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Men’s College Basketball Roundup

December 9, 1998

It took nearly five years before someone finally beat Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse.

Iowa ended the nation’s longest home winning streak at 62 games by beating the 10th-ranked Jayhawks 85-81 Tuesday night.

``For crying out loud, this is the greatest win in the history of the Hawkeyes,″ said Iowa’s Kent McCausland, who hit two 3-pointers in the final 1:40.

It was Kansas’ first home loss since Feb. 20, 1994, when Missouri beat the Jayhawks 81-74.

``It’s mind-boggling,″ Kansas center Eric Chenowith said. ``The streak’s always been in the back of our heads.″

Iowa (6-1) beat Kansas from long range, going 8-for-11 on 3-pointers in the second half. McCausland was 4-for-5 from beyond the arc after the break and finished with 15 points.

Meanwhile, Kansas (5-2) struggled on short shots. The Jayhawks missed 12 of 23 free throws and didn’t make two in a row until midway through the second half.

``We gave them too many chances,″ guard Ryan Robertson said. ``We opened the door for them by not making our free throws. They’re a good team, but it shouldn’t have gotten to that.″

Kansas’ home winning streak was a school record, but wasn’t close to the NCAA mark of 129 set by Kentucky from 1943-55.

In other Top 25 games, it was No. 5 Kentucky 70, No. 11 Indiana 61 in overtime; No. 7 North Carolina 98, Buffalo 49; No. 9 Purdue 69, Illinois State 55; No. 12 New Mexico 101, Texas-Pan American 94; and Gonzaga 82, No. 22 Washington 71.

No. 5 Kentucky 70, No. 11 Indiana 61

At Louisville, Heshimu Evans had 22 points and nine rebounds as Kentucky beat Indiana for the fifth straight time.

Bob Knight, coaching in his 1,000th college game, threw a kicking fit in overtime after Indiana’s Kirk Haston was called for traveling with the Hoosiers trailing 56-51.

Knight got a technical after kicking a sheet of red plastic on the face of the scorer’s table. He then kicked the plastic again, leaving a dark mark.

``I thought it was a bad call,″ said the Indiana coach. ``I thought Haston got smacked.″

Kentucky’s Scott Padgett, who finished with 17 points, made one of two free throws after the technical. Evans was fouled on the ensuing possession and made two free throws to give the Wildcats (8-1) an eight-point lead.

Luke Recker scored 18 points for Indiana (8-2), which forced overtime by making three 3-pointers in the final 65 seconds of regulation, including Dane Fife’s tying shot with 1.7 seconds left.

No. 7 North Carolina 98, Buffalo 49

At Chapel Hill, Ademola Okulaja had 17 points and 14 rebounds as North Carolina (9-1) routed Buffalo (3-4).

Okulaja made five of seven shots as the Tar Heels opened the second half with a 25-3 run, extending a 19-point halftime lead to 41 with 11:36 left. Brendan Haywood scored 20 points for North Carolina.

No. 9 Purdue 69, Illinois St. 55

At West Lafayette, Ind., Mike Robinson scored 17 points and Jaraan Cornell added 14 as Purdue defeated Illinois State.

Purdue (8-1) trailed by one point at halftime, but opened the second half with a 16-4 run. Illinois State (6-3) pulled within 54-48 with 8:24 remaining, but the Redbirds never got any closer in the final eight minutes.

No. 12 New Mexico 101, Texas-Pan American 94

At Albuquerque, N.M., Lamont Long scored 25 points and Damion Walker added 22 for New Mexico, which overcame an 18-point deficit in the second half.

Brian Merriweather scored 38 points for Pan American (1-8), including nine 3-pointers. John Robinson had 15 points and 10 assists for New Mexico (6-0), which trailed 58-40 early in the second half.

Gonzaga 82, No. 22 Washington 71

Jeremy Eaton scored a career-high 25 points as Gonzaga handed Washington its third straight loss.

The Bulldogs (6-3) led nearly the entire game and outscored the Huskies 10-4 in the final 1:40. Todd MacCulloch scored 28 points for road-weary Washington (4-3), which played its sixth consecutive game away from home.

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