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BC pulls Massachusetts' second shocker

BOSTON — Another big upset for Scott Brown's family.

A few hours after her father was sworn in as the newest member of the U.S. Senate, Ayla Brown was part of Boston College's 61-57 victory over No. 6 Duke on Thursday.

"He sent me a text message before the game saying, 'I wanted to be at the game, but I'm so proud of you. Win it for me,' " said Ayla Brown, a backup forward who scored six.

Carolyn Swords had 14 points and nine rebounds for BC (13-10, 3-4 ACC) and made all eight of her free throws during the final five minutes. She went 10-of-10 from the line overall. And BC made 20 of 21 in its first victory over a ranked team since beating No. 2 Ohio State in the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

In January, Republican Scott Brown, a former state senator, beat Martha Coakley to win the seat held by Democrat Ted Kennedy for almost 50 years. At a Capitol Hill ceremony on Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden swore him in.

So which upset was bigger?

"I think Brown over Coakley is a bigger upset because that's for the state of Massachusetts," said Ayla Brown, who campaigned for her father. "But this is the biggest upset I've ever experienced in my basketball career."

Duke (18-4, 6-1) had won three consecutive games since losing 81-48 to No. 1 Connecticut.

Said coach Joanne McCallie: "If we're going to be a special team, we've got a long way to go."

No. 5 Tennessee 74, Arkansas 57: Kelley Cain had 14 points, 17 rebounds and eight blocked shots for the host Vols. Tennessee (20-2, 8-1 SEC) now has won 20 games in 34 consecutive seasons under coach Pat Summitt.

No. 8 Ohio State 86, Iowa 82: Brittany Johnson scored 13 of her 18 during the second half for the host Buckeyes. Jantel Lavender's layup gave Ohio State (22-3, 10-2 Big Ten) the lead for good, 74-72 with 4:31 left, and Samantha Prahalis followed with a 3-pointer.

Miami 80, No. 9 UNC 69: Shenise Johnson scored seven of her 25 during a late 10-0 run for the host Hurricanes (15-7, 3-5 ACC). North Carolina (16-5, 4-3) has lost two straight.

No. 14 Georgia 49, No. 19 LSU 46 OT: Jasmine James' baseline drive with 1:23 left put the host Bulldogs ahead for good. She added a free throw with 39 seconds left for Georgia (19-4, 6-4 SEC). Allison Hightower scored 22 for the Tigers (15-6, 4-5).

No. 20 Kentucky 80, Miss. 66: A'dia Mathies scored 21 and Victoria Dunlap 18 for the host Wildcats. Kentucky (19-3, 7-2 SEC) forced 19 turnovers and held the Rebels to 19-of-59 shooting.

Detroit 71, No. 23 Wis.-Green Bay 55: Yar Shayok had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the host Titans (10-11, 8-2), who moved into first in the Horizon. The Phoenix (18-3, 7-3) had won 15 in a row against Detroit.

Vanderbilt 66, Florida 58: Jence Rhoads scored 14 and Lauren Lueders 13 for the visiting Commodores. Florida (12-10, 5-4 SEC) outrebounded Vanderbilt 36-28 but committed 18 turnovers and trailed by as many as 17 during the second half. Azania Stewart and Sharielle Smith led UF with 13 points.

BC pulls Massachusetts' second shocker 02/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 4, 2010 10:49pm]
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