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Friday, November 30, 2007 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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College Basketball | No. 19 Zags hang in for overtime victory

PHILADELPHIA — The Saint Joseph's crowd was rocking with good reason. The Hawks rallied all the way back from 17 points down to lead No. 19 Gonzaga by six with 4 minutes left.

Rooting for the Hawks' biggest win in four seasons, the front row of the raucous student section unfurled a banner of SJU's famed slogan: "The Hawk Will Never Die!"

The celebration was premature, and so were any thoughts the Bulldogs were down for good.

Matt Bouldin scored 16 points, including a three-pointer late in regulation to spur a comeback and the go-ahead free throws in overtime, to help Gonzaga hold off the Hawks 70-65 on Thursday night.

"We just trusted each other," Bouldin said. "I don't think we ever thought we were through."

Austin Daye scored 17 points and David Pendergraft had 13 for the Bulldogs (6-1), who needed a late rally in regulation for the thrilling win and to take the overall series lead in the battle of the small Jesuit universities.

Pat Calathes led the Hawks (3-2) with 24 points and Ahmad Nivins scored 14. The Hawks trailed by double digits in the first half but took the lead late in the second.

Even with the frenzied sellout crowd rallying on the Hawks, they failed to hold on down the stretch in regulation thanks to a series of poor shot selections and turnovers.

"It hurts," Calathes said. "I thought we had it won. We let them come down and score and we were just making dumb mistakes on defense. We kind of gave that one away."

Nivins missed two free throws with 1:32 left in overtime and the score tied at 61.

Bouldin made both of his attempts from the line on the next possession, and Daye pumped his fist when his jumper gave the Bulldogs a four-point lead. Micah Downs made two free throws with 20 seconds left to seal the win.

Bouldin gave all the credit to coach Mark Few's late inspirational pep talk on the bench.

"He just told us we could do it and that he believed in us," he said. "He said he knew we could do it, but we just had to execute."

With Gonzaga clinging to a two-point lead and only 30 seconds left in regulation, Jeremy Pargo was whistled for an offensive foul. Tasheed Carr made two from the line that tied the score at 59-all with 10.3 seconds to go.

The Bulldogs missed two shots to send the game into OT.

Once in overtime, Gonzaga denied the Hawks their first win over a Top 25 team since March 2004.

Top 10 women

At No. 2 Connecticut 80, Brigham Young 34

Freshman Maya Moore scored 17 points to become the first Connecticut player to hit double figures in each of her first six starts, and the Huskies routed BYU.

Moore, who played just 15 minutes, hit her first four shots as Connecticut (6-0) ran out to a 23-0 lead and was never challenged.

At No. 4 North Carolina 90, Purdue 72

Rashanda McCants scored 28 points to help North Carolina easily hand Purdue its fourth straight loss.

Cetera DeGraffenreid added 17 points and Erlana Larkins scored 14 before fouling out on a technical with 6:51 to play. LaToya Pringle had 10 points and five blocks for North Carolina (9-0).

At No. 7 Georgia 69, Oakland 59

Tasha Humphrey scored all 19 of her points in the second half to lead Georgia in a come-from-behind win.

Humphrey, who had 11 rebounds, was one of three Georgia players with a double-double. Angel Robinson had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Megan Darrah had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs (7-0).

No. 8 Louisiana State 77, at Houston 46

Sylvia Fowles had 19 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, and LSU won in coach Van Chancellor's return to the city where he led the WNBA's Comets for 10 seasons.

The Tigers (5-2) scored 29 points off 25 turnovers and held the Cougars to 33 percent shooting.

No. 10 Baylor 81, at Southeast Missouri 51

Rachel Allison had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bears (6-0) to victory.

Other men's game

Santa Clara 66, at Eastern Washington 57

Mitch Henke scored 20 points and Santa Clara made free throws down the stretch to hold off the Eagles (2-6). Matthew Brunell had 12 points for Eastern.

Notes

Ralph Beard, an All-American guard for Kentucky in the 1940s and a key figure in college basketball's biggest betting scandal, has died. He was 79.

Before the start of the 1952 NBA season, Beard and Wildcats teammate Alex Groza admitted to shaving points while at Kentucky. They received suspended sentences but were banned for life from the NBA.

• Oklahoma center Courtney Paris had her double-doubles streak restored when dozens of scoring errors were found in the first game she'd failed to record 10 rebounds in nearly two years.

Paris' streak had apparently ended at 64 straight games last week when she was credited with 16 points and eight rebounds in Oklahoma's 88-73 win over Mississippi State in Cancun, Mexico. Officials from both schools reviewed video of the game, and Paris' stats were adjusted to show two additional defensive rebounds.

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