COLLEGE BASKETBALL / NATIONAL ROUNDUP : Providence's Long Shots Drop Arizona

From Associated Press

Arizona kept Providence far from the basket Tuesday. Unfortunately for the No. 14-ranked Wildcats, that is exactly where the Friars wanted to be.

Trent Forbes and Tony Turner made 10 of 18 shots from three-point range as Providence beat Arizona, 81-66, at Providence. The Friars (5-1) made 17 of 26 foul shots to hold off a rally by the Wildcats (2-2) in the second half.

"We knew they weren't a good free-throw shooting team, but they hit some threes and I felt that momentum carried over to the foul line," Arizona Coach Lute Olson said. "There's nothing like having confidence when you step up to the foul line."

No. 1 Duke 96, Louisiana State 67--The Blue Devils (6-0) cruised into the championship game of the Maui Invitational at Lahaina with the victory over the Tigers (6-1). Thomas Hill finished with 25 points, and Bobby Hurley added 15 for Duke. Geert Hammink led the Tigers with 21 points, 15 in the first half. The Blue Devils will face Brigham Young, which defeated Memphis State, 73-67 in overtime.

No. 3 Kentucky 65, Miami of Ohio 49--Jamal Mashburn scored 26 points, including 11 during a 29-13 run that helped the Wildcats (6-0) overcome a seven-point deficit against the Redskins (3-2). Mashburn held Miami's Matt Kramer to eight points on three-of-12 shooting, blocked three shots and came up with three steals.

No. 5 North Carolina 84, Ohio State 64--Eric Montross was eight for eight from the field and scored 20 points as the Tar Heels (7-0) made 10 of their first 11 shots in the second half to pull away at Columbus, Ohio. Lawrence Funderburke scored 17 points for Ohio State (4-2), which has lost two in a row.

No. 8 Iowa 90, Southern Illinois 70--Val Barnes had a season-high 23 points and Chris Street added 20 as the Hawkeyes (8-0) won the San Juan (Puerto Rico) Shootout over the outmanned Salukis (6-1). The Hawkeyes outscored Southern Illinois, 21-9, in the first 10 minutes of the second half to break the game open after needing Street's 15 first-half points to lead, 44-41, at halftime.

No. 9 Oklahoma 105, Chaminade 88--The Sooners (6-1) bounced back from a stunning loss by recovering their three-point touch in the consolation bracket of the Maui Invitational.

In the Sooners' 76-75 loss to Brigham Young on Monday, they did not make a three-pointer for the first time since the rule was instituted in 1986. But against Divison II Chaminade (1-3), they made five in the second half to break open a close game. Bryan Sallier had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Sooners.

No. 13 Syracuse 102, LeMoyne 71--Lawrence Moten had 16 points and 12 rebounds in 20 minutes as the Orangemen overpowered their Division II opponent.

No. 15 Purdue 48, Southwest Missouri State 45--Cuonzo Martin scored 20 points as the Boilermakers (6-0) beat the Bears (5-1) at Springfield, Mo.

The Boilermakers were held 36 points below their average and their top scorer, Glenn Robinson, was held to only two points.

No. 16 Georgia Tech 81, Tennessee Chattanooga 74--The Yellow Jackets (5-1) survived a 10-0 run in the first half that gave the Moccasins (4-4) a 40-36 halftime lead. Georgia Tech's inside game prevailed, led by James Forrest, who had 21 points and 17 rebounds.

No. 18 Florida State 95, Arkansas Little Rock 64--Doug Edwards had 16 points at Tallahassee, Fla., as the Seminoles (6-3) won their third consecutive game. Arkansas Little Rock (3-4) committed 24 turnovers.

No. 21 California 81, Wake Forest 65--Lamond Murray scored 22 points at Oakland to help the Bears, who were sparked by defense from freshman Jason Kidd.

Cal (5-0) did not trail after Kidd's three-pointer at the buzzer gave the Bears a 33-30 halftime lead. Kidd finished with 14 points, eight assists and five steals.

Brian Hendrick added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears, and Stevie Johnson had 10 points and nine rebounds.

No. 22 Connecticut 90, Fairfield 66--The Huskies (4-1) had little trouble with the Stags (4-2) at Hartford, Conn. Using its press, Connecticut forced five turnovers in a span of 3:46 in the first half to pace a 14-4 spurt and open a 25-13 lead.


Junior Burrough tied his career high with 23 points and Virginia (5-0) held off a strong late rally by Alabama (3-2) for an 86-83 victory in Charlottesville, Va. . . . Brandon Cole scored a career-high 25 points, including the decisive free throws with 26 seconds to play as DePaul (5-3) took a 76-67 victory over Stanford (3-4) in the consolation bracket of the Maui Invitational. . . Stevin Smith scored 19 of his career-high 30 points in the second half in Tempe, Ariz., as Arizona State (3-1) took a 93-84 victory over Northeastern Illinois (2-5). . . . Quincy Dockins scored 24 points at Beaumont, Tex., to lead Lamar (3-0) to a 90-65 victory over San Diego State (3-5). . . . John Best scored nine consecutive baskets in the final 2:30 as Tennessee Tech (3-2) took a 102-98 victory over Southern Mississippi (2-5) at Cookeville, Tenn.

Ty Wilson sank a three-pointer with 35 seconds left at Athens, Ga., to give Georgia (3-4) its first lead and added a free throw for the final 69-67 margin as the Bulldogs beat Miami, sending the Hurricanes to their fourth loss in six games.. . . Five Texas players scored in double figures as the Longhorns (4-2) surged back from an early deficit to record an 83-70 victory over Stephen F. Austin in Austin, Tex.. . . Bryant Reeves scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to carry Oklahoma State (5-1) to a 65-47 victory over Texas Christian (2-5) at Ft. Worth. . . . Allan Houston scored 21 points to lead Tennessee (5-2) to a 77-61 victory at Dayton (1-7).

Justus Thigpen scored a season-high 22 points at Ames, Iowa, and Iowa State (6-3) shot 77% in the first half in racing to a 111-74 victory over Texas Southern (1-5). . . . Kent Culuko scored 14 points to spark James Madison (5-2) to an early lead and a 70-56 victory over Oregon State (2-4) at Harrisonburg, Va. . . . Tony McGinnis scored Texas A&M;'s final seven points during the last three minutes as the Aggies (3-3) survived a 57-54 victory over Florida (4-2) at College Station, Tex. . . . Calvin Byrd scored 15 points as Villanova (2-2) recorded an 89-44 victory over Vermont (3-2) at Philadelphia.

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