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Connecticut basketball upsets No. 1 Texas

Jerome Dyson sails past Texas’ Damion James in the first half to score two of his career-high 32 points in UConn’s 88-74 victory.

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Jerome Dyson sails past Texas’ Damion James in the first half to score two of his career-high 32 points in UConn’s 88-74 victory.

STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut lost its coach last week, but it found its swagger.

Jerome Dyson had a career-high 32 points and UConn overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to upset top-ranked Texas 88-74 on Saturday.

Kemba Walker had 19 points and 10 assists and Stanley Robinson 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Huskies (13-6), again without coach Jim Calhoun, who missed his second game on a doctor-ordered leave of absence.

"We've got to play for him," said Dyson, who said Calhoun was proud and excited on the phone after the game. "We know these wins will help him get better, because it will take some of the stress off him having to worry about us, and he can focus on getting himself better."

The Longhorns lost their second straight after winning their first 17, all but ensuring they will fall from No. 1 on Monday.

"I think it has been great for the younger guys to go through this and realize that right now, at this time of year, the intensity has got to go up," Texas coach Rick Barnes said.

The Huskies likely will rejoin the Top 25 after they missed the poll for the first time in 36 weeks. They won their second straight after three consecutive losses and their first over a ranked foe this season in five attempts.

"Now you know you're good; you know you can play," interim coach George Blaney said.

Damion James had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Longhorns (17-2), who lost to Kansas State 71-63 on Monday.

NO. 2 KENTUCKY 101, ARKANSAS 70: Darius Miller had a career-high 18 points and DeMarcus Cousins got his 10th double double for the host Wildcats (19-0, 4-0 SEC), who are likely to move up to No. 1 on Monday.

NO. 3 KANSAS 84, IOWA ST. 61: Cole Aldrich tied a season high with 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the visiting Jayhawks (18-1), off to their third straight 4-0 start in Big 12 play.

NO. 4 VILLANOVA 81, ST. JOHN'S 71: Scottie Reynolds had 19 points for the visiting Wildcats (18-1), who matched the 1950-51 team for the best start in school history and improved to 7-0 in the Big East for the first time.

NO. 5 SYRACUSE 76, MARQUETTE 71: Wes Johnson had 22 points, including a momentum-bursting alley-oop, and added 15 rebounds to lead the host Orange (19-1, 6-1 Big East).

NO. 6 MICHIGAN ST. 65, MINNESOTA 64: Kalin Lucas had 22 points for the visiting Spartans (17-3, 7-0 Big Ten), who never led until the final minutes but won their eighth straight.

NO. 7 DUKE 60, NO. 17 CLEMSON 47: Nolan Smith had 22 points as the visiting Blue Devils (16-3, 4-2 ACC) routed the Tigers (15-5, 3-3) nearly a year after Clemson handed them a 74-47 pounding at Littlejohn Coliseum.

GEORGIA 78, NO. 8 TENN. 63: Trey Thompkins had 21 points and the host Bulldogs led by double digits most of the way to end a seven-game winning streak by the Vols (15-3, 3-1 SEC).

OKLA. ST. 73, NO. 10 KANSAS ST. 69: James Anderson had 30 points and Obi Muonelo hit two 3-pointers in the final minutes to lift the visiting Cowboys, six days after the Wildcats (16-3, 3-2 Big 12) beat Texas on the same court.

NO. 11 W. VA. 71, NO. 21 OHIO ST. 65: Da'Sean Butler had 21 points and the host Mountaineers (15-3) came from 14 points down to beat the Buckeyes (14-6) for the second straight season.

NO. 12 GEORGETOWN 88, RUTGERS 63: Greg Monroe made his first eight shots, finished 10-of-12 and wound up with 21 points and 14 rebounds for the host Hoyas (15-3, 6-2 Big East).

NO. 13 PURDUE 69, MICHIGAN 59: JaJuan Johnson had 21 points for the host Boilermakers (16-3, 4-3 Big Ten), who won their second straight after a three-game skid.

NO. 14 BYU 71, SAN DIEGO ST. 69: Jimmer Fredette had 33 points and helped key a 15-0 run midway through the second half that carried the visiting Cougars (20-1, 5-0 Mountain West) to their 15th straight victory.

NO. 15 GONZAGA 85, LMU 69: Freshman Elias Harris had 22 points and eight rebounds as the host Bulldogs (16-3, 5-0 West Coast Conference) won their eighth game in a row.

NO. 16 TEMPLE 62, FORDHAM 45: Juan Fernandez had 13 points, and the visiting Owls (17-3, 5-0 Atlantic 10) came on after shooting 28 percent in the first half to win their sixth in a row.

NO. 22 OLE MISS 73, LSU 63: Chris Warren scored all 14 of his points in the final nine minutes to lift the visiting Rebels (15-4, 3-2 SEC).

ALABAMA 62, NO. 23 MISS. ST. 57: Anthony Brock and JaMychal Green each made two free throws in the final 18 seconds to lift the host Crimson Tide. The Bulldogs (15-4, 3-1) shot a season-low 32 percent.

NO. 25 BAYLOR 71, UMASS 45: Ekpe Udoh and Tweety Carter had 23 points each to lead the Bears (15-3) to their school-record 11th straight home win.

State

BARRY 77, TAMPA 75: Erick Nsangou drove to the basket for a layup with four seconds left as the visiting Bucs beat the Spartans (8-8, 3-5 Sunshine State).

ECKERD 58, LYNN 56: Wayne Sears hit a jumper with three seconds left to lift the visiting Tritons (10-6, 4-3 SSC) to their fourth straight win.

Connecticut basketball upsets No. 1 Texas 01/23/10 [Last modified: Sunday, January 24, 2010 12:22am]

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