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2009-04-15 22:04:19

Danny Granger scored 35 points Wednesday in the Indiana Pacers' season-ending 115-108 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. He sank five 3-pointers during a 43-20 fourth period when Indiana rallied from a 88-72 deficit. His dominant floor effort also included nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocked shots. Brandon Rush scored 24 with five rebounds. Troy Murphy scored 11 with 12 rebounds, while three others scored in double figures for the Pacers, who ended with three wins in their...

2009-04-11 22:26:25

Danny Granger's 24 points Saturday led the Indiana Pacers to a 106-102 win over the Detroit Pistons. Granger capped his performance with two free throws with 5 seconds left in the fourth period to help Indiana win for the third time in four games since its elimination from the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Detroit is in the playoffs for the eighth straight season. Brandon Rush sank 5-of-8 3-pointers on the way to 21 points with seven rebounds. Both T.J. Ford and Jarrett Jack scored 18...

2009-03-29 21:04:37

Danny Granger's 31 points and six rebounds Sunday led the Indiana Pacers to a 124-115 victory against the Washington Wizards. The winners took a 59-52 edge into the break and led 92-76 after the third period. Antawn Jamison's 3-pointer drew Washington within 118-109 with 2:32 left but the Wizards' comeback effort ran out of gas. Brandon Rush scored 29 with 10 rebounds. Jarrett Jack had 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Roy Hibbert had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers,...

2009-03-28 17:32:07

Ben Gordon scored 25 points and John Salmons 22 Saturday to carry Chicago to a 112-106 win over Indiana for the Bulls first four-game streak in two years. Tyrus Thomas had 18 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots, Brad Miller 17 points, and Derrick Rose 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Chicago, which has won seven of its last eight games to take of the seventh seed in the East, a half-game up on Detroit. Danny Granger scored 32 points and Brandon Rush 29 for the...

2009-03-20 17:15:57

Missouri pulled away from a four-point halftime lead Friday and beat Cornell, 78-59, in a first-round NCAA Tournament contest at Boise. Leo Lyons led Mizzou's victory with 23 points and 10 rebounds. The Tigers, the third seed in the West Region, held a slim 29-25 halftime lead against their 14th-seeded and less talented opponents from the Ivy League, but a 49-34 second half scoring advantage and Cornell's 36.5 percent shooting led to victory in their first NCAA Tournament contest since 2003....

2009-03-20 15:15:28

Lazar Hayward's 26 points and eight rebounds Friday led Marquette past Utah State 58-57 in a first-round NCAA Tournament game in Boise, Idaho. Utah State rallied from a 26-18 halftime deficit with an 11-0 run putting the Aggies up 49-43. Three-pointers from Jared Quayle and Tyler Newbold capped the spurt and gave Utah State its first lead of the game. Marquette answered with 7 straight points and went back ahead 50-49. The game stayed close the rest of the way with Hayward putting the score...

2009-03-19 18:27:13

Led by Greivis Vazquez' 27 points Thursday, No. 10 seed Maryland beat seventh-seeded California, 84-71, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament's West Region. Maryland led the second of four games at Kansas City's Sprint Center, 10-3, early and 34-31 at the break. A 50-40 second half, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from Eric Hayes and Landon Milbourne, helped Maryland win just the second all-time meeting between the cross-country rivals. Dave Neal scored 15 points with four rebounds....

2009-03-14 14:50:59

Robert Dozier's 18 points and 14 rebounds Saturday led third-ranked Memphis to a 64-39 rout of Tulsa and its fourth straight Conference USA Tournament title. Louisville, playing on its home court, led only 28-20 at the break, but began the second stanza with a 7-0 run. Doneal Mack's layup with 18:18 left made it 35-20 and the winners led the rest of the contest in double digits. Saturday's win extended their winning streak to 61 games against C-USA opponents, and the nation's longest current...

2009-03-11 16:55:39

No. 21 Marquette scored the game's first eight points Wednesday on the way to a 74-45 rout of St. John's in the second round of the Big East Tournament. Later in the first half, the winners led, 31-8, after a 16-0 run and held a double-digit lead from that point. Wesley Matthews led the victory at New York's Madison Square Garden with 20 points, nine rebounds, and three assists. Lazar Hayward had 17 points and nine rebounds, while both Jerel McNeal and Jimmy Butler each scored 11 points for...

2009-02-15 19:24:23

Tyrese Rice scored 21 points with six assists and six rebounds Sunday when Boston College rallied to record an 80-74 upset of fifth-ranked Duke. After a 37-32 halftime deficit, BC went ahead on Rice's 3-pointer with 1:13 left to completed a comeback and take a 74-72 advantage. Rice and Joe Trapani both sank two free throws in the closing seconds to secure the victory. Trapani scored 20 with seven rebounds and five blocked shots. Reggie Jackson scored 15 with five rebounds and three assists,...