Originally created 03/03/00

Spartans roll past Gophers



EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Mike Chappell scored 18 points, including a pair of 3-point baskets to cap a 16-0 first-half run, as No. 7 Michigan State beat Minnesota 79-43 Thursday night.

The Spartans (22-7, 12-3 Big Ten) extended their school-record home winning streak to 27 games and moved back into a tie for first place with Ohio State with one game remaining.

Michigan State ends its regular season Saturday and Michigan, while Ohio State plays Minnesota (12-14, 4-11).

It was the seventh time this season that Michigan State has bounced back from a loss to post a convincing win in its next game. In seven games following a loss, the Spartans' average margin of victory is 24 points.

Michigan State hasn't lost back-to-back games since December 1998. Morris Peterson finished with 13 points for Michigan State, Mateen Cleaves added 12 and Charlie Bell 11.

Wake Forest -- 80
Virginia -- 75

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Darius Songaila scored 22 points, including 14-for-14 shooting from the foul line, and Wake Forest dealt Virginia's NCAA tournament hopes a severe blow by beating the Cavaliers.

Wake Forest (16-13, 7-9 ACC) lost the lead only once in the first half after a 7-0 Virginia run in a span of 18 seconds. But Songaila started a 5-0 burst by Wake Forest with two free throws and the Demon Deacons never trailed again.

Virginia (18-10, 8-7), battling for third in the ACC and hoping for its first NCAA tournament berth in three years, lost its second straight. The Cavs lost at Florida State Feb. 26. They finish against No. 17 Maryland Saturday.

Georgia State -- 77
Florida Atlantic -- 54

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Shernard Long broke out of a slump to score 20 points and lead Georgia State past Florida Atlantic in the quarterfinals of the Trans America Athletic Conference tournament.

Georgia State (17-11), which tied the school record for victories set a year ago, advanced to today's semifinal game against Samford, an 80-61 winner Thursday against Campbell.