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DEMON DEACONS’ JUBILATION TURNS TO AGONY

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The shot went in and No. 8 Wake Forest began to celebrate. The jubilation turned to agony, however, when the Demon Deacons realized that the horn already had sounded.

Then it was Georgia Tech's turn to celebrate.Stephon Marbury scored 25 points and the Yellow Jackets moved into a tie for the Atlantic Coast Conference lead with 64-63 victory Saturday.

Georgia Tech (16-10, 9-3 ACC) survived a frenetic final flurry to beat the Demon Deacons (17-4, 9-3), who thought they had won on Rusty LaRue's follow-up basket.

"My stomach just balled up when (LaRue) got the ball, because I saw it was going in," Marbury said.

But the referees ruled the shot came after the game was over, and the television replay showed it was the correct call.

"I saw (Tony) Rutland going down the sideline and I was very nervous," Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins said. "Then I saw the rebound and I was nervous. . . . I'm really glad the referees made the right call."

Wake Forest had a chance to gain a two-game lead in the ACC standings after Drew Barry missed two free throws with 8.1 seconds remaining.

Rutland raced down the court and lofted a 3-point attempt that bounced off the rim and wound up in LaRue's hands. He scored 19 points - including five 3-pointers - but will be remembered more for the two points he didn't get.

Tech has now won three straight games that went down to the final shot, following overtime victories over Duke and North Carolina.

No. 1 UMass 74,

No. 10 Virginia Tech 58

At Blacksburg, Va., Marcus Camby scored 31 points and Donta Bright had 19 to lead top-ranked UMass to a victory over No. 10 Virginia Tech, perhaps the Minutemen's biggest remaining barricade to a perfect regular season.

No. 2 Kentucky 90, Tennessee 50

At Knoxville, Tenn., Kentucky's smooth trip through the Southeastern Conference didn't hit so much as a pothole in victory over Tennessee.

No. 3 UConn 85,

Notre Dame 65

At Storrs, Conn., Ray Allen scored 28 points and No. 3 Connecticut broke open the game with a 12-0 run late in the first half on the way to a victory over Notre Dame.

Villanova 67, Pittsburgh 64

At Pittsburgh, Kerry Kittles scored 25 points and led comebacks in each half as No. 4 Villanova rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat Pittsburgh.

No. 5 Kansas 61, No. 22 Iowa St. 50

At Ames, Iowa, freshman Paul Pierce scored 13 points and Jacque Vaughn controlled the game down the stretch as No. 5 Kansas turned back No. 22 Iowa State.

No. 6 Cincinnati 87, DePaul 60

At Rosemont, Ill., seldom-used freshman Melvin Levett scored 17 points and Danny Fortson also had 17 as sixth-ranked Cincinnati handed DePaul its 13th consecutive loss.

No. 11 Purdue 66, No. 9 Penn St. 49

At West Lafayette, Ind., Penn State went more than eight minutes without a field goal as No. 11 Purdue defeated the ninth-ranked Nittany Lions in a showdown for first place in the Big Ten.

No. 12 Texas Tech 93, Houston 84

At Houston, Jason Sasser scored 30 points and Corey Carr led a surge midway through the second half that carried No. 12 Texas Tech to a victory over Houston.

No. 13 Arizona 86, USC 72

At Los Angeles, Ben Davis scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as No. 13 Arizona bounced back from a one-point loss to UCLA by beating Southern California.

No. 14 Georgetown 81,

No. 15 Memphis 60

At Landover, Md., Allen Iverson scored 30 points, Othella Harrington added 27 and Georgetown's defense solved the Memphis attack after a wild start to give the 14th-ranked Hoyas a victory over the 15th-ranked Tigers.

Following a torrid first half during which both teams featured alley-oops, fast breaks and 3-pointers, Georgetown broke the game open by holding Memphis without a field goal for nearly eight minutes in a 14-3 run midway through the second half.

No. 17 N. Carolina 71, Virginia 66

At Chapel Hill, N.C., Shammond Williams' 3-pointer and fast-break dunk 34 seconds apart gave No. 17 North Carolina the lead for good and the Tar Heels escaped with a victory over Virginia.

No. 18 UCLA 87, Arizona St. 70

At Los Angeles, Jelani McCoy scored 10 of his 19 points as No. 18 UCLA used a 24-5 second-half run to put away Arizona State for its 15th straight victory over the Sun Devils.

Oregon 64, No. 20 Stanford 62

At Eugene, Ore., Kenya Wilkins, mired in a shooting slump most of the season, capped a 30-point performance by sinking an 18-footer at the buzzer to give Oregon an upset win against 20th-ranked Stanford.

No. 21 Boston College 70,

Providence 68

At Providence, R.I., Danya Abrams had 19 points and Bevan Thomas scored five in overtime to give No. 21 Boston College a victory over Providence - the Eagles' first victory here in 11 tries.

No. 23 E. Michigan 91, Ball St. 75

At Muncie, Ind., the 23rd-ranked Eagles hit 58 percent in the second half to pull away in the last 71/2 minutes to beat Ball State in the Mid-American Conference.

Mississippi 71,

No. 25 Miss. St. 64

At Oxford, Miss., all five Mississippi starters scored in double figures and one of the Southeastern Conference's worst free-throw shooting teams made seven straight down the stretch in an upset of No. 25 Mississippi State.