STILL THE TOPS:
No. 1 Nevada-Las Vegas won its 33rd consecutive game, handling 12th-ranked New Mexico State, 86-74, at Thomas and Mack Center Saturday night. Anderson Hunt led the Runnin' Rebels (22-0) with 27 points, and Larry Johnson added 18 as UNLV led by 25 midway through the first half. The Aggies, who defeated UNLV last season, fell to 19-3.
Keith "Mister" Jennings, from Culpeper, Va., led six Buccaneers in double figures with 19 points as No. 10 East Tennessee State posted a 96-80 victory over North Carolina-Charlotte in a game that started at midnight to accommodate ESPN.
The Bucs (23-3) became the second team in 73 games dating to 1971 to defeat the 49ers at their on-campus gym.
No. 18 Georgetown lost its second straight and possibly a top 25 ranking, falling to Seton Hall, 63-50, at the Meadowlands.
The Hoyas, undone by 23 turnovers, were led by center Dikembe Mutombo's 12 points. It was the most lopsided defeat in their 15-8 season. Georgetown (7-5 Big East) is two games behind front-running Syracuse. G Terry Dehere led the Pirates (16-7, 7-6) with 22 points.
Syracuse traveled to Boston College and pounded the last-place Eagles, 106-85. Billy Owens led the Orangemen with 24 points and 12 rebounds. The Eagles have lost 11 straight conference games.
Darelle Porter led No. 22 Pittsburgh to a 94-83 win over No. 13 St. John's. Porter had all 20 of his points in the second half after being benched for the first time in two seasons. Greg Woodard scored 25 to lead Villanova to a 64-55 victory over turnover-plagued Providence.
SO MANY FRESHMEN:
North Carolina once again emptied its deep bench, using 15 players in a 87-75 victory over Maryland at Cole Field House. F Rick Fox led the Tar Heels -- now tied with Duke at 8-3 in the ACC -- with 19 points. Maryland (13-11, 3-8) was led by G Kevin McLinton, who had a career-best 21 points.
WOMEN UP, MEN DOWN:
George Washington secured the highest victory total in the 16-year history of its women's program with a 58-54 Atlantic 10 victory over Duquesne. The Colonial Women (19-4, 12-2) are nearing their first-ever top 25 ranking.
The men's team (15-9, 9-7) was not as fortunate, falling at Rutgers, 74-66. Keith Hughes and Earl Duncan scored 19 apiece to lead the Scarlet Knights, who have won 10 of 11.
Former All-Met Anthony Tucker, who went from McKinley Tech to Wake Forest by way of Georgetown, scored a career-best 31 points as the Demon Deacons stunned No. 5 Duke, 86-77. Wake Forest had beaten Duke once in the previous 14 meetings.
Virginia dominated Clemson in Charlottesville, 57-47, despite shooting 38 percent. Rodney Monroe became N.C. State's all-time leading scorer, surpassing David Thompson with 24 points in the Wolfpack's 60-59 victory at Connecticut.
George Mason won its fifth straight, as Robert Dykes scored 28 points to lead the Patriots (12-13, 8-4) over Colonial Athletic Association rival Navy (6-19, 2-11), 85-79. American (12-12, 7-6) defeated CAA leader James Madison (16-8, 10-2) at Bender Arena, 82-70, as Brian Gilgeous had 23 points and 12 rebounds. Howard overcame a 22-point deficit, as G Milan Brown sank a half-court shot at the regulation buzzer, but North Carolina A&T prevailed in overtime, 93-86, sending the Bison to 6-19, 5-9 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Association.
Division II Troy State broke its one-day old scoring record Friday night, defeating DeVry Institute, 187-117. A night earlier, the Trojans (17-7) routed Columbus College, 162-130. In the second half Friday, they scored 103 points -- an NCAA record for any division.
Tuesday: Navy at James Madison, Maryland at Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech at Virginia, George Mason at American; Wednesday: Pittsburgh at Georgetown; Saturday: Wake Forest at Maryland, Virginia at North Carolina State, Connecticut at Georgetown, James Madison at George Mason, American at George Washington, Army at Navy, Howard at Morgan State.