No. 10 Pittsburgh felled by Bucknell

North Carolina rolls past William & Mary for its 12th consecutive win.

Published: Monday, January 3, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 3, 2005 at 12:41 a.m.
PITTSBURGH - Bucknell coach Pat Flannery knew the win over No. 10 Pittsburgh (10-1) on Sunday night was obviously one of the biggest in school history. He just wasn't able to rank it right away.
Kevin Bettencourt made two free throws with 23 seconds remaining to give the Bison the lead in a 69-66 victory.
"I don't know where to put it," Flannery said. "You don't play these games on your schedule without thinking you can come in and beat them. I felt like we could come in and play with them. I'll put it in perspective when I calm down."
Chris McNaughton scored 17 points, Charles Lee had 14, including the last two free throws with 2.3 seconds left, and Bettencourt added 13 for Bucknell (9-4), which has won six straight, the last against the highest-ranked opponent in school history.
"It's a lot of fun to play a game like that," McNaughton said. "To end up winning, it's just tremendous for us. The way we played as a team made the difference."
    Sean May scored 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting to lead the host Tar Heels.
    North Carolina (12-1) has won 12 in a row since losing to Santa Clara in the opener.
    Jawad Williams had 19 points, Rashad McCants added 15 and Raymond Felton finished with 12 assists for North Carolina.
    Corey Cofield and Nate Loehrke each had 16 points for William & Mary (4-6).
  • NO. 5 WAKE FOREST 89, NO. 25 VIRGINIA 70:
    Chris Paul had 21 points and nine assists to lead the visiting Demon Deacons to their seventh straight win.
    Wake Forest (12-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 44-39 then went on a 13-0 run with Justin Gray getting six points.
    Freshman Adrian Joseph, starting in place of injured leading scorer Devin Smith, had 19 points for the Cavaliers (8-2, 0-1), who lost their 10th straight conference opener.
  • NO. 6 DUKE 62, CLEMSON 54: J.J. Redick had 20 of his 24 points in the second half and role player Lee Melchionni made two clutch 3-pointers to lead the host Blue Devils in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
    Shelden Williams finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Blue Devils (9-0), who won their 18th straight over the Tigers (9-4).
  • NO. 13 WASHINGTON 76, STANFORD 73: Mike Jensen and Tre Simmons each had 17 points to lead the host Huskies to their eighth straight win.
    Washington (12-1, 2-0 Pac-10) dropped the two-time defending conference champion Cardinal (6-6) to their first 0-2 start in league play since 1990-91.
  • NO. 14 ARIZONA 97, ARIZONA ST. 79: Channing Frye had 21 points and Mustafa Shakur added 20, including a season-high four 3-pointers, for the host Wildcats (11-2), who won their eighth straight in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.
    Hassan Adams, Arizona's third-leading scorer, had only eight points on 3-for-14 shooting, but had 10 rebounds and seven assists.
  • NO. 15 TEXAS 89, UNLV 82: P.J. Tucker had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Longhorns (10-2), who used a late 12-1 run to take control.
    Romel Beck and Jerel Blassingame each had 17 points for UNLV (6-5). They combined for nine points - all on 3-pointers - in a 10-0 run that gave the Runnin' Rebels a 50-48 lead with 13:30 to play.
  • WEST VIRGINIA 82, NO. 17 N.C. STATE 69:
    Johannes Herber and Mike Gansey each scored 15 points to give the visiting Mountaineers their best start in more than 40 years.
    Patrick Beilen and Tyrone Sally each scored 11 points for West Virginia, which improved to 10-0 for the first time since the 1959-60 season when Jerry West played for the Mountaineers. Six players scored in double figures and West Virginia shot 59 percent to beat a ranked team for the second straight game.
    Francisco Garcia matched his career-high with 29 points, including eight straight during a 27-4 run, and the host Cardinals pulled away.
    Garcia hit four 3-pointers and Larry O'Bannon added three over Tennessee State's zone as the Cardinals (11-2) hit 12 from behind the arc despite the absence of 3-point specialist Taquan Dean because of back spasms. O'Bannon and freshman Lorrenzo Wade each finished with 14 points.
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