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Streak now 18 — Duke runs into a Storm; Cal wins

ATHENS, Ga. — Kentucky kept its winning streak alive by turning up its defensive pressure.

Marquis Estill had 16 points for the second-ranked Wildcats, who forced five straight turnovers during a game-deciding run to beat No. 21 Georgia 74-66 on Sunday for their 18th straight victory.

The Bulldogs were playing their first game without assistant coach Jim Harrick Jr., who was suspended Friday after a former player accused him of paying part of his expenses and committing academic fraud.

The player, Tony Cole, also told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he used the personal credit card of head coach Jim Harrick to buy a TV while he was enrolled in school.

Chuck Hayes added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (24-3, 14-0 Southeastern Conference), who clinched a share of the Eastern Division title. They lead Florida by two games with two games left for each team, including a season-ending matchup in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday.

Ezra Williams had 17 for Georgia (17-8, 9-5), which had won four straight.

ST. JOHN'S 72, No. 6 DUKE 71: Marcus Hatten was alone on the court with 19,610 people.

The St. John's senior was fouled with no time left on the clock and he stepped to the free throw line with a chance to give struggling St. John's an upset of No. 6 Duke.

With the sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden silent, Hatten made the free throw to cap a 12-0 run and give the Red Storm a 72-71 victory that snapped a four-game losing streak.

Hatten had 29 points, including 16 of the last 22 for the Red Storm (13-12), who held the Blue Devils scoreless over the final four minutes.

No. 8 PITTSBURGH 71, CONNECTICUT 67: Julius Page scored 11 straight Pittsburgh points early in the second half, then sealed the game on a free throw with 5 seconds left as the eighth-ranked Panthers overcame another furious Connecticut first half to win 71-67 Sunday.

Pitt led 67-60 with 2:43 remaining but didn't secure the victory until Brandin Knight and Page each made a free throw. In between, UConn had the ball and a chance to tie, but Ben Gordon and Rashad Anderson each missed a 3-pointer.

No. 23 CALIFORNIA 80, ARIZONA St 72: Joe Shipp scored 21 points and Amit Tamir and Brian Wethers added 20 each to lead No. 23 California to an 80-72 victory over Arizona State on Sunday.

Shipp, the leading scorer in the Pac-10, made three straight baskets early in the second half to keep the Golden Bears in the game, and hit another key hoop with 5:32 left for a 69-63 lead. Cal (20-6, 13-4) won its 13th conference game — the most victories for the school in Pac-10 play since finishing 13-5 and in second place in the 1993-94 season.

Curtis Millage had 20 points for Arizona State (17-10, 9-7), which has lost three straight games following a four-game winning streak.