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Cats crush Cards

Kentucky spoils Pitino’s homecoming

December 30, 2001

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— Kentucky gave Rick Pitino and his new team a rude welcome Saturday.

Tayshaun Prince scored 18 points, and Keith Bogans added 17 as the sixth-ranked Wildcats beat archrival Louisville and Pitino 82-62 in his return to Rupp Arena.

Tayshaun Prince celebrates during the closing moments of Kentucky's
82-62 victory over in-state rival Louisville. Prince had 18 points
and nine rebounds Saturday at Lexington, Ky.

Tayshaun Prince celebrates during the closing moments of Kentucky's 82-62 victory over in-state rival Louisville. Prince had 18 points and nine rebounds Saturday at Lexington, Ky.

Kentucky coach Tubby Smith, Pitino's good friend and his assistant at Kentucky for two seasons, improved to 1-5 against his mentor.

"We couldn't let our coach lose this game or our fans would have run us out of town," said Bogans, who had seven rebounds.

Gerald Fitch and Marquis Estill added 10 points each as the Wildcats (8-2) beat Louisville for the third straight year.

Reece Gaines, Carlos Hurt and Bryant Northern all scored 10 for Louisville (9-2), which had won eight straight games.

Before tipoff, Pitino who led Kentucky to the 1996 national championship but left a year later for the Boston Celtics shook hands with Smith as boos rained down from the crowd of 24,330.

"I didn't pay any attention to that," Pitino said. "I'm the Louisville coach. They're not supposed to cheer me. I get cheered in Freedom Hall. If they start booing me there, then I'm in trouble."

Pitino coached Kentucky from 1989-97, taking over a program hurt by scandal and leading it back to national prominence. He resigned from the Celtics in January after 31/2 unsuccessful seasons and two months later accepted the Louisville job, vacated by Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum.

"Their coach is still a Crum!" read one sign in the arena.

"There were comments tonight that we laughed about," Pitino said. "That is what the entertainment of college basketball is all about. You have to be able to laugh."

No. 1 Duke 92,

San Diego State 79

Durham, N.C. Duke looked rusty after an 11-day layoff but got a career-high 25 points from Mike Dunleavy and 21 from Jason Williams. The Blue Devils (11-0) remained one of five undefeated teams in the country. Their 21-game winning streak dating to last season ties the school's fourth-longest mark. Randy Holcomb had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Aztecs (7-4), while Tony Bland added 21 points.

No. 7 Illinois 87,

Loyola-Chicago 72

Champaign, Ill. Frank Williams made 4-of-9 three-pointers and scored 25 points as short-handed Illinois beat Loyola of Chicago. The Illini (11-2), who played without center Robert Archibald and reserve Damir Krupalija, outscored Loyola (5-5) 29-17 down the stretch. Nick Smith made his first start and had 17 points and nine rebounds for Illinois.

No. 16 Stanford 75,

No. 13 Michigan St. 64

Oakland, Calif. Curtis Borchardt scored a career-high 27 points as Stanford (7-2) beat Michigan State in the Pete Newell Challenge. Borchardt added 10 rebounds and matched his own school record with six blocked shots. Julius Barnes also had a career-high 19 points. Marcus Taylor set a career high with 21 points for Michigan State (9-4).

No. 15 UCLA 98,

No. 20 Georgetown 91

Los Angeles Billy Knight led five players in double figures with 20 points, and the Bruins withstood a big rally in the final 11/2 minutes for their seventh consecutive victory. The Hoyas scored 22 points in the final 1:41.

No. 17 Cincinnati 73, Akron 57

Cleveland Freshman Jason Maxiell scored 16 points, and Steve Logan 15 as the Bearcats (12-1) won their 12th straight. Maxiell played just 20 minutes but reached his season high in points on 8-of-9 shooting, including five dunks. It was a homecoming for Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins, who left Akron (3-8) to take the Bearcats' job in 1989.

No. 25 Wake Forest 64, No. 19 Marquette 59

Winston-Salem, N.C. Broderick Hicks scored 14 points, Josh Howard came up with a pivotal block, and Craig Dawson made two late free throws for the Demon Deacons (9-3). Wake Forest squandered a 19-point second-half lead, but held on to win its 22nd straight nonconference home game. Marquette has lost two straight games after starting 10-0.

No. 22 Gonzaga 79, Monmouth 54

West Long Branch, N.J. Anthony Reason and Dan Dickau combined for the first 14 points of Gonzaga's opening 21-3 run. Dickau finished with 20 points for Gonzaga (11-2). The Hawks (5-6) missed 10 of 11 shots and committed five turnovers in the opening run.

No. 23 Butler 66, Indiana 64

Indianapolis Indiana's 39-game winning streak in the Hoosier Classic is history. Butler forward Joel Cornette leaped over a crowded middle and slammed home the game-winner off a rebound to give the Bulldogs a victory over Indiana in the championship game. Butler (13-0), which played much of the second half without forward Rylan Hainje, remained undefeated. Indiana fell to 7-5.

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