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Michigan State topples Loyola of Chicago

Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2002

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Chris Hill had 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as 15th-ranked Michigan State beat Loyola of Chicago 80-54 Tuesday night for its 34th consecutive win over a non-conference opponent at home.

Michigan State (6-2) didn't suffer from a letdown against the Ramblers (4-4) after winning at Kentucky on Saturday, and rolled to its fourth straight victory. Hill was 6-of-11 from the field.

David Bailey scored 15 points for Loyola, and Paul McMillan added 14.

No. 3 Duke 91, N. Carolina A&T 57

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Dahntay Jones scored a season-high 18 points, and Duke forced 18 first-half turnovers.

The Blue Devils, playing for the first time in 10 days, improved to 6-0 for the 12th time in 23 seasons under coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Richmond 83, No. 17 Stanford 69

STANFORD, Calif. -- Mike Skrocki scored 27 points as Richmond helped ruin Stanford's with a victory in the consolation game of the Stanford Invitational.

Cincinnati 77, No. 5 Oregon 52

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Cincinnati was the team without the high national ranking and didn't have any players known only by their first names. That mattered little to the Bearcats, who played defense like Bob Huggins' teams have in the past, and they beat No. 5 Oregon.

77-52 Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.

Cincinnati (5-2) handed the Ducks (6-1) and their two stars with the first name Luke their first loss of the season in convincing fashion, holding them 40 points below their scoring average.

And while the pregame attention was on Oregon's Luke Ridnour and Luke Jackson. But it was Tony Bobbitt, a junior college transfer, that everyone was talking about after the game.

Bobbitt had 29 points, one more than he had for the entire season. He entered the game 8-for-29 from the field and was 9-for-14 Tuesday, including 6-for-11 from 3-point range. His fifth 3-pointer of the game gave him 24 points and Cincinnati a 60-30 lead.

His sixth 3 came with 9:02 to play and gave the Bearcats their biggest lead of the game at 68-33.

Oregon then went on an 8-0 run, but it was too little way too late.

Jason Maxiell had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Bearcats, who came into the game allowing only 56.3 points per game.

Ridnour had 10 points to lead the Ducks, who shot 36 percent, well off the 48.5 mark they had coming in.

Ridnour, 3-for-13 from the field, came in averaging 20.2 points. Jackson, who had nine points and was 4-for-10 from the field, came in at 19.8 per game.

Stokes hit a 3-pointer to give the Bearcats a 17-4 lead 5:16 into the game. Brian Helquist scored down low with 12:12 left in the half, Oregon's third field goal in 13 shots, one that drew a sarcastic cheer from the crowd at Continental Airlines Arena.

The Bearcats never let up with the intense defense, and the Ducks shot 36 percent in the first half (9-for-25) and committed 10 turnovers.

Cincinnati went up 44-21 with 24 seconds left in the half on the most exciting play of the first 20 minutes, Stokes' dunk of a rebound of a 3-point shot by Bobbitt.

Ridnour then hit a 3 with 4 seconds left to get the Ducks within 20 at halftime. It left Oregon 2-for-12 from 3-point range.

This was the eighth Jimmy V Classic, a fund-raiser for cancer research named in memory of former North Carolina State coach Jim Valvano, who died of the disease in April 1993.

Gonzaga beat North Carolina State 69-60 in the opening game of the doubleheader.



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