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College Basketball Roundup : Kansas State Pulls Off Another Surprise, 79-68

February 04, 1988|From Times Wire Services

All the speculators had Oklahoma and Kansas fighting it out in the Big Eight this season with Missouri and Iowa State. As the halfway point approaches, the leader is--Kansas State?

Fred McCoy scored 10 of his 25 points in overtime Wednesday night and the surprising Wildcats upset No. 16 Iowa State, 79-68, at Manhattan, Kan.

"Fred played the way we need him to play," Kansas State Coach Lon Kruger said. "He got some big baskets, a lot of follow shots and tip-ins."

The Wildcats (13-4 overall, 5-0 in the Big Eight) broke a 66-66 tie in overtime with 9 straight points, 6 by McCoy.

McCoy said the Wildcats weren't down after Iowa State guard Terry Woods tied the game, 62-62, with a driving layup as time expired in regulation.

"The team had its confidence up," McCoy said. "We didn't have any doubt we could do it in overtime."

Iowa State (15-6, 2-4) lost its fourth straight game.

Mitch Richmond added 24 points for Kansas State. Lafester Rhodes scored 18 points for the Cyclones.

Oklahoma 73, Kansas 65--Ricky Grace scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, and Stacy King also scored 19 points to lead the seventh-ranked Sooners past the Jayhawks in a Big Eight game at Lawrence, Kan.

Kansas (12-8, 1-4) lost its second straight game at home after winning 55 straight and has lost 4 in a row for the first time in Coach Larry Brown's five seasons at Kansas.

The Jayhawks had a 31-29 lead at halftime, but the Sooners (19-2, 5-1) went on a 21-10 surge in the first 10 minutes of the second half to take a 50-41 lead. Grace scored eight points during the span.

Oklahoma built the lead to 12 points, but the Jayhawks ran off an 8-0 burst to cut it to 55-51 with 5:52 to play, but never came closer.

Danny Manning scored 28 points for Kansas.

Michigan 120, Iowa 103--Glen Rice scored 35 points and Gary Grant added 29 as the No. 11-ranked Wolverines overwhelmed the No. 13 Hawkeyes with a 61-point first half at Ann Arbor, Mich.

Grant, hitting four three-point shots, scored 18 points, Rice added 14 and Terry Mills scored 12 as the Wolverines (18-3, 7-1) rolled to a 61-26 halftime lead. Grant hit three three-pointers and two layups while Mills scored eight points to push Michigan to a 23-5 lead with 13:36 remaining in the half.

Iowa (15-6, 6-3) never recovered.

Mills and Rumeal Robinson finished with 18 points each for Michigan. Ed Horton had 22 points for Iowa.

Purdue 86, Wisconsin 62--Todd Mitchell scored 14 of his 17 points and Troy Lewis all of his 16 in the first half as the No. 6 Boilermakers trounced the Badgers in a Big Ten game at West Lafayette, Ind.

Wisconsin (9-9, 3-5) had a 26-23 lead with 9:48 left in the first half, but Purdue (18-2, 7-1) took command with a 19-2 spurt and remained tied with Michigan for the Big Ten lead.

Danny Jones scored with 23 points for Wisconsin.

Duke 78, Georgia Tech 65--Danny Ferry scored 22 points, and the fourth-ranked Blue Devils overcame a first-half offensive lapse to beat the Yellow Jackets in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at Durham, N.C.

The Blue Devils (15-2, 2-1) built a 28-9 lead with 10:33 left in the first half, but made only 4 of their next 11 shots and allowed Tech (14-6, 2-4) to get within 38-30 at halftime.

Georgia Tech had two 6-0 runs to pull to 48-44 with 15:01 remaining, but Duke regained control with an 8-2 surge and rebuilt the lead to 68-54.

Kentucky 94, Mississippi 65--Rex Chapman scored 5 points in a 15-0 run midway through the second half, and the 10th-ranked Wildcats overpowered the Rebels in a Southeastern Conference game at Lexington, Ky.

Chapman ignited the second-half outburst with a three-pointer that gave Kentucky (15-3, 7-3) a 57-43 lead with 12:15 to play. The spurt ended on a goal-tending call that gave Winston Bennett a basket for a 69-43 advantage with 9:31 left.

Rod Barnes scored 17 points and Tim Jumper added 16 for Ole Miss (8-10, 2-7).

Pittsburgh 88, St. John's 71--Demetreus Gore scored 19 points and Charles Smith had 18 as the No. 9-ranked Panthers pulled away to defeat the No. 20 Redmen in a Big East game at New York.

Pitt (16-2, 6-1) beat St. John's (14-4, 5-3) for the first time in six tries at Alumni Hall, snapping the Redmen's six-game winning streak. St. John's lost at home for only the third time in 42 games.

Vanderbilt 82, Mississippi St. 66--Will Perdue scored 23 points and the No. 15 Commodores broke away with a 19-7 run in the last 5:30 to beat the Bulldogs in a Southeastern Conference game at Nashville, Tenn.

The victory was the seventh in a row for Vanderbilt (14-4, 7-3).

Mississippi State (11-8, 3-6) cut Vanderbilt's lead to 57-52 on a three-point play by Carl Nichols with 8:32 remaining and trailed 63-56 with 5:40 left before the Commodores ran away.

Florida 74, Alabama 64--Vernon Maxwell made 10 straight free throws in the closing minutes and Dwayne Schintzius had 18 points as the 19th-ranked Gators maintained their SEC lead by downing the Crimson Tide at Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The Gators (16-5, 7-2) made 14 of 15 free throws in the final 2:43.

Alabama (10-11, 2-7) took a 48-46 lead on consecutive three-pointers by Alvin Lee, but Florida regained the lead and built it to 60-52 with 3:15 left on a three-pointer by Pat Lawrence a basket by Chris Capers with 3:15 left.

Maxwell scored 16 points for Florida, and Michael Ansley had 16 for Alabama.

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