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COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Wichita State holds on to beat Indiana State

2013-02-19T20:45:00Z 2013-02-19T23:31:03Z COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Wichita State holds on to beat Indiana StateThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 19, 2013 8:45 pm  • 

Cleanthony Early scored 19 points, including the game-clinching free throws with 18 seconds left, as Wichita State held on to beat Indiana State 66-62 on Tuesday night.

Malcolm Armstead added 18 points for the Shockers (23-5, 12-4 Missouri Valley), who led 62-55 after Demetric Williams' free throws with 53 seconds left. But ISU's RJ Mahurin made a 3-pointer and was fouled, then made the free throw to complete the four-point play.

Williams made two more free throws before Dawon Cummings' 3-pointer pulled ISU within 64-62. Early's free throws got the Shockers back to a four-point margin, and Cummings missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds.

Manny Arop led the Sycamores (16-11, 9-7) with 17 points. Indiana State was trying to sweep its season series with Wichita State for the first time since 2000-01.

Wichita State maintained at least a one-game conference lead over Creighton, which hosted Southern Illinois later Thursday.

No. 17 Marquette 67, Seton Hall 46: Vander Blue scored 19 points and Marquette used a sizeable rebounding advantage to beat Seton Hall.

The win enabled the Golden Eagles (19-6, 10-3 Big East) to hold onto first place in the conference with their fourth win in the last five outings. The Pirates (13-14, 2-12) dropped below the .500 mark for the first time this season — their worst league mark in 29 years.

Marquette went on a 17-0 run over a 5:38 span of the second half, right after Seton Hall grabbed a 33-32 lead. The Golden Eagles used theirs size advantage to take control, with Devante Gardner (18 points) scoring eight during that span.

Blue is averaging nearly 16 points per game since scoring his career best 30 points in a win against South Florida Jan. 28.

Marquette outrebounded Seton Hall by a 43-24 margin.

Fuquan Edwin had 14 points and Aaron Cosby 11 for Seton Hall.

 

Women

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 past George Mason for its 18th straight win.

Delle Donne scored 10 points during a decisive 21-8 Delaware (23-3, 14-0) run to close the half, giving the Blue Hens a 41-24 lead.

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 now won 34 straight Colonial Athletic Association games and has beaten George Mason four straight times.

Amber Easter led George Mason (8-16, 3-10) with 14 points.

The Patriots never pulled closer than 10 points in the second half despite Delaware going 6:46 without a made field goal at one point. Delaware outshot George Mason 44.4 percent (24 for 54) to 33.9 percent (21 for 62).

No. 21 Syracuse 58, Rutgers 45: Kayla Alexander and Elashier Hall converted three-point plays to key a decisive second-half spurt, and Syracuse beat Rutgers, 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 just the fourth women's coach to reach 900 wins along with Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and Sylvia Hatchell, who reached the mark on Feb. 7.

The Scarlet Knights have lost three straight since Stringer earned her 899th career victory against Cincinnati. Stringer's next chance will come Saturday afternoon at St. John's.

Syracuse (22-3, 10-2 Big East), which has its best record in program history through 25 games, broke a three-game losing streak against Rutgers (14-11, 5-7) and upped its home record to 12-0.

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