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COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: DePaul can’t end South Florida jinx in 83-73 loss

DePaul guard Durrell McDonald right drives basket as Maryland-Baltimore County forward Chase Plummer guards during second half an NCAA college

DePaul guard Durrell McDonald, right, drives to the basket as Maryland-Baltimore County forward Chase Plummer guards during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Rosemont, Ill., on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. DePaul won 69-61. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Toarlyn Fitzpatrick led five players in double figures with 19 points, and South Florida ended a 10-game skid with an 83-73 victory Sunday against DePaul in Big East action in Tampa, Fla.

Victor Rudd and Anthony Collins each added 16 points,
Martino Brock 13 and
Jawanza Poland 11 for the Bulls (11-17, 2-14), who shot 54.4 percent on their way to beating the Blue Demons
(11-18, 2-14) for the eighth consecutive time.

Fitzpatrick made three three-pointers during a 12-4 run that gave South Florida a 53-45 lead with 13 minutes left, and Collins scored eight consecutive points down the stretch to help keep the Bulls comfortably ahead.

‘‘Fitzpatrick gave them the big offensive boost midway in the second half, and then Collins just kind of controlled things down the stretch,’’
DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said. ‘‘Those are two important guys for them.’’

Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young scored 18 points apiece and Charles McKinney 13 for the Demons.

Michigan 58,
Michigan State 57

Trey Burke stole the ball from Keith Appling near midcourt and went in alone for a tiebreaking dunk with 22 seconds left, then made another steal in the final
seconds to help the No. 4 Wolverines (24-5, 11-5) edge the No. 9 Spartans (22-7, 11-5) in a Big Ten thriller in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Michigan State had the ball with the score tied at 56 and the shot clock turned off,
but Burke’s first big defensive play enabled Michigan to take the lead. After the Spartans’ Derrick Nix split two free throws and Mitch McGary missed the front end of a one-and-one for the Wolverines, Burke stole a pass by Gary Harris to end it.

Burke led Michigan with 21 points and eight assists. Adreian Payne scored 17 points and Harris 16 for Michigan State.

Purdue 69,
Wisconsin 56

D.J. Byrd scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Boilermakers
(14-15, 7-9) to a Big Ten upset of the No. 17 Badgers (20-9, 11-5) in Madison, Wis.

Terone Johnson added 16 points for Purdue, which took control with a 21-3 run in the second half that turned a 42-33 deficit into a 54-45 lead. Jared Berggren led Wisconsin with 13 points.


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