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No. 1 Jayhawks fight to finish off Cornell

Staff and Wire Services / January 7, 2010

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Cornell held its poise in one of the most intimidating places in college basketball, ignored the rafter-rattling crowd and shook off nearly every challenge from the nation’s No. 1 team.

Only one person stood in the way of a monumental upset by the two-time Ivy League champions: Sherron Collins. He was just enough to pull Kansas through.

Playing with an aggressiveness he hasn’t needed in a senior season filled with blowouts, Collins had a career-high 33 points and made nearly every key play down the stretch to help the top-ranked Jayhawks (14-0) avoid the upset with a 71-66 victory last night in Lawrence, Kan.

Cornell (12-3) dictated the game from the start. The Big Red kept the fast-breaking Jayhawks grounded by turning it into a grind. Never intimidated by playing in one of college basketball’s most famous gyms, the Big Red forced Kansas to grit one out at Allen Fieldhouse instead of running away with an easy win.

N.C. State 87, Holy Cross 70 - Dennis Horner scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, and the Wolfpack (11-4) placed five scorers in double figures in its win over the Crusaders (3-12) in Raleigh, N.C.

Louisville 92, Providence 70 - Edgar Sosa scored a season-high 26 points and Samardo Samuels added 17 as the Cardinals (11-4, 2-0 Big East) held off a first-half charge from the host Friars (9-6, 1-2).

Duke 86, Iowa St. 65 - Jon Scheyer celebrated a homecoming with 31 points and the No. 5 Blue Devils (13-1) pulled away in the second half to beat the Cyclones (10-4) in Chicago.

Villanova 99, DePaul 72 - Scottie Reynolds scored 21 points, Maalik Wayns had 18, and the No. 6 Wildcats (13-1, 2-0 Big East) cruised past the visiting Blue Demons (7-8, 0-3).

Syracuse 74, Memphis 57 - Wes Johnson had 19 points, Kris Joseph added 15 in the second half, and the No. 7 Orange (14-1) beat the Tigers (10-4) in the final nonconference game for host Syracuse.

West Virginia 86, Rutgers 52 - Kevin Jones scored 19 points and the No. 8 Mountaineers (12-1, 3-0 Big East) never trailed in dismantling the visiting Scarlet Knights (9-5, 0-2).

Connecticut 71, Seton Hall 63 - Jerome Dyson scored 16 points, all but 2 in the second half in Storrs, and the No. 13 Huskies (11-3, 2-1 Big East) handed the Pirates (9-5, 0-3) their fourth consecutive loss.

North Carolina 89, Georgia Tech 78 - Italee Lucas scored 23 of her 28 points in the first half to help the No. 7 Tar Heels (12-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat the No. 20 host Yellow Jackets (13-3, 0-1).

Harvard 72, UMass 60 - Brogan Berry led the Crimson (8-4) with 16 points and seven assists, while Emma Markley and Christine Matera added 14 points each in their victory over the Minutewomen (6-9) in Amherst.

Central Michigan 44, Troy 41 - Dan LeFevour put on one last show, Andrew Aguila kicked five field goals, including the 37-yard winner in double overtime, and the No. 25 Chippewas (12-2) beat the Trojans (9-4) in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala.