Iowa State Coach Johnny Orr says he enjoys facing Kansas Coach Larry Brown, but he sure has been a rude host when Brown brings his team to Hilton Coliseum at Ames, Iowa.
Orr's 14th-ranked team defeated Brown's 16th-ranked Jayhawks, 88-78, in a Big Eight game Wednesday night, leaving the Kansas coach with an 0-5 record at Hilton. Elmer Robinson led Iowa State with 20 points, and four teammates also scored in double figures.
Iowa State, limiting Kansas star Danny Manning to one basket in the first 16 minutes, bolted to a 17-point lead, then held off a late rally by the Jayhawks to improve to 14-2. Manning led the comeback and finished with 32 points for Kansas (11-4, 1-1).
Providence 78, Georgetown 74--Delray Brooks scored a season-high 28 points, including his seventh three-point field goal with 1:17 left, as Providence upset 11th-ranked Big East rival Georgetown at Providence, R.I.
Georgetown (11-2, 1-1) overcame a 66-57 deficit with 8:55 left to go ahead, 74-72, on Perry McDonald's layup with 3:14 remaining. Then the Hoyas self-destructed.
Dwayne Bryant missed the front end of a one-and-one foul situation with 2:32 to play. Then Brooks gave Providence (8-4, 2-1) the lead for good with his three-point shot from the top of the circle.
Georgetown's Sam Jefferson was called for a double dribble with 55 seconds left, and Providence ran down the clock. With 17 seconds to play, Georgetown's Charles Smith stole the ball from Carlton Screen, but Screen stole it right back and was fouled with 11 seconds left. He made both shots, giving the Friars a 77-74 advantage.
Kentucky 63, Alabama 55--Ed Davender scored 17 points and backcourt partner Rex Chapman added 16 as fifth-ranked Kentucky held off Alabama in a Southeastern Conference game at Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Kentucky led nearly the entire game but was unable to put it away until the final minute, when Alabama missed two chances to pull within a basket. Kentucky is 11-1, 4-1; Alabama is 7-8, 0-3.
Pittsburgh 61, Connecticut 58--Charles Smith, held to one point before halftime, scored 13 second-half points, including a clutch turnaround jumper with nine seconds left, as the sixth-ranked Panthers won a Big East game at Pittsburgh.
Freshman point guard Sean Miller scored 16 points and made four consecutive free throws, after Connecticut Coach Jim Calhoun was called for two technical fouls with six minutes left, as Pitt (12-1, 2-1) rallied from a seven-point deficit. Connecticut is 8-4, 1-3.
An LSU surge was sparked by Fess Irvin's three-pointer with 1:36 left. Then Vargas got the three-point play to pull the Tigers within 51-50 with 54 seconds to play. Vargas scored a game-high 20 points.
The win raised the Tigers' record to 8-4, 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee, which led by as many as 13 points in the first period, fell to 9-2, 2-1.