- The Washington Times - Friday, January 30, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 12 CLEMSON 86, VIRGINIA TECH 82:K.C. Rivers hit seven 3-pointers and scored 29 points Thursday night, and the Tigers (18-2, 4-2 ACC) rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half to beat the Hokies (14-6, 4-2) in Blacksburg, Va.

Clemson used an 18-0 run to get back in the game and then outscored the Hokies 8-2 over the final 2:08.

Malcolm Delaney had a career-high 37 points for Virginia Tech.

David Potter of Clemson got open for a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:24 remaining, and then Rivers came off a screen and hit a long two-pointer with 48 seconds left. The Hokies never scored again.

Trevor Booker added 21 points and 13 rebounds for Clemson.

Jeff Allen had 13 points and nine rebounds, and A.D. Vassallo scored 10 points, eight below his average, for Virginia Tech, which lost despite shooting 51.7 percent.

Delaney was 11-for-16 from the field, including 6-for-9 on 3s, but Rivers finished 10-for-17 overall and 7-for-10 from behind the arc.

Trailing by six points with 7 1/2 minutes left, the Hokies took the lead with a 13-4 run. Delaney had seven points in the burst, including a 3-pointer from the top of the key to end it and give Virginia Tech a 79-76 lead with 3:24 to play. It was his sixth 3-pointer.

That put the onus back on Rivers and the Tigers, and they answered.

Booker had a putback, and Potter scored on a drive around a free throw by Allen. Potter added his 3-pointer before Rivers followed Dorenzo Hudson’s layup with his shot from the top of the key with 48 seconds left that gave the Tigers an 85-82 lead.

No. 9 MICHIGAN ST. 71, IOWA 56: Kalin Lucas tied a career high with 24 points, and the Spartans (17-3, 7-1 Big Ten) cruised past the Hawkeyes (12-9, 2-6) in Iowa City for their fifth straight conference road victory.

Durrell Summers added 21 points for Michigan State, which never trailed en route to its 13th win in 14 games.

Iowa cut a 22-point deficit to 61-52 with 5:55 left on consecutive 3-pointers by Jeff Peterson and Jermain Davis. Summers answered with a jumper and a layup, and the Spartans held the Hawkeyes scoreless for a stretch of nearly 4 1/2 minutes to seal the win.

Peterson had 14 points for Iowa, which lost for the fifth time in six games. Coach Todd Lickliter fell to 1-9 against ranked teams, with his only win coming against Michigan State last season 43-36.

WASHINGTON ST. 65, No. 14 ARIZONA ST. 55: Freshman Klay Thompson scored a season-high 28 points and was 8-for-10 from 3-point range to lead the Cougars (12-8, 4-4 Pac-10) to a victory over the Sun Devils (16-4, 5-3) in Tempe, Ariz.

Aron Baynes had 22 points and nine rebounds for Washington State, which beat a ranked team for the first time in five tries this season.

MINNESOTA 59, No. 19 ILLINOIS 36: Lawrence Westbrook had 10 of his 15 points in the second half, including two crowd-stirring 3-pointers down the stretch, and the Golden Gophers (18-3, 6-3 Big Ten) came up with a victory over Illinois in Minneapolis to end a 20-game losing streak against the Illini (18-3, 6-3).

Ralph Sampson added 10 points and seven rebounds for Minnesota, which held brick-laying Illinois (15-for-51) to its lowest point total in 24 years.

ARIZONA 106, No. 23 WASHINGTON 97: Nic Wise scored a career-high 29 points, including six key free throws in the final three minutes, and the host Wildcats (13-8, 3-5 Pac-10) beat the Huskies (15-5, 6-2) in Tucson.

Jamelle Horne made two free throws after being intentionally fouled by Jon Brockman with 25.7 seconds remaining to give Arizona a nine-point lead.

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