COLLEGE BASKETBALL : UCLA Drops to No. 15; Arkansas Is Still No. 1
UCLA dropped from No. 8 to No. 15 in the Associated Press college basketball rankings, and for the first time since early January a team held the No. 1 spot for consecutive weeks.
Arkansas, which was in the top spot for five weeks until the run of seven polls and seven different No. 1 teams, won both its games last week and overwhelmingly stayed No. 1.
Only two other schools held their place from last week’s voting. Three teams dropped out of the top 25. There were 18 losses among the top 25 last week with Kansas, Louisville and Alabama Birmingham each dropping two games.
Arizona, which swept USC and UCLA, jumped from No. 15 to No. 9.
MONDAY’S TOP 25 GAMES
No. 16 Florida 72, Florida State 61--Dan Cross made 10 of 11 free throws and had 12 points in the final six minutes to lead the Gators at Gainesville.
Cross had been held in check for much of the game by Florida State’s Chuck Graham, scoring only four points in the first 34 minutes. But after Graham fouled out with 2:05 left, Cross scored seven points in the next minute and a half to secure the victory.
Florida (22-4) held the Seminoles to 28% (nine for 32) field-goal shooting in the second half. The Seminoles made only four field goals in the final 8:18 and were outscored 18-10 during that stretch.
Florida State (12-11) was led by Bob Sura with 17 points.
No. 24 Oklahoma State 73, Colorado 56--The score was tied, 29-29, with 15:16 to play when the Cowboys (19-7, 8-3 Big Eight) went on a 20-6 run at Boulder, Colo. Bryant Reeves scored 17 points to lead Oklahoma State.
B.J. Tyler made six of 12 three-point shots and scored 24 points as Texas recorded a 105-75 victory over Lamar (9-14) at Austin, Tex. The Longhorns (18-7) were coming off a Southwest Conference record-setting 128-125 double-overtime loss to Texas Tech on Sunday night. . . . Shawn Latimer scored 26 points and Southwest Missouri State (10-13, 5-10) knocked Bradley (17-6, 12-4) out of the Missouri Valley Conference lead with a 75-45 victory at Springfield, Mo. . . . Michael Brown scored 21 points on eight-of-13 shooting to lead Providence (13-9, 6-8) past St. John’s, 75-67, in a Big East game at Providence, R.I. St. John’s is now 11-13, 5-10.