Spartans' streak at 5
By Associated Press
Published February 29, 2004
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Paul Davis scored 16 and Michigan State used a big first-half run to defeat Penn State 67-42 on Saturday. The Spartans have won five in a row and eight of nine.
Penn State couldn't recover after falling behind by 15 in the first. And Chris Hill hit back-to-back 3-pointers for the Spartans, starting a 12-0 run in the second.
Kelvin Torbert scored 15, Hill 14 and Maurice Ager 11 for Michigan State. For the first time this year, the Spartans didn't attempt a free throw.
Penn State has lost eight in a row and 11 of 12 after starting 2-0 in the Big Ten. Marlon Smith led the Nittany Lions with 16 points.
DAYTON 72, LA SALLE 58: Monty Scott scored 18 and Warren Williams 15 for the host Flyers, who took a one-game lead over George Washington in the Atlantic 10 West. Williams, starting for injured point guard Ramod Marshall, had four assists, five rebounds.
VA. TECH 53, W. VIRGINIA 49: Bryant Matthews scored 28, including 20 in the second, for the host Hokies. The Mountaineers scored 10 in a row in a four-minute span and led 19-9 before Virginia Tech rallied. Kevin Pittsnogle led WVU with 22.
NAVY 43, ARMY 37: David Hooper scored 11 and Laramie Mergerson had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the visiting Midshipmen. Both teams shot poorly from the field: Navy was 13-for-46 (28.3 percent) and Army shot 11-for-43 (25.6 percent). Navy only sank one of its 13 3-pointers. The Black Knights weren't much better, 2-for-14.
NOTRE DAME 75, UCLA 60: Chris Thomas, Tom Timmermans and Chris Quinn scored at least 20 each for the Irish. Thomas had 21 points as Notre Dame stopped a two-game skid and won at Pauley Pavilion for the first time since Jan. 14, 1989. UCLA lost its third in a row and 11th in 13. Ryan Hollins scored all of his 13 in the second half for the Bruins.
BIRD JERSEY RETIRED: No player has worn Larry Bird's No. 33 since he left Indiana State 25 years ago. Finally, it was officially retired. Bird starred for the Sycamores from 1976-79, leading them to a 33-1 record and runnerup finish in the 1979 NCAA Tournament. Bird was named national college player of the year 1979 before moving to the NBA. He ranks first in scoring at Indiana State and fifth on the all-time NCAA Division I list with 2,850 points. He also holds the Indiana State rebounding record with 1,247. "We had a special team. We played together, played to win and everyone knew their roles. Everyone knew I was going to take all the shots," Bird said, joking.
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