffered a torn anterior ligament in his left knee in the first half of last weekend`s 68-63 loss at Denver.

Duke secured its seventh straight season with at least 20 victories by beating Georgia Tech 77-58.

Kansas routed Texas A&M 85-45 despite losing Wayne Simien to another painful injury. The 6-9 sophomore, who missed 11 games earlier this season with a dislocated right shoulder, had the same shoulder pop out again when he banged into Texas A&M`s Bernard King just 40 seconds after entering the game. Kansas is 8-0 all-time against Texas A&M.

Pittsburgh posted a 75-62 victory over Virginia Tech. The victory gave the Panthers (20-4, 10-3 Big East) consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time since 1987-88, and sent the Hokies to their fifth consecutive loss.

Cincinnati edged East Carolina 53-52. The loss left ECU (12-13, 3-11 C-USA) winless in Conference USA road games since it joined last season.

Arkansas snapped a five-game losing streak with a 60-50 victory over Vanderbilt. The win also broke a 15-game road losing streak for the Razorbacks (8-16, 3-10 SEC) dating back to last season`s SEC opener at Auburn.

Memphis beat Texas Christian 88-64 as the Tigers (19-5, 10-3 C-USA) won its eighth straight and maintained its spot atop the league`s National Division. TCU (8-18, 2-12) lost for the 13th time in 15 games.

Kentucky used balanced scoring to extend the nation`s longest winning streak to 17 games with an 80-68 win over Tennessee. Kentucky (23-3, 13-0 SEC), which tied its longest winning streak under coach Tubby Smith. The Wildcats won the final 13 games of the 1997-98 season and the first four of the 1998-99 season.

Creighton rallied to beat Southwest Missouri State 63-58. It was the second comeback win over the Bears (15-10, 11-5 MVC) this year for the Bluejays (25-3, 14-2), who set a team record of 25 wins.

Georgia defeated Mississippi 89-82. The Bulldogs (17-7, 9-4 SEC) have won four straight games. The Bulldogs have beaten the Rebels in each of their last four meetings and lead the series 62-34. Ole Miss (12-12, 3-10 SEC) has lost eight straight games, all against ranked SEC teams.

Missouri stayed perfect on its home court with a 67-52 victory over Oklahoma. Ricky Clemons, playing with a broken left hand, had 13 points and three assists for Missouri (17-7, 8-5 Big 12). The Tigers are 7-6 in their last 13 games, but they are 14-0 at the Hearnes Center. Coach Quin Snyder had been 0-6 against Oklahoma, and Missouri hadn`t beaten the Sooners since the 1997 Big 12 tournament.

Wisconsin trounced Michigan 73-42 to take over first place in the Big Ten from the Wolverines. Wisconsin (20-6, 10-4) is just two victories away from clinching back-to-back Big Ten regular season championships, the first time it`s accomplished that feat since 1923-24. The Badgers are 15-1 at home with their loss to Wake Forest, 90-80, in December.

Xavier (21-4, 12-1 A-10) won its 12th straight game edging Duquesne 80-78 in OT. The Dukes (9-18, 3-11) haven`t beaten an opponent ranked as high as Xavier (No. 13) at home since upsetting then-No. 10 Florida State in 1992.

THURSDAY

North Carolina center Sean May will not play again this season because of a foot injury he suffered in December. May, a freshman, averaged 12.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 10 games. He broke a bone in his left foot in the Iona game on December 27. The Tar Heels were 7-3 after the Iona game. They have gone 7-10 since he left the team and are eighth in the ACC standings with a 4-9 record.

UC Santa Barbara set up a first-place showdown in the Big West Conference by beating Long Beach State 70-46. The Gauchos (14-12, 11-4) will host UC Irvine, the conference leader by one-half game, on Saturday. The 49ers are 0-12 on the road this season.

Oregon overcame a first-half deficit to beat Southern California 79-66. The Trojans (10-14, 5-10), fighting for a Pac-10 Tournament berth with just three games to go, have lost five straight.

Marquette came back from 19 points down to beat Louisville 78-73. Marquette (21-4, 12-2 C-USA) has won for the 14th time in 15 games.

Louisville`s Ellis Myles had 12 points and 11 rebounds before he left the game with a knee injury with 1:15 left.

Valparaiso posted a 75-63 victory over Missouri-Kansas City. The Crusaders (18-8, 12-1 MCC), who had already clinched the Mid-Continent Conference title, avenged their only conference loss of the season with the win; UMKC (7-19, 6-7) beat Valpo 71-68 in OT Feb. 1.

The Crusaders have won seven in a row and 13 of their last 14.

Mercer posted a 73-63 Atlantic Sun Conference victory over Jacksonville for its 10th straight win.

UTEP defeated Louisiana Tech 75-57, snapping an eight-game losing streak. It was only the Miners` second win in their last 14 games.

Eastern Illinois beat Tennessee Stated 88-75. Tennessee State (2-24, 0-15), which has lost 20 straight games, was up 39-33 at halftime after pulling ahead 26-22 at 7:51 in the first half. The Panthers outscored the Tigers 55-36 in the second half.

Weber State edged past Eastern Washington 67-64. The Wildcats (23-5, 13-0 Big Sky) outscored Eastern Washington 8-0 in the final two minutes to extend their winning streak to 14. Only Kentucky (16 games) has a longer active winning streak in NCAA Division I men`s basketball.



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