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Sooners survive OSU

Cowboys among five ranked teams to tumble

January 31, 2002

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— No. 6 Oklahoma got big plays from Hollis Price and Aaron McGhee and a return to form on defense to hold off No. 9 Oklahoma State.

Four days after giving up 92 points in a loss at Texas Tech, the Sooners held Oklahoma State to 41 percent shooting in a 58-53 victory Wednesday night. It was Oklahoma State's lowest point total this season.

Price scored 17 points, six over the final 5:38 when the Sooners (16-3, 5-2 Big 12) had to hang on. McGhee had 10 points and 11 rebounds and he had four points and grabbed two offensive rebounds down the stretch.

"He played beyond his stats," coach Kelvin Sampson said of McGhee. "Hollis was a leader for us out on the floor tonight. He looked like a first-team All-American and did what leaders do."

Oklahoma State (17-4, 4-4) got a career-high 14 points from junior college transfer Cheyne Gadson, who helped carry the Cowboys back from a 16-point deficit. But leading scorer Maurice Baker had just six, 10 below his average.

The Cowboys made only three field goals in the first 15 minutes in falling behind 23-11. They also committed nine of their 13 turnovers during that time. The Cowboys struggled in the halfcourt, shot just 33 percent and scored 17 points.

No. 7 Alabama 109, Arkansas 94

Tuscaloosa, Ala. Rod Grizzard and freshman Earnest Shelton each had 21 points and No. 7 Alabama snapped a three-game losing streak to Arkansas. Alabama (18-3, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) has won 30 of its last 31 games at Coleman Coliseum, the only loss coming last season against Arkansas (11-9, 3-5).

No. 11 Gonzaga 102, Portland 67

Spokane, Wash. Dan Dickau, who was bothered by the flu, and Anthony Reason each scored 14 points to lead No. 11 Gonzaga. The Bulldogs (19-3, 6-1 West Coast Conference) dominated the Pilots (5-16, 1-6) as four starters scored in double figures. Gonzaga outrebounded the Pilots 42-35 and outshot them from the field and free throw line.

South Carolina 80, No. 16 Georgia 67

Columbia, S.C. Jamel Bradley scored a season-high 22 points and set the South Carolina record for career 3-pointers as the Gamecocks won their fourth straight over Georgia. Bradley, a senior, got the Gamecocks (13-7, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) going with three first-half 3-pointers and hit his fourth during a 13-0 run in the second half.

Rutgers 61, No. 17 Connecticut 53

Piscataway, N.J. Jerome Coleman scored 26 points, including 14 of Rutgers' last 17, and the Scarlet Knights beat Connecticut for the first time since joining the Big East. It was Rutgers' first win over Connecticut since Feb. 4, 1978. The Huskies had won nine straight since and were 8-0 against Rutgers (13-7, 4-4) since it joined the conference in the 1995-96 season.

Nebraska 80, No. 20 Texas Tech 69

Lincoln, Neb. Cary Cochran scored 19 points as the Cornhuskers (10-9, 3-5 Big 12) won consecutive games for the first time in conference play. Andre Emmett scored 17 points and Andy Ellis had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Red Raiders (15-4, 4-3), who had 20 turnovers in losing their first game as a ranked team in five years.

Notre Dame 89, No. 21 Pittsburgh 76

South Bend, Ind. Chris Thomas and David Graves each scored 19 points and Ryan Humphrey added 17 for the Irish (14-6, 4-3 Big East), who swept the season series against the Panthers for the second straight year. Brandin Knight had 20 points and seven assists for the Panthers (18-4, 6-3).

No. 24 Wake Forest 82, N.C. State 81

Raleigh, N.C. Josh Howard matched his season-high with 21 points, including two clutch free throws with 9.1 seconds left, for the Demon Deacons (15-6, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Anthony Grundy scored 24 points for N.C. State (16-5, 5-3).

Big 12

Kansas St. 71, Texas 70

Manhattan Kansas State's Phineas Atchison hit a free throw to cap a three-point play with 23 seconds remaining. Atchison's layup fell in and he calmly made his free-throw shot to break Kansas State's two-game losing streak. T.J. Ford's jumper before the buzzer fell short for Texas. Kansas State (8-10, 2-5 Big 12) won just its second Big 12 game of the season. James Thomas led Texas (14-6, 5-2) with 20. Brandon Mouton scored 18 and Deginald Erskin added 10.

Colorado 95, Baylor 88

Boulder, Colo. David Harrison scored a career-high 23 points and had 11 rebounds for Colorado (12-6, 3-4 Big 12). Baylor, on the strength of 3-point shooting, trimmed the deficit to three points in the waning seconds. The Bears (12-8, 2-5) have lost five of their last six and 12 straight road games.

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