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No. 1 Illinois plays it cool

Spartans can't slow sharpshooting rival

Dee Brown backpedaled with his right arm held high and wrist cocked after making a 3-pointer.

It was a sight No. 1 Illinois forced Michigan State to get used to.

Luther Head scored 22 points, Brown had 18, and the Fighting Illini made 13 3-pointers to remain undefeated with an 81-68 victory over the 12th-ranked Spartans last night in East Lansing, Mich.

Illinois (22-0, 8-0 Big Ten) was expected to face a tough test against Michigan State (14-4, 5-2) in an arena known to be raucous. But several Illini calmly made 3-pointers and when they were not making shots from beyond the arc, they scored in the post.

Alan Anderson scored 14 points for the Spartans.

Clemson 88, Maryland 73 -- Sharrod Ford tied his career high with 25 points and the host Tigers (11-10, 2-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) snapped a 13-game losing streak against the No. 22 Terrapins.

John Gilchrist had 18 points for the Terrapins (13-6, 4-4).

Westfield St. 82, Bridgewater St. 61 -- Mike Jurkowski notched 33 points and 16 rebounds, and Vaso Jaukovic had 11 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists as the host Owls (9-8, 5-2 MASCAC) routed the Bears (9-8, 4-3).

WPI 94, UMass-Boston 69 -- Ryan Cain scored 27 points, shooting 7 for 14 from the field and 9 for 10 at the line, and Scott Misiaszek scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the host Engineers (17-1) trounced the Beacons (5-14) in a non-conference game.

Wheaton 78, Babson 72 -- Brian Zukowski hit 9 of 13 shots and scored 29 points, helping the host Lyons (15-4, 6-2 NEWMAC) overcome an 8-point halftime deficit and defeat the Beavers (7-12, 1-5).

Clark 80, Coast Guard 76 -- Tim Dutille had game-highs with 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the Cougars (6-13, 2-6 NEWMAC) used a 10-0 run in the final minutes to earn the road victory. Al Sowers paced Coast Guard (10-9, 2-6) with 22 points and eight assists.

Springfield 76, MIT 59 -- Mike DeCesar scored 17 points and dished out five assists to lead the Pride (15-5, 5-2 NEWMAC) past the visiting Engineers (9-9, 3-5).

Curry 89, Salve Regina 85 -- Raheim Lamb and Tim Jones each scored 22 points, while James Bartelle added 21 and Michael Mohrin 20 as the Colonels (9-7, 6-2 CCC) shot 63 percent from the field in defeating the visiting Seahawks (11-8, 8-3).

Colby-Sawyer 73, U. New England 53 -- Andrew St. Clair scored 6 of his game-high 18 points during a decisive 10-2 run in the second half that sparked the host Chargers (15-3, 10-0 CCC) to their 10th straight victory.

Keene St. 90, Tufts 78 -- Sean Sullivan scored 24 points and David Sullivan dropped in 21 as the Owls (11-7) topped the visiting Jumbos (11-8) in non-conference matchup.

Framingham St. 68, Mass. College 61 -- Jared Clark scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half as the Rams (10-7, 5-2 MASCAC) held off the visiting Trailblazers (6-11, 0-7).

Fitchburg St. 80, Worcester St. 79 -- Dan Largesse hit 5 of 8 shots and scored 17 points as the Falcons (4-15, 2-5 MASCAC) knocked off the visiting Lancers (10-8, 3-4).

Amherst 65, Brandeis 61 -- John Bedford scored 19 points as the host Jeffs (17-1) earned a non-conference victory over the Judges (11-7).

Endicott 67, Gordon 52 -- Nemanja Marinkivic scored 16 points and also collected 10 rebounds as the host Gulls (11-5, 7-1 CCC) glided past the Fighting Scots (11-7, 5-4).

Hockey

Harvard 8, Union 1 -- Ryan Maki and Rob Flynn each scored a pair of goals, and the Crimson (13-5-2, 10-4-1 ECACHL) scored three times in each of the first two periods to overwhelm the host Dutchmen (10-17-1, 7-10).

Trinity 5, Wesleyan 3 -- Kevin Hathaway and Bill Maheras scored the tying and winning goals 23 seconds apart in the third period to lift the Bantams (14-2-1) over the Cardinal (3-15).

WNEC 2, Suffolk 1 -- Kevin Leonard scored the winner at 9:24 of the third period as the host Golden Bears (4-12-1, 2-7-1 ECAC Northeast) edged the Rams (3-10, 2-6).

Curry 8, Plymouth St. 0 -- Casey Reasonover and Trevor Spiridi each scored a pair of goals as the Colonels (11-4-3, 9-0-1 CCC) overwhelmed the visiting Panthers (6-8-2, 3-4-1).

Wentworth 7, Nichols 2 -- Jayden Der scored twice in the second period to help the Leopards (12-7-1, 9-0-1 ECAC Northeast) break open a victory over the Bison (4-11-1, 2-5-1) at Matthews Arena.

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