Andy Leatherman's layup at the buzzer was ruled good, no good and then good again, giving visiting Texas A&M a controversial 88-86 victory over Texas Tech last night in a game delayed 39 minutes when the Aggies refused to play an overtime.
Official Charles Range ruled that Leatherman's basket was good, setting off a storm of protest from Red Raiders Coach James Dickey and his players. The three game officials consulted a TV replay and then reversed the call, leaving the teams tied and necessitating overtime.
This time Texas A&M Coach Melvin Watkins protested, keeping his team in its dressing room and refusing to play the extra period.
Thirty-nine minutes later, the call was reversed again, restoring the basket and the Aggies' victory.
James Ware's three-pointer with 8.6 seconds remaining tied the score, capping a furious comeback by Texas Tech (9-4, 0-2 Big 12). Texas A&M (5-9, 1-2) had built a 77-66 lead with 5 minutes 40 seconds remaining after Bernard King's three-pointer.
UCLA 71, NORTH CAROLINA 68: Ryan Bailey, who had attempted only eight free throws this season, made two more with 14.9 seconds remaining as the Bruins upset the No. 13 Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Bruins (10-4) finally won a close game after going 0-2 in one-point games this season. The Tar Heels (11-6) lost for the second time in four days and their second nonconference home game of the season, the first time that has happened since the mid-1940s.
OKLAHOMA STATE 56, BAYLOR 41: NCAA assists leader Doug Gottlieb had seven assists and scored 13 points as the No. 14 Cowboys won on the road.
During a second-half stretch when Oklahoma State (13-1, 2-0 Big 12) took just nine shots in about 10 minutes, Gottlieb, who averages 7.6 assists per game, had three baskets.
After the Bears (9-5, 0-3) moved within 35-29 on an inside basket by Ben Echols, Gottlieb made a key three-pointer. After Gottlieb's steal and layup with 12:08 left, the Cowboys led 42-31 and maintained at least a nine-point lead the rest of the game.
MARQUETTE 66, LOUISVILLE 64: Jon Harris made a layup with 20.1 seconds left in overtime as the host Golden Eagles defeated their second ranked opponent in four days.
Marquette (10-5, 3-1 Conference USA), which has won five of its last six, beat No. 21 DePaul Wednesday. The No. 25 Cardinals fell to 10-5, 2-2.
Brian Wardle led the Golden Eagles with 17 points. John Cliff, who scored 12 points, made most of his team's big baskets and got a crucial rebound with seven seconds left in overtime. Marquette outrebounded Louisville 49-25 and won despite shooting 30 percent in the second half.
ARIZONA 69, WASHINGTON 62: Loren Woods shook off a tough shooting performance in the first half to score 22 points, grab 11 rebounds and block five shots as the No. 2 Wildcats survived another home-court scare.
Michael Wright had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Arizona (15-2, 4-0 Pac-10). Chris Walcott and Senque Carey scored 16 apiece for the Huskies (1-3, 6-10), who shot 33 percent.
Arizona Coach Lute Olson benched starting freshmen guards Jason Gardner and Gilbert Arenas for the first 8 1/2 minutes for being late to Thursday's practice. Gardner scored 15 and Arenas 10 in reserve roles.
ST. BONAVENTURE 57, TEMPLE 56: J.R. Bremer's three-pointer with 2.8 seconds remaining lifted the Bonnies over the No. 23 Owls at home.
St. Bonaventure (12-2, 4-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) didn't lead in the second half until Bremer made the game-winning basket. Bremer, who missed the first eight games of the season with a broken right foot, was 4 of 5 from three-point range in scoring 14 points. He had five points in the last 30 seconds to cap the Bonnies' comeback.
St. Bonaventure has its best record at this stage since the 1970 team went 13-1 on the way to advancing to the Final Four.
STANFORD 85, OREGON 71: Jarron Collins scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the No. 3 Cardinal used timely three-point shooting in the second half to fend off the Ducks.
David Moseley added 20 points for Stanford (13-1, 3-1 Pac-10), which won its seventh straight against Oregon (11-3, 2-1).
INDIANA 86, MINNESOTA 61: A.J. Guyton scored 19 points and Kirk Haston added 18 as the No. 9 Hoosiers overcame 22 points by Joel Przybilla with two big runs to win at home.
Indiana broke open the game in the second half, making 20 of 29 shots (69 percent). Jeffrey Newton and Michael Lewis had 12 points apiece for the Hoosiers (12-3, 3-1 Big Ten).
VANDERBILT 65, LSU 62: James Strong scored a career-high 22 points as the host Commodores (12-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) beat their third ranked opponent in 10 days. The No. 24 Tigers (13-3, 1-3) lost their third consecutive conference game.
TEXAS 79, OKLAHOMA 66: In Austin, Gabe Muoneke scored 30 points, including 20 in the second half, as the No. 15 Longhorns defeated the No. 16 Sooners.
Muoneke was 12 of 14 and 6 of 9 on free throws for Texas (11-4, 3-0 Big 12), which took advantage of the physical game by going 28 of 34 from the line.
Oklahoma's Eduardo Najera, locked in a scoring battle with Muoneke most of the game, led the Sooners (14-2, 2-1) with 28 points.
KENTUCKY 64, SOUTH CAROLINA 48: Jamaal Magloire scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half and the No. 20 Wildcats recovered from their loss to Auburn with an easy road win.
Kentucky (11-5, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) used a 14-2 run midway through the opening half to grab a 25-14 lead en route to beating the Gamecocks for the sixth straight time. South Carolina fell to 9-7, 1-2.
OHIO STATE 58, NORTHWESTERN 44: Scoonie Penn scored 15 points, Brian Brown had 14 and Ken Johnson added 12 as the No. 17 Buckeyes overcame a sluggish outing to win on the road.
Ohio State (11-3, 3-1 Big Ten) has won seven of its last eight; Northwestern (4-11, 0-3) lost its sixth straight.
KANSAS 97, NEBRASKA 82: Luke Axtell scored 15 points and the No. 8 Jayhawks remained unbeaten at home with the win.
Axtell made three three-pointers and two free throws that kept Kansas (14-2, 3-0 Big 12) in charge with a 66-46 lead with 12:43 remaining. The Cornhuskers fell to 7-9, 0-3.
TENNESSEE 98, MISSISSIPPI 60: Tony Harris scored 21 points, including six three-pointers, as the No. 12 Volunteers (15-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) won at home. The Rebels fell to 12-5, 0-4.