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February 20, 2012By Cavalier Dave Forrester of Hugh M Cummings High School
Orange slices Rutgers; Spartans spank Purdue
PISCATAWAY,N.J.—C.J.Fair scored a career-high 21 points and Scoop Jardine added 17, including a dagger 3-pointer with 1:11 to play, as No. 2 Syracuse escaped another close one with a 74-64 victory against Rutgers on Sunday.
The Orange (27-1 overall, 14-1) improved its lead in the Big East standings to 2½ games, ahead of No. 12 Marquette and No. 23 Notre Dame. It won two of its last three games by three points or fewer and this one looked to be going the same way.
The Scarlet Knights (12-15, 4-10) beat two Top Ten teams this season at home — Florida and Connecticut — and they were right there with the Orange, which has won 12 straight games in the series.
Gilvydas Biruta matched his career-high with 21 points for Rutgers, which was within two points four times from the 8:45 mark until there was 3:08 to play.
No. 7 MICHIGAN STATE 76, PURDUE 62: At West Lafayette, Ind., Draymond Green had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Austin Thornton scored a careerhigh 17 points to lead Michigan State past short-handed Purdue.
By winning their second straight in West Lafayette and sweeping the Boilermakers this season, the Spartans (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) took a one-game lead in the conference title chase.
Purdue(17-10,7-7)hadathreegame winning streak snapped. Robbie Hummel scored 24 points to lead the Boilermakers, who played without starting guard Kelsey Barlow and swingman D.J. Byrd. Both were disciplined after a Friday night incident outside a local bar.
After taking a 38-35 halftime lead, Purdue started the second half by going 1 of 23 from the field and Michigan State took control with a 27-8 run.
No. 15 WISCONSIN 65, PENN STATE 55: At Madison, Wis., Josh Gasser scored 15 points and Wisconsin held off Penn State to win for the eighth time in 10 games.
Jared Berggren added 13 points, and Ryan Evans and Jordan Taylor scored 11 each for the Badgers (20-7, 9-5 Big Ten), who maintained their grip on fourth place in the conference.
Tim Frazier scored 20 points for the Nittany Lions (12-16, 4-11), who used a 17-2 run in the second half to cut the lead to 51-46 with 5:49 remaining. That’s as close as it would get, as Berggren hit a pair of 3-pointers to help Wisconsin close with a 14-9 run.
Penn State, which came in riding its first two-game win streak since Dec. 18-21, has not won in Madison since 1995, a span of 15 games.
IOWA 78, No. 18 INDIANA 66:
At Iowa City, Iowa, Matt Gaten scored a career-high 30 points and Iowa snapped Indiana’s three-game winning streak.
Melsahn Basabe had 13 points for the Hawkeyes (14-13, 6-8 Big Ten), who beat the Hoosiers in Iowa City for the seventh time in eight tries.
Iowajumpedouttoan11-point halftime lead and pushed it to 52-33 midway through the second half. Indiana closed to 10, but Gatens responded with four crucial 3s to guide the Hawkeyes to the easy victory.
Freshman Cody Zeller had 15 points and 13 rebounds andVictor Oladipo added 15 points for Indiana (20-7, 8-7), which is now just a game above .500 in the Big Ten.
Saturday’s area games
At Greensboro, Dominique Sutton and Ray Willis each recorded double-doubles and North Carolina Central defeated North Carolina A&T 71-66.
Sutton had 24 points and 12 reboundswhileWillisscored15points andgrabbed12reboundsfortheEagles(14-12,8-5Mid-EasternAthletic Conference), who swept the season series against the Aggies.
Adrian Powell scored 16 points, Marc Hill added 13 and DaMetrius Upchurch had 11 for the Aggies (11-17, 6-7), who have lost five of their past six games.
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 69, HIGH POINT 62: At Nacogdoches, Texas, Taylor Smith scored 16 points and blocked five shots, and Darius Gardner had 15 points and seven rebounds to lead Stephen F. Austin past High Point.
Smith went 8 for 8 from the floor, and Desmond Haymon and Antonio Bostic added 11 points each for the Lumberjacks (15-11) in a BracketBusters game.
Nick Barbour scored 23 points and Shay Shine 21 for the Panthers (11-17).
CENTRAL FLORIDA 64, EAST CAROLINA 55: At Orlando, Fla., Keith Clanton scored 16 points and A.J. Rompza added 10 points and five assists to lift Central Florida past East Carolina.
The Knights (19-7, 8-4 Conference USA) got 10 points from Marcus Jordan to win for the fourth time in their last five games.
Darrius Morrow led East Carolina (12-13, 3-9) with 15 points. Miguel Paul added 10 points and eight assists for the Pirates.
RICHMOND 53, CHARLOTTE 52: At Richmond, Va., Cedrick Lindsay made a layup with 16 seconds left and Greg Robbins came up with a clutch block to give Richmond a victory against Charlotte.
Chris Braswell led the 49ers (12-13, 4-8) with 16 points and 13 rebounds.