Sports Roundup

Texas rallies past Ohio State 24-21 in Fiesta

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Texas Longhorns will be No. 1 on at least one ballot.
It belongs to coach Mack Brown.
Brown said he made up his mind after Colt McCoy hit Quan Cosby for a 26-yard touchdown with 16 seconds to play, lifting the third-ranked Longhorns to a 24-21 Fiesta Bowl victory over No. 10 Ohio State on Monday night. The stunning strike capped an 11-play, 78-yard drive that took only 1:42.
‘‘I wasn’t sure before right now, but Friday morning I’m going to vote Texas No. 1 because I think this is the best team in the country,’’ Brown said.
It may be an empty gesture.
The coaches will likely give their trophy to the winner of the Bowl Championship Series title game, which pits Florida against Oklahoma — a team Texas beat in the regular season.
Texas’ only hope for a share of the title is in The Associated Press Top 25. As exhilarating as the victory was, it may not have been dominant enough to persuade voters that the Longhorns (12-1) deserve a share of the national championship.
McCoy had a message for the pollsters: ‘‘I don’t think there’s anybody in the country who can beat us at this point.’’

Radford defeats Coastal Carolina 68-52

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Joey Lynch-Flohr scored 17 points to lead Radford to a 68-52 victory over Coastal Carolina on Monday night.
Artsiom Parakhouski added 15 points and had 12 rebounds for the Highlanders (6-9, 3-1 Big South Conference), who ended the Chanticleers’ four-game winning streak.
Radford led 33-31 with 17:03 left before going on a 9-0 run, capped by Chris McEachin’s layup, for a 42-31 advantage with 12:11 remaining.
Coastal Carolina (7-8, 1-2) cut the lead to 53-47 on Steven Sexton’s 3-pointer with 5 minutes remaining but Lynch-Flohr converted a three-point play for a nine-point lead with 4:35 left.
Joseph Harris was 11 of 13 from the field to lead the Chanticleers with 25 points. Mario Sisinni added for Coastal Carolina, which shot 32.8 percent from the field (22 of 67).
McEachin added 14 points for the Highlanders.

Pitt No. 1 for first time

(AP) — Pittsburgh made it to the top of The Associated Press’ college basketball poll for the first time and it wasn’t even close.
The Panthers (14-0) took advantage of losses by season-long unanimous No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Connecticut to make the jump from third to first Monday, receiving all but two of the first-place votes from the national media panel.
Pitt had been ranked second nine times since 1987-88 but had never reached No. 1 until this week.
Duke (12-1) jumped from fifth to second to start a run of three straight teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
North Carolina (13-1), which lost 85-78 at home to Boston College on Sunday and received the other first-place votes, was third and Wake Forest (13-0) fourth.
The Tar Heels, who had been a unanimous No. 1 from the preseason poll through the first seven polls of the regular season, won all their games by double figures until running into the Eagles (13-2), who jumped into the poll at No. 17.
‘‘We’ve got to get some things going again, going period,’’ North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Monday.
Connecticut, which lost to Georgetown at home last Monday, dropped three places to fifth, while Oklahoma, which lost to Arkansas last week, fell from fourth to sixth. Texas was seventh followed by Michigan State, Georgetown and UCLA.

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Texas rallies past Ohio State 24-21 in Fiesta

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Texas Longhorns will be No. 1 on at least one ballot.
It belongs to coach Mack Brown.
Brown said he made up his mind after Colt McCoy hit Quan Cosby for a 26-yard touchdown with 16 seconds to play, lifting the third-ranked Longhorns to a 24-21 Fiesta Bowl victory over No. 10 Ohio State on Monday night. The stunning strike capped an 11-play, 78-yard drive that took only 1:42.
‘‘I wasn’t sure before right now, but Friday morning I’m going to vote Texas No. 1 because I think this is the best team in the country,’’ Brown said.
It may be an empty gesture.
The coaches will likely give their trophy to the winner of the Bowl Championship Series title game, which pits Florida against Oklahoma — a team Texas beat in the regular season.
Texas’ only hope for a share of the title is in The Associated Press Top 25. As exhilarating as the victory was, it may not have been dominant enough to persuade voters that the Longhorns (12-1) deserve a share of the national championship.
McCoy had a message for the pollsters: ‘‘I don’t think there’s anybody in the country who can beat us at this point.’’

Radford defeats Coastal Carolina 68-52

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Joey Lynch-Flohr scored 17 points to lead Radford to a 68-52 victory over Coastal Carolina on Monday night.
Artsiom Parakhouski added 15 points and had 12 rebounds for the Highlanders (6-9, 3-1 Big South Conference), who ended the Chanticleers’ four-game winning streak.
Radford led 33-31 with 17:03 left before going on a 9-0 run, capped by Chris McEachin’s layup, for a 42-31 advantage with 12:11 remaining.
Coastal Carolina (7-8, 1-2) cut the lead to 53-47 on Steven Sexton’s 3-pointer with 5 minutes remaining but Lynch-Flohr converted a three-point play for a nine-point lead with 4:35 left.
Joseph Harris was 11 of 13 from the field to lead the Chanticleers with 25 points. Mario Sisinni added for Coastal Carolina, which shot 32.8 percent from the field (22 of 67).
McEachin added 14 points for the Highlanders.

Pitt No. 1 for first time

(AP) — Pittsburgh made it to the top of The Associated Press’ college basketball poll for the first time and it wasn’t even close.
The Panthers (14-0) took advantage of losses by season-long unanimous No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Connecticut to make the jump from third to first Monday, receiving all but two of the first-place votes from the national media panel.
Pitt had been ranked second nine times since 1987-88 but had never reached No. 1 until this week.
Duke (12-1) jumped from fifth to second to start a run of three straight teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
North Carolina (13-1), which lost 85-78 at home to Boston College on Sunday and received the other first-place votes, was third and Wake Forest (13-0) fourth.
The Tar Heels, who had been a unanimous No. 1 from the preseason poll through the first seven polls of the regular season, won all their games by double figures until running into the Eagles (13-2), who jumped into the poll at No. 17.
‘‘We’ve got to get some things going again, going period,’’ North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Monday.
Connecticut, which lost to Georgetown at home last Monday, dropped three places to fifth, while Oklahoma, which lost to Arkansas last week, fell from fourth to sixth. Texas was seventh followed by Michigan State, Georgetown and UCLA.

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