When Luther Head came off the floor after pregame warmups, he realized he had forgotten to put his uniform jersey on. It might have been No. 1 Illinois' only lapse of the day. Head had a season-high 23...
CHICAGO When Luther Head came off the floor after pregame warmups, he realized he had forgotten to put his uniform jersey on.
It might have been No. 1 Illinois’ only lapse of the day.
Head had a season-high 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and all five starters reached double figures to lead Illinois to an 83-66 win over Oregon at the United Center yesterday.
Deron Williams added 17 and seven assists, Dee Brown had 13 points and James Augustine had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Illini (9-0).
“If you have any type of slippage whatsoever, they really make you pay,” Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. “Every ranking they’ve gotten, they deserve. They’ve got a chance to have a special year.”
Illinois led the Ducks (4-1) from the opening tip and shot 58 percent. Oregon couldn’t get within single digits the last 25 minutes of the game, and Illinois led by as much as 21 in the second half.
“That gives us confidence, knowing we’re playing so well in the No. 1 spot,” Head said.
Though Chicago is about 2-1/2 hours north of Illinois’ campus in Champaign, the United Center may as well be considered a campus extension. Illinois has won 11 straight here.
The game was sold out for weeks, and the building was an ocean of orange. When the Illini took the floor before the game, the roar of applause rivaled the reception NBA legend Michael Jordan got in his farewell appearance here almost two years ago.
“When they told me it was going to be a packed house, it kind of shook me a little bit,” said Head, one of the Illini’s eight Chicago-area natives. “I was hoping we were going to have a good game, and we did.”
Illinois didn’t give Oregon a chance to settle in, racing to a 12-2 lead about three minutes into the game. Bryce Taylor, who scored 19 points, stopped the spurt with a jumper, starting a run that pulled Oregon to 15-11 with 12:57 left in the first half. But that was the closest the Ducks would get the rest of the afternoon.
WSU edges BYU
SALT LAKE CITY Thomas Kelati scored 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds and Washington State rallied from a 10-point deficit to beat Brigham Young 49-46.
WSU (4-3) won the battle of the Cougars with a barrage of three-pointers in the second half. Seven of WSU’s nine field goals in the second half were three-pointers, taking the team into the lead late in the second half and holding off BYU (2-6).
BYU was playing a home game at the Delta Center, about 45 miles from its campus in Provo. The game drew an announced crowd of 10,283 and the BYU fans were loud throughout a sloppy game that got exciting at the end.
Austin Ainge, who had 16 points and four assists for BYU, missed a tying attempt just before the buzzer after giving BYU hope with a three-pointer and a layup in the final 18 seconds.
WSU’s Jeff Varem had 11 rebounds and made two clutch free throws with 13 seconds remaining to help seal it.
At No. 15 Arizona 67, Utah 62
Lute Olson’s first coaching victory came in a high-school gym in Mahnomen, Minn. Forty-seven years later, a packed house of 14,533 cheered on his 1,000th win on a court that bears Olson’s name.
Channing Frye scored 19 points despite foul trouble and Hassan Adams slammed home a rebound with 40 seconds to play, allowing the Wildcats (6-2) to beat the Utes (5-3).
The victory made the 70-year-old Olson the 16th coach in basketball history to achieve 1,000 victories. The wins came in 11 seasons in high school, four in junior college and 32 in NCAA Division I.
Andrew Bogut, Utah’s 7-foot center, had 20 points and 10 rebounds on 8-for-10 shooting.
No. 20 Michigan St. 78, Stanford 53
Paul Davis scored 20 points and keyed a first-half surge to lead the Spartans (5-2) over the Cardinal (2-4) in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Matt Haryasz led Stanford with 12 points.
USC 87, at San Diego 75
Sophomore Lodrick Stewart, a former standout at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, scored a career-high 27 points as the Trojans (3-3) beat the Toreros (3-5).
“It was our defense opening up our offense that made a difference,” Stewart said.
Brice Vounang had 26 points for San Diego.
Georgia 76, Oregon St. 74 (OT)
Levi Stukes scored a career-high 31 points, including a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:50 left in overtime that carried the Bulldogs (3-3) over the Beavers (4-3) in Atlanta.
Marcel Jones led Oregon State with 14 points.
At UCLA 85, Pepperdine 83
Freshman Jordan Farmar scored a season-high 25 points and drove the lane for the go-ahead basket with 4.7 seconds left to give the Bruins (5-1) a victory over the Waves (7-2).
UCLA center Michael Fey of Olympia had a productive game, with 13 points and six rebounds.
California 60, at San Diego St. 57
DeVon Hardin scored 11 points as the Golden Bears (5-3) held off the Aztecs (4-3).
Dominic McGuire and Marquise Kately added 10 each for Cal.