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Top two stumble

STILLWATER, Okla. — Students rushed the floor, jumping and hoisting Keiton Page as they celebrated a crucial win for Oklahoma State.

The bottom line: "We're a tournament team now," forward Obi Muonelo said.

James Anderson had 27 points, Page hit four 3-pointers at crucial times and the Cowboys denied a bid by No. 1 Kansas to go undefeated through Big 12 play with an 85-77 victory Saturday.

The Cowboys (20-8, 8-6) likely removed any doubt of whether they would make the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season. They beat a No. 1 team for the first time since defeating Oklahoma on Feb. 4, 1989.

Teammate Fred Gulley headed toward the safety of the scorer's table as fans spilled out of the student sections along both baselines. But Page was right in the middle of it all.

"That was a great feeling," Page said. "I was claustrophobic. I was getting hot, so when they picked me up, I got a little breather. I was pretty excited when they did that. I thought I was going to pass out there for a little while."

The Jayhawks (27-2, 13-1) had won 13 in a row and suffered their second loss of the season hours after No. 2 Kentucky lost to Tennessee. The last time the top two teams lost on the same day was Jan. 21, 2006, when No. 1 Duke lost to Georgetown and No. 2 Florida to Tennessee.

Kentucky falls to Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — J.P. Prince and Tennessee watched No. 2 Kentucky erase a 19-point lead and knew they might also be watching a shot at a second major upset slip away.

The Vols senior leader didn't let that happen. With 90 seconds left, he scored on a broken play and added four clutch free throws down the stretch to lift No. 19 Tennessee past the surging Wildcats 74-65.

"That was a mature win," Prince said. "We had a big lead, let them come back, but didn't panic."

Last month, the Vols (21-7, 9-5 SEC) handed Kansas its first loss.

The Wildcats (27-2, 12-2), who had won eight in a row, trailed by 19 early in the second half but tied it at 65 with just more than two minutes left. But Prince scored six of his 20 in the final 90 seconds, and Scotty Hopson hit his only 3-pointer in six attempts to help the Vols finish with nine straight points.

NO. 4 SYRACUSE 95, NO. 7 VILLANOVA 77: Rick Jackson had 19 points and Arinze Onuaku 17 as the host Orange (27-2, 14-2) clinched at least a tie for the Big East title. The Wildcats (23-5, 12-4) have lost three of four.

NO. 6 KANSAS ST. 63, MISSOURI 53: Curtis Kelly had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the host Wildcats (24-4, 11-3 Big 12), who overcame 18 percent first-half shooting, its worst shooting half in 14 years.

NO. 8 W. VA. 74, CINCINNATI 68: Kevin Jones scored 10 of his 15 in the second half for the host Mountaineers (22-6, 11-5 Big East), who rallied from 13 down.

NO. 9 OHIO ST. 66, MICHIGAN 55: William Buford had 24 points and Evan Turner 18 points and 11 rebounds for the host Buckeyes (23-7, 13-4 Big Ten).

NO. 10 NEW MEXICO 83, NO. 13 BYU 81: Darington Hobson blocked a last-second shot as the visiting Lobos (27-3, 13-2) edged the Cougars (26-4, 11-3) to clinch the top seed in the Mountain West tournament.

NOTRE DAME 78, NO. 11 G'TOWN 64: Ben Hansbrough had 21 points for the visiting Irish, who upset the Hoyas (19-8, 9-7 Big East) three days after beating No. 12 Pittsburgh.

NO. 12 PITT 71, ST. JOHN'S 64: Nasir Robinson had 13 points, including the first nine of the second half for the visiting Panthers (22-7, 11-5 Big East).

NO. 16 VANDY 89, ARKANSAS 72: Jeffery Taylor had 18 points for the visiting Commodores (22-6, 11-3), who moved within one game of first-place Kentucky in the SEC East.

NO. 18 GONZAGA 75, S.F. 69: Elias Harris had 17 points for the host Bulldogs (24-5, 12-2), who won their 10th straight West Coast Conference title by barely avoiding their first sweep by a league foe in 13 seasons.

NO. 22 TEXAS A&M 74, NO. 21 TEXAS 58: Donald Sloan had 19 points for the host Aggies (20-8, 9-5 Big 12), who held the Longhorns (22-7, 8-6) to their fewest points this season. Texas guard J'Covan Brown was injured after a hard fall late in the game.

NO. 24 BAYLOR 70, OKLAHOMA 63: Ekpe Udoh had 20 points and seven blocks as the Bears (22-6, 9-5 Big 12) won in Norman for the first time since December 1977.

NO. 25 N. IOWA 61, ILLINOIS ST. 55: Center Jordan Eglseder returned from a three-game suspension to score 13 for the Panthers (25-4, 15-3 Missouri Valley), unbeaten at home (15-0) for the first time in 46 years.


N.C. State 71, Miami 66: Tracy Smith and Javier Gonzalez had 19 points each as the Wolfpack rallied past the host Hurricanes (18-10, 4-10 ACC).

ECKERD 63, ROLLINS 58: John Harper had 17 points for the visiting Tritons (18-8, 11-5 Sunshine State), who finished the regular season with 12 wins in 14 games.

TAMPA 83, P.B. ATLANTIC 75: Rashad Callaway had 29 points for the host Spartans (11-15) in their regular-season finale.

Top two stumble 02/27/10 [Last modified: Saturday, February 27, 2010 11:59pm]
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