MEAN STREAKS: Top-ranked UNLV (6-0) extended its winning streak to 17 games over two seasons with a 92-72 victory over Pacific. The victory was the 22nd in a row against Big West Conference rival Pacific (4-6).
Stacey Augmon had 26 points and 11 rebounds. . . .
Woody Austin hit two free throws with 2:28 left to give Purdue (8-2) a 57-56 lead and an eventual 64-63 victory that ended No. 17 Georgia's 15-game home winning streak.
KENTUCKY FRIED: Jeff Brassow made six of 11 three-point attempts to finish with 18 points as Kentucky defeated intrastate nemesis Louisville, 93-85. The No. 18 Wildcats made 13 of 26 long-range attempts.
HURTING HUSKY: Connecticut Coach Jim Calhoun was hospitalized with an apparent viral infection, causing him to miss his first game in 23 years -- the No. 13 Huskies' Dec. 23 game against Fairfield.
The Huskies (8-1) defeated Rhode Island, 90-69, on Saturday to win the Connecticut Mutual Classic title in Hartford. Chris Smith had 26 points. ORANGE CRUSH: No. 3 Syracuse gave Coach Jim Boeheim the 355th victory of his 15-year career with a 101-55 win over Wagner at the Carrier Dome. Sophomore Mike Hopkins had a career-high 22 points. FINAL WHISTLE: Hank Nichols, 52, who officiated seven NCAA Final Fours and six title games, participated in his last game Saturday at the Richmond Times-Dispatch Tournament. He will continue to serve as the NCAA's national officiating coordinator and will be the secretary and editor of the basketball rules committee. STAY TUNED: Wednesday: Lafayette at Navy; George Mason at Virginia Commonwealth; Jackson State at Georgetown; Howard at Georgia Tech; Maryland at Wake Forest; Virginia at Marquette. Thursday: George Washington at Rhode Island.