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Oladipo slams door on Michigan State


March 16. 2013 6:49PM
The Associated Press

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Victor Oladipo's go-ahead putback, dunk and free throws in the final minute lifted top-ranked Indiana to a 72-68 win over No. 4 Michigan State on Tuesday night.


Indiana (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) broke a first-place tie in the conference. The Hoosiers had lost 17 straight — since 1991 — on the road against the Spartans.


The Spartans blew opportunities at the line.


Trailing by three with 3.7 seconds left, Gary Harris was fouled on a 3-point attempt. He missed the first one and then after making the second, missed the third on purpose. Indiana got the rebound and Oladipo hit two free throws to seal the win.


Keith Appling had missed the front end of a one and one with a little more than a minute left.


Michigan State (22-5, 11-3) had won five straight and 11 of 12 with its only loss during the stretch at Indiana.


Marquette 67, Seton Hall 46

NEWARK, N.J. — Vander Blue scored 19 points and No. 17 Marquette used a sizeable rebounding advantage to beat Seton Hall.


The win enabled the Golden Eagles (19-6, 10-3 Big East) to hold onto first place in the conference with their fourth win in the last five outings. The Pirates (13-14, 2-12) dropped below the .500 mark for the first time this season — their worst league mark in 29 years.




Saint Louis 76, VCU 62

ST. LOUIS — Jordair Jett scored all 16 of his points in the second half and Mike McCall, Jr. added 15 to help Saint Louis win its eighth straight and take sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10 with a victory over No. 24 VCU.


Saint Louis (20-5, 9-2) holds a half-game advantage over No. 15 Butler (21-6, 9-3), which beat cellar dweller Duquesne 68-49 Tuesday. The Billikens will visit Butler Friday. SLU defeated the Bulldogs at home 75-58 on Jan. 31.


Miami 54, Virginia 50

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Reggie Johnson made a tie-breaking layup with 5.7 seconds left, and the No. 2-ranked Miami Hurricanes overcame a ragged offensive performance for the second game in a row to beat Virginia and remain unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference.


Durand Scott added two clinching free throws with 4.1 seconds to go for the Hurricanes, who earned their 14th consecutive victory and took a big step toward their first league title. The win came two nights after they rallied late to beat Clemson 45-43.


Missouri 63, Florida 60

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Laurence Bowers had 17 points plus 10 rebounds and Missouri erased a 13-point deficit in the second half to rally past No. 5 Florida.


Phil Pressey added 10 assists, seven points, six rebounds and three steals for Missouri (19-7, 8-5 SEC). The Tigers didn't have Bowers a month ago in a 31-point blowout loss at Florida.



Butler 68, Duquesne 49

INDIANAPOLIS — Rotnei Clarke scored 16 points and Khyle Marshall added 14 to lead No. 15 Butler past reeling Duquesne.


The Bulldogs (22-5, 9-3 Atlantic 10) have won five of their last six and managed to keep pace with league-leading Virginia Commonwealth, which went into the night with a one-game lead over Butler and a 1/2 game lead over St. Louis.


WOMEN Syracuse 58, Rutgers 45

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Kayla Alexander and Elashier Hall converted three-point plays to key a decisive second-half spurt, and No. 21 Syracuse beat Rutgers, denying Scarlet Knights coach C. Vivian Stringer her 900th victory.


Stringer, a Hall of Famer in her 42nd season as a head coach, is seeking to become just the fourth women's coach to reach 900 wins along with Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and Sylvia Hatchell, who reached the mark on Feb. 7.



Delaware 69, George Mason 55

FAIRFAX, Va. — Elena Delle Donne scored 18 of her 31 points in the first half and also grabbed nine rebounds in leading No. 18 Delaware past George Mason for its 18th straight win.


Delle Donne scored 10 points during a decisive 21-8 Delaware (23-3, 14-0) run to close the half, giving the Blue Hens a 41-24 lead.


Delle Donne jumped up two spots on the NCAA all-time career points list, finishing the night in 20th place with 2,758.


Delaware has now won 34 straight Colonial Athletic Association games and has beaten George Mason four straight times.




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