Dallas Comegys' 21 points led De Paul to an 81-72 upset of sixth-ranked St. John's in Rosemont, Ill., yesterday, keeping alive De Paul's hopes for an NCAA tournament bid.
His three-point play starting the second half provided a 41-31 lead.
"I made the statement before the game: this team was capable of getting into the NCAAs and going all the way," the losing coach, Lou Carnesecca, said. "I've seen it before. Villanova last year, North Carolina State a couple of years ago. If De Paul gets in and plays the way they did today, they have the chance to go all the way. It would be real easy for me to come in here and say we didn't have a good game but I'm not going to do that . . . They are a sleeping giant."
De Paul is 15-10, St. John's 25-4. Duke 93, Oklahoma 84
David Henderson's 28 points, 18 in the second half, led second-ranked Duke's victory in Durham, N.C.
Duke (27-2) took a 23-point lead in the first half, then faltered. By halftime, the 10th-ranked Sooners were within 48-40, thanks to David Johnson, who had 21 points by then. After the Sooners (23-5) got within 66-65, they went scoreless for two minutes. Florida State 82, Memphis State 80
Fourth-ranked Memphis State led by a point in Tallahassee, Fla., with three seconds left. Then FSU's Peewee Barber shot from 12 feet, and missed.
But freshman Pat Conner tipped in the ball with a second to go.
FSU, last in the Metro Conference, had lost 10 of 12 games. Memphis State is 23-3. Texas Christian 55, Texas 54
In Fort Worth, Jamie Dixon's stumbling, off-balance 30-footer at the buzzer put the Horned Frogs atop the SWC at 12-2 with two games to go. Texas is 12-3 with one game left.
The Horned Frogs looked dead when John Brownlee made two foul shots with five seconds left. But Dixon got the inbounds pass and dribbled the length of the floor. He nearly fell, then shot with Raynard Davis hanging on him. The ball swished, starting a mob scene at midcourt. Alabama 69, Vanderbilt 68
Jim Farmer led the winners with 18 points, although Alabama nearly lost the game in Tuscaloosa. He went to the foul line with the 69-68 lead with six seconds left. When he missed, Vanderbilt's Bobby Westbrooks rebounded and passed to Barry Goheen, whose 30-footer hit off the rim. Bradley 74, Wichita State 64
Hersey Hawkins scored 22 points in Peoria, Ill., as 12th-ranked Bradley extended its winning streak, the nation's longest, to 19. The Braves (15-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference) have the country's best record in Division I: 28-1. Southern Mississippi 69, Virginia Tech 66
In Hattiesburg, Miss., Randolph Keys had 23 points and seven rebounds to help upset 18th-ranked Virginia Tech in a Metro Conference game.
Virginia Tech (20-5 overall and 5-5 in the league) blew a 59-51 lead. The winners are 15-10 and 5-6. LSU 80, Florida 69
Anthony Wilson's career-high 22 points led the victory in Baton Rouge, La. It was 41-40, LSU, at the half, but Florida never got in the game the second half. UNLV 72, Fresno State 56
Anthony Jones' 17 points helped 11th-ranked Nevada-Las Vegas win easily in Las Vegas. The PCAA-champion Rebels (27-3 overall and 15-1 in the PCAA) broke open the game halfway through the first half with a 17-6 spurt. Fresno State is 15-13 and 8-9. Kentucky 80, Georgia 75
In Athens, Ga., Kenny Walker scored 22 points and Winston Bennett 20, including three foul shots in the last 32 seconds, as eighth-ranked Kentucky clinched the SEC title.
It was the 14th conference victory in a row for the Wildcats (24-3 overall and 15-1 in the conference). Louisville 76, Houston 59
In Houston, freshman Pervis Ellison scored a season-high 25 points to help the Cardinals to their sixth straight victory. Illinois 66, Ohio State 62
Ken Norman had a game-high 24 points in Champaign, Ill., to help the Illini to an 18-8 overall record and 9-6 Big Ten record. Ohio State is 12-12 and 6-8. Iowa State 82, Nebraska 73
In Ames, Iowa, reserve Elmer Robinson scored all his 16 points in the second half, enabling Iowa State to improve to 17-8 overall and 8-4 in the Big Eight. Nebraska is 16-9 and 6-6. Michigan 62, Alabama-Birmingham 54
Antoine Joubert made all the Wolverines' field goals in the first 10:12 of the second half in Ann Arbor, Mich. He ended with a game-high 20 points. Kansas 84, Kansas State 69
Ron Kellogg's 30 points helped third-ranked Kansas win its first regular-season Big Eight title since 1978.
The heavily favored Jayhawks (26-3 overall and 11-1 in the Big Eight) took a 19-5 lead, but Joe Wright of Kansas State scored 17 points in a 23-6 rally that put the Wildcats ahead at 30-27. Wisconsin 70, Minnesota 64
Rick Olson scored 19 of his 32 points in the first half in Minneapolis as Wisconsin took a big lead and held on. Washington 79, Washington State 70
In Pullman, Wash., Chris Welp had a school-record 35 points. Don McMillan had held the Huskies' record since scoring 34 against Washington State in 1944. Southern California 79, UCLA 64
Greg Kimble's 22 points in Los Angeles helped USC end a six-game losing streak. Drexel 70, Towson State 64
John Rankin led five players in double digits with 15 points as Drexel won in Philadelphia to earn the No. 1 seed at next weekend's East Coast Conference tournament. Villanova 78, Seton Hall 65
The Wildcats made their record against Seton Hall 12-0 since the Big East was formed. Villanova is 19-12 overall and 9-7 in the conference. Seton Hall is 13-15 and 3-11. Boston College 71, Pittsburgh 68
Roger McCready had 23 points and Dana Barros 19 in the Big East victory in Boston. The Panthers trailed by one with two seconds left and tried to call time. They didn't have one left, so Boston College shot a two-shot technical. Barros made both shots. Temple 61, Penn State 46
Ed Coe's 15 points and nine rebounds led the victory in State College, Pa. Penn State trailed the whole. St. Joseph's 73, Rutgers 60
In Piscataway, N.J., Maurice Martin's 24 points included 18 in the second half as St. Joseph's won the Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season title.
St. Joseph's (22-5 overall and 16-2 in the league) will have the No. 1 seed in the tournament that will start this week. Rutgers is 7-21 and 2-16. ODU 75, Central Connecticut State 51
In Norfolk, Kenny Gattison's 17 points and seven rebounds enabled Old Dominion to finish 21-6. He became the all-time rebound leader in the Sun Belt Conference with 934 career rebounds. Marquette 82, Dayton 79
Tom Copa and Kerry Trotter won the game in Dayton by making 18 foul shots in the second half. Miami (Ohio) 81, Western Michigan 73
In Kalamazoo, Mich., Ron Harper's 27 points helped clinch a share of the Mid-American Conference title.