Roundup: No. 13 Villanova Races Past No. 10 Marquette, 102-84
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Scottie Reynolds scored 27 points, Corey Fisher added 21 and No. 13 Villanova continued its dominant Big East run with a 102-84 victory last night at home over No. 10 Marquette.
Shane Clark scored 16 points and Dante Cunningham contributed 15 for the Wildcats (20-4, 8-3), who won their 26th straight game at the Pavilion and reached the 100-point mark in consecutive Big East games for the first time in team history.
"We've been taking big steps the last five weeks," Reynolds (Herndon) said of Villanova, which has won six in a row, including three victories against ranked teams. "And this was just another step."
Reynolds carried the Wildcats in the second half, scoring 16 points and making three timely three-pointers that turned back short Marquette runs.
Jerel McNeal scored 23 points and set a school career scoring record for the Golden Eagles (20-4, 9-2), breaking George Thompson's 40-year-old mark. McNeal entered the season 22nd on the career list, and his eighth straight game of 20-plus points gives him 1,776.
· MICHIGAN ST. 54, MICHIGAN 42: Freshman Delvon Roe scored 11 of his 14 points in the first half and Kalin Lucas had 13 of his 15 points after halftime, leading the No. 9 Spartans to a road win over their cross-state rival.
Michigan State (20-4, 10-2 Big Ten) has won three straight to open a 2 1/2 -game lead over Illinois and Ohio State, moving closer to its first conference championship since 2001.
The Wolverines (15-10, 5-7), trying to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998, trailed by eight points at halftime and 12 early in the second half before pulling within four with 4 minutes 48 seconds left but couldn't get closer.
DeShawn Sims scored 18 points but leading scorer Manny Harris had just seven on 2-of-10 shooting for the Wolverines, who have lost 16 of the last 19 games in the series.
· CLEMSON 87, BOSTON COLLEGE 77: Trevor Booker had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Terrence Oglesby scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half to lead the visiting, No. 12 Tigers.
Oglesby went 6 of 10 from three-point range, one on a four-point play with 11:54 left to put the Tigers (20-3, 6-3 ACC) ahead for good at 61-57. K.C. Rivers added 17 points as Clemson reached 20 wins for the third consecutive season -- a first in school history.
Rakim Sanders had 23 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles (18-8, 6-5), who dropped to 1-4 against ranked teams.
Pitt Women Finally Beat Rutgers
Sophronia Sallard scored 20 points and Shayla Scott hit consecutive three-pointers in overtime to help No. 19 Pittsburgh end an 11-year, 13-game losing streak to Rutgers with a 61-53 triumph in Piscataway, N.J.
Scott finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds and Shavonte Zellous added 15 points for the Panthers (18-4, 8-2 Big East), who have won seven straight. Epiphanny Prince scored 21 points for the Scarlet Knights (13-9, 5-6).