|Rick Jackson, who had 17 points, gets all net over Michigan State’s Derrick Nix for unbeaten Syracuse in the Jimmy V. Classic. (Nick Laham/Getty Images)|
Jackson, Orange one-up Spartans
Rick Jackson matched his season-high with 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead No. 8 Syracuse to a 72-58 victory over No. 7 Michigan State last night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Scoop Jardine had 19 points and Kris Joseph added 14 for the Orange (9-0), who took the lead 4 1/2 minutes into the game and never relinquished it in front of a sellout crowd of 19,391, which was solidly behind the team from upstate New York.
With the 6-foot-9-inch, 240-pound Jackson leading the way, Syracuse dominated inside, finishing with a 42-24 advantage on points in the paint and outrebounding the Spartans, 38-30. Michigan State led the nation the last two seasons in rebound margin.
The Orange won for the first time in three appearances in this event, which has helped raise more than $100 million for the V Foundation, a fund-raising effort for cancer research started by the late Jim Valvano.
Durrell Summers had 18 points for Michigan State (6-3).
All of the Spartan losses have been to teams ranked in the Top 10 as they lost to Connecticut in the Maui Invitational and top-ranked Duke.
The Spartans, who won their first two appearances in the Jimmy Classic, committed 20 turnovers in the loss to the Blue Devils and didn’t help themselves against Syracuse, finishing with 17. They also hurt themselves by going 9 of 16 at the free throw line.
Kansas 81, Memphis 68 — Markieff Morris had 16 points and his twin brother Marcus added 14 to lead the No. 4 Jayhawks over the No. 13 Tigers in the Jimmy V Classic.
Tyshawn Taylor had 13 points and Thomas Robinson added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks (8-0), who had lost in both their previous appearances in the event.
Will Barton scored 16 points to lead the Tigers (7-1), who are 1-2 in the Jimmy V and who have lost four straight against Kansas, including the 2008 national championship game.
Kansas had trouble with turnovers in the first half, finishing with 12, which was more than its average for a game this season (11.9).
Purdue 76, Valparaiso 58 — E’Twaun Moore scored 23 points to help the 19th-ranked Boilermakers beat the host Crusaders.
JaJuan Johnson had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks, Kelsey Barlow scored 13 points and Lewis Jackson added 11 points, 4 assists and 4 steals for the Boilermakers (8-1), who won their third straight.
It was Purdue’s first game without John Hart. The team’s No. 3 scorer is expected to miss at least a month with a stress fracture in his right foot.
Brandon Wood scored 20 points for Valparaiso (6-3), but he had just 2 in the second half.
Harvard 69, WPI 54 — Oliver McNally scored 20 points and Christian Webster added 17 to help the host Crimson defeat the Engineers.
The Crimson (6-2) shot 11 for 22 in the opening half, including 8 of 15 from 3-point range (53.3 percent) to take a 38-25 halftime lead.
McNally nailed a 3-pointer with 16:13 left to play in the second, extending Harvard’s lead to 47-32.
Jeffrey Robinson scored 16 points to lead the Engineers (5-2).
WPI pulled within 8, 54-46, with 11:02 to play, but 5 straight Crimson points pushed their lead back to 13.
Dayton 63, Central Conn. St. 61 — Chris Johnson scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the host Flyers hold off the Blue Devils.
The Flyers (7-2) trailed at halftime, 29-23, after shooting just 7 of 22 in the first half (31.8 percent).
A 9-0 run by the Flyers gave them a 1-point lead, 53-52, with 4:37 remaining and they led, 61-59, with 52 seconds remaining.
Josh Parker — making his first start for Dayton — stepped to the free throw line with 19 seconds left with a chance to give the Flyers a two-possession lead.
Parker hit two free throws and Dayton held on for the 2-point victory after a missed jumper from Shemik Thompson as time expired.
Stony Brook 54, Holy Cross 53 — Dave Coley hit a layup with 1.2 seconds left to lead the Seawolves at Worcester. Stony Brook (4-4) didn’t lead in the second half until Coley’s final basket, trailing all but 6 minutes and 13 seconds in the game. The winless Crusaders (0-7) were led by Devin Brown, who had 21 points.
Women’s basketball Florida 86, Harvard 65 — Brittany Shine had 16 points and the Gators (8-2) remained unbeaten at home in bringing down the Crimson (4-3). Brogan Berry led Harvard with 15 points and five rebounds, and Christine Matera added 14 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Harvard also got 11 points from Emma Markley and 10 from Christine Clark.
The Gators used a 15-0 run to take a 71-41 lead midway through the second half. Harvard outscored Florida, 18-9, in the final seven minutes, but was too far behind.
Men’s hockey Brown 4, Providence 4 — Jack Maclellan scored twice in the final five minutes of regulation to lift the Bears to a tie with the Friars in the 25th annual Mayor’s Cup in Providence. Brown (3-4-4) came back from a 4-2 third-period deficit against its cross-town rival. Dennis Robertson and Harry Zolnierczyk also scored for the Bears. The Friars (6-6-5) got goals from Jordan Kremyr, Andy Balysky, Derek Army, and Ian O’Connor.