David Bluthenthal scored 18 of his career-high 26 points in the second half, and Southern California surprised No. 2 Arizona, 80-72, last night in a showdown of undefeated Pac-10 teams in Los Angeles.
The Wildcats (16-3, 5-1 Pac-10) had their seven-game winning streak snapped and surrendered first place in the conference to the Trojans (12-5, 5-0). Screaming fans stormed the court at the Sports Arena at the buzzer.
USC won its seventh straight and ninth in its last 10 despite playing without leading scorer Sam Clancy and sixth man Jarvis Turner, who are both out for the season. Clancy fractured his right foot, and Turner fractured his left ankle in an overtime win against Arizona State on Thursday.
OLE MISS 79, AUBURN 77: Lataryl Williams's putback with 38 seconds left in overtime helped the Rebels upset the No. 4 Tigers in Oxford, Miss.
Ole Miss came into the game on a five-game Southeastern Conference losing streak. Auburn (16-2, 4-1) had won 14 straight.
"This is the fourth game in a row that we have been in like this," Tigers Coach Cliff Ellis said. "We had our opportunities as did Ole Miss, and Ole Miss capitalized."
MISSOURI 81, KANSAS 59: Clarence Gilbert hit seven three-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points despite sitting out the final six minutes with a sprained ankle in the victory over the seventh-ranked Jayhawks in Columbia, Mo.
"We tried different people, we tried different defense, we tried everything we have," Kansas Coach Roy Williams said. "Nothing seemed to work."
Kansas (15-3, 4-1 Big 12) has lost the last four times it has brought a top 10 team into Hearns Center. This time, the Jayhawks absorbed their worst loss since 100-74 at Oklahoma Feb. 27, 1990.
PURDUE 83, INDIANA 77: Jaraan Cornell scored 25 points and hit six three-pointers, including one he banked in, to give the Boilermakers the lead in the closing minutes against the No. 11 Hoosiers in West Lafayette, Ind..
The victory lifted Purdue (13-5, 4-1) to a first-place tie in the Big Ten.
Purdue led by 10 points in the first half, but the Hoosiers (14-3, 4-2) stormed back in the second half behind A.J. Guyton, who had 17 of his 27 points after the break. Indiana twice took five-point leads, but a three-pointer by Cornell cut the margin to 63-61 with eight minutes remaining.
TEXAS A&M 64, OKLAHOMA ST. 59: Bernard King scored 17 points, including two clinching free throws with nine seconds left, and the Aggies defeated the No. 12 Cowboys for their first victory over a ranked team in 13 years.
Fans stormed the court, and confetti streamed down onto the court--a new feature after each Aggies home victory.
FLORIDA ST. 76, NORTH CAROLINA 71: Damous Anderson scored a career-high 25 points, and Ron Hale 17, including the go-ahead basket with 1:06 left, and the visiting Seminoles handed the No. 21 Tar Heels their fourth straight loss.
This is the longest losing streak for the Tar Heels (11-8, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) since a four-game skid in February 1992 that included a 110-96 loss at Florida State.
OKLAHOMA 80, IOWA ST. 75: In Norman, Okla., Eduardo Najera scored seven of his 25 points in the second overtime as the No. 17 Sooners ended the Cyclones' 13-game winning streak.
The Sooners (15-3, 3-2 Big 12) were 13 of 27 from three-point range, including two by Tim Heskett in the second overtime when they finally were able to put away Iowa State (16-3, 4-1).
KENTUCKY 81, VANDERBILT 73: Jamaal Magliore had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Coach Tubby Smith got his 200th career victory as the No. 18 Wildcats hung on in overtime against the No. 20 Commodores in Nashville.
Sophomore Desmond Allison added a career-high 23 points for Kentucky (13-5 overall, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) in the SEC East battle, including shooting 6 for 9 on three-pointers.
FLORIDA 77, ALABAMA 73: Mike Miller scored 25 points, and Teddy Dupay hit two free throws with 16 seconds left to help the No. 9 Gators' get their second win in Tuscaloosa, Ala., since 1970.
OHIO ST. 65, ST. JOHN'S 64: Michael Redd scored nine of his 15 points over the final 3:20, and the No. 13 Buckeyes scored the game's final 11 points against the No. 19 Red Storm in New York.
STANFORD 81, CALIFORNIA 70: Mark Madsen scored 19 points, and the No. 3 Cardinal, the nation's top defensive team, held the visiting Bears to 19 percent shooting in the first half.
UTAH 69, WYOMING 61: In Salt Lake City, Alex Jensen had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and the No. 22 Utes survived their worst shooting game of the season.
MICHIGAN ST. 69, NORTHWESTERN 45: Charlie Bell scored 14 points, and Morris Peterson and Andre Hutson each added 11 to lead the No. 10 Spartans at home.
SAINT LOUIS 75, DEPAUL 69: Justin Love scored 10 of his 18 points in overtime, and the visiting Billikens upset the No. 23 Blue Demons.
UCLA 83, ARIZONA ST. 77: Freshman Jason Kapono scored a career-high 24 points, and reserve Matt Barnes added a career-high 17 for the No. 25 Bruins at home.
TULSA 100, HAWAII 78: Brandon Kurtz and Greg Harrington had 18 points apiece to lead the No. 15 Golden Hurricane at home.
TEXAS 72, TEXAS TECH 59: Chris Mihm had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the No. 14 Longhorns on the road.