- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 4, 2009

From combined dispatches


No. 18 CLEMSON 75, VIRGINIA 57: Terrence Oglesby scored 18 points, and the Tigers (23-6, 9-6 ACC) used their inside power to snap a two-game skid with a victory over the Cavaliers (9-17, 3-12) in Clemson, S.C., on Tuesday night.

Clemson secured back-to-back winning seasons in the league for just the second time in school history.

Clemson also held Virginia’s star freshman, Sylven Landesberg, to three foul shots. Landesberg came in averaging 17.4 points but missed all six shots he took.

Calvin Baker had 18 points to lead the Cavaliers, who have lost four in a row.

The Tigers had lost back-to-back games to Virginia Tech and Florida State. It was only the second time this season they had lost consecutive games. They trailed the Cavaliers 33-32 early in the second half.

But Oglesby’s outside touch and an assortment of dunks from forwards Trevor Booker, Raymond Sykes and Jerai Grant helped Clemson pull away.

Sykes finished with 14 points, while Booker had 13 points and 15 rebounds, his 11th double-double this season.

The Tigers needed a little more than a half to get themselves going in their final regular-season home game. Then they put on a show.

Booker got things started with a dunk that gave Clemson a 38-33 lead. Sykes, one of two seniors in the Tigers’ starting lineup, followed with a right-handed throwdown moments later.


No. 7 DUKE 84, FLORIDA STATE 81: Gerald Henderson scored nine of his 21 points in the final two minutes to help the Blue Devils (25-5, 11-4 ACC) beat the Seminoles (22-8, 9-6) in Durham, N.C.

Kyle Singler scored 20 points, Jon Scheyer added 17 and Henderson had 10 rebounds for Duke.

The Blue Devils won their fifth straight, matched the NCAA record for most wins in a decade with 286 and moved a half-game behind No. 2 North Carolina in the league standings.

Toney Douglas scored 27 points for the Seminoles, and his 3-pointer from the right wing gave Florida State a 76-74 lead with 2:25 remaining.

No. 8 MICHIGAN ST. 64, INDIANA 59: Kalin Lucas scored 15 points and Raymar Morgan had 14, including a crucial dunk with 27.5 seconds left, to lead the Spartans (24-5, 14-3 Big Ten) past the Hoosiers (6-23, 1-16) in Bloomington, Ind.

Michigan State eventually wore down short-handed Indiana with depth, speed and muscle.

Indiana was led by Verdell Jones with 15 points, while Nick Williams and Malik Story each had 11. But it wasn’t enough to avoid losing an eighth straight game or match two more dubious marks in the record marks.

Indiana’s five home wins were its fewest in a single season since 1969-70, and the Hoosiers tied the school record for worst home winning percentage in a season (.333), matching the mark set in 1943-44 when Indiana was 3-6.

No. 14 GONZAGA 90, USC-UPSTATE 40: Matt Bouldin scored 16 points and the Bulldogs (24-5) pounded the Spartans (9-21) in Spokane, Wash., in a nonconference game that was the regular season finale for both teams.

Andrew Sorenson added 15 points for Gonzaga, which is 16-1 since New Year’s Day, losing only to No. 5 Memphis. The Bulldogs won all 14 of their West Coast Conference games and are the top seed heading into this weekend’s WCC tournament in Las Vegas.

No. 25 SYRACUSE 70, RUTGERS 40: Andy Rautins hit three 3-pointers in a three-minute span to help break open a one-point game midway through the second half, and the Orange (22-8, 10-7 Big East) beat the Scarlet Knights (10-20, 1-16) in Syracuse, N.Y.


No. 23 IOWA STATE 62, MISSOURI 47: Heather Ezell scored 19 points to lead the Cyclones (22-7, 10-5 Big 12) to a win over the Tigers (13-15, 4-11) in Columbia, Mo.

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