- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 18, 2009

From combined dispatches


No. 19 PURDUE 72, No. 6 MICHIGAN ST. 54: JaJuan Johnson scored 17 points to lead the Boilermakers (20-6, 9-4 Big Ten) over the Spartans (20-5, 10-3) on Tuesday night in West Lafayette, Ind., and move Purdue within one game of Michigan State in the Big Ten standings.

E’Twaun Moore scored 13 points and Robbie Hummel added 11 for Purdue in his first start since missing three games with a hairline fracture in his lower back. The Boilermakers, who have five games left, won their third straight.

Kalin Lucas scored 14 points and Durrell Summers added 11 for Michigan State, which had won three in a row. The Spartans tied a season low for points.

Michigan State had held its previous three opponents under 50 points, but the Boilermakers shot 48 percent and scored their 50th point with nearly 11 minutes remaining.

The Boilermakers, who entered the game ranked second nationally in field goal percentage defense, limited the Spartans to 33 percent shooting.

The rematch will be at Michigan State on March 8, the season finale for both teams.

No. 10 MARQUETTE 79, SETON HALL 67: Wesley Matthews scored 24 points, and the Golden Eagles (22-4, 11-2 Big East) opened the second half with a decisive run to pull away from the Pirates (14-11, 5-8) in Milwaukee.

Lazar Hayward added 14 points for Marquette, which trailed by three points at halftime but outscored Seton Hall 16-3 coming out of the break - and then Marquette got to shoot six straight free throws after a personal foul and two technicals were called on Seton Hall.

Jeremy Hazell scored 23 points for the Pirates, who have lost two straight games to top-10 teams after having their five-game winning streak snapped by No. 1 Connecticut on Saturday.

The Golden Eagles won despite a slightly off night for Jerel McNeal, who had scored 20 or more points in nine straight games but was held to 13 on 4-for-10 shooting Tuesday.


No. 2 OKLAHOMA 80, TEXAS TECH 72: Courtney Paris scored 23 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to help the Sooners (23-2, 11-0 Big 12) rally to beat the Red Raiders (14-11, 4-7) on the road in Lubbock.

No. 8 LOUISVILLE 89, ST. JOHN’S 60: Angel McCoughtry scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the 51st double-double of her career to help the host Cardinals (24-3, 11-2 Big East) rout the Red Storm (15-10, 3-9).

No. 24 NOTRE DAME 86, SOUTH FLORIDA 79: Lindsay Schrader scored 26 points and Becca Bruszewski added 20 to help the Irish (18-6, 7-5 Big East) rally past the host Bulls (18-8, 5-7) in Tampa.

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