Spartans net same results

Michigan State downs Florida

Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2000

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Some of the faces have changed, but the result remained the same.

Second-ranked Michigan State beat No. 8 Florida 99-83 on Wednesday night in a rematch of the national championship game.

Freshman Zach Randolph had 27 points and seven rebounds, Charlie Bell added 20 points, and Marcus Taylor had 15 points and seven assists for the Spartans (6-0).

Michigan State, which beat Florida 89-76 in the title game in Indianapolis, extended the nation's longest winning streak to 17 games and earned its 34th consecutive victory at the Breslin Center, which trails only Utah's run of 54 wins in a row at home.

Brent Wright led the Gators (3-1) with 18 points, and Teddy Dupay and Matt Bonner each had 17.

No. 16 Virginia 90, Ohio 71

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Travis Watson scored on ferocious dunks 61 seconds apart early in the second half and Keith Friel put on a 3-point shooting show as Virginia beat Ohio.

The Cavaliers (6-0), off to their best start since the 1992-93 team won its first 11, forcing 21 turnovers by the Bobcats (2-1) and turning them into 29 points at the other end.

No. 17 Wisconsin 61,

Wis.-Green Bay 53

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Roy Boone scored 15 points as Wisconsin beat Wisconsin-Green Bay in what became a tribute to Dick Bennett's coaching legacy.

The Badgers (4-1), the first Big Ten team to play in Brown County Arena since Northwestern 14 years ago, improved to 2-0 under acting coach Brad Soderberg, who replaced Bennett last week.

The game was supposed to mark the return of Bennett to the court he made famous during his nearly decade-long stretch as Green Bay's coach, when he turned the Phoenix (3-4) into a nationally recognized program before taking over the Badgers in 1995.

But Bennett, 57, retired last week, a victim of burnout just three games into his sixth season at Wisconsin.

No. 19 Maryland 107,

Stony Brook 59

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Lonny Baxter scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half as Maryland built a 33-point lead and coasted to its 72nd straight nonconference home victory.

Byron Mouton and Juan Dixon also scored 19 for the Terrapins (4-3), who have won three straight. Maryland's nonconference home winning streak, which began in 1989, is the longest in the nation.

Leon Brisport led the Seawolves (3-3) with 18 points.

No. 9 Illinois 85, Wis.-Milwaukee 44

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Brian Cook scored a season-high 17 points and Illinois held Wisconsin-Milwaukee to 22 percent shooting.

The 41-point margin was the biggest for Illinois (6-2) since beating Bethune-Cookman by 50 on Dec. 28, 1999. It was the worst shooting performance ever by a visiting team in Assembly Hall.

Utah St. 58, No. 22 Utah 57

LOGAN, Utah -- Tony Brown scored 18 points and Shawn Daniels added 15 as Utah State beat Utah.

Utah State (5-1) held off Utah (4-3) when the Utes failed to score on three chances in the 14 seconds.

Utah has lost consecutive nonconference games for the first time in six years. On Saturday, No. 12 Southern California beat Utah 65-60 in the Wooden Classic in Anaheim, Calif.

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