Friday, June 22, 2018
Colleges

Gary Trent, Duke rally past Miami with 18-0 run

CORAL GABLES — Gary Trent scored a season-high 30 and No. 5 Duke needed less than three minutes to erase a 13-point second-half deficit, scoring 18 consecutive points to overtake No. 25 Miami 83-75 on Monday night.

The Blue Devils scored 15 in six possessions to rally, and the comeback included three 3-pointers by Trent. He shot 9-for-14, including 6-for-9 on 3s.

Duke (16-2, 4-2 ACC) has won seven straight against ranked teams, including four this season. Miami (13-4, 2-3) lost at home for the first time.

Marvin Bagley had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who shot 55 percent and won despite tying a season high with 19 turnovers. They committed none in the final 10 minutes.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was back on the bench after missing Saturday’s victory over Wake Forest because of a virus.

Lonnie Walker finished with 19 points for Miami. Dewan Huell added 18 points and 13 rebounds, but standout Miami guard Bruce Brown was scoreless for the first 18 minutes and finished with seven points.

The Hurricanes led 66-53 with eight minutes left, but the Blue Devils started their rally when Trent hit consecutive 3-pointers and Bagley had a three-point play.

"We played a great 32 minutes," Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. "And then everything changed. The Gary Trent show began."

BC STOPS FSU: Ky Bowman had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Jerome Robinson scored 19 and host Boston College beat Florida State 81-75. Nik Popovic and Jordan Chatman each added 14 points for the Eagles (13-6, 3-3 ACC). Terance Mann scored 21, CJ Walker 19 and Braian Angola 17 for the Seminoles (13-5, 2-4), who have lost three of four. BC led by 16 at halftime and by 21 early in the second half. "We’ve just got to get back to Tallahassee and take a couple of days off," coach Leonard Hamilton said. "They seemed to have a little bit more energy." FSU visits Virginia Tech at noon Saturday.

TEXAS TECH: The school was fined $25,000 by the Big 12 because fans stormed the court after beating West Virginia on Saturday. Several Mountaineers had altercations with fans.

UCONN WOMEN HOLD ON: Katie Lou Samuelson scored 19 and Crystal Dangerfield made two free throws with eight seconds left to help top-ranked UConn survive a tough upset bid from No. 9 host Texas with a 75-71 win. UConn (16-0) trailed early in the fourth but pulled out its 102nd consecutive regular-season victory. The Longhorns (14-3) had Ariel Atkins miss two free throws that would have given them the lead with 2:42 left and Lashann Higgs missed an open 5-footer that would have pulled them within one late. UConn had won its previous eight by an average of 46 points but got outrebounded 36-30 and was often chasing the ball in transition.

Football

MIAMI’S SHIRREFFS LEAVING: Hurricanes quarterback Evan Shirreffs, a rising redshirt junior, said he will seek playing time elsewhere as a graduate transfer. Shirreffs played little this season behind Malik Rosier, a rising redshirt senior who will have to compete to keep the starting job next season. Others in the competition are redshirt freshmen Cade Weldon (Jefferson High) and N’Kosi Perry, and incoming freshman Jarren Williams.

STAYING, GOING: Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins will return for his senior season, keeping the starting line intact for next season. … Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith, the Butkus Award winner and SEC defensive player of the year, will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. … Mekhi Brown, an Alabama linebacker who went after an assistant coach during the College Football Playoff title game, plans to transfer to Tennessee State, according to reports. He apparently had been admitted there more than a month before the title game. … Tennessee quarterback Quinten Dormady will transfer after a junior year in which he lost his starting job and suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.

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