- The Washington Times - Monday, November 23, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 2 MICHIGAN STATE 90, VALPARAISO 60: Tom Izzo won his 340th game at Michigan State on Sunday, tying the school record for victories in the Spartans’ win over the Crusaders on Sunday in East Lansing, Mich.

Izzo shares the record with mentor Jud Heathcote, who was to be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday night, along with his best player, Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

Chris Allen scored 22 points to lead Michigan State (4-0), and Kalin Lucas added 15.

Brandon Wood had 24 points for Valparaiso (1-3).

The game was a regional matchup in the Legends Classic. The Spartans head to Atlantic City, N.J., for a game Friday against Florida in the tournament semifinals.

NO. 5 VILLANOVA 79, MISSISSIPPI 67: Scottie Reynolds scored 21 points, Corey Stokes added 18 and the Wildcats beat the Rebels to win the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.

Antonio Pena added 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Wildcats (5-0), who did nothing to diminish their status as favorites in the Big East during their trip to the Caribbean.

Villanova used an 8-0 run in the opening minutes Sunday night and led 27-23 at halftime, holding the Rebels (4-1) to only 29.6 percent shooting from the field.

NO. 7 PURDUE 85, ST. JOSEPH’S 60: JaJuan Johnson had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Boilermakers to a victory over the Hawks in the Paradise Jam.

Ryne Smith added 16 points while E’Twaun Moore and Mark Wohlford each scored 11 for the Boilermakers (3-0), who play No. 10 Tennessee in the championship game on Monday night.

NO. 10 TENNESSEE 57, DEPAUL 53: Tyler Smith made two free throws with 13.7 seconds left, and the Volunteers held off the Blue Demons in the second round of the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Smith finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for the Vols (4-0), who will play No. 7 Purdue or Saint Joseph’s for the tournament title on Monday night.

KANSAS STATE 83, NO. 18 DAYTON 75: Jacob Pullen scored 26 points and Denis Clemente added 21 to lead the Wildcats to an 83-75 victory over the Flyers in the third-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

The scrappy Wildcats (4-1) built an early lead and had enough to hang on at the finish to beat the Flyers, who defeated No. 21 Georgia Tech in the first round of the tournament.

No. 20 LOUISVILLE 90, MORGAN STATE 81: Cardinals center Samardo Samuels lifted all 265 pounds off the ground and extended his right hand toward Freedom Hall’s ceiling.

Samuels swatted the shot to halfcourt, where teammate Rakeem Buckles collected it and slammed it home to help the Cardinals hold off the Bears in Louisville, Ky.

No. 21 GEORGIA TECH 85, BOSTON 67: Senior forward Zachery Peacock had 22 points to lead the Yellow Jackets to a victory over the Terriers in the fifth-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.

Peacock finished 10-for-11 from the field. Gani Lawal added 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Mfon Udofia scored 15 points for the Yellow Jackets.

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