Senior forward Baskerville Holmes scored 19 points last night to lead undefeated and third-ranked Memphis State to an 83-61 Metro Conference basketball victory over Virginia Tech in Memphis.
The victory extends the Tigers' record to 20-0 overall, 5-0 in the conference. The Hokies are 16-4, 3-2.
The Tigers took a 21-point lead in the second period, 53-32, with 12:47 to play. Holmes scored 12 points during that stretch.
*Old Dominion 62, Richmond 59: Frank Smith sank a pair of free throws with four seconds remaining to hold off the Spiders (16-2) at Richmond.
Steve Kratzer's score on a goaltending call with five seconds left pulled Richmond within 60-59. But Smith was fouled and hit both ends of a one-and-one as the Monarchs won for the 12th time in 16 games.
*Duke 89, Harvard 52: David Henderson scored 14 points and reserve Billy King was five for five from the field and scored 12 points as the No. 2 Blue Devils (18-2) won in Durham, N.C.
Duke scored only five points in the first six minutes. But with the Crimson (4-11) shooting 21 percent for the first half, Duke pulled ahead to take a 41-19 halftime lead.
*Va. Commonwealth 61, Marquette 56: Nicky Jones scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half as the Rams (7-11) broke a halftime tie by scoring the first seven points after intermission and defeated the Warriors (12-6) in Richmond.
Marquette got no closer than three in the second half and no closer than five in the final three minutes when Virginia Commonwealth took its biggest lead of the game, 57-48, with 33 seconds left.
*Villanova 68, Pennsylvania 64: Dwight Wilbur scored 20 points to lead the Wildcats in Philadelphia.
Wilbur scored seven straight points during a 9-0 run, helping the Wildcats overcome a 56-52 deficit and take a 61-56 lead. Harold Pressley scored 17 points for Villanova (14-8). Pennsylvania is 8-6.
*Florida 75, Miami 53: In Gainesville, Fla., Vernon Maxwell scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds to help the Gators (10-7) beat the Hurricanes (10-8).
Dennis Burns scored 19 points for Miami, which started five freshmen for the first time this season.
*Alabama-Birmingham 71, South Florida 56: Steve Mitchell scored 21 points, including 19 in the first half, to lead 18th-ranked UAB (19-5, 7-2 in the Sun Belt) to a conference victory at home over South Florida (9-8, 2-4 in the league).
*St. Joseph's 78, W. Virginia 70: Geoff Arnold scored 17 points, including seven during an 11-0 run, to lead the Hawks (14-3, 8-1 in the Atlantic 10) in Philadelphia. Holman Harley had 29 for West Virginia (14-6, 9-1).