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Spartans dust Falcons to remain unbeaten

Jason Richardson scored 21 and added nine rebounds as top-ranked Michigan State matched its best start by beating the Bowling Green Falcons 85-69 Wednesday night to win the Holiday Classic.

"Jason played pretty well for us," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. "We were pretty fatigued with the holidays, but he picked it up during the second half and really went to work."

Michigan State also was 10-0 in 1991-92. The Spartans have won 21 consecutive games, one short of the 1998-99 team's school record.

The Spartans were playing for the first time since moving to the top spot in the poll. The last time Michigan State was on top during the regular season was in January 1979, when Magic Johnson led the Spartans to the NCAA title. Last season's NCAA title team never reached No. 1 during the season.

"I don't think being No. 1 adds any to the pressure on us," Richardson said. "We still have to play just as hard as we did before. Being No. 1 doesn't help you at all."

Charlie Bell added 18 points, and David Thomas matched his career high with 12 points and added nine rebounds for Michigan State.


MIAMI 71, LEHIGH 52: John Salmons scored 22 and Darius Rice added 11 as the host Hurricanes broke open a game that was close at halftime. Miami scored the last four points of the first half and the first eight of the second to take a 42-30 lead. The Mountain Hawks went 5:43 without a point in that span.

STETSON: Coach Murray Arnold retired, citing tests for a heart condition, diabetes and progressive kidney disease. Assistant Derek Waugh was promoted to acting coach, president Doug Lee said.


NO. 18 MARYLAND 117, CHICAGO STATE 55: The Terrapins scored the opening 22 points and six players reached double figures in the seventh-most lopsided win in school history. Juan Dixon scored 24 and Lonny Baxter 21 to lead the Terrapins to their 75th consecutive non-conference home win, the longest such streak in the nation.


KENTUCKY 102, HIGH POINT 49: Jason Parker led five players in double figures with 16 as the host Wildcats topped 100 points for the first time since a 103-91 win against Maryland in the 1998-99 season.

Also, longtime UK announcer Cawood Ledford is being treated for cancer. The 74-year-old broadcaster is having chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and doctors were pleased with his progress, wife Frances said.