Michigan St. loses game, best player

Posted: February 03, 2010

Jason Bohannon scored 19 points to lead No. 16 Wisconsin to a 67-49 home victory over No. 5 Michigan State last night, snapping the Spartans' perfect Big Ten start and leaving them without leading scorer Kalin Lucas.

Michigan State (19-4, 9-1) may have lost a lot more than a game: Lucas, last season's Big Ten player of the year, left with just under 11 minutes to play after he came down awkwardly on the foot of Wisconsin's Keaton Nankivil.

Having injured his right ankle, Lucas did not return. He finished with seven points to snap a string of 33 consecutive games in double figures.

Jordan Taylor added 17 points as Wisconsin (17-5, 7-3) won its 18th straight game at the Kohl Center. The win was Wisconsin's third over a top-10 team this season.

Syracuse 85, Providence 68 - Standout reserve Kris Joseph had a career-high 23 points as the No. 3 Orange beat the Friars in Syracuse, N.Y.

Syracuse (22-1, 9-1 Big East) has won nine straight and is off to the best start in school history. The Orange were 21-1 in 1979-80, but they had never won 22 of their first 23 games to begin a season.

It was the second game of an eight-game span in which the Friars (12-10, 4-6) will face six ranked teams. They beat then-No. 19 Connecticut, 81-66, last week to knock the Huskies out of the rankings.

Syracuse broke open a three-point game with a 22-7 spurt to start the second half.

The Orange got a scare when star forward Wes Johnson crashed hard to the court and was briefly motionless. He did return to the game, but sat out much of the second half.

Kentucky 85, Mississippi 75 - John Wall shook off a recent slump to score 17 points to go with seven assists while leading the No. 4 Wildcats over No. 25 Mississippi at home in Lexington.

DeMarcus Cousins added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Wildcats (21-1, 6-1 SEC), who built an early double-digit lead then held off a couple of second-half rallies by the Rebels (16-6, 4-4).

Rutgers 84, St. John's 72 - Mike Rosario scored a career-high 33 points as the Scarlet Knights (11-11, 2-8 Big East) defeated St. John's in Piscataway, N.J.

Hamady Ndiaye had 19 points and nine blocks for Rutgers. St. John's (12-9, 2-7), which has lost four straight, got 27 points and nine rebounds from D.J. Kennedy.

Elsewhere: Jimmer Fredette scored 26 points as No. 12 Brigham Young improved to 22-2 by beating Texas Christian, 76-56, in Provo, Utah. . . . Denis Clemente scored 23 points as No. 10 Kansas State bounced back from its overtime loss to top-ranked Kansas with a 76-57 victory over host Nebraska. . . . Northwestern went on a 21-4 second-half run to pull away from Michigan for a 67-52 victory in Evanston, Ill. . . . Wake Forest outlasted Miami, 62-53, in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Jawan Carter put up 30 points, but Delaware fell short against Northeastern, 67-51, in Newark, Del. . . . Chestnut Hill prevailed, 82-70, over Goldey-Beacom in Pine Creek, Del. . . . Antonio Sherrod scored 26 points as Wilmington topped University of the Sciences, 73-62, in New Castle, Del. . . . Robert Siter had 18 points as Immaculata posted a 75-58 win over visiting Philadelphia Biblical.

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