Sunday, January 21, 2018
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USF women boost NCAA resume, rout Georgetown

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Freshman guard Courtney Williams scored 15 of her career-high 18 in the second half and Andrell Smith added 16 points for USF, which got a much-needed victory in its bid for an NCAA Tournament berth, 63-35 over Georgetown on Monday night.

The Bulls (20-9, 9-7) won five of their last six road games of the regular season and head into the Big East tournament as the eighth seed. They'll face ninth-seeded Rutgers at 2 p.m. Saturday in the second round at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.

"I think we've shown we can win basketball games on the road and that's important. We did our job and we have to go to Hartford now and continue to play good basketball," said coach Jose Fernandez, who posted his fourth 20-win season with the Bulls.

The Bulls never trailed, opening the game on a 10-1 run. The Hoyas started 3-for-26 from the field, and USF forced 13 of its 22 turnovers in the first half.

"I thought we had a good plan and they executed. We did a good job in the half court defensively," Fernandez said.

Andrea Smith's 3-pointer gave USF a 35-11 lead with 14:35 left, and Andrell Smith's 3-pointer put the Bulls ahead 61-27 with 5:10 to play. Georgetown shot 16 percent from the field overall.

Andrea Smith had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Akila McDonald had 11 rebounds to help USF dominate on the glass 59-41. Sugar Rodgers scored 20 for the Hoyas (14-15, 5-11).

GRINER SETS MARK: Brittney Griner scored a Big 12 record 50 in her final regular-season game at Baylor, including her first dunk at home since she was a freshman, to lead the top-ranked Bears to a 90-68 victory over Kansas State. "It means everything to just go out with a bang like that," Griner said. "Got a dunk finally at home, scored 50. I mean there's not a better way to go out." Baylor (29-1, 18-0) wrapped up its second straight undefeated conference season.

IRISH WEAR DOWN HUSKIES: Skylar Diggins had 29 points and sparked a decisive run in the third overtime as No. 2 Notre Dame beat No. 3 Connecticut 96-87 to win the Big East regular-season title outright for the second straight year. The Fighting Irish (28-1, 16-0) became the first team to win six of seven games against the Huskies (27-3, 14-2) in more than two decades.

NO. 24 SYRACUSE 68, NO. 13 LOUISVILLE 57: Freshman Brittney Sykes and senior Kayla Alexander scored 16 each for the host Orange (23-6, 11-5), which snapped a three-game skid and passed the Cardinals (23-7, 11-5) for the third seed in the Big East tournament.

AP POLL: Baylor remained No. 1 for a ninth straight week. No. 22 LSU and No. 25 Toledo entered, replacing Iowa State and Purdue.

Men

NO. 4 KANSAS 79, TEXAS TECH 42: Jeff Withey had 22 points and all the seniors had big nights in their last home game for the Jayhawks (26-4, 14-3), who took a half-game lead over Kansas State in their quest for a ninth straight Big 12 title.

NO. 8 LOUISVILLE 67, UC 51: Russ Smith had 18 points for the host Cardinals (25-5, 13-4 Big East), who gave Rick Pitino his 300th victory at the school with their sixth straight win.

HAMPTON 75, B-CU 66: The host Pirates erased an 11-point second-half deficit to rally past Bethune-Cookman (12-18, 7-8 MEAC).

NORFOLK ST. 69, FAMU 58: The host Spartans beat the Rattlers (8-21, 5-10) to clinch the MEAC regular-season title.

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