Kansas center Greg Dreiling went to extremes yesterday on the Jayhawks' court in Lawrence, Kan., and the up side prevailed.
Dreiling picked up two fouls in the first 21 seconds against Louisville and sat out the rest of the first half. Came the second half and Dreiling, making seven of seven shots from the field, scored all of his 18 points to lead Kansas, No. 7 in the Associated Press rankings, to victory over the No. 13 Cardinals, 71-69.
His free throws broke a 69-69 tie.
"Coach (Larry Brown) told me to be more aggressive offensively and take more than four shots a game," said Dreiling. In Kansas' 81-77 victory Thursday over Missouri, Dreiling took four shots.
The 7-foot-1 Dreiling dunked three straight times, then made two slams later, and Danny Manning contributed four points as Kansas outscored Louisville 17-4 in the first 5:46 of the second half for a 48-43 lead.
Ron Kellogg was high with 19 points as Kansas won its sixth in a row, 28th straight at home, to improve to 19-2 and sink Louisville to 11-6.
There was 1:38 left after Dreiling's decisive foul shots, and Louisville had the ball with :04 left. Billy Thompson inbounded, and Cedric Hunter intercepted as Wagner appeared to turn the wrong way.
"A matter of miscommunication," said Wagner, who scored 23 points. Michigan St. 91, Michigan 79
Scott Skiles scored 40 points on 15-of-20 shooting and, using quickness to overcome size, the Spartans ruined the No. 4 Wolverines' trip to East Lansing.
Skiles has made 35 of 48 from the field over his last two games. He cemented the decision over Michigan with a four-point play with 2:14 left that made it 81-68.
The senior guard drove the base line and put up a five-foot shot that fell as he was fouled by Antoine Joubert. Skiles made the free throw plus a bonus shot awarded when Joubert drew a technichal for taking off his wristband and throwing it in disgust.
Michigan fell to 17-2, 5-2 in the Big Ten. Michigan State improved to 12-5, 3-4. California 75, UCLA 67
The Bears brought an end to their 25-year, 52-game losing streak against the Bruins by bouncing back after seeing UCLA come from nine points down to lead with 6:08 to play.
California's Chris Washington, who had 13 points in the second half, made a layup for 62-62, then stole an inbounds pass and made another layup, starting an 8-0 run that Dave Butler capped with a short jump shot.
Butler's 23 points led the Bears' first success in the series since a 66-65 decision Feb. 24, 1961, before any of the current players were born. California (13-4, 5-2) withstood 26 points by Pacific-10 scoring leader Reggie Miller for UCLA (8-7, 3-4). Oklahoma 83, Kansas St. 80
Center David Johnson scored 21 points and guard Tim McCalister 19, including two free throws with 38 seconds to go, as the No. 5 Sooners hung on in Manhattan, Kan.
McCalister's tosses put the Sooners (18-1, 3-1 in the Big Eight) up by 82-75. The Wildcats (13-6, 1-3) drove to 82-80 before OU guard Linwood Davis was fouled with :05 to play and made one free throw. St. John's 68, Pitt 67
In Pittsburgh, Walter Berry made 34 points, 22 in the second half, as No. 8 St. John's rallied from 15 points down for a Big East triumph.
Ron Rowan hit a 15-foot base line jumper with 1:06 to play for a 68-66 margin as the Redmen (19-2, 6-1) rebounded after spotting the Panthers (13-6, 4-4) a 22-7 getaway and a 40-28 halftime lead. Pitt's Demetreus Gore missed from 22 feet and the Panthers had their first home loss in nine games. Indiana 71, Illinois 69
Center Daryl Thomas scored 30 points and a Bob Knight tantrum didn't hurt as Indiana won at home after rallying from a 33-22 deficit with an 11-0 run late in the first half.
With Indiana down five midway in the second half, Coach Knight received a technical foul for yelling at an official and banging a sideline chair to the floor.
The Hoosiers (13-4, 5-2 Big Ten) scored their final five points on free throws, two by Thomas furnishing the lead for good at 68-67 with :57 left. Ken Norman had 24 points for Illinois (13-6, 1-4). Memphis St. 79, Missouri 68
In Memphis, the third-ranked Tigers kept pace with North Carolina as the nation's only unbeaten teams, attaining 19-0 as 7-foot William Bedford made 24 points and Baskerville Holmes 22. For Missouri (16-7), Jeff Strong scored 28 points, the most of anyone against Memphis State this season. Syracuse 80, Connecticut 67
Rafael Addison scored 21 points and a Carrier Dome crowd of 29,917 cheered the No. 9 Orangemen (15-2, 6-1) to a routine Big East victory. That is, it developed into routine after Syracuse broke from a 34-30 halftime edge with a 21-11 run led by Dwayne (Pearl) Washington. Va. Tech 86, Florida St. 73
Dave Burgess' dunk with 4:53 left put the No. 20 Hokies ahead for good after they blew a 19-point second half lead in a Metro Conference game in Blacksburg, Va.
Dell Curry's 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists led Virginia Tech (16-3, 3-1). Pee Wee Barber had 25 for the Seminoles (7-10, 1-3), including a basket that capped their rally from a 52-33 deficit to a 66-65 lead with 5:10 to go. Burgess' score 17 seconds later turned the tide. Tech's Bobby Beecher had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Kentucky 74, Tennessee 57
Junior forward Winston Bennett scored a career-high 26 points, including three three-point plays, to power the No. 11 Wildcats (16-2, 7-1 in the Southeastern Conference) in the face of 28 points by the visitors' guard Tony White. Clemson 46, Wake Forest 43
Glen McCants hit two tie-breaking free throws in the final minute as visiting Clemson (13-5, 2-3) won in the Atlantic Coast Conference over the Demon Deacons (6-13, 0-8). St. Joseph's 71, Rutgers 57
Senior guard Maurice Martin scored 20 points and St. Joseph's (13-3, 7-1 in the Atlantic 10) beat Rutgers (7-10, 2-6) in Philadelphia. Washington 72, Wash. State 63
In Seattle, a balanced offense produced a sixth consecutive win for the Huskies (12-7), who lead the Pacific-10 at 6-1. Texas A&M 68, Rice 55
Don Marbury scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half as the Aggies (12-7, 6-1) held their Southwest Conference lead at home. ODU 64, Jacksonville 56
Kenny Gattison's 25 points and 11 rebounds helped Old Dominion (11-4, 6-1 in the Sun Belt) prevail in Norfolk. Miami of Ohio 68, W. Michigan 60
Substitute guard Ron Hunter scored 21 points to help the Redskins to a school-record 19th straight home victory, tightening their first-place grip in the Mid-American Conference at 7-1 to the Broncos' 5-3. W. Virginia 69, Massachusetts 61
Dale Blaney scored 18 points and Holman Harley 14 as WVU (14-5) won on the road for a 9-0 Atlantic 10 record. Ohio State 73, Purdue 66
The No. 15 Boilermakers (16-5, 5-3 in the Big Ten) stumbled at Columbus as Brad Sellers scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half and Keith Wesson all five of his in the final 85 seconds for the Buckeyes (10-7, 4-3). Villanova 80, Providence 68
In Philadelphia, Harold Jensen's 20 points and Harold Pressley's 18 enabled the Wildcats (13-8, 5-2 in the Big East) to beat the Friars (9-9, 1-6) an 11th straight time. Bradley 74, Creighton 56
The No. 17 Braves (20-1, 7-0 Missouri Valley Conference) won their 11th straight as Jim Les' 16 points led the way in Omaha. Texas-El Paso 71, New Mexico 70
Wayne Campbell's two free throws with two seconds left in overtime gave the 18th-ranked Miners (17-3, 6-2 in the WAC) the road victory. New Mexico is 13-7, 5-3. Western Kentucky 81, Alabama-Birmingham 75
Tellis Frank sank four free throws in the last 48 seconds and Billy Gordon scored 20 points to guide Western Kentucky, at home, to an upset of 18th-ranked Alabama-Birmingham.