Add Georgetown to the growing list of teams unable to stop Eric Murdock.
Murdock, Providence's senior scoring machine, scored 30 points Tuesday night - including the Friars' final 13 - to lead Providence to a 72-69 victory over the No. 13 Hoyas.Georgetown, anchored by 7-foot-2 Dikembe Mutombo at center, leads the country in field-goal percentage defense, holding their opponents to a 33.8 shooting percentage.
But they had no answer for Murdock, who earlier this season ripped No. 6 Arizona and its NBA-like frontline for 45 points. He made 12 of 22 field-goal attempts agasinst Georgetown and took over when the Hoyas rallied in the second half.
Murdock, averaging almost 29 points per outing, has scored more than 30 points in eight of his last nine games.
The Friars led 38-26 at halftime and extended their lead to 57-44 with 13:37 remaining when the Hoyas began their comeback. Mutombo scored 8 points during a four-minute stretch, bringing Georgetown within 63-62 on a dunk with six minutes left.
Robert Churchwell led the Hoyas, who continue to struggle without the injured Alonzo Mouurning, with 20 points. Mutombo added 19 points, 17 rebounds and 7 blocks. Tony Turner joined Murdock in double figures, chipping in 14 for the Friars.
No. 9 Conn. 74, Villanova 71
At Villanova, Pa., Chris Smith and John Gwynn scored 14 points each and Lyman DePriest blocked a shot with five seconds left to lift Connecticut. The Huskies, 11-1, led by nine points with four minutes left before Villanova stormed back to tie it 71-71 with 1:41 to play. Two free throws gave the Huskies a 73-71 lead and DePriest sealed the win by blocking Lance Miller's layup.
No. 12 Oklahoma 88, Kansas 82
At Norman, Okla., Brent Price made a three-pointer with 3:05 left to ignite an 11-1 run that rallied the Sooners over Kansas. Oklahoma, 12-2, is undefeated at home in the last four years against conference foes. Price hit 6 free throws in the final 30 seconds to finish with 20 points. Roland Ware added 22 and Terrence Mullins had 11. The Jayhawks, 8-3, were led by 15 points from Mike Maddox and 13 by Mark Randall.
No. 15 Virginia 82, Clemson 78
At Clemson, S.C., Bryant Stith scored 21 points and the Cavaliers held off a late Clemson rally. After the Tigers rallied to pull within 74-72 with 3:11 remaining, Stith made a short jumper with 1:42 left and dunked with 55 seconds left to give Virginia a seven-point advantage.
Wyoming 75, Colorado St. 63
At Fort Collins, Colo., Reginal Slater scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Wyoming to a 75-63 victory over Colorado State Tuesday night in a cold-shooting Western Athletic Conferennce game.
The loss was the Rams' third in a row, leaving them 0-3 in the WAC and 7-6 overall.
Other Cowboys scoring in double figures were Maurice Alexander with 13 points and Reggie Page with 11.