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Olson’s 500th Victory Comes On A Long Shot

February 12, 1996

The first 499 victories in the coaching career of Lute Olson certainly weren’t all routine, yet none ended like No. 500.

Miles Simon of Arizona grabbed a loose ball off an errant inbounds pass by Cincinnati, took a dribble and one long stride and let fly with two hands from 65 feet. It banked in and the 13th-ranked Wildcats had a 79-76 victory, the 500th of Olson’s 23-year career.

``We’ve had some big wins at the tail end, but never from that distance,″ said Olson, who also coached Long Beach State for one season and at Iowa for nine.

Simon’s only 3-pointer of the game made him 4-of-12 from the field and wasn’t considered lucky by the shooter.

``I didn’t just heave it up; I tried to make the shot,″ said Simon, who finished with 17 points.

Keith LeGree of No. 6 Cincinnati (18-2) had his shot blocked out of bounds by Ben Davis to set up the final inbounds pass with 3.8 seconds left. Danny Fortson couldn’t handle the pass and Simon came up with the loose ball.

``I knew as soon as he let the ball go that it was going in,″ LeGree said.

Michael Dickerson had 21 points for Arizona (18-4) in the game played at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix as part of the 7Up Shootout.

Damon Flint scored 16 points for Cincinnati, which had a six-game winning streak snapped after blowing a 68-59 lead with 5:37 to play.

``We usually put teams away when we get them down,″ LeGree said. ``They really got after us in this game. They took everything away from us, passing and all.″

In other games involving ranked teams Sunday, it was: No. 1 Massachusetts 84, Temple 55; No. 2 Kentucky 88, Arkansas 73; No. 8 Wake Forest 79, Duke 65; and No. 19 Iowa 76, Indiana 50.

On Saturday, it was: No. 4 Villanova 76, Rutgers 64; Missouri 77, No. 5 Kansas 73; No. 7 Utah 78, Colorado State 73; No. 9 Penn State 54, Michigan State 50; and No. 10 Virginia Tech 78, Xavier of Ohio 73.

Also, No. 11 Purdue 69, Michigan 64; No. 12 Texas Tech 66, Texas A&M 63; No. 16 Syracuse 85, No. 14 Georgetown 64; Georgia Tech 92, No. 17 North Carolina 83; No. 20 Stanford 67, No. 18 UCLA 66; No. 21 Boston College 62, Miami 58; No. 22 Iowa State 74, Nebraska 59; No. 23 Eastern Michigan 91, Central Michigan 79; No. 24 Louisville 81, Alabama-Birmingham 66; and No. 25 Mississippi State 76, Oklahoma 71.

Sunday’s Games

No. 1 Massachusetts 84, Temple 55

At Amherst, Mass., Carmelo Travieso had 26 points and tied his own school record with eight 3-pointers as the Minutemen (23-0, 11-0 Atlantic 10) remained the country’s only unbeaten team. Edgar Padilla had 13 points and nine assists for Massachusetts, which led by at least 19 points over the final 11 minutes. Marc Jackson had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Owls (12-10, 8-3), who lost to the Minutemen by 24 points 10 days ago.

No. 2 Kentucky 88, Arkansas 73

At Lexington, Ky., Tony Delk scored 21 points as the Wildcats (20-1, 10-0 Southeastern Conference) won their 19th straight. Darnell Robinson had 15 points for the Razorbacks (14-8, 6-4), who pulled within 69-66 when Delk hit a 3-pointer with 6:18 left to start Kentucky’s closing drive.

No. 8 Wake Forest 79, Duke 65

At Winston-Salem, N.C., Tim Duncan had 20 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks as the Demon Deacons (16-3, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat Duke for the eighth straight time. Greg Newton had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Blue Devils (13-10, 4-7), who lost for the fourth time in six games.

No. 19 Iowa 76, Indiana 50

At Iowa City, Iowa, Kenyon Murray scored 16 points and the Hawkeyes (17-6, 6-5 Big Ten) won their second straight game without suspended guard Chris Kingsbury. The Hoosiers (14-9, 7-4) were led by Brian Evans, who was held to half his 26-point average.

Saturday’s Games

No. 4 Villanova 76, Rutgers 64

At Piscataway, N.J., Jason Lawson was 9-of-11 from the field and had 22 points for the Wildcats (20-3, 11-2 Big East), who won their seventh straight. Damon Santiago led the Scarlet Knights (6-14, 3-9) with 26 points in the schools’ first meeting since 1980.

Missouri 77, No. 5 Kansas 73

At Columbia, Mo., the Tigers (15-8, 5-4 Big Eight) won their 14th straight home game and ended a 12-game winning streak by the Jayhawks (19-2, 7-1), who missed eight of 12 free throws in the final 12 minutes and had a chance to tie but Jerod Haase turned the ball over with five seconds to go.

No. 7 Utah 78, Colorado St. 73

At Fort Collins, Colo., Keith Van Horn scored 22 points for the Utes (19-3, 11-1 Western Athletic Conference), who used a 15-4 run to take a 69-64 lead. Bobby Sellers had a career-high 27 points for the Rams (14-8, 8-5).

No. 9 Penn St. 54, Michigan St. 50

At State College, Pa., Glenn Sekunda scored 13 points and made the clinching free throws with 16 seconds left for the Nittany Lions (18-2, 9-2 Big Ten). Quinton Brooks had 20 points for the Spartans (13-10, 7-4), who trailed by 10 points for most of the second half.

No. 10 Virginia Tech 78, Xavier, Ohio 73

At Cincinnati, Damon Watlington had 23 points, eight in an 18-10 run to open the second half as the Hokies (18-2, 10-1 Atlantic 10) won their sixth straight. The Musketeers (9-11, 5-5) closed within 70-68 in the final minute, but the visiting Hokies made their last nine free throws.

No. 11 Purdue 69, Michigan 64

At West Lafayette, Ind., the Boilermakers (19-4, 9-2 Big Ten) won despite making one field goal over the game’s final nine minutes. Brandon Brantley got that with 43 seconds to play on a tip-in of a missed free throw after Michigan (15-8, 5-5) had closed within 62-60.

No. 12 Texas Tech 66, Texas A&M 63

At College Station, Texas, Jason Sasser scored 19 points as the Red Raiders (20-1, 9-0 Southwest Conference) won their 13th in a row. Tracey Anderson had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Aggies (11-10, 3-6).

No. 16 Syracuse 85, No. 14 Georgetown 64

At Syracuse, N.Y., John Wallace had 25 points and 13 rebounds as the Orangemen (18-6, 8-5 Big East) won for the fifth time in six games since a 19-point loss at Georgetown. Jerome Williams had 24 points for the Hoyas (19-5, 9-4), while Allen Iverson was held to 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

Georgia Tech 92, No. 17 North Carolina 83, OT

At Chapel Hill, N.C., Drew Barry scored all but three of his career-high 30 points on 3-pointers and the Yellow Jackets (15-10, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) dominated the overtime. Dante Calabria had a career-high 23 points for the Tar Heels (16-7, 7-4), who are on a three-game conference losing streak for the first time since 1992.

No. 20 Stanford 67, No. 18 UCLA 66

At Stanford, Calif., Brevin Knight had 19 points and nine assists as the Cardinal (15-5, 8-3 Pac-10 Conference) snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Bruins (16-6, 9-2), who scored the game’s final five points.

No. 21 Boston College 62, Miami 58

At Miami, the Eagles (15-5, 8-4 Big East) capped a 3-0 conference road trip despite leading scorer Danya Abrams being limited to four points because of foul trouble. Steve Edwards had 12 points for the Hurricanes (11-9, 5-7) and became the conference’s career 3-point leader with 168.

No. 22 Iowa St. 74, Nebraska 59

At Ames, Iowa, Dedric Willoughby had seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 29 points to lead the Cyclones (17-5, 6-2 Big Eight), who won for the sixth time in seven games. The Cornhuskers (15-9, 3-6) lost their fifth straight.

No. 23 E. Michigan 91, Cent. Michigan 79

At Ypsilanti, Mich., Theron Wilson had 18 points as the Eagles (18-2, 11-1 Mid-American Conference) held on. Charles Macon had 28 points for the Chippewas (5-15, 2-10), who trailed 70-45 with 12:52 remaining and cut it to six with 2:54 left.

No. 24 Louisville 81, Ala.-Birmingham 66

At Louisville, Ky., Tick Rogers scored 20 points and Brian Kiser added 19 as the Cardinals (17-7, 8-2 Conference USA) blew all but two points of a 19-point lead and then pulled away for their seventh victory in eight games. The Blazers (14-9, 4-5) hit their first 10 shots of the second half after missing 15 of their first 20 to open the game.

No. 25 Mississippi St. 76, Oklahoma 71

At Norman, Okla., Darryl Wilson had 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs (16-5), who led 71-61 with a minute to play. The Sooners (13-9) were within 72-71 with 24 seconds left, but Marcus Bullard and Erick Dampier each made two free throws to seal Mississippi State’s fifth straight victory. Ernie Abercrombie had 25 points and 22 rebounds for Oklahoma.

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