The state of men's basketball in the state is favorable. Washington jumped to No. 12 from No. 18 in the Associated Press poll released yesterday. It is the best ranking for the...

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The state of men’s basketball in the state is favorable.

Washington jumped to No. 12 from No. 18 in the Associated Press poll released yesterday. It is the best ranking for the Huskies (8-1) since they were 11th in December 1984.

Gonzaga (8-1) moved up nine spots in the poll, from 22nd to 13th.

The Washington schools were rewarded by voters in the AP media poll for impressive weekend victories.

Washington beat visiting North Carolina State 68-64 on Sunday. North Carolina State dropped from 12th to 16th in the poll.

Gonzaga defeated then-No. 3 Georgia Tech 85-73 on Saturday in Las Vegas. Georgia Tech fell to ninth.

The Huskies are 17th in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and Gonzaga is 23rd.

Illinois and Kansas were 1-2 in both polls.

Kansas’ Simien

to miss 4-6 weeks

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas power forward Wayne Simien will be out from four to six weeks after undergoing surgery on his left thumb.

Simien, a preseason All-American, was injured in Saturday’s win over South Carolina.

Temple’s Chaney

coaches 1,000th game

PHILADELPHIA — Mardy Collins scored 25 points to lead Temple past Princeton 48-46 last night, giving Hall of Famer John Chaney a victory in his 1,000th game as a coach at the college level.

Dustin Salisbery blocked a shot by Will Venable in the final seconds to preserve the victory for the Owls (4-5).

Chaney, 72, has a career mark of 712-288 in 33 seasons, including a 225-59 record and a national championship at Division II Cheyney State. He is 487-229 since arriving at Temple in 1982.

Top 25 men

At No. 7 Syracuse 82,

Cornell 69

Hakim Warrick contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds to help the Orange (10-1) beat the Big Red (3-6) for the 28th time in a row. Cornell’s Cody Toppert scored 23 points.

At No. 21 Mississippi State 104,

Florida A&M 80

Lawrence Roberts scored 25 points and Winsome Frazier added 24 to lead the Bulldogs (10-2) over the Rattlers (2-6) for their fourth straight win.

At No. 22 Cincinnati 95,

Jackson State 43

Freshman reserve Roy Bright had a career-high 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Bearcats (8-0) overwhelmed the Tigers (3-8). Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins got his 550th career win, improving his record with the Bearcats to 382-119 in 16 seasons.

Pac-10 men

At Arizona State 90,

Northwestern 55

Steve Moore scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures for the Sun Devils (8-1) in their rout of the Wildcats (4-5). Arizona State, which made 13 of 20 three-point attempts, won its sixth in a row.

Top 25 women

No. 3 Duke 81,

at Ball State 31

Mistie Williams collected 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Blue Devils (11-1) overwhelmed the Cardinals (3-6), who tied a school record set in 1993 for fewest points in a game.

No. 16 Vanderbilt 86,

Brigham Young 47

Dee Davis scored 21 points to lead the Commodores (8-1) over the Cougars (6-3) in the Hilton Woodland Hills Beach Classic in Malibu, Calif.

At No. 17 Maryland 83,

Coppin State 51

Kalika France scored 20 points as the Terrapins (8-1) routed the Eagles (6-3). Maryland is off to its best start since the 1996-97 team began 9-1.

At Long Beach State 54,

No. 22 Houston 52

Jayme Connors sank a layup with seven seconds left, and Crystal McCutcheon scored 20 points to lead the 49ers (4-3) over the Cougars (9-2).

Long Beach State beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 1992.


• Arizona men’s guard Beau Muhlbach will transfer to Texas A&M, Wildcats coach Lute Olson said. Muhlbach, who comes from Lufkin, Texas, was sitting this season out as a redshirt sophomore.

• Utah took advantage of several losses by Top 25 teams and squeezed back into the Associated Press women’s poll while Louisiana State remained a unanimous No. 1.

Arizona State, which had been ranked 23rd, dropped out of the poll.

AP poll
Here are the top 15 teams in this week’s Associated Press men’s poll:
Team W-L Pts
1. Illinois 10-0 1,727
2. Kansas 7-0 1,658
3. Oklahoma State 8-0 1,628
4. North Carolina 8-1 1,476
5. Wake Forest 9-1 1,427
6. Duke 8-0 1,388
7. Syracuse 10-1 1,307
8. Kentucky 7-1 1,220
9. Georgia Tech 7-1 1,219
10. Pittsburgh 8-0 1,115
11. Connecticut 5-1 964
12. Washington 8-1 758
13. Gonzaga 8-1 732
14. Arizona 7-2 720
15. Texas 7-2 703