UMass road warriors steer past W. Va.

MORGANTOWN, W.VA. — MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Life on the road is getting pretty comfortable for Massachusetts coach John Calipari and his seventh-ranked Minutemen.

A 70-56 victory over No. 23 West Virginia last night gave Massachusetts its ninth road win in 10 games and sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10.


"We seem over the last couple of years to play better on the road than we do in our home gym," Calipari said. "We've shot a higher percentage on the road than we do at home. We've been on the road so much, [home is] like a foreign court to us."

The crowd of 11,148 stayed unusually quiet throughout the game except for a couple of short runs by West Virginia and perhaps cheered loudest when "Gilligan's Island" star Bob Denver made a halftime appearance.


"We made a statement tonight," said Massachusetts guard Derek Kellogg, who scored 13 points. "When they scored a couple of baskets in a row, we went to our money guys. This was the type of game that took the crowd out."

Massachusetts (12-1, 4-0) led the entire game after a 6-6 tie and never saw its lead fall below 10 in the second half after holding a 35-22 halftime lead.

It was the Minutemen's ninth straight victory and ended a nine-game winning streak for the Mountaineers (9-2, 3-1).

In other games involving Top 25 teams:

* No. 5 UCLA 81, Washington St. 79: At Pullman, Wash., Tyus Edney made the go-ahead basket and two free throws down the stretch to help UCLA remain undefeated.

Edney's jumper with 1:51 remaining gave the Bruins (10-0, 2-0 Pac-10) the lead for only the second time in the game, 77-76. Edney hit two free throws to make it 79-76 with 28 seconds left, and UCLA's George Zidek added two free throws with 13 seconds remaining before Washington State's Eddie Hill closed out the scoring with a three-pointer.

Ed O'Bannon led UCLA with 18 points and nine rebounds. Mark Hendrickson and Hill each scored 15 points for Washington State (10-5, 0-3), which led 45-35 at halftime.

* No. 19 California 98, No. 6 Arizona 93: At Tucson, Ariz., Lamond Murray scored 33 points for Cal, including a three-pointer to force overtime and three free throws in the final minute of the extra period.


Murray's bomb with 3.5 seconds left in regulation tied it at 86, capping an 11-point comeback.

Jason Kidd had 17 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and four steals for Cal (10-2, 3-0). Khalid Reeves scored 23 points for Arizona, which lost for only the third time in its last 103 home games.

* No. 10 Michigan 86, Ohio St. 75: At Ann Arbor, Jalen Rose had 28 points and Michigan scored the first nine points in overtime to beat Ohio State (8-6, 1-2).

Michigan (11-2, 3-0 Big Ten) rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half.

Makhtar Ndiaye, a freshman transfer from Wake Forest, played 11 minutes in his first game for Michigan and scored his only point in overtime. Juwan Howard had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan. Jamie Skelton led Ohio State with 20 points.

* No. 15 Louisville 95, Virginia Tech 76: At Louisville, DeJuan Wheat scored 22 points, including a couple of key three-pointers, as the Cardinals broke Virginia Tech's six-game winning streak.


After falling behind by 15 points in the second half, Virginia Tech pulled within nine on two baskets by Jim Jackson and a layup by Ace Custis. Wheat then hit a three-pointer and two free throws as Louisville (11-2, 2-1 Metro Conference) broke it open with a 9-0 run.

Custis topped Virginia Tech (10-2, 1-1) with 18 points.