Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Irish continue charge by nipping fading Huskies

HARTFORD, Conn. — Notre Dame continued its impressive run through the Big East, beating another ranked opponent and sending No. 24 Connecticut to its third straight loss.

Eric Atkins scored 13 and Jerian Grant hit three key free throws late as the Irish held on for their third straight win, 50-48 over the Huskies.

"We really controlled the tempo," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "And that takes its toll on a team over 40 minutes when the offensive rhythm isn't quite there."

The loss spoiled the return of freshman guard Ryan Boatright to UConn (14-6, 4-4 Big East). He had missed three games amid an investigation into his eligibility.

"It's been mentally draining," said Boatright, who scored six. "But I can finally say that it is put behind me and we can move on."

The NCAA said it would take no further action despite finding that Boatright and his mother had accepted more than $8,000 in impermissible benefits from at least two people. Scott Tompsett, an attorney representing Boatright's mother issued a statement calling the findings false and misleading. Tompsett said the family is considering legal action against the NCAA for revealing information it said would be kept confidential.

Jeremy Lamb had 16 points for the Huskies and had a chance to tie it after missing his second free throw on purpose with 2.3 seconds left. He got the rebound, but his off-balance follow bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

"If Jeremy's shot had gone in, I wasn't going to be jumping," Huskies coach Jim Calhoun said. "The game was lost over the 40 minutes. It particularly was lost as we began the second half."

Grant had 11 points for Notre Dame (14-8, 6-3), which outrebounded UConn 33-29, including 11-7 on the offensive end.

The win caps a good week for the Irish. They beat then-No. 1 Syracuse on Jan. 21 before winning at Seton Hall.

"To be 6-3 halfway through this league; if you would have told me that after the Indiana game (69-58 loss on Dec. 17) or after Missouri beat us by 29 … I don't know," Brey said. "I'm really proud of this group, and it's a lot of fun working with them."

NO. 4 OHIO ST. 64, NO. 20 MICHIGAN 49: Lenzelle Smith had 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for the host Buckeyes (19-3, 7-2 Big Ten), who beat the Wolverines (16-6, 6-3) for the sixth straight time.

NO. 7 UNC 93, GA. TECH 81: Harrison Barnes had 23 points and the host Tar Heels (18-3, 5-1 ACC) hit 10 3s to end a four-game losing streak against the Yellow Jackets.

NO. 16 INDIANA 103, IOWA 89: Freshman Cody Zeller scored a season-high 26 for the host Hoosiers (17-5, 5-5 Big Ten), who topped 100 in a conference game for the first time since 1995.

MIAMI 76, BC 54: Malcolm Grant scored seven of his 16 during a game-breaking 14-0 run that lifted the visiting Hurricanes (12-7, 3-3 ACC).


NO. 10 MIAMI 88, BC 57: Shenise Johnson scored 16 of her 22 in the first half for the visiting Hurricanes (19-3, 8-1 ACC), who won their eighth straight.

ARKANSAS 73, UF 72, 2OT: Ashley Daniels hit the winning layup with seven seconds left for the host Razorbacks, who erased a 14-point second-half lead by the Gators (13-8, 3-5 SEC).

Virginia 62, FSU 52: Ariana Moorer had 15 points for the host Cavaliers, who capitalized on 23 turnovers by the Seminoles (12-11, 4-4 ACC).

NO. 6 KENTUCKY 82, 'BAMA 68: The host Wildcats (20-2, 9-0 SEC) used a 32-4 first-half run to move within a win of matching the best start in school history.

NO. 7 TENN. 67, NO. 17 UGA 50: Shekinna Stricklen had 24 points, including six in an 11-0 run to open the second half that carried the visiting Vols (16-5, 7-1 SEC) to their second win over the Bulldogs (16-6, 5-4) this month.

MINN. 76, NO. 9 OHIO ST. 68: Rachel Banham scored 20 for the host Golden Gophers, who outscored the Buckeyes (20-2, 7-2 Big Ten) 36-20 in the paint and beat a ranked team for the first time in nearly three years.

NO. 20 G'TOWN 54, NO. 11 RUTGERS 36: Tia Magee scored 21 for the host Hoyas (17-5, 6-3 Big East), who held the Scarlet Knights (17-4, 6-2) to their fewest points this season.

NO. 14 TEXAS A&M 66, IOWA ST. 64: Sydney Carter made two free throws with 2.4 seconds for the host Aggies (14-5, 5-3 Big 12).

NO. 15 DEL. 72, James Madison 65: Elena Delle Donne scored 23, and the visiting Blue Hens (18-1, 9-0 Colonial) rallied from a seven-point deficit.

MICH. ST. 83, NO. 18 PENN ST. 77: Porsche Poole scored a career-high 32 for the host Spartans, who completed a season sweep of the Nittany Lions (16-5, 6-3 Big Ten).

NO. 19 NEBRASKA 67, ILL. 47: Lindsey Moore scored 20 for the visiting Huskers (18-3, 7-2 Big Ten), who took a 6-0 lead and never trailed.

NO. 25 UNC 75, WAKE 71: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 19 of her 21 in the second half, and the visiting Tar Heels (16-5, 6-2 ACC) rallied in the final four minutes.

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