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Ranked teams fall like rain in college hoops

Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2001

It was a bad night for men's college teams ranked in the Top 15.

No. 6 Virginia, No. 9 Syracuse, No. 10 Tennessee and No. 14 Iowa were all upset Wednesday night, with No. 3 Duke the only Top 15 team to escape with a victory.

The surprise wins had the teams feeling good, but they tried to maintain perspective.

"We're not going to get overexcited," Boston College coach Al Skinner said calmly after the 17th-ranked Eagles' 65-63 victory over Syracuse. "They were happy, but it's not like we won the Big East title or anything like that."

Kenny Inge scored a career-high 29 points as North Carolina State ruined Virginia's highest ranking in 18 years with a 90-80 victory.

N.C. State (11-10, 3-6 ACC) lost to Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Syracuse by a combined 27 points before beating the Cavaliers to break a 10-game losing skid against ranked teams.

"We know everyone isn't going to like us. When things go bad, people tend to jump ship and go sour," said the Wolfpack's Damien Wilkins, who scored 21 points. "But we've just kept our composure all year long."

Joe Johnson scored off a rebound while two Tennessee players stood and watched, apparently thinking the ball was out of play, as Arkansas beat the Volunteers 82-77 in overtime.

Brian Brown scored 20 points, and reserve Brent Darby added 15 points to lift Ohio State to a 69-68 victory at Iowa.

In other games involving Top 25 teams, No. 16 Wisconsin beat Purdue 73-54; Mississippi State upset No. 18 Alabama 84-70; No. 21 Oklahoma defeated Texas Tech 80-72; St. Joseph's edged No. 24 Xavier 79-76; and No. 25 Mississippi stifled Louisiana State 50-33.

No. 3 Duke 81, Clemson 64


Another upset: Arkansas Joe Johnson, right, drives around Tennessees Terrence Woods, left, during the second half in Fayetteville, Ark. on Wednesday. Arkansas beat No. 10 Tennessee 82-77 in OT.


Nate James had a career-high 27 points, and Duke held up despite Jason Williams' second straight poor shooting performance to extend its Atlantic Coast Conference-record 24-game road win streak with a victory at Clemson.

James was one of several Blue Devils (21-2, 9-1) to fill the scoring gap left by Williams, who had just eight points, 13 fewer than his average. Mike Dunleavy finished with 17 points and 17 rebounds and Shane Battier had 15 points as Duke won its 11th straight over Clemson (10-13, 1-9).

Ed Scott scored 15 points to lead the Tigers, who have lost seven straight for the first time in 17 seasons.

N. Carolina St. 90, No. 6 Virginia 80

At Raleigh, N.C., Inge was 8-for-11 from the field, 13-for-19 from the foul line and added nine rebounds.

Donald Hand scored 29 points for the Cavaliers (16-5, 5-5), who committed 22 turnovers and couldn't handle the Wolfpack's inside game.

Virginia turned the ball over 22 times and committed 35 fouls -- eight of which were charges.

No. 17 Boston College 65, No. 9 Syracuse 63

Xavier Singletary's layup with 39.6 seconds left gave Boston College the lead, and the Eagles held on to beat Syracuse.

Troy Bell and Kenny Harley scored 12 points each to lead Boston College (17-2, 8-1 Big East), which is off to its best conference start and its best overall start since the 1966-67 squad coached by Bob Cousy went 23-2 before losing in the NCAA tournament.

Damone Brown scored 21 points and Preston Shumpert 20 for Syracuse (18-4, 6-3), which has lost its last three conference games on the road.

Arkansas 82, No. 10 Tennessee 77, OT

In Fayetteville, Ark., Johnson's rebound basket, seconds after he made a soft jumper along the baseline, gave Arkansas (14-7, 5-4 SEC) a 76-73 lead with 1:18 to play.

Johnson scored 20 points and had a career-high 14 rebounds. Isiah Victor led the Vols (18-5, 5-4) with 25 points.

Ohio St. 69, No. 14 Iowa 68

Sean Connolly scored 11 points and Ken Johnson added 10 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots for Ohio State (15-8, 6-5 Big Ten), which has won three of four.

Iowa (17-5, 6-3) got a season-high 27 points from Dean Oliver.

No. 16 Wisconsin 73, Purdue 54

Roy Boone outscored Purdue by himself in the first half and finished with 20 points in Wisconsin's rout of the visiting Boilermakers.

Kirk Penney added 17 points for the Badgers (15-5, 6-3 Big Ten), who led 45-17 at halftime.

Carson Cunningham scored 14 to lead the Boilermakers (13-8, 5-5).

Mississippi St. 84, No. 18 Alabama 70

Marckell Patterson scored 25 points, mostly on putbacks and free throws, to lead Mississippi State (12-8, 3-6 SEC) over visiting Alabama.

Rod Grizzard, the SEC's leading scorer, scored 24 points to lead Alabama (17-5, 6-4 SEC), which did not have a field goal in the final 8:41 of the first half.

No. 21 Oklahoma 80, Texas Tech 72

J.R. Raymond scored 19 points and Daryan Selvy added 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds as Oklahoma (18-4, 7-3 Big 12) held off visiting Texas Tech and won their sixth straight.

Andre Emmett scored 15 points for Texas Tech (8-11, 2-6), which has lost four in a row since handing the Sooners their last loss, 69-60, on Jan. 16.

St. Joseph's 79, No. 24 Xavier 76

Marvin O'Connor scored 29 points, including a driving layup to give St. Joseph's (18-4, 8-1 Atlantic 10) its final lead against visiting Xavier.

Maurice McAfee had 21 points and seven assists for Xavier (17-4, 8-2), which had its six-game winning streak snapped.

No. 25 Mississippi 50, LSU 33

Aaron Harper scored 16 points to lead Mississippi over visiting Louisiana State.

The Rebels (18-4, 6-3 SEC), won their fourth consecutive game exactly one year after their worst home loss in 40 years -- 97-53 to LSU.

Roland Dupree had 14 points and 11 rebounds for LSU (11-9, 1-8), which was held to fewer than 40 points for the first time since a 51-39 loss at Rice in 1948.

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