Miami avoids upset
FAIRFAX, Va. - Reggie Johnson made a tie-breaking layup with 5.7 seconds left Tuesday night, and the No. 2-ranked Miami Hurricanes overcame a ragged offensive performance for the second game in a row to beat Virginia 54-50 and remain unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Durand Scott added two clinching free throws with four seconds to go for the Hurricanes, who earned their 14th straight victory. The win came two nights after they rallied late to beat Clemson 45-43. The Hurricanes (22-3, 13-0 ACC) improved to 12-0 at home. They hold a 31/2-game edge over second-place Duke in the ACC as they chase their first league basketball championship. Virginia (18-8, 8-5) fell to 0-6 in Miami. The Cavs led only once, at 29-28, but Evan Nolte tied the game at 50 by sinking a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left.After a timeout, Miami's Shane Larkin spotted Johnson open under the basket, and the senior center made a reverse layup. Paul Jesperson's inbounds pass was intercepted by Scott, who was fouled and made both free throws. Miami held the Cavaliers to 39 percent shooting and blocked seven shots. Julian Gamble had four blocks, including three on one possession. NO. 1 INDIANA 72, NO. 4 MICHIGAN ST. 68 Victor Oladipo's go-ahead putback, dunk and free throws in the final minute lifted Indiana past Michigan State. Indiana (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) broke a first-place tie in the conference. The Hoosiers had lost 17 straight — since 1991 — on the road against the Spartans (22-5, 11-3). NO. 15 BUTLER 68, DUQUESNE 49 Rotnei Clarke scored 16 points and Khyle Marshall added 14 to lead Butler (22-5, 9-3 Atlantic 10) past reeling Duquesne (8-18, 1-11). The Bulldogs have won five of their past six and managed to keep pace with league-leading Virginia Commonwealth, which went into the night with a one-game lead over Butler and a half-game lead over St. Louis. Duquesne was led by Derrick Colter with 11 points and Jerry Jones with nine but lost for the 15th time in 17 games. NO. 17 MARQUETTE 67, SETON HALL 46 Vander Blue scored 19 points and Marquette (19-6, 10-3 Big East) used its rebounding advantage to beat Seton Hall (13-14, 2-12). The win enabled the Golden Eagles to hold on to first place in the conference with their fourth win in the past five outings. The Pirates dropped below the .500 mark for the first time this season — their worst league mark in 29 years. SAINT LOUIS 76, NO. 24 VCU 62 Jordair Jett scored all 16 of his points in the second half and Mike McCall Jr. added 15 to help Saint Louis (20-5, 9-2) win its eighth straight and take sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10 with a victory against VCU (21-6, 9-3). Women NO. 21 SYRACUSE 58, RUTGERS 45 Kayla Alexander and Elashier Hall converted three-point plays to key a decisive second-half spurt, and Syracuse (22-3, 10-2 Big East) beat Rutgers (14-11, 5-7), denying Scarlet Knights coach C. Vivian Stringer her 900th victory. Stringer, a Hall of Famer in her 42nd season as a head coach, is seeking to become the fourth women's coach to reach 900 wins along with Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and Sylvia Hatchell. NO. 18 DELAWARE 69, GEORGE MASON 55 Elena Delle Donne scored 18 of her 31 points in the first half and also grabbed nine rebounds in leading Delaware (23-3, 14-0 Colonial Athletic Association) past George Mason (8-16, 3-10). Delle Donne jumped up two spots on the NCAA all-time career points list, finishing the night in 20th place with 2,758. Delaware has won 34 straight CAA games.