Feb 18

Hartford ends Vermont’s nation-best 15-game win streak 69-68

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Jason Dunne made five 3-pointers and scored 26 points and Hartford ended Vermont’s nation-best 15-game winning streak with a 69-68 victory on Sunday.

Hartford’s Hassan Attia dunked with 1:41 left for the game’s final points. Vermont (22-6, 12-1 America East) missed a 3-pointer with 1:20 to go and then had two shots blocked at the rim in the final seconds by John Carroll and Attia.

The loss ended the Catamounts’ 33-game win streak in conference games and their 22-game home streak. Vermont was the nation’s last team that was unbeaten in conference play. Hartford (16-11, 9-4) had lost nine straight to Vermont.

Vermont led 64-56 with 6 1/2 minutes before Hartford outscored the Catamounts 13-4 the rest of the way with a Dunne 3-pointer getting the Hawks within a point before Attia’s dunk.

George Blagojevic added 13 points for Hartford.

Drew Urquhart had 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Vermont.

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Feb 18

Colgate beats Loyola (Md.) 68-47

BALTIMORE (AP) — Will Rayman scored 15 points to help Colgate beat Loyola (Md.) 68-47 on Sunday.

Colgate scored the first 12 points of the game and pushed it to 38-18 by halftime as Loyola only made 6 of 22 field goals. Rayman gave Colgate its largest lead at 27 points, 57-30, by splitting a double team for a layup with 8:04 remaining. Rayman’s basket came during a 19-6 run in which Loyola only made one field goal during the seven-plus minute stretch.

Jordan Swopshire added 12 points and Jordan Burns 11 for Colgate (15-12, 10-6 Patriot), which is tied for second with Navy.

Cam Gregory led Loyola (8-19, 6-10) with 10 points and nine rebounds. The Greyhounds were held to 31 percent shooting, including 2 of 15 from 3-point range.

Loyola opened the second half on an 8-2 run to pull to 40-26 but trailed by 20-plus from the 12:38 mark on.

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Feb 18

Winthrop’s balance sinks Longwood 79-64

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Josh Ferguson had 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead a balanced attack and Winthrop defeated Longwood 79-64 on Sunday to set up a Big South showdown with UNC Asheville next week.
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Feb 18

Williams’ 21 points leads Manhattan past Niagara 82-72

NEW YORK (AP) — Rich Williams scored 21 points with eight rebounds and four assists and Manhattan beat Niagara 82-72 on Sunday.

Zane Waterman scored 16 points with nine rebounds and Pauly Paulicap and Zavier Turner each scored 13 while Paulicap grabbed nine rebounds.

Calvin Crawford’s 3-pointer put Manhattan up 31-29 and Turner followed with back-to-back 3s during an 11-2 run and the Jaspers never trailed again. Manhattan (13-15, 8-8 Metro Atlantic Athletic) led 43-33 at the break.

Niagara (18-11, 11-5) got within 51-46 on a 3-point play from Greg King with 13:49 left but never got closer. Kahlil Dukes’ 3 preceded James Town’s layup to cut it to 67-61 with 6:42 left, but Williams’ jump shot and Thomas Capuano’s 3 sandwiched between a Towns layup made it 72-63.

Dukes led the Purple Eagles with 20 points, Marvin Prochet scored 17, Keleaf Tate and Towns each scored 10 and King grabbed 10 rebounds.

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Feb 18

TOP 25 REWIND: Michigan State, Villanova earn big road wins

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a season marked by parity, No. 2 Michigan State and No. 3 Villanova turned in big road performances as reminders of their title potential in March.

The Spartans (26-3) completed one of the biggest comebacks in NCAA history to win at Northwestern. And the Wildcats (24-3) beat No. 4 Xavier in the week’s biggest matchup on the AP Top 25 schedule ahead of Monday’s latest poll release.

Michigan State rallied from 27 down to win 65-60 and earn a 10th straight win.

”We needed the win, don’t get me wrong, but they deserved the win,” Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. ”They outplayed us for two-thirds of that game in every fashion. … For us, you’ve got to win a game like this once in a while.”

Then there was Villanova, which was coming off a loss to bubble team Providence. The Wildcats secured a season sweep of Xavier (24-4) to seize control of the Big East race, while extending a streak of avoiding consecutive losses dating to the 2012-13 season.

”We say, ‘We’ve been here, this is what we’ve come to experience, this is what we want’ and just get on to the next play,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. ”A coach can’t do that. The players either do that for each other or they don’t.”


No. 12 Duke won at No. 11 Clemson on Sunday despite playing a third straight game without freshman Marvin Bagley III, the ACC’s leading scorer and rebounder. Bagley has been recovering from what the school has described as a ”mild” right knee sprain, though he hasn’t played since the Feb. 8 loss at rival North Carolina.


When Saint Mary’s won at Gonzaga on Jan. 18, it looked like the Gaels might be wrestling control of the West Coast Conference away from the Bulldogs.

But ninth-ranked Gonzaga (25-4, 15-1) hasn’t lost since, beating Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine this week to push its win streak to nine games. And with last week’s win at Saint Mary’s , the Zags are in control of the WCC regular-season race.


No. 10 Auburn took a big injury hit in its loss to South Carolina .

Starting forward Anfernee McLemore was lost for the season after being taken from the court on a stretcher with a dislocated left ankle. McLemore had started 21 of 27 games and entered Saturday’s game averaging 7.7 points and 5.3 rebounds.

No. 7 Texas Tech also lost leading scorer Keenan Evans to a foot injury during a loss to Baylor . The extent of the injury has not been disclosed.


Top-ranked Virginia (24-2, 13-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) bounced back from an overtime home loss to Virginia Tech by winning at Miami . And the Cavaliers remain at least three games up in the loss column on the rest of the league, which means they’re one win away from clinching at least a share of the regular-season title and two wins away from claiming it outright.


No. 23 Oklahoma (16-10) is likely heading out of the AP Top 25 as its February slide morphs into a collapse. The Sooners fell at home to Texas on Saturday for their fifth straight loss. Oklahoma and freshman star Trae Young stood at fourth nationally last month but haven’t won since beating Baylor on Jan. 30.


Fifth-ranked Cincinnati, No. 6 Purdue and No. 8 Ohio State were the other members of a list of seven top-10 teams to lose last week. Both of the Buckeyes’ losses – at Penn State and at No. 22 Michigan – came by double-digit margins.

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Feb 18

Rodriguez scores career-high 33 in Seton Hall’s 82-77 win

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Desi Rodriguez scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Seton Hall to an 82-77 victory over DePaul on Sunday as the Pirates snapped a four-game losing streak.
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Feb 18

No. 22 Michigan tops No. 8 Ohio St 74-62, helps other rival

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jordan Poole went on a scoring tear, sending Michigan’s seniors out with a win in their last home game.

The freshman guard came off the bench and scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half to help the 22nd-ranked Wolverines take the lead, and they never trailed in the second half of a 74-62 win over No. 8 Ohio State on Sunday.

”We’re starting where they’re ending,” Poole said. ”Them going out on a great note, especially against a Top 10 rivalry team, it’s awesome.”

The Wolverines (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten) beat a rival and helped out another one, giving No. 2 Michigan State a one-game lead atop the conference standings with two games left in the regular season.

Michigan coach John Beilein said the win makes up ”a little bit” for a one-point loss to No. 6 Purdue as his team aims to improve its seeding for the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.

”It certainly helps the resume,” Beilein said.

The Wolverines have won three straight for the first time since ending a seven-game streak on Jan. 6.

”We’re playing the right way at the right time,” Beilein said.

Michigan’s Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 17 points, Zavier Simpson had 13 and Moe Wagner added 12.

The Buckeyes (22-7, 13-3) have fallen out of first place by losing consecutive Big Ten games for the first time this season.

”If this beats us down, shame on us,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said.

Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop had his second straight lackluster game, missing 12 of 17 shots and scoring 17 points.

”I’m not worried about him,” Holtmann insisted.

Jae’Sean Tate had 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Buckeyes, whose last lead was 18-17 midway through the first half.


Ohio State: Bates-Diop is in a shooting slump. He made as many shots (two) as he had turnovers in the first half against Michigan and finished with just five baskets on 17 attempts. Bates was 4 of 11 and scored 10 points in the last loss to Penn State and has missed more than half his shots in three straight games. The redshirt junior forward did score a career-high 35 points two weeks ago against Illinois and is averaging nearly 20 points a game.

”Teams are being really physical and crawling into his space and bodying him up on drives,” Holtmann said. ”He’s got to do a better job of adjusting to that.”

Michigan: Poole’s play is encouraging for a team with its leading scorers averaging just 10 to 14 points a game in the Big Ten. He scored in double digits in three of his first seven games, including a 19-point performance against Indiana, but had 10 or more points in just four of the next 19 games. Poole hadn’t scored more than eight points in his previous eight games and was averaging 4.6 points during the low-scoring stretch.

”We’re trying to find what the best way is for him to score,” Beilein said. ”I love that he’s got that swag.”


Austin Hatch was included in Michigan’s pregame and postgame ceremonies to honor its seniors.

”I was ready to cry,” Beilein said.

The former player survived two deadly plane crashes, killing members of his family, after committing in high school to play for the Wolverines. Hatch, who is from Fort Wayne, Indiana, was on the team his freshman year and later was a student assistant before leaving the program to focus on academics.

”I’m extremely grateful and I’ve done my very best to show my appreciation by how I approach everything here,” Hatch told the crowd .


Ohio State senior guard Kam Williams fouled out with four points after scoring just two points against Penn State in his return from a three-game suspension for violating team rules.

”He’s probably a little bit rusty,” Holtmann said.


Ohio State guard Andrew Dakich, who graduated from Michigan, was booed when he checked into the game in the first half and every time he had the ball. He missed all three of his shots against his former teammates and was scoreless with one turnover in 22 minutes. Dakich is averaging three points, two assists and 18 minutes a game after not averaging a point or more than 5 minutes a game in any of his three seasons with the Wolverines.


Ohio State: Closes the regular season at home Tuesday night against Rutgers and Friday night at Indiana.

Michigan: Goes into Big Ten tournament after two road games on Wednesday night against Penn State and Saturday at Maryland.

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Feb 18

Lyles leads 2nd-half charge in UMBC’s 68-60 win over Albany

BALTIMORE (AP) — Jairus Lyles scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half and UMBC rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat Albany 68-60 on Sunday, snapping an eight-game losing streak to the Great Danes.

K.J. Maura scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half with Joe Sherburne finishing with 14, reaching 1,011 career points.

Albany (20-9, 8-6 America East) led by one before UMBC (19-9, 10-3) finished the final 3:06 on a 12-3 run with Lyles scoring six points and Maura four.

Albany was up 12 with 18 minutes left after a 3-pointer by David Nichols. But Lyles scored the Retrievers’ next 10 points, Horvath connected on consecutive 3-pointers and Maura scored five straight points to finish the 21-8 run that gave UMBC a one-point lead with 5 1/2 minutes left.

Joe Cremo, who made five 3-pointers, scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half when Albany led 37-28.

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Feb 18

Trent leads No. 12 Duke to 66-57 win over No. 11 Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has gotten more than he’s expected out of the Blue Devils the past couple of weeks with Marvin Bagley III out. And he’s certain it will pay dividends down the stretch once Duke’s leading scorer and rebounder returns.

Gary Trent Jr. hit three foul shots with 1:31 left to put No. 12 Duke ahead for good, and the Blue Devils won their third straight with Bagley on the sidelines, 66-57 over 11th-ranked Clemson on Sunday.

”For us, that’s three wins with arguably as talented a kid as there is in the country out,” Kzyzewski said.

Krzyzewski said Bagley’s right knee sprain is improving. The coach said it’s unsure when Bagley will be back, but ”it’ll be soon.”

That won’t be good news for Duke’s opponents down the stretch, especially if the Blue Devils show the toughness they displayed at Clemson.

The Blue Devils gave up all of their 10-point lead over a six-minute stretch when the Tigers tied it at 57 on David Skara’s jumper. That’s when Trent was off the mark on his 3 from the right corner, but got fouled by Clemson reserve Scott Spencer.

Trent’s first shot rattled around before falling through and he swished the next two for Duke (22-5, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Blue Devils outscored the Tigers 9-0 the final 90 seconds.

Wendell Carter Jr. followed Trent’s foul shots with an inside bucket, and the Tigers (20-6, 9-5) could not respond in losing for the first time at home this season.

”Some of these young guys grew up a little bit today,” Kzyzewski said.

Grayson Allen had 19 points for Duke, all but two in the opening half. Carter had 15 points and 10 rebounds while Trevon Duval had 12 and Trent scored 11.

”We’re becoming a team,” Allen said. ”We’re coming together.”

Marcquise Reed and Elijah Thomas led Clemson with 13 points apiece. Thomas also had 15 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the year.

The Tigers were also without one of their starters in point guard Shelton Mitchell, who suffered a concussion in a loss to Florida State this past Wednesday night. Clemson coach Brad Brownell said Mitchell’s absence might have disrupted the team’s rhythm, but not enough that the starting backcourt in Reed and Gabe DeVoe should have gone a combined 4 of 24 shooting. Their 16 points combined were 13 fewer than their average this season.

”Those nights happen,” Brownell said.

It was the first time the Tigers had lost consecutive games this season.


Duke: The Blue Devils struggled to shoot against Clemson’s defense, which ranks fifth in the ACC. But Duke made hay at the foul line, making 11 of 12 free throws in the opening half to keep in front. Without Bagley, Allen took charge early with 17 points off two 3-pointers and keyed the Blue Devils’ defense with two steals.

Clemson: The Tigers were out of sync early on without Mitchell, who had started all 25 games at point guard before Sunday. Clemson brought the ball up gradually with long, cross-court passes before Duke got wise and picked off several passes for easy baskets. The Tigers will have to devise a better plan if they hope to finish off a strong season with success.


Clemson had a run of five straight games with 10 or more 3-pointers end against Duke on Sunday. The Tigers went just 5 of 20 from behind the arc with two of their leading outside shooters, Marcquise Reed and Gabe DeVoe, going 2 of 14.


Allen has stepped up his game since Bagley’s injury. Allen combined for 39 points in the four games before Bagley got hurt. He’s averaged 22 points in Duke’s past three contests. Allen also had four assists and four of Duke’s 10 steals against Clemson.


Duke starts a two-game homestand against Louisville on Wednesday night.

Clemson travels to Virginia Tech on Wednesday night.

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Feb 18

No. 13 Kansas out for revenge against visiting No. 23 Oklahoma

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The last time Kansas played Oklahoma, a firestorm was created both in the lane and at the free throw line.

Udoka Azubuike, the Jayhawks’ sophomore center, was left to fend for himself underneath in the closing minutes. Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger instructed his team to foul the poor free throw shooter if he touched the ball. Kansas coach Bill Self left in his big man to let Azubuike solve the problem.

Some questioned the sportsmanship involved with the move by Kruger, but the strategy worked. Azubuike missed all but one of eight free throws, and the Sooners rallied for an 85-80 victory on Jan. 23.

The rematch is scheduled Monday in Allen Fieldhouse. After gaining a first-place tie with Texas Tech in the Big 12, the No. 13 Jayhawks (21-6, 10-4 Big 12) will play host to the No. 23 Sooners (16-10, 6-8).

If the clash goes down to the wire, Self may leave in Azubuike again. The 7-foot Nigerian made 7 of 10 free throws Saturday as Kansas capitalized on a 35-2 differential in foul shots and 26-1 scoring advantage from the line to beat West Virginia 77-69. Azubuike scored a team-high 21 points.

“I’m proud of him, period. He hung in there,” Self said. “It would have been easy to get down. I know there have been some times where he didn’t shoot 70 percent in practice (at the line) when we are rebounding for him, but his form is getting better.”

No problems exist with Azubuike’s touch when opponents let him shoot from the field. He leads the nation with a 76.9 shooting percentage, often off dunks, after going 7 of 8 against West Virginia. He is shooting 86 percent in his last six games. On free throws, he is 18 of 30 in the seven games since the loss at Oklahoma.

“I’m confident with my free throws, taking them one at a time,” Azubuike said. “I’m just going to go out there and concentrate.”

Kansas rides a four-game winning streak. A win against Oklahoma would set up a potential Big 12 title showdown at Texas Tech on Feb. 24. The Jayhawks are bidding for a 14th consecutive conference crown, which would break the major-college record they share with UCLA, which won the Pac-8/10 title 13 consecutive seasons from 1967-79.

The skid that threatens to sink Oklahoma continued Saturday with a 77-66 home loss to Texas. With their fifth straight defeat, the Sooners dropped into a three-way tie for sixth place in the Big 12.

The celebrated impact of Trae Young continues to lose some luster, though the freshman guard still leads the nation with averages of 29.1 points and 9.3 assists. During the Sooners’ current losing streak, Young is just 10 of 51 from 3-point range.

“I’m getting guarded like nobody else in the country is being guarded, scouted on like nobody else,” Young said. “It’s a mystery coming out each and every game, trying to figure out how teams are going to guard me and how I’m going to dictate how my team wins.”

The Sooners were ranked in the top five just a month ago, but their slump is hurting their NCAA Tournament credentials. Oklahoma has lost 16 straight at Kansas dating to a 1993 win in the Big Eight under Billy Tubbs.

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