Salim Stoudamire got embarrassed. Then he got motivated.
Stoudamire, benched Wednesday night for poor play, scored a career-high 32 points yesterday as No. 1 Arizona came storming back from a 20-point deficit and stunned No. 6 Kansas, 91-74, in Lawrence, Kan.
Against Arizona State on Wednesday, the 6-foot-1 Stoudamire scored only three points and played just 20 minutes. Against the Jayhawks, in a game featuring the two highest-rated teams to face each other all season, he shot 12 of 18 and connected on 6 of 9 three-pointers.
"He shot the ball and he played hard," Arizona Coach Lute Olson said. "I benched him on Wednesday and it helped him. I think we got the point across."
Stoudamire had two buckets in a momentum-changing 10-0 run by Arizona (15-1) that started the second half and ignited the comeback.
"I was just playing my game," he said. "I wasn't thinking about anything else. I just tried to move to the open spot and get good shots."
Kansas (13-5), which shot 65 percent in the first half and led 44-24 with 5 minutes 37 seconds left, shot only 29 percent in the second half even though the Wildcats played essentially the same defense.
Coach Roy Williams and his players were at a loss to explain how they could lead by 20 at Allen Fieldhouse and then wind up suffering their most lopsided home loss since 1989.
"In the first half we looked as good as anybody in America," Williams said. "In the second half we looked like a team that couldn't win another game the rest of the season. It's impossible to figure out, let alone explain."
The loss snapped the Jayhawks' 25-game home winning streak and their 13-point halftime lead was the biggest they have blown under Williams.
"Our confidence the first half was great," guard Kirk Hinrich said. "But to have a dropoff like that in a game like this is just so disappointing. We were very positive, confident. But I guess overconfident. We just didn't play."
* DUKE 91, GEORGIA TECH 71: Dahntay Jones scored 21 points and Shelden Williams added a season-high 18 as the No. 3 Blue Devils, at home, avoided their first three-game ACC losing streak in seven years.
Duke (13-2, 4-2), the nation's top-ranked team last week, lost road games to Maryland and North Carolina State in a five-day span before bouncing back against the Yellow Jackets (9-7, 2-3), who lost their 13th straight to the Blue Devils and fell to 0-6 on the road this season.
* PURDUE 69, INDIANA 47: Kenny Lowe scored 19 points, Willie Deane had 18 and Chris Booker 13 as the host Boilermakers dominated from start to finish to rout the No. 14 Hoosiers.
Purdue (12-4, 4-1 Big Ten) snapped a five-game losing streak to Indiana (14-4, 4-2) and improved to 10-0 at home. It was the Boilermakers' first win over a top-25 team since they beat No. 9 Illinois on Jan. 9, 2002. Purdue was 1-12 in its last 13 games against ranked teams.
* CONNECTICUT 74, VILLANOVA 65: Rashad Anderson scored a career-high 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting as the No. 11 Huskies knocked the Wildcats from the unbeatens in the Big East.
Connecticut (12-3, 3-1) remained unbeaten at home after coming off two tough road losses. The Villanova (12-6, 5-1) were on a five-game winning streak, averaging nearly 92 points during that run. They shot just 35 percent yesterday.
* LOUISVILLE 72, TENNESSEE 69: Taquan Dean made a key three-pointer and Kendall Dartez made a jumper in the final minute as the No. 9 Cardinals won on the road.
Reece Gaines scored 22 points, Marvin Stone added 13 points and 13 rebounds and Erik Brown had 11 points for Louisville (14-1), which has won 13 in a row to tie Oklahoma State for the longest winning streak in the country.
* NOTRE DAME 101, BOSTON COLLEGE 96: Chris Thomas scored 25 of his 28 points after halftime and had seven assists and a season-high eight rebounds to lead the No. 16 Fighting Irish in overtime on the road.
Thomas scored 18 points in the second half, but he was quiet in overtime before making two free throws, then stealing the ball from Troy Bell and making a breakaway layup to give Notre Dame (16-3, 4-1 Big East) 92-85 lead with 1:42 to play.
* KENTUCKY 63, ALABAMA 46: Gerald Fitch scored 16 points and the No. 8 Wildcats ended the No. 15 Crimson Tide's school-record 28-game home winning streak.
The Wildcats (15-3, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) shut down Alabama for their ninth consecutive win. It's Kentucky's longest winning streak since winning the final 13 games and the national title in 1998 and the first four games of the following season.
Alabama is 12-5, 2-4.
* GEORGIA 85, AUBURN 79: With Jarvis Hayes hindered by an injury, the No. 19 Bulldogs turned to some of their lesser-known players to beat the No. 24 Eagles in Athens, Ga.
Steve Thomas had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Chris Daniels and Damien Wilkins each scored 12 points.
Georgia (12-4, 4-1 SEC) handed the Western Division-leading Tigers (15-4, 4-2) their second straight league loss. Auburn lost at Kentucky on Wednesday.
* TEXAS 76, MISSOURI 55: Brandon Mouton scored 20 points and T.J. Ford sparked a key second-half run as the No. 4 Longhorns pulled away to beat the No. 21 Tigers in Austin.
Ford scored six straight points in a burst that broke open a tight game, and he finished with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Texas (13-2, 4-0 Big 12) recorded its eighth straight win to remain unbeaten at home.
Ricky Clemons scored 16 points to lead Missouri (11-4, 2-2), which has lost three of four.
* OKLAHOMA 67, BAYLOR 54: In Waco, Tex., Kevin Bookout scored a season-high 18 points and had nine rebounds and Hollis Price came up big when things got close as the No. 7 Sooners won their 17th straight in the series.
After Baylor got to 38-36 early in the second half, Price keyed two straight baskets for Oklahoma (13-3, 4-1 Big 12) and the Bears never got closer.
* ILLINOIS 75, PENN STATE 63: James Augustine had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the No. 18 Illini on the road. The Illini (14-3, 4-2 Big Ten) had lost their last two conference road games. The loss dropped Penn State (5-11) to 0-5 in Big Ten play, its worst start since joining the conference in 1992.
* MARQUETTE 72, DEPAUL 51: Dwyane Wade scored 21 points and had a career-high seven steals, and Todd Townsend made four three-pointers in the opening nine minutes as the No. 20 Golden Eagles (13-3, 5-1 Conference USA) won in Milwaukee.
* MISSISSIPPI ST. 67, LSU 64: Michael Ignerski scored 15 points, including Mississippi State's final two baskets, as the No. 22 Bulldogs (12-4, 2-3 SEC) went the final 5:42 without a field goal and withstood a frantic last-minute rally by the visiting Tigers (12-5, 1-4).
* OREGON 76, WASHINGTON ST. 66: Luke Ridnour scored 28 points, and the No. 23 Ducks (14-4, 4-3 Pacific-10) overcame a first-half deficit to win at home.
* CALIFORNIA 80, UCLA 69: Joe Shipp had 23 points to lead the No. 25 Bears (14-2, 7-0 Pacific-10) over the visiting Bruins, who lost their sixth consecutive game for the first time in 55 years. Cal has won eight straight.