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Syracuse officials were mum Friday on alleged improprieties in the school's basketball program as a newspaper questioned the recruitment of LeRon Ellis, the team's starting center, and former center George Papadakos.

In a story stemming from its seven-month investigation of the program, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported Friday that Ellis' father, former NBA player LeRoy Ellis, received a job from a Syracuse alumnus at about the time LeRon Ellis decided to transfer from Kentucky to Syracuse.

And Papadakos, a 7-footer from Toronto, told the Post-Standard that he back-dated his letter of intent to attend Syracuse in 1982 and concocted a story to hide the alleged impropriety.

Coach Jim Boeheim declined comment, while Syracuse spokesman Robert Hill was unavailable.

Indiana 87, Iowa St. 76

AMES, Iowa -- Calbert Cheaney scored 18 of his 29 points in the second half and teamed with Eric Anderson to lead a decisive 19-4 run that carried No. 6 Indiana past Iowa State.

Anderson added 18 points as Indiana (10-1) staved off Iowa State's upset bid after blowing a 10-point lead in the first half. The Hoosiers took control of the game by sinking 12 of their first 17 shots in the second half to send Iowa State to its ninth loss in 11 games.

Kentucky 84, W. Kentucky 70

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Richie Farmer scored nine points in a 14-2 run at the end of the first half to sparked No. 18 Kentucky to a win in its first regular-season game against Western Kentucky (2-6).

Farmer, who finished with a career-high 22 points, hit two three-pointers and three free throws as Kentucky (6-2) grabbed a 37-25 lead over the final 3:02 of the half.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Anthony Peeler has regained his academic eligibility at the University of Missouri, and is scheduled to play in the Tigers' basketball game today against Grambling State.

The 6-foot-4 junior guard from Kansas City last season became the first Missouri sophomore in 37 years to be first-team all-conference selection. He averaged 16.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season, and set a school record with 179 assists.

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