Originally created 02/09/00

Deacons break out against Tigers

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Reserves Craig Dawson and Josh Shoemaker provided sparks down the stretch as Wake Forest broke a month-long offensive slump with a 79-63 victory over Clemson on Tuesday night.

The Demon Deacons (13-10, 4-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) hit the 70-point mark for the first time since getting 84 against Ohio on Dec. 29 and improved to 9-0 this season when reaching that plateau.

Darius Songaila led Wake Forest, which had lost three straight and six of seven, with 16 points, but Dawson added 13 and Shoemaker 10 in limited action off the bench.

The Tigers (8-15, 2-8) lost for the 10th straight time in Joel Coliseum. ACC-scoring leader Will Solomon led Clemson with 29 points.

After trailing by as many as 17 early in the second half, the Tigers went on a 10-2 run to close to 49-41 with 10:29 left. But Robert O'Kelley made three free throws after being fouled by Solomon beyond the arc and Dawson scored on a baseline jumper to give the Demon Deacons some breathing room. The Tigers never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.

Clemson was coming off a six-turnover effort against North Carolina on Sunday -- its lowest in almost two years -- but coughed it up 10 times in the first 12 minutes in a sloppy start.

CAPTION:Purdue -- 70 No. 6 Michigan State -- 67

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Brian Cardinal scored 17 points and Mike Robinson added 16 as Purdue rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to beat No. 6 Michigan State.

The Boilermakers (16-7, 7-3 Big Ten) trailed 57-47 after Mateen Cleaves hit a 3-pointer with 13:20 to play. Michigan State (17-6, 7-2) then saw Purdue score 10 consecutive points to tie the score on a free throw by Robinson with 8:19 remaining.

Cardinal ignited the 10-point run with a 3-pointer and two free throws. Jaraan Cornell had 10 of his 12 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer that gave Purdue a 62-61 lead with 3:54 remaining.

Robinson's layup with 2:54 remaining put the Boilermakers ahead to stay at 64-63

CAPTION:St. Joseph's -- 80 Rhode Island -- 57

PHILADELPHIA -- Marvin O'Conner had 20 points and Andre Howard added 17 as St. Joseph's broke a three-game losing streak by crushing Rhode Island.

The Hawks (10-10, 5-5) went on an 11-0 run in the first half to open up a 38-24 advantage with 1:51 left. When Howard buried a jumper to start the second half the lead extended to 15.

Rhode Island (5-18, 2-8) was paced by Zach Marbury, who scored 13 points despite shooting three-for-14 from the field and missing all five three-pointers that he attempted.

CAPTION:Richmond -- 69 Virginia Commonwealth -- 57

RICHMOND, Va. -- Freshman Reggie Brown scored 25 points and sparked a 9-0 run as the second half opened to lead Richmond to a victory over crosstown rival Virginia Commonwealth.

Brown's 13 points in the first half helped the Spiders (12-9, 7-3 Colonial Athletic Association) to a 29-22 lead by intermission. He then hit two field goals and added two assists in the run that opened the second half.

The Rams (10-11, 3-7) never got closer than nine points thereafter.

No. 1 Connecticut women -- 93

Miami -- 46

STORRS, Conn. -- Center Kelly Schumacher made the most of her second start for top-ranked Connecticut with a career-high six blocks on as the Huskies routed Miami.

The 6-foot-5 Schumacher got the call after starting center Paige Sauer sprained her right foot last week. While Schumacher shut down the middle, the Huskies' speedy transition game quickly outdistanced the overmatched Hurricanes.

Connecticut (21-1, 10-0 Big East) scored 30 points off the fast break. Stacy Hansmeyer had five of Connecticut's 11 steals.


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