Rick Jackson matched his season high with 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead No. 8 Syracuse to a 72-58 victory over No. 7 Michigan State last night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Jackson's teammate at Neumann-Goretti, Scoop Jardine, had 19 points and Kris Joseph added 14 for the Orange (9-0), which took the lead 4 1/2 minutes into the game and never relinquished it in front of a sellout crowd of 19,391 which was solidly behind the team from upstate New York.
With the 6-9, 240-pound Jackson leading the way, Syracuse dominated inside finishing with a 42-24 advantage on points in the paint and outrebounding the Spartans, 38-30. Michigan State led the nation the last two seasons in rebound margin.
The Orange won for the first time in three appearances in this event, which has helped raise more than $100 million for the V Foundation, a fundraising effort for cancer research started by the late Jim Valvano.
Durrell Summers had 18 points for Michigan State (6-3).
In the other Jimmy V game:
* Markieff Morris had 16 points and his twin brother Marcus added 14 to lead No. 4 Kansas (8-0) to an 81-68 victory over Mo. 13 Memphis. The twins, from Prep Charter, combined for 15 rebounds, with Marcus getting eight and Markieff seven. Marcus also had seven assists. Will Barton scored 16 points to lead the Tigers (7-1).
In other games:
* At Valparaiso, E'Twaun Moore scored 23 points to help No. 19 Purdue (8-1) beat the Crusaders, 76-58.
* At Virginia, K.T. Harrell scored 13 points in a 24-5 first-half run and the Cavaliers beat Radford, 54-44. Mustapha Farrakhan and Joe Harris led Virginia (6-3) with 14 points each.
* At Georgia Tech, Dustin Ware scored 21 points and hit his seventh three-pointer of the game with 15.3 seconds left, leading Georgia (6-2) to a 73-72 win.
In a women's game:
* At Miami, Riquina Williams had 23 points and six rebounds to help the Hurricanes (8-1) upset No. 11 Georgetown, 81-72, in overtime. The Hoyas (7-2) got 22 points from Sugar Rodgers.
* Duke freshman point guard Kyrie Irving likely will miss tonight's game against Bradley with a toe injury. He was hurt in a weekend win over Butler.
* Former Connecticut star Art Quimby, who averaged more than 21 rebounds for the Huskies in the 1950s, died at 77.