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Extra effort rescues Maryland

Gilchrist lifts Terps in second overtime

John Gilchrist had 22 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:12 left in the second overtime, to lift No. 22 Maryland to a 92-89 victory over Virginia yesterday in Charlottesville, Va.

Virginia had a chance to tie it with 18 seconds to go in the second overtime, but Elton Brown missed two free throws, capping his 3-for-13 showing from the line.

The Terrapins (16-8, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), trying to rebound from a 19-point loss at North Carolina State during the week, twice saw the game extended when Virginia made 3-pointers on its final possession.

Gary Forbes hit the first one with four seconds left in regulation, and freshman Sean Singletary hit one with 21 seconds left in the first overtime.

The Cavaliers (13-11, 4-9) missed 15 of 27 free throws.

"As hard as we played, as courageous as we played, you've got to make free throws to win," Virginia coach Pete Gillen said. "If that's all you shoot, all the good things unfortunately are hurt by that stat."

Maryland scored the first 4 points in the second overtime, but Singletary scored on a drive and a 12-footer, Forbes hit a free throw, and Brown scored down low, giving the Cavaliers an 89-87 lead.

After Nik Caner-Medley made one free throw with 2:21 left, a play that also drew Singletary's fifth foul, the Terrapins rebounded their own miss and found Gilchrist for the winner. The victory was as big for the Terrapins's NCAA Tournament hopes as it was damaging to the Cavaliers'. It also gave the Terps their third sweep of Virginia in four years.

Illinois 75, Iowa 65 -- Deron Williams and Dee Brown each scored 18 points and the top-ranked Illini turned back repeated threats from the host Hawkeyes to remain unbeaten. Illinois (27-0, 13-0 Big Ten) survived foul problems, a determined opponent, and a subpar game by leading scorer Luther Head to keep several streaks intact. The Illini are off to their best start ever, have won 23 straight conference games, and now have 14 consecutive road victories. A gritty effort wasn't enough for Iowa (16-9, 4-8), which fell to 1-4 since leading scorer Pierre Pierce was kicked off the team.

Kentucky 94, Miss. St. 78 -- Freshman center Randolph Morris scored 17 points to lead seven players in double figures, and the third-ranked Wildcats routed the visiting Bulldogs. Kentucky (20-3, 11-1 Southeastern Conference) posted its highest point total of the season in a victory that extended its streak of 20-win seasons to 15 -- 50th overall with at least 20 wins.

Kelenna Azubuike scored 15 points and Patrick Sparks added 14 points and made four 3-pointers for Kentucky, which has won 19 straight games following a loss.

North Carolina 88, Clemson 56 -- Jawad Williams scored 17 points, sixth man Marvin Williams added 14, and the No. 4 Tar Heels dropped the Tigers to 0-51 on the road in this series. Clemson's futility in Chapel Hill is the longest active losing streak in the country; Penn once won 52 straight home games over Brown for the all-time record.

Sean May finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds for UNC (22-3, 10-2), which moved into a first-place tie with Wake Forest in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Oklahoma St. 85, Texas Tech 56 -- John Lucas scored 25 points and JamesOn Curry had 10 of his 15 in the second half as the No. 8 Cowboys beat the Red Raiders to move into a tie for first place in the Big 12 Conference. The win lifted Oklahoma State (20-3, 10-2) into a tie with No. 2-ranked Kansas atop the league standings.

Michigan St. 68, Purdue 57 -- Alan Anderson and Maurice Ager each scored 12 points to lead the 11th-ranked Spartans past the host Boilermakers on the day Purdue honored retiring coach Gene Keady. Michigan State (19-4, 10-2 Big Ten) has won five straight and nine of 10 with the only loss in that stretch coming to No. 1 Illinois. It limited Purdue to 36.8 percent shooting.

Gonzaga 75, San Francisco 73 -- Adam Morrison scored a career-high 28 points and his jumper with less than a second remaining helped the No. 13 Bulldogs (21-4, 11-2 West Coast) avenge an earlier loss to the Dons (14-11, 5-7).

Utah 65, Air Force 56 -- Andrew Bogut scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the No. 14 Utes past the Falcons for their 18th straight victory. The Utes (23-3, 11-0 Mountain West) snapped Air Force's 24-game home winning streak and clinched the conference title.

Washington 68, Washington St. 55 -- Tre Simmons scored 16 points to lead the 15th-ranked Huskies (21-4, 11-3 Pac-10) past the Cougars (10-13, 5-9) in Pullman, Wash.

Alabama 87, South Carolina 68 -- In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Kennedy Winston and Earnest Shelton combined to hit seven 3-pointers in the second half and the No. 16 Crimson Tide (21-4, 10-2 SEC) routed the Gamecocks.

Connecticut 85, Rutgers 63 -- In Piscataway, N.J., Charlie Villanueva and Josh Boone each scored 21 points and the No. 18 Huskies used an early 26-5 run to embarrass the Scarlet Knights. Denham Brown added 18 points and Connecticut (17-6, 9-3 Big East) hit eight 3-pointers and made a couple of highlight film dunks in handing Rutgers (8-15, 2-11) its third straight loss.

Oklahoma 69, Kansas St. 68 -- Drew Lavender's basket at the buzzer capped his season-high 29 points and gave the No. 21 Sooners (19-6, 8-4 Big 12) a comeback victory over the host Wildcats.

Charlotte 86, Tulane 67 -- In New Orleans, Eddie Basden scored a season-high 27 points and had 14 rebounds, leading the No. 23 49ers (19-4, 10-2) past the Green Wave (9-14, 3-9) and into a tie for first place with Louisville in Conference USA.

Cincinnati 72, UAB 69 -- Jason Maxiell had 22 points and 11 rebounds and the No. 24 Bearcats (20-6, 8-4 Conference USA) held on to edge the visiting Blazers.

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