Steele resolves Tide win

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Ronald Steele drove the length of the court for a layup with 6.7 seconds left to give No. 18 Alabama an 80-79 victory over Mississippi State on Wednesday night.

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Georgetown's Jeremiah Rivers (right) blocks the passing lanes  of Louisville's Edgar Sosa.  Associated Press
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Georgetown's Jeremiah Rivers (right) blocks the passing lanes of Louisville's Edgar Sosa.

Ben Hansbrough hit the second of two free throws with 14 seconds to play to give the Bulldogs a 79-78 lead. Steele took the inbounds pass, took the ball across midcourt, then accelerated past Jamont Gordon for the winning basket.

The Crimson Tide (18-5, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) trailed 77-72 after Charles Rhodes' basket with 1:24 left. Then, Mykal Riley hit a 3-pointer for Alabama and Rhodes made one of two free throws with 37 seconds to play for a 78-75 lead.

Riley answered again, hitting a 3-pointer from the right corner 20 seconds later. Both teams called their final timeouts after that.

Hansbrough drew a foul from Brandon Hollinger before crossing midcourt for the Bulldogs (12-10, 3-6), who have lost four of five games.


In State College, Pa., Alando Tucker scored 24 points, Michael Flowers added 12 and Wisconsin pulled away after halftime to beat Penn State.

The Nittany Lions (10-12, 1-8 Big Ten) hung close for much of the game thanks to an active zone and energetic forward Jamelle Cornley, who finished with 20 points. The Badgers (23-2, 9-1) at times couldn't hit shots when they did find space.


In Morgantown, W. Va., Sam Young scored a career-high 21 points to lead Pittsburgh to a win over West Virginia for the Mountaineers' first home loss of the season.

First-place Pittsburgh (21-3, 9-1 Big East) showed no signs of rust from a nine-day layoff and had no trouble scoring inside on the Mountaineers (18-5, 7-4), who were held to a season-low for points. West Virginia's previous low was 50 in a season-opening win over Mount St. Mary's.


In Milwaukee, Ousmane Barro had 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead Marquette to a win over Rutgers.

The Golden Eagles (21-4, 8-2 Big East) opened the conference season with losses to Providence and Syracuse, but are unbeaten since, winning eight games in a row.

Rutgers (9-15, 2-9) has lost three consecutive games and eight of nine.

Jerel McNeal, Wesley Matthews, David Cubillan and Dan Fitzgerald each scored 10 points for Marquette.


In Louisville, Ky., Roy Hibbert scored 20 points and grabbed 22 rebounds to lead Georgetown.

Jeff Green scored 16 points and DaJuan Summers added 13 as the surging Hoyas (17-5, 7-2 Big East) won their sixth consecutive game, with each win coming by at least eight points.

Earl Clark matched a career-high with 14 points for Louisville (16-8, 6-4), but the Cardinals lost their 13th game in a row to a ranked opponent despite which lost despite committing a school-record low one turnover.

Georgetown did it with defense, holding Louisville to 33 percent shooting from the floor and spoiling a night when the Cardinals honored former coach Denny Crum by naming the court at Freedom Hall in his honor.

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