Reserve Tony Bobbitt jump-started Cincinnati's offense yesterday by making five consecutive shots, and the host Bearcats shot a school-record 58 free throws as they beat No. 4 Louisville, 101-80.
Leonard Stokes had 31 points and Bobbitt finished with 25 as Cincinnati (15-8, 7-5 Conference USA) won for only the second time in seven games -- its worst slump during Coach Bob Huggins's 14 seasons.
Since winning 17 straight, Louisville (19-4, 9-3) has lost three of four. The Cardinals lost their poise as well yesterday, drawing four technical fouls.
Coach Rick Pitino got two in rapid-fire succession and was ejected with 11 minutes 2 seconds left in the game and Cincinnati ahead by 31. Cincinnati was 42 of 58 from the free throw line -- both school records -- and Louisville went 15 of 35.
"I'm glad we got our fannies drilled," Louisville Coach Rick Pitino said. "Now we can come back Thursday and see what we're made of."
* OKLAHOMA ST. 82, TEXAS 77: Victor Williams scored 20 points, including four free throws in the closing seconds, and the No. 16 Cowboys held on to beat the No. 3 Longhorns at home.
The Cowboys (20-5, 9-3 Big 12) ended a two-game losing streak.
James Thomas had 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Longhorns (18-5, 9-3), who nearly erased a 15-point first-half deficit but came up just short.
"That's probably as well as we've played all season," Oklahoma State Coach Eddie Sutton said.
* OHIO ST. 52, PURDUE 44: Ohio State made just five free throws in the game -- all by Brent Darby over the final 44 seconds -- and the host Buckeyes beat the No. 24 Boilermakers (16-8, 8-5 Big Ten).
Coach Jim O'Brien won the 350th game of his career at Ohio State (13-11, 6-7).
Boilermakers Coach Gene Keady scoffed at the suggestion his players might be down.
"Why would they be down?" Keady said. "Send them off to Afghanistan and they'll get fired up real quick. They're the luckiest men in the world to have a scholarship to a Big Ten school.
"They should be up every second. We've got soldiers who are getting ready to go to war. It's ridiculous that they be down. What are they down about?"
* CONNECTICUT 77, ST. JOHN'S 69: Jim Calhoun's return to the Connecticut bench 16 days after prostate cancer surgery was successful and dramatic.
Ben Gordon scored 18 points and Emeka Okafor dominated inside with 12 rebounds and nine blocks as the host Huskies held on for a victory.
The 60-year-old head coach was expected to take three to four weeks off but felt strong enough to come back early and he received a huge ovation from the sellout crowd at Gampel Pavilion as he walked to the court before the game.
* FLORIDA 77, VANDERBILT 74: Matt Walsh scored 19 points, including the last four of overtime, to lift the No. 7 Gators in Nashville. Florida (22-4, 10-2 Southeastern Conference) also got 18 points from Anthony Roberson, whose driving one-hander with 4.7 seconds left in regulation sent it to overtime.
* CREIGHTON 67, FRESNO ST. 66: Kyle Korver made seven three-pointers and scored 27 points and the No. 17 Bluejays escaped with a home victory.
Creighton improved to 24-3.
"We were really soft to start the second half," Creighton Coach Dana Altman said. "My speech at half must have put them to sleep."
* DUKE 79, N.C. STATE 68: Dahntay Jones scored 19 points and Daniel Ewing added 18 as the No. 8 Blue Devils rolled at home.
The Blue Devils (19-4, 9-4 ACC) won their 27th straight game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The win allowed Duke to remain tied for second in the league with No. 13 Maryland.
N.C. State (14-9, 7-5) is third in the conference.
* GEORGIA 79, SOUTH CAROLINA 66: Ezra Williams scored eight of his 16 points during a game-turning run at the end of the first half and the No. 22 Bulldogs beat the visiting Gamecocks.
Georgia (16-7, 8-4 SEC), which improved to 11-0 at home.
"They're a top-25 team by anybody's standards," South Carolina Coach Dave Odom said of the Bulldogs. "I think they're probably a top-10 team in this building."
* ILLINOIS 73, NORTHWESTERN 61: Roger Powell scored a career-high 20 points and Brian Cook had 13 of his 17 in the second half as the No. 20 Illini won on the road.
Illinois (18-5, 8-4 Big Ten) defeated Northwestern for the seventh consecutive time. The Wildcats are 10-14, 2-11.
* XAVIER 73, DAYTON 72: Lionel Chalmers scored on an offensive rebound with 24 seconds left to give the No. 14 Musketeers the win over the No. 25 Flyers.
Xavier is 20-4, 11-1 Atlantic 10. Dayton is 19-5, 11-2.
* PITTSBURGH 86, RUTGERS 65: The No. 9 Panthers, the Big East's top defensive team, held the visiting Scarlet Knights, the conference's worst offensive team, to 14 points in the first half.
Pitt (19-4, 9-3) moved into a three-way tie with Notre Dame and Syracuse for the Big East West Division lead by winning its 20th consecutive home game.
* ARIZONA 92, ARIZONA ST. 72: Luke Walton scored a season-high 23 points and the No. 1 Wildcats used a 24-5 run late in the first half to win in Tempe.
Channing Frye also scored 23, 17 in the first half for the Wildcats (21-2, 13-1 Pacific-10). The 6-foot-10 sophomore from nearby Phoenix also grabbed 10 rebounds.
* CALIFORNIA 84, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 82: Joe Shipp scored 29 points to lead the No. 18 Golden Bears in Los Angeles.
Brian Wethers added 22 points and Amit Tamir had 20 for Cal (19-5, 12-3 Pac-10).
* MARQUETTE 79, TCU 68: Dwyane Wade had 22 points and 14 rebounds, including a putback basket to start the game-deciding run, and the No. 11 Golden Eagles (20-4, 11-2 Conference USA) won in Fort Worth.
Junior Blount had 25 points and Corey Santee added 18 for the Horned Frogs (8-17, 2-11).
* STANFORD 93, UCLA 84: Julius Barnes scored 27 points and the No. 21 Cardinal (21-6, 12-3 Pac-10) got its sixth consecutive victory at Pauley Pavilion, the most by any opponent.
The Bruins (6-17, 3-11) have lost 12 of their last 15.