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COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP : Parks Joins Duke in Overwhelming Victory

From Associated Press

Duke was going to be too much for William & Mary even without Cherokee Parks.

The presence of the 6-foot-11 freshman center from Huntington Beach Marina High made an impossible situation hopeless for the Tribe as No. 1 Duke cruised to a 97-61 victory at Durham, N.C., Monday night.

Parks, who had missed two games because of an ankle sprain, drew enough attention to free 6-11 Christian Laettner for 25 points as Duke improved its record to 6-0.

“We wanted to help down on Laettner,” William & Mary Coach Chuck Swenson said. “That was impossible to do with the big lineup with them starting Cherokee Parks.”

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Laettner scored 21 points in the first half and finished with eight rebounds despite sitting out much of the second half.

The Blue Devils took a 27-point halftime lead and led by as many as 39 points when backup center Erik Meek sank two free throws with 4:17 left to make it 88-49. William & Mary (4-6) crept back in the final minutes as Duke substituted freely. Nonstarters had the last 12 points for Duke.

No. 6 Arizona 103, Rutgers 80--Chris Mills scored 13 consecutive second-half points and 23 in all as the Wildcats won the Fiesta Bowl Classic at Tucson, Ariz., for the seventh time in a row.

Khalid Reeves added 20 points, Sean Rooks 16 and Damon Stoudamire 15 for Arizona (7-1), which with the victory pushed its home winning streak to 68 games, the nation’s longest ongoing streak.

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Steve Worthy led Rutgers (5-2) with 22 points, five rebounds and five assists and tied a tournament record with six steals.

No. 11 Michigan 63, Virginia Tech 51--Tournament MVP Chris Webber and freshman teammate Jalen Rose scored 12 points each as the Wolverines won the Citrus Bowl Classic at Orlando, Fla.

Michigan (8-1) took a 30-24 halftime lead and opened a 44-28 lead midway through the second half, despite problems with poor shooting and turnovers.

John Rivers led Virginia Tech (4-5) with 13 points and Jay Purcell added 12, all in the second half.

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Webber, who scored 31 points to go along with 22 rebounds in the tournament, grabbed 11 rebounds against Virginia Tech, which held a 50-41 rebounding edge.

No. 13 Missouri 83, Eastern Illinois 56--Anthony Peeler and Melvin Booker each scored 21 points to lead the Tigers (7-0) at Missouri.

Missouri went on an 11-0 run in the first half that was capped by three-pointers from Booker and Peeler and gave the Tigers a 14-6 lead.

Peeler’s three-pointer was the 76th of his career and moved him past Byron Irvin into second place behind Lee Coward on Missouri’s all-time list.

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No. 14 Oklahoma 117, Mississippi Valley State 95--Damon Patterson scored 25 points and Jeff Webster added 23 to lead the Sooners (9-0) to an opening-round victory in the Cardinal Club Classic at Beaumont, Tex.

Oklahoma advanced to the championship game tonight against Lamar, a 126-57 winner over Sam Houston State.

No. 15 Georgia Tech 98, St. Bonaventure 60--Malcolm Mackey scored 20 points and freshman Travis Best, coming off the bench, and Jon Barry each had 19 to lead the Yellow Jackets (9-2) at Atlanta.

Georgia Tech’s pressure defense rattled the Bonnies (4-3), who turned the ball over on their first three possessions. The Yellow Jackets took an 8-0 lead, traded some baskets, then scored 11 consecutive points for a 21-4 lead with 13:22 remaining.

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No. 16 Arkansas 101, South Alabama 82--Lee Mayberry scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half and the Razorbacks (10-2) pulled away to win easily at Mobile, Ala.

South Alabama (4-6) didn’t threaten the rest of the game.

No. 23 Syracuse 88, Wichita State 63--Conrad McRae had 11 of his career-high 19 points as the Orangemen (8-0) unleashed a frenzied press to trigger a 21-4 second-half run and pull away from the Shockers (2-5) at Syracuse, N.Y.

Wichita State, led by freshman John Smith’s 14 points, lost its fifth in a row. Three of those losses have been to ranked teams, including Oklahoma State and Utah.

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OTHER GAMES

Shaquille O’Neal had 23 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots in the 24 minutes he played at Baton Rouge, La., and Louisiana State routed Nicholls State, 123-61, in its second 100-plus performance in three days. The 62-point triumph was the third-highest margin of victory for LSU (5-3), which enjoyed a record-setting 159-86 victory Saturday night over Northern Arizona. . . . Rich Manning scored 17 of his career-high 23 points in the second half as Washington overcame a sluggish start to beat UC San Diego, 77-53, at Seattle. . . . Will Hooker scored 21 points and Fresno State beat Wisconsin, 71-68, for fifth place in the Rainbow Classic at Honolulu. . . . Nick Sanderson and Gary Trost scored 20 points and Brigham Young held Florida scoreless in the final 5:13 to win, 79-73, in the third-place game of the Citrus Bowl tournament at Orlando, Fla. . . . Ron Curry scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Marquette to a 93-63 victory over Maryland Baltimore at Milwaukee. . . . Parrish Casebier scored 28 points as Evansville held off Maryland, 75-64, in the consolation game of the Fiesta Bowl Classic at Tucson. . . . Brian Dawson scored 25 points and handed out a team-high five assists as Akron broke a two-game losing streak by beating Tennessee State at Akron. . . . Marques Bragg had 21 points and 14 rebounds to power Providence College past Central Connecticut State, 75-63, for the Friars’ sixth consecutive victory. . . . Allan Houston scored 30 points as Tennessee came from behind, then ran away to a 92-74 victory over Furman at Knoxville. . . . Sebastian Neal scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Oral Roberts to a 71-51 victory over Stephen F. Austin at Tulsa. . . . Center Ervin Johnson had game-highs of 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots as New Orleans extended its victory streak to six games with a 60-59 triumph over Brown at New Orleans. . . . Jay Goodman hit four three-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead Utah State (5-3) to an 84-72 victory over Weber State (5-6) at Logan, Utah.


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