Graham's free throws secure win for San Jose

SANTA CLARA -- Ripon High grad Justin Graham made four free throws in the final 36 seconds to help secure the win and San Jose State ended a five-year winless drought against its neighbor, beating Santa Clara 62-59 on Monday night.

Tim Pierce scored 16 points, including four 3-pointers and DeShawn Wright scored 13 points for the Spartans (7-7), who had lost five straight to the Broncos and 10 of 11, while C.J. Webster added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Graham finished with 10.

San Jose State, seeking its first winning season in 13 years, has won its most games in a season since winning 10 in 2001-02.

The schools, located less than four miles apart, last played each other twice in the same season in 1968-69 when both were members of the West Coast Athletic Conference.

UNC STAYS NO. 1 -- North Carolina's overtime win at Clemson kept the Tar Heels unbeaten and the top of The Associated Press' college basketball poll unchanged Monday.

For the sixth straight week, North Carolina, Memphis and Kansas were 1-2-3 in the Top 25, and the first nine teams held their places from last week.

The two other remaining undefeated teams in Division I -- Vanderbilt (15-0) and Mississippi (13-0) -- were ranked 13th and 16th. See Page C-5 for complete poll.


IT'S UNANIMOUS -- Connecticut steamrolled its way to a unanimous choice at No. 1. The Huskies received all 50 first-place votes in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. Connecticut, which has held the top spot the past three weeks, hasn't been a unanimous pick since Dec. 8, 2003.

"UConn's the best team I've seen," Purdue coach Sharon Versyp said. "You can put eight players on the floor, and you can't simulate that kind of pressure."

Stanford took a huge fall, dropping from No. 2 to No. 7 after losing at UCLA and USC. It was the first time the Cardinal have been swept in Los Angeles since the 1993-94 season. See Page C-5 for complete poll.