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NCAA MENS TOP 25



Published: Wed, February 2, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



NCAA MENS TOP 25

Fighting Illini stay on top

No. 1 ranked Illinois lit up the court with threes to maintain its ranking.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Dee Brown backpedalled with his right arm held high and wrist cocked after making a 3-pointer.

It was a sight No. 1 Illinois forced Michigan State to get used to.

Luther Head scored 22 points, Brown had 18 and the Fighting Illini made 13 3-pointers to remain undefeated with an 81-68 victory over the 12th-ranked Spartans on Tuesday night.

Illinois (22-0, 8-0 Big Ten) was expected to face a tough test against Michigan State (14-4, 5-2) in an arena known to be raucous. But several Illini calmly made 3-pointers and when they were not making shots from beyond the arc, they scored on low-post moves and mid-range jumpers in their finely tuned half-court offense.

Deron Williams had 14 points and five assists for Illinois, and James Augustine added 11 points.

Alan Anderson scored 14 points for the Spartans.

No. 5 Boston College 62, West Virginia 50

BOSTON -- Craig Smith overpowered a collapsing defense to score 23 points and No. 5 Boston College remained one of Division I's two unbeaten teams.

Smith was scoreless while the Mountaineers built an 18-9 lead with 9:21 left in the first half. Then he scored 17 of the Eagles' next 24 points, giving them the lead for good, 33-32, with a layup with 16:04 remaining.

Boston College (19-0, 8-0 Big East) matched its school record 19-game winning streak set in 1968-69. It already has its highest ranking and best start ever.

The Mountaineers (12-7, 2-6) were led by Mike Gansey and Tyrone Sally with 10 points each.

Clemson 88, No. 22 Maryland 73

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Sharrod Ford tied his career high with 25 points, and Clemson snapped a 13-game losing streak against Maryland.

The Tigers (11-10, 2-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) hadn't beaten the Terps since a 78-65 overtime win at Littlejohn Coliseum on Dec. 4, 1997. And this figured to end like the others with Maryland back in the Top 25 after victories over Duke and Georgia Tech last week.

But the Terrapins (13-6, 4-4) started the game cold and stayed that way.

Shawan Robinson had five of Clemson's seven 3-pointers and ended with 22 points. Freshman Sam Perry, who made his first start of the season, had a career-high 14 points for the Tigers.

John Gilchrist led Maryland with 18 points, 12 on free throws.




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