'Nova routs No. 2 Kansas
Published: Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 11:59 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA - Undefeated Kansas never stood a chance once Allen Ray, Curtis Sumpter and the rest of the spirited Villanova Wildcats got rolling.
Sumpter sank five 3-pointers and scored 25 points, Ray made four 3s and scored 27 and Villanova led by as many as 32 points in a stunning 83-62 victory over No. 2 Kansas on Saturday.
"We had some tough breaks this season, but guys stuck with it everyday," Sumpter said.
The Wildcat fans - who braved the first snowstorm in Philly this year - chanted "Overrated!" early in this one and counted down the final minutes before storming the 76ers' home court in celebration.
"Villanova today, the Eagles tomorrow!" one fan yelled as he left the court.
Only Illinois, Duke and Boston College remain among the undefeated teams in the Top 25. It was the Jayhawks' worst loss under second-year coach Bill Self and most lopsided defeat since they lost to Wake Forest by 31 points on Dec. 7, 2000.
"It had been coming," Self said. "We've been putting a lot of band aids on our deficiencies."
The Jayhawks (14-1) have hardly played like one of the best teams in the country lately with four of their last five games decided by six or fewer points. They were never really in this one against the up-tempo Wildcats (10-4).
Eric Williams scored a career-high 29 points, having his way with host Cincinnati's shorter front line.
The Demon Deacons (16-2) rebounded from an overtime loss to Florida State by hitting their last seven free throws down the stretch.
The Bearcats (15-3) lost at home to a ranked team for the second time in eight days. They also fell by three points against Louisville last Saturday.
Joey Graham scored 24 points to help host Oklahoma State rebound from its loss to Texas.
Freshman JamesOn Curry added 14 points, including 10 in the final 2:16, as the Cowboys (14-2, 4-1 Big 12 Conference) won the first game at the newly named Eddie Sutton Court.
Hakim Warrick had 22 points and 13 rebounds, Gerry McNamara scored 18 points and Billy Edelin added a season-high 12 to lead host Syracuse.
It was the 12th straight win for Syracuse (19-1, 6-0 Big East), which equaled the best start in school history. In 1999, Syracuse won its first 19 before losing to Seton Hall 69-67 at home and also started 19-1 in 1979-80.
Jared Dudley scored 19 points to lead a balanced offense as Boston College remained one of three unbeaten teams in Division I.
The win extended the best start in school history, leaving the Eagles (16-0, 5-0 Big East) three shy of their longest winning streak set by the 1968-69 team.
J.P. Batista scored 22 points and Gonzaga opened the second half with a 16-0 run to beat San Diego.
The Bulldogs rebounded from a 73-70 loss at San Francisco on Thursday, and they got some help from the Toreros, who shot just 10 percent in the second half and 30.6 percent overall.
Georgia Tech's Isma'il Muhammad missed two free throws with 5.5 seconds left and visiting Virginia Tech handed the Yellow Jackets their third straight loss.
Following Muhammad's second miss, Mario West rebounded and missed a putback for Georgia Tech, then Ra'Sean Dickey and Muhammad couldn't tip in the ball.
Kevin Bookout had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Lawrence McKenzie scored 15 and host Oklahoma (15-2, 4-0 Big 12) won its ninth straight.
The Sooners outmuscled the Longhorns (15-3, 3-2), who were in their first game without leading scorer and rebounder P.J. Tucker, ruled academically ineligible earlier in the week.
Alan Anderson scored 13 points - 11 from the foul line - as visiting Michigan State made 26 of 28 foul shots to hold off Minnesota.
Maurice Ager and Shannon Brown each added 12 points for the Spartans (12-3, 4-1 Big Ten), who played their usual stifling defense and won their second straight since a 62-59 loss at Wisconsin last Sunday.
Greg Brunner and Doug Thomas each scored 14 points to help Iowa bounce back from a loss to top-ranked Illinois.
After a sluggish start, the host Hawkeyes (14-4, 2-3 Big Ten) built an 18-point halftime lead and were never threatened in the second half, easily rebounding from Thursday's overtime loss against the Illini.
Mike Wilkinson had 28 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to help the visiting Badgers win for the eighth time in nine games.
The Badgers (13-3, 4-1 Big Ten) led by just five at halftime, but opened the second half with an 11-2 run. Their next game is against No. 1 Illinois on Tuesday at home, where they have won 38 straight games - the longest home winning streak in Division I.
Eddie Basden scored 23 points and Brendan Plavich added 20 for visiting Charlotte.
Curtis Withers had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the 49ers (13-3, 4-1 Conference USA), who rebounded from a loss to Cincinnati on Wednesday that snapped the team's nine-game winning streak.
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