No. 3 Michigan State tames unranked Wildcats

Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2001

Jason Richardson scored 16 points and Zach Randolph added 15 points and six rebounds Wednesday night as No. 3 Michigan State beat Northwestern 74-58.

Charlie Bell had 12 points and six assists for Michigan State (16-1, 5-1 Big Ten), while Andre Hutson, playing in his first game since being sidelined with pneumonia, had six points in 17 minutes.

Tavaras Hardy had 17 points for the Wildcats (7-12, 0-7), who lost their 29th straight regular season Big Ten game.

No. 2 Duke 85, No. 9 Wake Forest 62

DURHAM, N.C. -- Jason Williams scored 27 points as the Blue Devils used a 21-3 run to close the first half and clutch 3-point shooting for the victory.

The victory kept the Blue Devils (18-1, 6-0) in a first-place tie with North Carolina in the ACC. Duke also improved to 52-2 in their last 54 regular-season conference games and beat the Demon Deacons for the ninth straight time.

The Demon Deacons (14-4, 3-4) have lost four of their last six and fell to 0-4 on the road in the ACC.

Duke came into the game leading the nation with 10.4 3-pointers a game, and after getting off to a rough start from the perimeter, went 14-for-26 against a defense that was allowing opponents 25 percent from beyond the arc.

No. 5 North Carolina 88,

No. 13 Virginia 81

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Joseph Forte scored 33 points -- nine during a key stretch in the second half -- and the Tar Heels extended their winning streak to 13 games.

North Carolina (16-2, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 50-35 at halftime, but Virginia (13-4, 2-4) went on a 16-4 run to start the second half and pulled within 54-51 just five minutes in.

No. 12 Arizona 86, Arizona St. 75

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Jason Gardner had a career-high six 3-pointers and Gilbert Arenas made four as Arizona kept Arizona State winless in the Pac-10.

Gardner scored 22 points and Arenas had 23 as the Wildcats (13-5, 6-1) won their fifth straight and beat the Sun Devils for the 11th time in a row.

Chad Prewitt had 18 points for Arizona State (8-10), which lost its seventh straight and fell to 0-7 in the Pac-10 for the first time since joining the conference in 1978.

No. 14 Florida 65, Auburn 63

AUBURN, Ala. -- Udonis Haslem scored 26 points and Brett Nelson hit five 3-pointers in the second half as the Gators hung on.

Orien Greene hit two free throws with 52 seconds left to give the Gators (12-4, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) a 65-61 lead.

The Tigers (12-7, 2-4) missed three shots in the final seconds with a chance to win or tie it.

No. 15 Wisconsin 57, Ohio St. 42

MADISON, Wis. -- Roy Boone led the Badgers (12-4, 3-3 Big Ten) with 13 points despite 4-of-13 shooting and Brian Brown was the Buckeyes' leading scorer with 14 points even though he misfired on 12 of 15 shots.

The Buckeyes (12-7, 3-4) shot just 25 percent (11-of-44).

The Badgers won for the 10th straight time at home and handed the Buckeyes their first loss in four trips to the Kohl Center.

Oklahoma 75, No. 20 Texas 68

NORMAN, Okla. -- J.R. Raymond scored 21 points and Hollis Price added 17 as the Sooners hung on.

Price made three free throws in the final 20 seconds and came up with a big steal after missing two foul shots in a row for the Sooners (14-4, 3-3 Big 12).

No. 21 Iowa 87, Minnesota 74

MINNEAPOLIS -- Reggie Evans had 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Hawkeyes snapped a two-game losing streak.

Luke Recker added 17 points for Iowa (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten), while Dean Oliver had 15.

The Gophers (15-4, 3-3) were led by J.B Bickerstaff and Terrance Simmons, who scored 15 points apiece.

The Hawkeyes, coming off losses to Michigan and Wisconsin, shot a season-best 53 percent (26-for-49) and made 26 of 35 free throws. The Hawkeyes also outrebounded the Gophers, 38-24.

Villanova 70, No. 24 Connecticut 59

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Michael Bradley scored 20 points, including six in a 10-0 first-half run, as Villanova handed the Huskies their fourth straight loss.

Bradley also led the Wildcats (12-5, 4-2 Big East) with 15 rebounds.

It was the Wildcats' first win over UConn (13-6, 2-4) in the last five meetings and the Huskies' first home loss of the season. This is UConn's worst losing streak since dropping the last five regular season games in 1996-97.

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