Monday, January 22, 2018

USF women win tough one at Tulane

NEW ORLEANS — Courtney Williams scored 16 of her 31 in the fourth quarter to rally the No. 19 USF women past Tulane 71-67 on Wednesday night.

The Bulls (11-4, 4-1 AAC) led 62-56 after Williams scored the first 13 of a 15-6 run to start the fourth quarter.

Tulane (12-5, 3-2) fought back and forced a late turnover with a halfcourt trap that led to Leslie Vorpahl's 3-pointer, tying it at 67 with 16 seconds left.

Shalethia Stringfield answered quickly with a coast-to-coast layup for the Bulls. Kitija Laksa stole it from Tulane's Kolby Morgan as she was driving to the basket, and Laura Ferreira clinched it with two free throws with two seconds left.

Laksa scored 17 for the Bulls and Williams grabbed 13 rebounds.

Vorpahl made 6 of 9 3-pointers for Tulane and finished with 26 points. Morgan added 12 points.

NO. 1 UCONN 86, MEMPHIS 46: Moriah Jefferson matched her season high with 21 points, and Breanna Stewart had 11 points and eight rebounds for the visiting Huskies (15-0, 5-0 AAC), who led by double-digits about seven minutes in and never trailed. That was a change from recent games, when they got off to slow starts.

NO. 4 TEXAS 75, KANSAS 38: Imani Boyette scored 15 and Empress Davenport had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Longhorns (16-0, 5-0 Big 12), off to their best start in the conference since 2002-03.

INDIANA 81, NO. 18 MICH. ST. 65: Tyra Buss had 24 points and Amanda Cahill and Karlee McBride added 17 each to propel the host Hoosiers (10-7, 2-3 Big Ten). IU shot 61.5 percent and made 25 of 32 free throws in the second half to hand the Spartans (12-4, 3-2 Big Ten) their worst loss of the season.

PB ATLANTIC 65, TAMPA 56: Ellen Nurmi had 16 points for the visiting Spartans (8-8), who shot 23-of-59 (39 percent) from the field.

ECKERD 77, LYNN 72, OT: Ashley Folsom had 26 points, including a layup in overtime that put the host Tritons (8-5, 4-3 Sunshine State) ahead for good.

EMBRY-RIDDLE 68, SAINT LEO 50: Chelsy Springs had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the host Lions (4-12), who shot 21.4 percent (15-of-27) from the field.

Men: Clemson stuns Duke

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Jaron Blossom­game had 17 points, including the clinching dunk with 13.5 seconds left, to lift Clemson to a 68-63 victory over No. 9 Duke.

Coupled with Sunday's win over then-No. 16 Louisville, it's the first time the Tigers (11-6, 4-1 ACC) have beaten consecutive ranked opponents since closing the 1989 season with victories over Duke and Georgia Tech.

This one started like a typical Blue Devils blowout, with Duke taking a 28-16 lead midway through the opening half. Instead, the Tigers hung tough to beat Duke (14-3, 3-1) for the second time in three seasons.

After Blossomgame's jam, Matt Jones missed a 3-pointer from the left corner. Clemson's Avry Holmes got the rebound and hit two free throws with 1.8 seconds left to put things out of reach.

NO. 6 'NOVA 83, MARQUETTE 68: Kris Jenkins scored 20 and Jalen Brunson had 14 to lead the host Wildcats (15-2, 5-0 Big East), who blew a 16-point lead and trailed early in the second half until they took control late in game to win for the 36th straight time at the Pavilion.

NO. 10 SMU 79, ECU 55: Ben Moore scored 17 and Markus Kennedy had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Mustangs (16-0, 5-0 AAC), who had five double-figure scorers for the fourth time this season. Playing its first game as a top-10 team in 31 years, SMU never trailed and shot 52.5 percent while extending the best start and second-longest winning streak in its history.

ALABAMA 73, NO. 19 S.C. 50: Riley Norris made 8 of 11 3-pointers and had 27 points for the host Crimson Tide, which easily handed the Gamecocks (15-1, 2-1 SEC) their first loss of the season. South Carolina shot 19-of-53 (35.8 percent) from the field.

NO. 22 BAYLOR 82, TCU 54: Terry Maston had a career-high 17 points and combined with Taurean Prince for all the scoring in a game-turning 13-0 run before halftime that lifted the host Bears (13-3, 3-1 Big 12).

NO. 24 PURDUE 74, PENN ST. 57: Vince Edwards scored 19, Isaac Haas had 14 and Caleb Swanigan added 13 for the Boilermakers (15-3, 3-2 Big Ten), who have won seven of eight in this series and nine straight at home against the Nittany Lions.

FSU 85, N.C. STATE 78: Malik Beasley had 22 points to help the visiting Seminoles (11-5, 1-3 ACC) win a matchup of winless conference teams. Devon Bookert added 18 points for Florida State, which led just about all night but had to keep coming up with timely baskets to stay in control.

ECKERD 70, LYNN 56: Drushaun McLaurn and Trevon Young had 12 points each to lead the host Tritons (15-1, 7-0 Sunshine State), who won their 15th straight.

PB ATLANTIC 78, TAMPA 69: Duke Shelton had 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting and added 13 rebounds for the visiting Spartans (4-11), who committed 17 turnovers that the Sailfish converted into 19 points.

SAINT LEO 99, EMBRY-RIDDLE 90: Marcus Dewberry had 33 points to lead six players in double figures for the host Lions (11-6), who won their fourth straight.

MIZZOU BAN: Admitting it found NCAA violations in its program dating to 2011, Missouri banned itself from the postseason this year and said it is vacating all 23 wins from the 2013-14 season.

The NCAA is still investigating, and Missouri said it was working with the organization in hopes of limiting the punishment to its self-imposed sanctions.

"We have already taken many proactive steps to address concerns, including appropriate self-imposed sanctions," athletic director Mack Rhoades said in a statement. "We will win at Mizzou and do so with integrity and class."

Missouri was 23-12 in 2013-14, former coach Frank Haith's third and final season. Haith, who took over Missouri after seven seasons at Miami, left the Tigers for Tulsa not long after the school received a verbal notice of inquiry from the NCAA in April 2014.

Haith was not named Wednesday in the Missouri release and was not charged with any violations.

TEXAS PROBE: An investigation into allegations of academic misconduct in the Texas program found no violations, though a broader probe of support services questioned whether the school focuses too much on boosting team grade-point averages than an athlete's overall education, the school announced.


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