Different year, same stakes, same remarkable outcome. Xavier got them again.
Kevin Frey hit an inside bank shot and then a pair of free throws with 8.9 seconds left last night as unranked Xavier upset No. 1 Cincinnati, 66-64, setting off a wild on-court celebration.
Three years ago, the small Jesuit school knocked off its crosstown rival under nearly identical circumstances--the Bearcats were unbeaten, ranked No. 1 and playing on their home court when Lenny Brown's jumper gave the Musketeers a stunning 71-69 win.
The only difference this time was that Xavier (6-2) was playing at home. The Musketeers fed off the capacity crowd at Cincinnati Gardens and beat a team that had a huge advantage in size, depth and experience.
"It's been unreal," said Xavier forward Darnell Williams, who was part of both upsets. "Another one goes down, baby. Three years twice."
When the buzzer sounded, hundreds of fans stormed the court and embraced the players, rubbing their blue body paint on them.
Cincinnati (8-1) trailed for most of the game as Xavier forced the action and hit the free throws--23 of 30 in all.
Frey's two swishes with 8.9 seconds left were the biggest, putting Xavier ahead 66-62.
"It feels like any other loss, nothing much special," Cincinnati's Pete Mickeal said. "Now we've just got to get it back and start all over again, and we will."
Maurice McAfee led Xavier with 17 points. Mickeal led Cincinnati with 17 points. Xavier's top rebounder, Aaron Turner, was suspended before the game for academic deficiencies.
* ILLINOIS 84, KANSAS 70: Cory Bradford scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half, and Frank Williams sparked a comeback run late in the first as the 20th-ranked Illini (6-2) rallied to defeat the No. 8 Jayhawks (8-2) in Chicago.
Williams finished with 15 points, and Marcus Griffin added 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting and 12 rebounds--despite getting sick just before halftime.
* STANFORD 78, SACRAMENTO ST. 56: Jason Collins had 14 points and 13 rebounds and the No. 2 Cardinal (8-0) hit eight three-pointers in the victory at home.
With Cincinnati's loss, Stanford is expected to make its first appearance at No. 1.
"We were watching the game like fans. When Xavier won, we all looked at each other and said, 'Do we want to be number one? Can we handle it?' And then we said, 'Yeah, we can handle it," Stanford's David Moseley said.
* TENNESSEE 74, MEMPHIS 69: Tony Harris scored eight of his 14 points in the final 2:46 as the 13th-ranked Volunteers beat host Memphis.
Harris, who played only 23 minutes because of foul trouble, was 8 for 8 from the foul line down the stretch to keep Tennessee (9-0) undefeated. Memphis (4-6), which led by 15 in the first half, lost its fourth straight in a game marred by a first-half scuffle.
* BALL ST. 72, PURDUE 52: In Indianapolis, Theron Smith had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Cardinals past the No. 24 Boilermakers.
The Boilermakers (6-3) fell to their instate rival for the first time in 10 years and second time overall. Purdue had won five of the six previous meetings, with the only loss coming at Ball State in 1989. Lonnie Jones finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinals (6-1).
* INDIANA 99, WYOMING 80: A.J. Guyton rebounded from a poor game and scored 29 points, leading the No. 21 Hoosiers (7-1) at home.
The win was the 750th in Bob Knight's career, making him the sixth coach in NCAA Division I history to reach that milestone. Knight spent six seasons at Army before coming to Indiana. He has 648 wins with the Hoosiers.
* NORTH CAROLINA 78, MIAMI 68: Jason Capel had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the No. 7 Tar Heels withstood a late Hurricanes rally in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Fla.
The Tar Heels (8-2) needed only two baskets in the final six minutes. The rest of their points came at the free throw line, where they hit 9 of 12 down the stretch. Capel connected on 8 of 10 free throws. Johnny Hemsley led Miami (4-3) with 21 points.
* MICHIGAN ST. 86, OAKLAND, MICH. 51: Mike Chappell scored 10 of his 19 points during a 22-5 first-half run, and reserve Charlie Bell added 20 as the No. 5 Spartans (8-2) extended their home winning streak to 18 games.
* UCLA 76, DEPAUL 58: In Los Angeles, freshman Jason Kapono scored nine of his 20 points during a 16-0 second-half run as the No. 18 Bruins (4-1) defeated the 19th-ranked Blue Demons in the teams' first meeting since 1991. Quentin Richardson led DePaul (7-3) with 22 points and 15 rebounds.
* TEXAS 89, WOFFORD 57: Starting a three-guard lineup for the first time this season, the 15th-ranked Longhorns produced their highest point total of the season in a rout at home. Chris Mihm led Texas (6-2) with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
* OKLAHOMA 102, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 63: Kelley Newton scored 18 points and Victor Avila had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the No. 23 Sooners (9-0) at home.
* KENTUCKY 76, LOUISVILLE 46: Unranked for the first time in nine years, the host Wildcats took out their anger on their bitter intrastate rival. A 17-2 run to open the second half blew open a one-point game as Kentucky (5-4) snapped a two-game losing streak to the Cardinals.
* ARIZONA 80, NEBRASKA 59: In Las Vegas, Loren Woods scored nine of his 19 points during a 15-2 run by Arizona to open the second half as the No. 4 Wildcats (9-1) had little trouble beating the Cornhuskers (4-5) in the first basketball meeting between the two schools in 30 years.
* ARIZONA ST. 99, SAN DIEGO ST. 85: In Tempe, Ariz., Eddie House, who was 0 for 16 in a loss to Brigham Young in his previous game, set the Sun Devils' single-game scoring record with 46 points. House had 37 points--within two of his former career high--at halftime, hitting 14 of 17 shots.