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Scarlet Knights rout No. 9 Irish

March 2, 2003

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— Jerome Coleman gave a performance for Rutgers' fans to remember him by, and his understudy gave them a glimpse of the future.

Playing in what most likely was his final game at Louis Brown Athletic Center, Coleman broke out of a scoring slump with 27 points as the Scarlet Knights upended No. 9 Notre Dame, 95-82, Saturday for their first win over a top-10 team in more than 20 years.

Freshman guard Calvin Wooten added 18 points for Rutgers (12-14 overall, 4-10 Big East), which shot a season-high 54 percent and snapped a four-game losing streak with its highest scoring game of the season.

Chris Thomas scored 24 points to lead Notre Dame (21-7, 9-5).

"Everyone was saying we were dead, and they were ready to stick a fork in us," Rutgers coach Gary Waters said. "But this team never quit. They thought they could go out there and play with this team."

The victory, coupled with West Virginia's 56-53 loss to Seton Hall, kept alive Rutgers' hopes of qualifying for the Big East tournament.

Both teams are 4-10, tied for last place in the Big East's West Division. Georgetown (5-9) is a game ahead in fifth place. The last-place teams in each of the two divisions don't make the conference tournament.

No. 1 Arizona 72, No. 19 Stanford 69

Stanford, Calif. -- Salim Stoudamire scored 18 points, and Arizona clinched the Pac-10 title for the 10th time in coach Lute Olson's 20-year tenure. Josh Childress had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Stanford, which had its six-game winning streak snapped. Arizona (23-2, 15-1) avenged its only conference loss of the season -- Stanford (22-7, 13-4) beat the Wildcats, 82-77, Jan. 30 in Tucson.

No. 4 Florida 73, Auburn 70

Auburn, Ala. -- Matt Bonner scored 23 points and went 3-of-4 from the free-throw line over the final 23 seconds to lead Florida. The Gators (24-4, 12-2 Southeastern Conference) set the school record for regular-season wins and have won six of seven. Derrick Bird had 21 points for the Tigers (18-9, 7-7) and had half of their 10 three-pointers.

Stanford guard Julius Barnes, right, is stopped by Arizona guard
Salim Stoudamire. Stoudamire scored 18 points in the top-ranked
Wildcats' 72-69 victory Saturday in Stanford, Calif. With the win,
Arizona clinched the Pac-10 regular-season title.

Stanford guard Julius Barnes, right, is stopped by Arizona guard Salim Stoudamire. Stoudamire scored 18 points in the top-ranked Wildcats' 72-69 victory Saturday in Stanford, Calif. With the win, Arizona clinched the Pac-10 regular-season title.

No. 10 Marquette 98, Alabama-Birmingham 87

Milwaukee -- Dwyane Wade scored 26 points as Marquette (22-4, 13-2) beat Alabama-Birmingham to win a share of the Conference USA title for the first time in the league's eight-year history.

No. 11 Louisville 82, East Carolina 76

Louisville, Ky. -- Reece Gaines scored a season-high 30 points, and Louisville overcame the absence of its top two rebounders to snap a three-game losing streak. Freshman Taquan Dean scored 17 points, and classmate Francisco Garcia added 15 for the Cardinals (20-5, 10-4 Conference USA), who had lost two straight at home.

No. 12 Wake Forest 80, Clemson 68

Winston-Salem, N.C. -- Josh Howard had 29 points, including a career-best six three-pointers, for Wake Forest (21-4, 11-3), which pulled one game ahead of Duke and Maryland in the Atlantic Coast Conference with one week left in the regular season.

No. 13 Xavier 71, George Washington 70

Cincinnati -- David West tipped in a shot at the buzzer, and the officials watched the replay for several minutes before counting the basket that gave Xavier its 13th straight win.

No. 15 Syracuse 93, Georgetown 84, OT

Washington -- Gerry McNamara scored 10 of his 22 points in overtime as Syracuse rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit. Fellow freshman Carmelo Anthony had career highs of 30 points and 15 rebounds for the Orangemen (21-4, 11-3 Big East).

Southern Illinois 70, No. 17 Creighton 62

Carbondale, Ill. -- Kent Williams scored 24 points, and Jermaine Dearman added 18 to lead Southern Illinois over Creighton.

No. 18 Illinois 82, Michigan 79

Ann Arbor, Mich. -- Brian Cook scored 26 points, and Roger Powell added 18 as Illinois grabbed a share of first place with Wisconsin in the Big Ten. It was the fourth straight overall win for the Fighting Illini (20-5, 10-4).

Arkansas 53, No. 20 Mississippi State 51

Fayetteville, Ark. -- Freshman guard Kendrick Davis' three-point play with 25 seconds remaining gave Arkansas the victory.

New Mexico 76, No. 22 Utah 69

Albuquerque, N.M. -- Ruben Douglas, the nation's leading scorer, had 39 points, including a school-record 26 free throws, for New Mexico (10-15, 4-8 Mountain West). Marc Jackson had 16 points for the Utes (21-5, 9-2).

No. 24 Memphis 67, Cincinnati 48

Memphis, Tenn. -- Chris Massie scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half to lead Memphis past Cincinnati. The Tigers (20-5, 11-3 Conference USA) won their ninth straight and snapped a six-game losing streak to Cincinnati (16-9, 8-6).

No. 25 Dayton 69, Fordham 64

Dayton, Ohio -- Brooks Hall scored 15 points, leading five Dayton players in double figures. The Flyers (21-5, 13-2 Atlantic 10) won for the 17th time in 20 games.

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