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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - January 11, 1999 -98

Cincinnati hangs on for win
Arizona defeats Washington with shot at buzzer

The Associated Press
No.3 CINCINNATI 54, SOUTHERN Miss. 52
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Pete Mickeal made three free
throws in the final two minutes - the only Cincinnati points
in that span - as the No. 3 Bearcats beat Southern
Mississippi 54-52 Saturday.
Mickeal's personal winning streak reached 87 games as the
Bearcats (4-0 Conference USA, 15-0 overall) remained one
of only three unbeaten Division I teams along with Auburn
and Connecticut.
Southern Miss (2-2, 10-6) used a 14-2 run to go ahead 51-
50 when Neil Reed made a short jumper that went in despite
a goaltending call with 2:54 left.
The go-ahead basket came after Earl Flowers' third steal in
less than a minute. Reeds 3-pointer started an 8-0 run, then
Flowers had a steal that led to a layup. Flowers then had
another steal in the backcourt, a turnover that the Eagles
transformed into a free throw by Carlos Booker that made it
50-49 with 3:26 left.
Cincinnati led 50-43 after Aaron McGhee's jumper with
5:03 left. But the Bearcats, who shot 54 percent in the first
half to build a 14-point lead, didn't make another field goal
after that.
But Southern Miss managed only one more free throw by
Reed after his go-ahead shot.
No. 5 MARYLAND 94, NoRTH CAROLINA STATE 48
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Steve Francis and No. 5
Maryland bounced back from two straight lackluster perfor-
mances in a big way yesterday.
Francis made all nine of his shots from the field and
scored 22 points as the Terrapins registered the most lopsided
Atlantic Coast Conference victory in school history, 94-48
over North Carolina State.
Laron Profit scored 17 for Maryland (3-1 Atlantic Coast
Conference, 15-2), which was coming off an 18-point home
loss to Duke and a narrow win at Virginia. The 46-point
margin surpassed a 40-point rout of ACC foe Clemson in
1953.
Francis, who missed 11 of 14 shots against Duke and
scored only 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting against Virginia,
was perfect against the Wolfpack -he made both his 3-point
tries and was 2-for-2 at the line.
Keith Bean scored nine for N.C. State (1-3, 10-5), which
does not have a senior on the squad. The Wolfpack played

without leading scorer Adam Harrington, who was sidelined
with a sprained ankle.
Maryland has won 10 straight home games against N.C.
State, the Terrapins' longest streak against an ACC team in
school history.
No.6 KENTUCKY 73, VANDERBILT 57
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Sixth-ranked Kentucky finally
looked like the Wildcats of old in routing Vanderbilt 73-57
Saturday night.
The Wildcats (3-0 Southeastern Conference, 14-3) came
in as the SEC's worst 3-point shooters, averaging 29 percent.
But Kentucky had its best game this season from 3-point
range, hitting 58 percent (14-of-24).
Vanderbilt (1-2, 10-5), which hasn't beaten Kentucky in
II tries under coach Jan van Breda Kolff, tried to match the
3-point age.
The Commodores shot better from beyond the arc (40
percent) than inside (36 percent), but it just wasn't enough.
Scott Padgett scored 12 points, on four 3s, to lead the
Wildcats, and Ryan Hogan came off the bench and added 10.
Kentucky also held Vandy's leading scorer Dan Langhi to
just five points. He had been averaging 16.9 points a game.
Michael LeBlanc and Sam Howard each had 11 to lead
Vandy.
No.8 ARIZONA 88, WASHINGTON 86
TUCSON, Ariz. - Jason Terry threw up an off-balance
air ball but teammate Richard Jefferson caught it and tossed
it in at the buzzer Saturday to give eighth-ranked Arizona an
88-86 victory over Washington.
Terry, who led the Wildcats (3-1 Pac-10, 11-1 overall)
with a career-high 30 points, couldn't get an open shot
against Washington's Donald Watts at the finish and his des-
perate 18-footer was far short of the rim.
Jefferson was there to grab the ball, though, and scored
from point-blank range as the game ended for Arizona's 24th
consecutive homecourt victory.
A.J. Bramlett added 16 points, while Jefferson and
Michael Wright scored 13 apiece for Arizona. Ruben
Douglas added 11 points. Jefferson, Wright and Douglas all
are freshmen.
Washington, considered a contender for the Pac-10 chmi-
pionship before the season began, fell to 0-3 in the cone-
ence, 7-6 overall.

AP PHOTO
Kentucky used 14 3-point bombs to ice Vanderbilt in Nashville and go 3-0 in Southeastern Conference play. The Wildcats had
been shooting only 29 percent from 3-point range before Saturday.
Playoff remains a possible plan

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for NCAA football

.SAN ANTONIO (AP) - NCAA
president Cedric Dempsey says no spe-
cific group is pushing for a Division I-
A football playoff-- except the media.
"You either have athletic directors,
presidents, coaches and faculty repre-
sentatives advancing a particular issue,"
Dempsey said during a luncheon with
Oorters Saturday as the NCAA began
its 93rd annual convention. "But right
now there is not one group out there
advocating a football playoff."
Dempsey said he was pleased with
the Bowl Championships Series, which
produced the matchup of No. 1
Tennessee and No. 2 Florida State last
week in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl for the
national championship.
Tennessee won 23-16, but the debate
ntinued over the need for a playoff
system. NCAA Division I-A football is
the only sport that does not crown a
champion with a playoff system or tour-
nament.

"There were some very
things to come out of it," Dem
of the BCS. "The last couple4
(before the pairings were an
we had as much interest in col
ball that there has been in a w
In other business, the
Division I Management
approved a 12th football gam
in which there are 14 Saturd
the start of the season until
weekend in November.
That will occur in the years
2003 and happen six times o
year period.
The ruling means the end
preseason games as the Kic
Pigskin Classics beginning
2003 season, although theyN
place in 2002 because of co
obligations for television, cc
chairman Robert A. Bowlsbys
Adding a 12th game will
teams an equal chance for ex

- eventually
positive not just a select few, Bowlsby said.
psey said The management council also
of weeks approved a proposal that will allow stu-
nounced) dent-athletes with diagnosed learning
lege foot- disabilities - who fail to qualify acad-
hile." emically - to receive a fourth year of
NCAA eligibility if they have completed 75
Council percent of their degree work in four
e in years years.
ays from The action was part of the NCAA's
the last consent degree with the Department of
Justice after the department found the
2002 and NCAA in violation of the Americans
ver a 20- with Disabilities Act in October 1997.
The NCAA disputed the allegations but
of such said it would examine its policies to
koff and serve athletes with learning disabilities
with the better.
will take The Management Council will con-
antractual tinue its meeting Monday and could
ommittee amend Saturday's action before it
said. adjourns. Final approval will go to the
give all Division I Board of Directors on
xtra play, Tuesday.

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