Huskies hold on


Maryland's Chris McCray battles FSU's Todd Galloway, left, and Mkie Matthews for a loose ball.

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Published: Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 1:04 a.m.
STORRS, Conn. - Hobbled by foul trouble and turnovers, third-ranked Connecticut still found a way to win.
The Huskies beat Miami 83-80 in overtime on Saturday behind 26 points from Ben Gordon and the game-winning bucket from Emeka Okafor.
Okafor, UConn's leading rebounder and shotblocker, was in foul trouble early and played less than half the game.
"It was an awkward game for me," Okafor said. "I couldn't get in any type of rhythm. Once I did, I'd get a foul and they'd take me out."
Averaging nearly 17 points and 13 rebounds, Okafor played just six minutes in the first half and sparingly in the second after picking up his fourth foul with 10 minutes left in regulation.
  • NO. 2 ARIZONA 79, WASHINGTON 61: In Tucson, Ariz., Salim Stoudamire matched his season-high with 23 points and No. 2 Arizona went on an 18-4 second-half run to remain unbeaten in the Pac-10 with a victory over Washington.
  • NO. 8 TEXAS 70, IOWA STATE 50: In Autin, Texas, six players scored in double figures as No. 8 Texas broke out of a three-game shooting slump with a win over Iowa State in the Longhorns' Big 12 opener.
  • NO. 9 OKLAHOMA 69, COLORADO 54: In Norman, Okla., Ebi Ere and Hollis Price led the way on offense and No. 9 Oklahoma dominated the game on defense, beating Colorado in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
  • NO. 10 ILLINOIS 69, WISCONSIN 63: In Champaign, Ill., senior Brian Cook scored 24 of his career-high 31 points in the second half and No. 10 Illinois beat Wisconsin.
  • STANFORD 81, NO. 12 OREGON 57: In Stanford, No. 12 Oregon completed a lost weekend in the San Francisco Bay area, losing to injury-depleted Stanford, its 17th straight road loss to the Cardinal.
  • NO. 13 MISSOURI 77, BAYLOR 69: In Columbia, Mo., Arthur Johnson scored a career-high 30 points and had 15 rebounds for his third straight double-double as No. 13 Missouri beat Baylor.
  • NO. 14 KANSAS 92, NEBRASKA 59: In Lawrence, Kan., after coach Roy Williams pulled his starters and yelled at them, Kirk Hinrich ignited 14th-ranked Kansas' offense for a victory over Nebraska.
  • NO. 16 CREIGHTON 76, ILLINOIS STATE 57:
    In Normal, Ill., Michael Lindeman scored a career-high 19 points and Kyle Korver added 17 for the Bluejays (13-1, 4-0 Missouri Valley Conference).
  • OHIO STATE 81, NO. 15 INDIANA 69: In Columbus, Ohio, the Buckeyes' basketball team let the national championship football team take the spotlight at halftime. The Buckeyes stole it back later balancing a punishing inside game with guard Brent Darby's 28 points, as they beat No. 15 Indiana.
  • NO. 19 LOUISVILLE 73, SAINT LOUIS 54:
    In Louisville, Reece Gaines scored 23 points, and No. 19 Louisville overcame another sluggish first half for a victory over Saint Louis.
  • NO. 21 MARYLAND 89, FLORIDA STATE 62:
    In College Park, Md., Drew Nicholas scored 23 points, and No. 21 Maryland built an 18-0 lead against Florida State before coasting to its fifth straight victory.
    Reserve Tahj Holden had 12 points for the Terrapins, who extended their school-record run of Atlantic Coast Conference victories to 14.
  • NO. 21 XAVIER 99, ST. BONAVENTURE 83:
    In Cincinnati, David West scored 26 points, Romain Sato had 25 and Keith Jackson added 21, an inside-outside balance that helped No. 21 Xavier pull away to a victory over St. Bonaventure.
  • KANSAS STATE 68, NO. 23 TEXAS TECH 44:
    In Manhattan, Kan., Gilson DeJesus hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points as Kansas State upset No. 23 Texas Tech, its first win in nine tries against a team coached by Bob Knight.
  • NO. 24 MARQUETTE 96, SOUTH FLORIDA 63:
    In Milwaukee, Dwyane Wade scored 21 points as No. 24 Marquette beat short-handed South Florida.
  • IOWA 68, NO. 25 MICHIGAN STATE 64: In Iowa City, Glen Worley scored 18 of his career-high 29 points in the first half and Iowa made seven straight free throws in the final minute to beat No. 25 Michigan State.
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