Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Another 1 Bite Dust as N. Carolina Falls

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Another 1 Bite Dust as N. Carolina Falls

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The No. 1 jinx is alive and well, thanks again to Georgia Tech.

The top-ranked team in The Associated Press poll lost for the sixth successive week, when North Carolina blew a 15-point lead and fell to Georgia Tech 96-89 on Saturday.

In the previous five weeks, Duke, UCLA, Kansas, North Carolina and Arkansas had lost as the top-ranked team. For the fourth straight time, Georgia Tech won when playing a No. 1 team. Three times the victim has been North Carolina and once it was Duke.

"I guess it's just the Carolina on our chest or the No. 1 label," North Carolina's Derrick Phelps said.

Fred Vinson scored a season-high 26 points, including eight 3-pointers for Georgia Tech (13-9, 4-7 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Yellow Jackets made a team-record 15 of 29 3-pointers, and won for only the fourth time in 12 games.

"We told each other we didn't have anything to lose," said James Forrest, who had 25 points and 17 rebounds for Georgia Tech. "We are trying to get a bid for the (NCAA) tournament."

The victory boosted Georgia Tech's postseason chances and also ended North Carolina's 25-game winning streak at the Smith Center.

This was the third straight time that North Carolina (20-4, 8-3) had lost to Georgia Tech when ranked No. 1. The Tar Heels lost to the Yellow Jackets by 20 points a month ago in Atlanta and also in last March's ACC tournament title game.

Georgia Tech took the lead for good at 85-84 with 1:54 left on a leaner in the lane by Travis Best as the shot clock expired.

Brian Reese and Phelps led North Carolina with 15 points each.

***** Arkansas 99, Florida 87

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Scotty Thurman scored 24 points, Corliss Williamson 20 and Darnell Robinson a career-high 15 as No. 3 Arkansas beat No. 20 Florida in a matchup of the Southeastern Conference leaders.

The game was tied six times in the first half, but Arkansas (18-2, 8-2) led the final 31 minutes.

Dan Cross, a junior guard from Carbondale, scored 29 for Florida (19-4, 9-2).

***** Syracuse 93, Kentucky 85

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Adrian Autry scored 30 points and made a tiebreaking 3-point play with a minute left that sent No. …

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