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Badgers Extend Home Winning Streak to 36

December 30, 2004|From Associated Press

Wisconsin's Alando Tucker missed last season's game against Alabama because of a foot injury.

He made up for it Wednesday night at Madison, Wis.

Tucker had 21 points and seven rebounds for the Badgers as they stifled No. 18 Alabama's high-powered offense in a 76-62 victory that extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 36 games.

The game was the Big Ten Conference's best defense -- Wisconsin giving up only 56 points a game -- against the Southeastern Conference's best offense -- Alabama averaging better than 86 points.

The Crimson Tide (10-2) couldn't recover from a first half in which the Badgers (9-2) took a 33-23 lead.

The Badgers haven't lost at Kohl Center since Dec. 4, 2002, when Wake Forest beat them, 90-80.

Last year, Alabama defeated Wisconsin, 71-56.


No. 8 Kentucky 82, Campbell 50 -- Tubby Smith won his 200th game as Wildcat coach in a rout of the Fighting Camels (2-7) at Lexington, Ky.

Freshman center Randolph Morris led Kentucky with a career-high 25 points as the Wildcats (9-1) won their fifth in a row.


No. 10 Pittsburgh 72, South Carolina 68 -- Chevon Troutman's 20 points included the go-ahead basket with 2:37 remaining as the Panthers (10-0) struggled to defeat the Gamecocks (7-3) at Pittsburgh.

The Panthers have won 48 in a row at home against non-Big East Conference opponents dating to a 64-60 loss to Virginia Commonwealth on Dec. 23, 1999.


No. 15 Texas 100, Texas San Antonio 82 -- P.J. Tucker scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half and grabbed 12 rebounds at Austin, Texas, to lead the Longhorns to a comeback victory.

Texas (9-2) fell behind, 70-66, midway through the second half before it went on an 11-1 run. Justin Harbert led Texas San Antonio (4-5) with 25 points.


West Virginia 71, No. 20 George Washington 65 -- Mike Gansey scored 19 points and D'or Fischer added 14 at Morgantown, W.Va., as the Mountaineers improved to 9-0 for the first time in 44 seasons. George Washington (8-2) had its eight-game winning streak stopped.


No. 23 Michigan State 92, North Carolina Asheville 63 -- Paul Davis and Kelvin Torbert led a balanced offense with 15 points each at East Lansing, Mich., as the Spartans defeated the Bulldogs (3-7).



Ike Diogu had 21 points at Tempe, Ariz., to lead Arizona State (11-1) past Valparaiso, 89-65. The Sun Devils (11-1) have won nine in a row for the first time since the 1980-81 season. The Crusaders are 3-7.... Romel Beck scored 15 points at Las Vegas to lead Nevada Las Vegas (6-4) to a 74-54 victory over Texas Pan American (7-4).... Alex Gamboa scored 14 points to lift Yale (3-7) to a 90-84 victory over Santa Clara (7-7) at Santa Clara.... Daniel Kickert scored 16 points at Moraga, Calif., as Saint Mary's (11-4) rolled to a 75-62 victory over Murray State (5-4).

Travis Diener scored 16 points at Milwaukee as Marquette improved to 11-1 for the first time in 26 seasons with a 65-55 victory over Coppin State (2-9).... Courtney Sims scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half at Ann Arbor, Mich., to help Michigan (7-5) pull away for a 66-48 victory over Delaware State (3-9)....Vincent Grier scored 25 points at Minneapolis as Minnesota (8-3) rolled to a 94-59 victory over North Carolina Greensboro (8-4).... Anthony Roberson scored 22 points at Gainesville, Fla., as Florida (8-2) rolled to an 83-51 victory over Sam Houston State (5-6).

Troy DeVries scored 27 points to help New Mexico (12-2) cruise to an 88-66 victory over Troy State (2-9) at Albuquerque.... Dawid Przybyszewski had 19 points at Nashville as Vanderbilt (8-4) rolled to a 90-74 victory over Dayton (6-4).

Jarrius Jackson had 18 points as Texas Tech (6-3) romped to a 98-56 victory over Georgia State (3-7) at Lubbock, Texas.... Sharrod Ford and Shawan Robinson each scored 14 points as Clemson (9-3) routed East Carolina, 74-40, at Clemson, S.C. The Pirates are 4-7.

Tommie Eddie's three-point basket with 2.8 seconds remaining lifted Mississippi (8-4) to a 63-62 victory over Virginia Commonwealth (4-5) at Richmond, Va.... Spencer Nelson scored 20 points at Logan, Utah, as Utah State (8-3) scored an 82-60 victory over South Carolina State (7-4).

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