Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Irish handle Walker, hold off UConn

Notre Dame guard Ben Hansbrough, left, racing Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier for a loose ball during the second half, had 21 points and helped hold Huskies star Kemba Walker to 19.

Associated Press

Notre Dame guard Ben Hansbrough, left, racing Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier for a loose ball during the second half, had 21 points and helped hold Huskies star Kemba Walker to 19.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Ben Hansbrough's assignment was to slow the NCAA's leading scorer and make sure UConn's Kemba Walker didn't take over the game.

Mission accomplished.

Hansbrough led Notre Dame with 21 points Tuesday night and helped hold Walker to 19 — shy of his head-turning 26.7 average — as the 14th-ranked Irish stayed unbeaten at home by holding off the eighth-ranked Huskies 73-70.

Walker had his streak of 11 games with at least 20 points stopped.

"He's one of the best guards in the country. That's a great challenge for me. When I see somebody as talented as him, I see that as a challenge," said Hansbrough, who helped to force Walker into 8-for-23 shooting, including 0-for-5 on 3-pointers.

"He's a great competitor. It was a fun night to play against him."

Walker said the Irish didn't do anything differently against him defensively. It wasn't as much Hansbrough as it was his shot just not falling.

"I think I got every shot I wanted. I just missed," Walker said. "I'm not saying he didn't do a good job on me; he did. The whole team did a great job. I got shots I usually make. I just couldn't hit them. … I just missed some easy ones that I was making all season. That's it. It happens."

Tim Abromaitis, who missed three free throws in the final 19 seconds, added 19 points for the Irish (13-2, 2-1 Big East), who were without starting forward Carleton Scott because of a hamstring injury. Notre Dame is 10-0 at home this season.

Alex Oriakhi, UConn's second-leading scorer at 11.3 points per game, was held scoreless for the Huskies (11-2, 1-2).

NO. 2 OHIO ST. 73, IOWA 68: Freshman Jared Sullinger had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and the visiting Buckeyes (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten) rallied.

NO. 5 PITT 83, PROVIDENCE 79: Gary McGhee scored all of his 13 in the second half, grabbing a key rebound and making two free throws with 18 seconds left as the visiting Panthers (14-1, 2-0 Big East) held off the Friars.

NO. 12 TEXAS 79, ARKANSAS 46: Jordan Hamilton had 16 points to lead four players in double figures for the host Longhorns (12-2), who had their biggest blowout in the schools' 153 meetings.

RUTGERS: Freshman guard Austin Carroll will miss as long as six weeks with a knee injury suffered Sunday. He will have surgery on his left knee Thursday.


NO. 3 DUKE 54, NO. 10 KENTUCKY 48: Jasmine Thomas had 24 points and hit four free throws in the final 14.7 seconds to seal the win for the host Blue Devils (14-0), who held the Wildcats (11-2) to their fewest points this season.

NO. 7 TEXAS A&M 105, LA.-MONROE 57: Danielle Adams had 32 points, and the host Aggies (12-1) wrapped up their nonconference schedule with their sixth straight win.

NO. 15 GEORGETOWN 80, NO. 23 SYRACUSE 62: Monica McNutt scored a career-high 27 and Sugar Rodgers had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the host Hoyas (13-3, 1-1 Big East), who won their sixth straight game and forced the Orange (12-2, 0-1) into a season-high 31 turnovers.

NO. 17 IOWA ST. 80, NORTH DAKOTA ST. 51: Anna Prins scored 16 of her career-high 22 in the first half, and the host Cyclones (12-2) opened the second half with a 22-3 run.

LOUISVILLE 84, NO. 18 ST. JOHN'S 73: Monique Reid had 24 points and Becky Burke 21 for the host Cardinals, who forced the Red Storm (12-3, 1-1 Big East) into a season-high 23 turnovers.

Irish handle Walker, hold off UConn 01/04/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 11:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Kevin Kiermaier: Return to action Thursday 'didn't set the world on fire'

    The Heater

    Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier's return from the hip injury that sidelined him since June 8 could have gone better Thursday in Port Charlotte. He broke two bats and went hitless in two at bats while playing for the Class A Charlotte Stone Crabs.

    Kevin Kiermaier takes cuts in the cage during batting practice before the game between the Rays and Texas Rangers Saturday at Tropicana Field. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  2. What you need to know about Bucs training camp


    Bucs training camp is here.

    This morning was the first of 13 practices that are free and open to the general public, so we have all the details to answer your questions about where and when and so on.

    Dirk Koetter is nothing if not precise, with practices starting at 8:45 a.m. and running until 10:27. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  3. Fennelly: It's high time for Bucs to take Tampa Bay back


    TAMPA — Welcome to the proving ground.

    Bucs training camp begins today.

    Hard Knocks and flop sweat.

    Work and more work.

    "We have a lot to prove,'' wide receiver Mike Evans (13) says. "We're good on paper, but we've got to do it." [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  4. HomeTeam 100: Players 1-10


    When he's not holding things down on the O-line, Nicholas Petit-Frere is holding his own in the classroom with a 3.7 grade-point average. (Andres Leiva, Times)
  5. HomeTeam 100: Football's a slam dunk for Nicholas Petit-Frere


    Berkeley Prep senior Nicholas Petit-Frere is one of the nation's most coveted offensive tackle recruits in the class of 2018. (Andres Leiva, Times)