TERRAPIN CRAWL: Maryland struggled but outlasted a patient Lafayette squad, 64-48, as Matt Roe scored eight of his game-high 26 points in the final 3:46, helping extend an eight-point lead to 15 with a minute to play.
UNPATRIOTIC: Louisville converted 69 percent of its first-half shots, including 15 of 16 in one stretch, and held on to win its fifth straight, on a visit to George Mason, 85-80. Louisville shot 63 percent and was led by Everick Sullivan's 31 points. The Patriots, who were led by Mike Hargett's 24, shot 42 percent.
NO. 1 WITH A BULLET: Top-ranked Nevada-Las Vegas won its fifth straight as it led by as many as 46 points in a 101-69 victory over Florida State. The defending national champion placed four players in double figures.
COLONIAL UPRISING: George Washington overcame the absence of its two leading scorers and beat Virginia Tech, 88-70. Without G Dirkk Surles (sprained left ankle) and F Sonni Holland (bone chip in left ankle) the Colonials got 19 points and nine rebounds from senior guard Ellis McKennie. C Byron Hopkins tied a school record with eight blocked shots and added 16 points and eight rebounds.
LATER FOR SOONERS:No. 9 Duke, led by freshman Grant Hill (South Lakes High) and junior Christian Laettner, each with 19 points, ended No. 11 Oklahoma's 51-game home winning streak, 90-85. Oklahoma's last home loss was against Kansas State in the final game of the 1987 regular season and the Sooners hadn't lost at home to a nonconference opponent since Tulsa beat them in 1982.
NOT CLOSE: No. 3 Syracuse used a 21-2 first-half run to deal Illinois-Chicago its first loss, 110-66. Acie Earl scored 18 of his 30 points in the second half and Iowa handed No. 5 UCLA its first loss, 88-71. Rick Fox scored 22 points and No. 8 North Carolina downed Purdue, 86-74. Thomas Roberts had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists as William and Mary defeated Virginia Wesleyan, 92-73. Malik Sealy scored 25 points and No. 13 St. John's defeated New York crosstown rival Fordham for the 22nd straight time, 74-62. Reserve Tony Farmer scored a career-high 24 points and No. 22 Nebraska beat Miami of Ohio, 88-73. Freshman G Randolph Childress scored 17 points and Wake Forest routed Richmond, 82-56.
SQUEAKERS: American went scoreless the final two minutes but held on to win at Santa Clara, 70-69, as Craig Sedmak had 23 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Rennie Clemons scored 17 second-half points, including a three-point play with 50 seconds left, to lead Illinois over No. 10 LSU, 102-96. Lamar blew a 19-point lead before recovering to nip San Diego State, 71-70; the Cardinals, who were led by Terry Bridgeman's 21 points, led 59-40 with 12:43 remaining but gave up a 15-0 run the next six minutes. Lee Mayberry went scoreless in the first half but scored 12 points in the second half, including the winning basket and a game-clinching steal at the finish, as No. 2 Arkansas edged Oregon, 71-68.
THREE-POINTERS: Jeff Herdman made seven three-point shots and scored 23 points to lead Cal- Irvine to its first victory, 98-88 over California, after an 0-4 start. Terry DeHere hit three three-pointers in an early 11-0 run and his 20 points took Seton Hall over Rutgers, 90-76. Andy Kennedy scored 27 points with four three-point goals, including the go-ahead shot, to lead Alabama-Birmingham over St. Francis (Pa.), 71-68.
Sophomore Kenny Anderson made six three-pointers and a school-record 50 points as Georgia Tech scored its most points ever, defeating generous-as-usual Loyola Marymount, 135-94. No. 21 East Tennessee State converted 12 of 24 three-point shots, had five players in double figures and defeated Cincinnati, 90-79.
THIS WEEK: Thursday: Maryland at ECAC Holiday Festival, George Washington at Duquesne. Friday: Navy in Blue Angels Classic in Pensacola, Fla., Howard in Spokane Shootout at Gonzaga University, George Mason in Spartan Classic at East Lansing, Mich. Saturday: Georgetown vs. Houston in St. Petersburg, Fla., Virginia at Minnesota.