Originally created 12/23/01

Top 25 roundup



EAST LANSING, Mich. - Marcus Taylor had 18 points and five assists as No. 17 Michigan State held on to beat Seton Hall 68-64 Saturday, extending the nation's longest home winning streak to 53 games.

The Spartans (9-3) led 62-49 with just under five minutes to go. Seton Hall (6-4) scored 11 straight points, pulling within two with 38 seconds left on Andre Barrett's first of three layups in the final seconds.

Michigan State was 6-of-6 at the free-throw line in the final 18.5 seconds to seal the win.

The Pirates are just the eighth team to lose by less than 10 in the Breslin Center since the current streak started in 1998.

NO. 3 KANSAS 108, NORTH DAKOTA 77

In Grand Forks, N.D., Jeff Boschee, playing in his home state, scored 23 points to lead Kansas over North Dakota on Saturday.

Boschee had a large contingent of fans in attendance from Valley City, about a 3 1/2 -hour drive from Grand Forks. Many of the senior's supporters were wearing T-shirts with his No. 13.

Boschee shot 9-of-12 and made four 3-pointers.

Nick Collison scored 16 points for Kansas (9-1). Kirk Hinrich had 14 points, Wayne Simien had 13 and Drew Gooden 12 for the Jayhawks.

North Dakota (6-4) had trouble handling the Jayhawks' bigger front-court players and their smothering defense.

WISCONSIN 86, NO. 14 MARQUETTE 73

In Madison, Wis., Kirk Penney took advantage of Dwyane Wade's foul trouble to score a career-high 33 points and Wisconsin upset Marquette Saturday.

Penney's total was the best by a Badgers player since Michael Finley had 38 against Missouri in a 1994 NCAA tournament game. Penney's points were the most by a Wisconsin player in 108 games against Marquette.

The Badgers (5-6) blew all but one point of a 20-point lead in the second half before recovering to beat the Golden Eagles (10-1) for the fourth straight time.

NO. 19 UCLA 79, WASHINGTON ST. 74

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Dan Gadzuric scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half as the Bruins (7-2, 2-0 Pacific-10) rallied for the win.

A layup by Jason Kapono with 1:33 remaining put the Bruins up for good at 73-71. Kapono finished with 14 points - 12 in the second half - and eight rebounds.

Marcus Moore led the Cougars (4-5, 0-1) with 17 points.

No. 21 BALL ST. 68, INDIANA ST. 54

In Terre Haute, Ind. Patrick Jackson scored 19 points and No. 21 Ball State used its best defensive performance of the season to beat Indiana State on Saturday.

The Cardinals (7-3) switched to a rare zone defense and held the Sycamores (2-8) to the fewest points and poorest shooting (38 percent) of any opponent they have faced.

Indiana State stayed close in the first half by shutting off Ball State's main weapon, the 3-point shot. Then after a halftime tie at 32, Indiana State took its final lead at 34-32 on a basket by Kelyn Block, who led the Sycamores with 17 points.