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Saturday, January 31, 2004

B.J. Elder had the most points by a Georgia Tech player since 1994.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Roderick Wilmont waited two years to make a difference for Indiana.
On Tuesday night, he delivered.
Wilmont scored all six of his points on back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minute against No. 21 Purdue, helping the Hoosiers fend off a second-half rally and beat a ranked team for the first time this season.
"You can't tell Rod not to shoot it because he can shoot," coach Mike Davis said with a chuckle. "It doesn't look like it sometimes, but he can shoot the basketball."
Wilmont needed just one minute to prove any critics wrong.
He entered the game averaging 3.6 points with just nine 3-pointers in 16 games. But Wilmont, a redshirt freshman, responded by hitting the game's two biggest shots against the Hoosiers' biggest rival.
The first 3 gave Indiana a 59-55 lead with 58 seconds left. The second sealed the win with 28 seconds to go and set off a celebration that sent Wilmont leaping into the arms of Pat Ewing Jr., whose father watched the game from behind the Hoosiers' bench.
No. 14 Georgia Tech 76, Clemson 69
ATLANTA -- B.J. Elder scored a career-high 36 points to lead Georgia Tech, hardly resembling the guy who was shooting less than 31 percent in Atlantic Coast Conference games.
Elder had 20 points in the first half and surpassed his previous career-best of 25 with nearly 10 minutes remaining. By the end, he had the most points by a Georgia Tech player since James Forrest scored 36 against Maryland in 1994.
The Yellow Jackets (16-3, 4-2) bounced back from a weekend loss at North Carolina State, handing Clemson (8-10, 1-6) its fourth straight defeat.
No. 22 Florida 88, Alabama 78
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Anthony Roberson scored 26 points and David Lee had 24, giving Florida an overpowering inside-outside combination in a victory over Alabama.
The Gators (13-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) held Alabama to four points in the final 6:31 and their two stars answered a series of rallies by the Crimson Tide (11-6, 3-3).
Horizon League
DAYTON -- Dylan Page scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Wisconsin-Milwaukee to a 68-53 victory over Wright State.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee (14-5, 9-0 Horizon League) led Wright State (10-9, 7-2) by only one point at 20-19 going into the second half but had increased its lead to 14 points with 11:24 remaining in the game.
Wright State cut the lead to 47-41 at the 6:23 mark, but could never get any closer. Wisconsin-Milwaukee led by 18 points with only 31 seconds left to play.
Ed McCants, who scored 16 points for Wisconsin-Milwaukee, made three of his four 3-pointers in the second half. Joah Tucker added 15 points.
Vernard Hollis led scoring for Wright State with 13 points, and Alex Kock added 11.