college basketball roundup Arizona takes PAC 10 with win Beats Oregon 88-80 at home

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TUCSON, Ariz. Jason Gardner scored 21 of his season-high 27 points in the second half and No. 1 Arizona pulled away to beat Oregon 88-80 on Saturday.

The Wildcats (25-2, 17-1 Pac-10) took control with a 17-2 run that put them up 66-56 with 6:39 to play on Salim Stoudamires 16-footer.

Stoudamire, benched in the second half against Oregon State on Thursday night because coach Lute Olson didnt like his attitude, had 19 points, 17 in the second half.

Luke Ridnour had 26 points and seven assists for the Ducks (20-9, 10-8), who were swept on their Arizona trip. Ridnour broke Oregons season assist record with 188, surpassing the mark of 184 set by Ron Lee in 1975-76.

No. 2 Kentucky 69, No. 3 Florida 67

GAINESVILLE, Fla. Gerald Fitch had 18 points for Kentucky, which finished unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference.

The Wildcats (26-3, 16-0) snapped the Gators (24-6, 12-4) school-record, 19-game home winning streak.

With Florida trailing by two freshman Anthony Roberson got the ball after two missed free throws by Keith Bogans. His 22-foot heave at the buzzer caught nothing but air and Kentucky won its 20th straight game the longest active streak in the country and became only the second team to go 16-0 in the SEC. Kentucky did it in 1996 en route to the sixth of its seven national titles.

Matt Bonner had 25 points for Florida.

No. 4 Texas 76, No. 5 Oklahoma 71

NORMAN, Okla. T.J. Ford scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, including a big fallaway jumper with 20 seconds left, as the Longhorns overcame a 15-point deficit.

Royal Ivey had 16 points for Texas (22-5, 13-3 Big 12), which ended Oklahomas 37-game home winning streak. The victory means Texas is the No. 2 seed in next weeks Big 12 tournament. Oklahoma will be the third seed.

Hollis Price had 22 points for Oklahoma (21-6, 12-4), but didnt score over the final six minutes.

No. 8 Marquette 70, Cincinnati 61

MILWAUKEE Dwyane Wade scored 26 points and the Golden Eagles won their first Conference USA title.

Wade had 10 rebounds, including four consecutive in the closing minutes to help Marquette (23-4, 14-2) become the first team other than Cincinnati to win the regular-season title outright in the eight seasons Conference USA has been in existence.

Leonard Stokes had 10 points for the Bearcats (17-10, 9-7).

No. 9 Wake Forest 78, N.C. State 72

RALEIGH, N.C. Josh Howard scored 27 points, including six free throws in the final 1.7 seconds, as the Demon Deacons won their first outright Atlantic Coast Conference title since 1962.

Wake Forest (23-4, 13-3) set a school record for league wins, closing out ACC play by winning 11 of 12.

Marcus Melvin and Julius Hodge each had 17 points for the Wolfpack (16-11, 9-7).

No.11 Xavier 96, Temple 65

CINCINNATI Romain Sato scored 29 points and Lionel Chalmers and David West each had 17 as the Musketeers (24-4, 15-1 Atlantic 10) tied a school record with their 15th consecutive win, matching the mark set in 1987-88.

Alex Wesby had 24 points and David Hawkins added 20 for Temple (13-14, 10-6), which had won six in a row.

No. 16 Notre Dame 86, Georgetown 80

WASHINGTON Chris Thomas had 29 points and seven rebounds as Notre Dame snapped a three-game losing streak.

Thomas was 9-for-16 from the field, including 3-for-8 from 3-point range, and 8-of-9 from the free throw line, including four after Georgetown pulled to 82-80 with 20 seconds left.

Notre Dame (22-8, 10-6 Big East) completed its best regular season since 1988-89 with its fourth straight win over Georgetown (14-13, 6-10), which got 26 points and nine rebounds from Mike Sweetney.

No. 18 Memphis 90, UAB 79

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Chris Massie had 27 points and 11 rebounds and Antonio Burks had 11 points and 12 assists as the Tigers won their 11th straight.

The Tigers (22-5, 13-3 Conference USA) lost out on a share of the league title because of Marquettes win over Cincinnati and will be the No. 2 seed into next weeks tournament at Louisville.

Demario Eddins led UAB (16-11, 8-8) with 18 points.

No. 20 Oklahoma St. 77, Texas A&M 52

STILLWATER, Okla. Ivan McFarlin had 17 points and 14 rebounds as Oklahoma State ended a three-game losing streak.

Melvin Sanders also had 17 points for the Cowboys (21-8, 10-6 Big 12).

Bernard King had 17 points for the Aggies (14-13, 6-10).

No. 23 Mississippi St. 67, Auburn 45

STARKVILLE, Miss. Derrick Zimmerman had 15 points and eight assists as Mississippi State clinched the Southeastern Conference West title.

Mississippi State (19-8, 9-7) won the West Division for the first time since 1995-96, and earned a bye in next weeks conference tournament.

Marquis Daniels had 14 points for the Tigers (19-10, 8-8), who finished the season losing five of seven.

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