Last Baskets Lift Hoosiers
East Lansing, Mich. — Victor Oladipo’s go-ahead putback, dunk and free throws in the final minute lifted top-ranked Indiana to a 72-68 win over No. 4 Michigan State last night.
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.
The Spartans blew opportunities at the line.
Trailing by three with 3.7 seconds left, Gary Harris was fouled on a 3-point attempt. He missed the first one and then after making the second, missed the third on purpose. Indiana got the rebound and Oladipo hit two free throws to seal the win.
Keith Appling had missed the front end of a one and one with a little more than a minute left.
Michigan State (22-5, 11-3) had won five straight and 11 of 12 with its only loss during the stretch at Indiana.
No. 15 Butler 68, Duquesne 49
Indianapolis — Rotnei Clarke scored 16 points and Khyle Marshall added 14 to lead Butler past reeling Duquesne.
The Bulldogs (22-5, 9-3 Atlantic 10) have won five of their last 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 ½ game lead over St. Louis.
No. 17 Marquette 67
Seton Hall 46
Newark, n.j. — 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.
No. 21 Syracuse 58, Rutgers 45
Syracuse, n.y. — Kayla Alexander and Elashier Hall converted three-point plays to key a decisive second-half spurt, and No. 21 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.
No. 18 Delaware 69, George Mason 55
Fairfax, Va. — 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.
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).