It was a question of time, no matter how one viewed the Big East showdown between ranked powers Georgetown and St. John's.

"As time goes, we'll improve," forward Alonzo Mourning said almost apologetically after the 18th-ranked Hoyas slowed the pace - going without a basket in the final 9:08 - en route to a 59-53 victory Wednesday night over No. 5 St. John's.Charles Harrison had 18 points and Dikembe Mutombo 17, and Georgetown (13-5, 5-3 in the conference) was 12-of-12 from the foul line off a spread offense in the last eight minutes. The 7-foot-2 Mutombo added 12 rebounds and five blocked shots while Mourning, playing his fourth game since returning from an injury, had 9 points.

The Redmen (15-3, 6-3), who had won their previous five games, got 13 points from Sealy.

No. 2 Arkansas 104,

Ala.-Birmingham 72

Todd Day had 10 of his 33 points in a 21-2 surge to start the second half for the Razorbacks (21-1). Day also had a career-high 11 rebounds and was 8-for-8 from the free throw line.

No. 4 Indiana 73, Wisconsin 57

The Hoosiers got 21 points from freshman guard Damon Bailey in beating the Badgers for the 22nd time in a row.

No. 7 Duke 77, No. 23 Ga. Tech 75

Thomas Hill, who led the Blue Devils with 20 points, won the game with a layup at the buzzer after tying it with 27 seconds left when he put back a second shot after his first was blocked by the Yellow Jackets' Malcolm Mackey.

No. 11 Nebraska 89, Missouri 75

Freshman Eric Piatkowski had a career-high 22 points and six of Nebraska's 10 3-pointers - both team records - as the 'Huskers (18-2, 4-1 in the Big Eight) took the league lead.

Southern Cal 76, No. 12 UCLA 74

Harold Miner scored 20 points and eight of the final 12 for the Trojans (11-6 and 3-5 in the Pac-10), who also got 18 from Ronnie Coleman.

Mississippi St. 82, No. 14 LSU 79

Cameron Burns scored 24 points and Keith Hooper preserved the victory for the Bulldogs (13-5 and 6-3 in the Southeastern) on a pair of free throws with 16 seconds remaining.

No. 16 E. Tennessee St. 105,

Memphis St. 102

Keith Jennings scored 31 points, including two clinching free throws with nine seconds left in overtime for the Buccaneers (17-2), who overcame 42 points by the Elliott Perry.

No. 17 Southern Miss. 97,

SW Louisiana 91

Reserve Bernard Haslett hit seven 3-point baskets en route to a career-high 29 points as the Golden Eagles (13-2) hit a season-high 13 of 20 3-pointers.

Villanova 75, No. 19 Pittsburgh 72

Greg Woodard had a career-high 33 points, including seven 3-pointers for the Wildcats (11-8, 4-3 in the Big East).

Iowa St. 82, No. 21 Oklahoma 79

Victor Alexander scored 24 points, including three key free throws in the final 1:24, as the Cyclones (8-13, 2-3 in the Big Eight) handed the Sooners their third straight conference loss.

No. 22 New Orleans 83,

NE Illinois 51

Freshman Melvin Simon had 19 points and Tank Collins 17 as the Privateers (19-8) won their 14th straight home game and 18th in 19 overall.