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Spartans wrap up 50th straight home victory

Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2001

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Marcus Taylor had 19 points and Adam Ballinger added a career-high 18 as No. 23 Michigan State beat No. 6 Arizona 74-60 Saturday to extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 50 games.

The Spartans (6-3) got off to a good start, never trailed and held off the Wildcats (5-2) after they began the second half with a 10-0 run.

The 50 straight wins at the Breslin Center ties a Big Ten record held by Ohio State (1959-63) and Indiana (1991-95). Just seven of Michigan State's 50 wins at home have been by less than 10 points.

Taylor, who also had six assists and six rebounds, helped the defensive effort against Jason Gardner, who scored 17 points on 3-of-14 shooting after missing all seven of his shots in the first half. Gardner entered the game averaging 24.2 points.

Luke Walton and Rick Anderson each scored 15 points for Arizona, which began the season unranked but rose to sixth after beating Maryland, Florida, Texas, Illinois and Texas.

No. 15 Iowa 83, No. 2 Missouri 65

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Luke Recker scored a career-high 31 points and helped stifle All-America Kareem Rush as No. 15 Iowa beat previously undefeated and No. 2 Missouri.

Iowa (9-3) also got 15 points and 17 rebounds from Reggie Evans and shot 49 percent to avenge a bitter loss to the Tigers in the championship game of the Guardians Classic on Nov. 21 in Kansas City.

Evans' fifth straight double-double and eighth of the season helped Iowa dominate on the boards, with the Hawkeyes holding a 48-35 advantage.

Rush, who leads the Big 12 in scoring with a 20.2 average, was 4-for-18 for 14 points.

No. 9 Kentucky 118, Kentucky St. 63

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Marquis Estill scored 21 points and Tayshaun Prince added 18 as the Wildcats (6-1) won their sixth straight since a season-opening loss to Western Kentucky.

Keith Bogans had 17 points, Gerald Fitch added 12 and Erik Daniels had 10 as Kentucky outrebounded the Thorobreds 51-29 and racked up 33 assists.

No. 18 Georgetown 87, Norfolk St. 68

WASHINGTON -- Kevin Braswell scored 19 points and Mike Sweetney added 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Hoyas (8-1) won their seventh straight game in the first meeting between the schools.

Terrance Winston had 16 points for Norfolk State (3-7), which had won three of four.

Braswell had five points as the Hoyas closed out the first half on a 13-5 run and he had eight points in a 17-5 run over the opening 7:29 of the second half as Georgetown extended a 39-32 halftime lead.

No. 17 UCLA 75, UC Irvine 74

LOS ANGELES -- Jason Kapono scored 25 points, including 13 consecutive over the final 6:31 to get the Bruins (6-2) back in the game after they trailed most of the second half.

Billy Knight added 21 points and freshman Dijon Thompson had a career-high 14 points and seven rebounds for the Bruins, who played without injured starters Cedric Bozeman and Matt Barnes.

Jerry Green had to 27 points to lead Irvine (5-4), but he missed an off-balance, one-handed runner at the buzzer.

Miami 58, No. 21 Indiana 53

MIAMI -- James Jones had 13 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks and the Hurricanes (9-0) matched their best start in school history. The opener of the Orange Bowl Classic was their first game this season against a ranked team.

Tom Coverdale had 16 points for Indiana (6-3), which shot a season-low 33 percent, including 1-for-15 from 3-point range. The Hoosiers were 12-for-25 at the free-throw line, including Coverdale's first miss in 28 attempts this season.

No. 4 Kansas 106, S. Carolina St. 73

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Drew Gooden had 25 points and a career-high 21 rebounds and Nick Collison, the other half of Kansas' junior forward duo, had 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Jayhawks (8-1) won their eighth in a row.

Moses Malone Jr., working both inside and outside, had 27 points for the Bulldogs (2-7), who were outrebounded 64-30.

No. 5 Florida 73, Charlotte 52

MIAMI -- Udonis Haslem had 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Gators (7-1) in the Orange Bowl Classic.

Joby Thomas had 16 points for Charlotte (4-4), which shot just 27 percent, missing 40 of 55 attempts, and committed 23 turnovers. The 49ers came within one miss of the worst shooting game in school history.

No. 20 Ball St. 103, Ind.-Pur.-Indpls. 81

INDIANAPOLIS -- Patrick Jackson scored 28 points and Chris Williams added 21 -- all on 3s -- as the Cardinals (6-2) set a school record with 16 3-pointers.

Ball State broke the record of 14 set earlier this season against Elon.

No. 24 Oklahoma 107, High Point 63

NORMAN, Okla. -- Hollis Price scored 26 points and Ebi Ere added 21 for the Sooners (6-1), who broke the game open with a 27-11 run in the first half.

Price scored 15 points in the first half and added 10 in a 21-6 run late in the second half that put the game out of reach.

No. 12 Stanford 94, Long Beach St 77

STANFORD, Calif. -- Curtis Borchardt had 25 points and 14 rebounds as No. 12 Stanford shook off the rust of a two-week layoff to beat Long Beach State.

Casey Jacobsen added 23 points for Stanford, which hadn't played since an 83-75 overtime loss to Texas on Dec. 1. Julius Barnes had 11.

No. 25 Gonzaga 67, Washington State 44

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Dan Dickau scored 23 points to lead No. 25 Gonzaga past Washington State.

Dickau hit 5-of-13 from the field and 10-of-12 from the free throw line as Gonzaga (9-2) held the Cougars to just 29.4 percent shooting.

Cory Violette added 13 points and eight rebounds for Gonzaga. Zach Gourde and Ronny Turiaf each had 10 points.

Women

No. 7 Purdue 82, California-Santa Barbara 67

INDIANAPOLIS -- Erika Valek scored 18 of her career-high 21 points in the second half as No. 7 Purdue rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit for an 82-67 victory over California-Santa Barbara on Saturday.

The victory was the eighth straight for the Boilermakers (8-1).

Mary Jo Noon finished with 16 points, and Shereka Wright added 14 points for Purdue.

Kristen Mann came off the bench to score 20 points and grab 13 rebounds for the Gauchos (3-4). Kayte Christensen added 16 points.

No. 19 Texas 80, Lamar 47

AUSTIN, Texas -- Alisha Sare scored 18 points and Stacy Stephens added 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 19 Texas past Lamar.

Five Longhorns scored in double figures as Texas (7-1) rebounded from its first loss of the season.

Lamar (2-5) never led as Texas scored 25 points off 20 turnovers.

Eva Christian led Lamar with 10 points.

No. 18 Colorado St. 82, Louisville 72

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ashley Augspurger and Jackie Campbell each scored 18 points to lead No. 18 Colorado State past Louisville in the championship of the Women's Sports Foundation tournament.

Campbell scored nine points in the first half as the Rams (8-1) built a 37-20 lead by the break. Augspurger scored 15 of her 18 in the second half.

No. 5 Iowa St. 86, E. Kentucky 75

AMES, Iowa -- Angie Welle had 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead Iowa State past Eastern Kentucky in the championship game of the Cyclone Challenge.

Lindsay Wilson scored 23 points and Tracy Gahan added 14 for Iowa State.

Katie Kelly led Eastern Kentucky with 13 points. Mikki Bond and Iowa-native Zoey Artist each scored 12.



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