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Men's college basketball briefs

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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 22, 2000


Trio again powers Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Troy Murphy and David Graves scored 21 each and Ryan Humphrey added 20 as No. 21 Notre Dame won its third game in five days, beating Vermont 96-86 Thursday night.

The Irish, who went nearly nine years without having three 20-point scorers in the same game, accomplished the feat in back-to-back games, with Murphy, Graves and Humphrey also doing it against Canisius on Tuesday.

It was third straight loss for Vermont, which dropped below .500 for the first time this season.

The Irish started the game with a 14-0 run and appeared several times as if they would put the Catamounts away, but each time Vermont edged its way back.

Conference USA

NO. 22 CINCY 88, CLEMSON 80: Steve Logan overcame an ankle injury to score 18 points as the Bearcats advanced to today's Puerto Rico Holiday Classic championship in Bayamon. Their opponent will be No. 17 Alabama, a 69-60 winner over Washington.

Logan twisted his ankle in the opening-round win over Youngstown State and even though X-rays were negative, it seemed unlikely he would play against Clemson.

Cincinnati was dominant inside early and led 66-51 with 81/2 minutes to play when junior guard Will Solomon single-handedly brought Clemson back into the game.

Solomon, who scored 32 points, had 16 in an 18-5 run that had the Tigers within two with 4:41 to play. He made two three-pointers during the run and also turned a steal into a three-point play.

After a timeout, Logan made a three-pointer that started a 7-0 run and gave Cincinnati breathing room.

LOUISVILLE 89, MURRAY ST. 86: Marques Maybin scored a career-high 30 points and Hajj Turner added a career-high 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the host Cardinals. Ellis Myles added nine points and nine rebounds for Louisville, which has won 26 straight when scoring 80 points or more.

A day after a judge ordered the NCAA to restore Muhammed Lasege's eligibility, Louisville said it will allow the 6-foot-11 Nigerian recruit to play.

Around the nation

DUQUESNE 71, PITT 70: Aaron Lovelace scored with 2.2 seconds left as the Dukes won the annual City Game at Mellon Arena. Courtney Wallace, who scored 20 points, drove the baseline with less than 10 seconds left but lost the ball for Duquesne. Lovelace recovered and scored the winner.

ST. JOHN'S 72, MANHATTAN 63: Omar Cook had 22 points and eight assists the the Red Storm snapped a three-game losing streak.

DETROIT 67, W. MICHIGAN 56: Terrell Riggs scored 13, including two free throws that put visiting Detroit ahead to stay early in the second half.

NEBRASKA 69, KENT STATE 68: Kevin Augustine scored the winning basket on a driving layup with 28 seconds left and Kimani Ffriend had 19 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots as Nebraska advanced to the final of the San Juan Shootout in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Augustine's basket punctuated a late comeback by the Cornhuskers, who rallied from a five-point deficit in the last three minutes. The Cornhuskers meet SMU.

SMU 94, VCU 88: Jeryl Sasser scored 24 points for the Mustangs. Sasser also had six rebounds and four assists. The second half featured seven ties and seven lead changes, with SMU taking the lead for good at 81-79 on Sasser's free throws with 3:50 left.

NORTHWESTERN 69, IONA 67: Tavaras Hardy had 16 points and six rebounds to lead the Wildcats in the San Juan Shootout. Northwestern meets Evansville today in the fifth-place game.

EVANSVILLE 83, PUERTO RICO-MAYAGUEZ 63: Dan Lytle scored 20 points to lead the Purple Aces in the San Juan Shootout. NO. IOWA 72, AMERICAN U. OF P.R. 70: Adam Wilde's only points came in the final 1:05 and powered the Panthers in the consolation bracket of the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic. Northern Iowa meets Youngstown State today for fifth place.

IOWA ST. 66, TROY ST. 56: Tyray Pearson sparked runs at the end of the first half and start of the second and finished with 13 points as the Cyclones won the opener of the Yahoo! Sports Invitational in Laie, Hawaii.

PROMOTERS SUE NCAA: A group of promoters filed suit in Columbus, Ohio, against the NCAA over potential legislation designed to end preseason tournaments. The lawsuit called the NCAA "anticompetitive" and "monopolistic."

State

YOUNGSTOWN ST. 72, FAU 53: Desmond Harrison scored 14 points and the Penguins snapped a four-game skid in the consolation bracket of the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic. Florida Atlantic, which has lost four in a row, committed 15 turnovers and was outrebounded 23-13.

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