One dazzling streak ended and another endured.
Top-ranked Illinois beat No. 18 Wisconsin, 75-65, last night, extending the nation's longest winning streak to 20 games and ending the nation's longest home-court winning streak at 38.
Led by Luther Head's 18 points and reserve Jack Ingram's clutch play down the stretch, Illinois became the first team to beat the Badgers at the Kohl Center since Wake Forest on Dec. 4, 2002.
They did it by scoring 14 of the game's final 15 points after overcoming an 8-point deficit midway through the second half.
Illinois coach Bruce Weber, who had peddled his team as the underdog despite eight straight weeks atop the poll, said the biggest thing about the
"I told the kids if we win this one, we're going to be one up on everyone because I don't know if anyone's capable of coming in here and winning besides us after the Michigan State loss, so it gives us one up for the Big Ten championship," Weber said.
The Badgers (13-4, 4-2) led 56-48 with 10 1/2 minutes left and were still up by 3 with 4 1/2 minutes remaining and the arena at its earsplitting best. Alando Tucker, who led Wisconsin with 16 points, drove to the basket to give the Badgers a 64-61 with 4:31 left, but dreams of Wisconsin's first win over a top-ranked opponent since beating Ohio State in 1962 soon faded.
James Augustine, who was limited by foul trouble to 4 minutes in the first half, made two free throws with 4:11 left and Ingram did the same at 3:39, putting the Illini ahead for good, 65-64.
Augustine, who scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, added consecutive dunks to make it 69-64, the first one coming off a steal by Ingram. The only break in Illinois' run came when Kammron Taylor made one free throw with 1:07 left to make it 71-65. Sharif Chambliss added 14 points for Wisconsin and Mike Wilkinson scored 13.
The Badgers were just 5 of 12 from the free throw line and Illinois was 17 of 20.
UConn 68, West Virginia 58 -- Rashad Anderson, a non-starter for the first time this season, scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the No. 19 Huskies over the slumping Mountaineers in Morgantown, W.Va.
UConn dominated the inside game, holding a 47-27 advantage against the Big East's worst rebounding team, and watched West Virginia miss long shot after shot.
But the Huskies were sloppy on offense and shot just 39 percent from the floor in the second half to enable the Mountaineers to stay close until late.
Charlie Villanueva added 16 points and Marcus Williams scored 12 for UConn (12-4, 4-2 Big East).
Tyrone Sally scored 16 points and Patrick Beilein had 10 for West Virginia (11-6, 1-5).
West Virginia trailed the entire game, trimming an 11-point deficit to 33-28 early in the second half after a 3-point play by Sally.
Anderson, benched by UConn coach Jim Calhoun despite scoring a team-high 19 points in a loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday, had 4 points during an 8-0 run that put the Huskies ahead, 43-30, midway through the second half.
West Virginia stayed with the long ball despite making just 8 of 33 3-pointers and shooting 29 percent from the floor. Kevin Pittsnogle hit a pair of 3s a minute apart to pull the Mountaineers within 45-39 with 8:19 remaining.
Kansas 86, Baylor 66 -- While no longer undefeated, the No. 6 Jayhawks are still perfect in the Big 12 after Wayne Simien scored 18 points and Kansas made a school-record 16 3-pointers against the Bears in Waco, Texas.
Simien got the Jayhawks (15-1, 5-0) off to a fast start with 7 points -- including the first two baskets -- in a 15-2 run to open the game.
While Simien didn't attempt a 3-pointer, the four other Kansas players who scored in double figures made at least three 3-pointers each.
Jeff Hawkins was 5 for 5 on threes and had 15 points. Keith Langford added 17, J.R. Giddens 14, and Aaron Miles 11.
Kansas was coming off a surprising 83-62 loss at Villanova on Saturday that knocked the Jayhawks from the ranks of the undefeated.
The misery of their trip got extended when they got stuck in Philadelphia an extra day because of the weekend blizzard that hit the Northeast.
Kentucky 84, Tennessee 62 -- Patrick Sparks scored 19 points and Kelenna Azubuike added 17 to lead the No. 7 Wildcats to a Southeastern Conference win at Knoxville, Tenn.
The Wildcats (15-2, 6-0 SEC) took control with aggressive rebounding on both ends to remain the only undefeated team in league play.
The Volunteers (10-9, 3-3) went ahead twice in the first half, when Kentucky lost top rebounder and No. 2 scorer Chuck Hayes, who was hit in the nose. Kentucky officials said at halftime his nose was broken.
But it didn't stop the Wildcats from putting together a decisive 19-5 run before halftime.
After Chris Lofton hit a three to put the Vols up, 21-20, with 9:21 remaining before halftime, Kentucky hit three straight 3-pointers to start the run.
When Azubuike dunked seven minutes later, the Wildcats went ahead, 39-26.
Tennessee missed starting center Brandon Crump, who sprained his left ankle Saturday in an 85-62 loss at Louisville.
Texas 80, Texas Tech 73 -- Daniel Gibson scored 20 points, hitting all six of his 3-pointers, to lead the No. 16 Longhorns at Austin, Texas.
The Longhorns (15-4, 4-2 Big 12) went 14-of 21 from 3-point range and made four in a row during one key stretch midway through the second half.
It was the eighth game this season Texas has hit at least 10 3s.
Kenton Paulino added 16 points and Brad Buckman had 14 rebounds for Texas.
Ronald Ross scored 29 points and Devonne Giles added 18 for Texas Tech (11-5, 3-2), which came in as the Big 12's top-scoring team but shot just 37 percent against Texas' new zone defense.
Gibson and Paulino hit four 3-pointers in a 2-minute span of the second half, in which the Longhorns built the biggest lead of the game, 65-49.
Bentley 95, Merrimack 86 -- Sean Cooke led a trio of 20-point scorers with a career-high 29 points as the Falcons (19-2, 13-0 Northeast 10), ranked third in the nation in Division 2, toppled the Warriors (10-9, 6-8) at North Andover.
Tim Forbes had 25 points and eight assists and Greg Lacasse added 20 points and nine rebounds for Bentley, which extended its winning streak to 16.
St. Anselm 82, UMass-Lowell 79 -- Jim Moore, who collected his 1,000th collegiate point, and Chris Conroy scored 20 points apiece as the Hawks (15-4, 10-4) upended the River Hawks (13-7, 9-6) in a Northeast-10 game in Lowell.
Bryant 88, Pace 60 -- John Williams had 19 points and seven assists as the host Bulldogs (11-6, 7-6 NE-10) won their fourth straight.
Amherst 87, Salve Regina 56 -- Andrew Schiel connected on 10 of 12 shots and scored 27 points as the host Lord Jeffs (14-1) rolled over the Seahawks (9-7).
Salem State 85, Mass. College 61 -- Allen Reid was 4 of 7 from behind the arc and collected 17 points as the Vikings (13-3, 3-1 MASCAC) won in North Adams.
WPI 76, Clark 50 -- Guard Ryan Cain had 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists as the host Engineers (15-1, 6-0) rolled to a NEWMAC victory.
Emmanuel 89, Suffolk 59 -- Bobby Brown scored 30 points, including the 1,000th of his collegiate career, as the Saints (8-6, 6-2 GNAC) marched to victory at home.
Colby-Sawyer 58, Wentworth 44 -- Andrew St. Clair's 23 points powered the White Mules (13-3, 8-0 CCC) past the host Leopards (6-10, 4-4).
Babson 99, Mount Ida 67 -- Dan Elliman scored 18 points as five Beavers scored in double figures at Wellesley.
Western N.E. 67, Westfield St. 47 -- Jim Bayne had 15 points and 12 rebounds as the host Golden Bears (10-6) won their third straight.
UMass-Dartmouth 96, UMass-Boston 79 -- William Cardoza was 4 of 5 from 3-point range and had 17 points as the host Corsairs (8-8, 3-4 Little East) stopped the Beacons (5-12, 2-5).
Kansas St. 74, Iowa St. 52 -- Kendra Wecker scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the No. 16 Wildcats past the No. 18 Cyclones at Manhattan, Kan.
Claire Coggins and Laurie Koehn each added 13 points for the Wildcats (15-3, 6-1 Big 12), who were coming off a 55-53 victory over then-No. 10 Texas Tech on Saturday. Kansas State moved into first place in the Big 12.
Katie Robinette had 23 points and eight rebounds to lead the Cyclones (15-2, 5-1), who had their 12-game winning streak stopped.
Anne O'Neil, Iowa State's leading scorer, was held to 9 points.
Bentley 62, Merrimack 61 -- Shevon Gibbons stole a pass and drove the length of the court for the winning layup with six seconds remaining as the Falcons (17-4, 11-2 NE-10) edged the host Warriors (16-3, 11-3).
UMass-Lowell 62, St. Anselm 58 -- An 18-point outing by Enjoli Edwards sparked the River Hawks (12-8, 9-6) to a Northeast-10 victory over the visiting Hawks (5-13, 4-10).
UMass-Dartmouth 74, UMass-Boston 64 -- Kerri Augenstein had 20 points and 10 rebounds as the host Corsairs (9-8, 2-6 Little East) held off the Beacons (4-12, 1-6).
Bryant 66, Pace 61 -- With 13 points and 10 rebounds from Lindsay Hermann, the host Bulldogs (13-5, 8-5 NE-10) held off the Setters (12-7, 9-5).
Fitchburg St. 69, Framingham St. 36 -- Katie Redican scored 19 points and the host Falcons (13-2, 3-1 MASCAC) ran off to a 38-19 lead at the half and cruised past the Rams (1-14, 0-5).
Western N.E. 53, Norwich 48 -- Megan Ferguson scored 12 points and the Golden Bears (9-4, GNAC 3-0) received 18 points from their bench to top the visiting Cadets (14-3, 3-2).
Eastern Conn. 78, Keene St. 64 -- Forward Sandy Mosley had 20 points and six assists to power the host Warriors (11-6, 5-2 Little East).
Wellesley 55, WPI 51 -- Erin Johnson and Laura Weslander had 14 points apiece for The Blue (9-5, 4-2 NEWMAC) in Worcester.
Springfield 91, Clark 69 -- Tara McCarthy scored 26 points to lift the Pride (12-4, 5-1 NEWMAC) past the visiting Cougars (7-9, 1-5).
Providence 4, UConn 3 -- David Carpentier had a goal and an assist as the Friars (7-14-3) took a 4-1 lead midway through the second period, then held off a rally by the Huskies (6-17-2) in Providence.
Princeton 4, Bentley 2 -- Sebastian Borza's goal at 16:32 of the second period snapped a 1-1 tie and B.J. Sklapsky's 26 saves propelled the Tigers (6-12-1) past the visiting Falcons (5-12-4) in the first meeting between the schools.