Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Illini beat buzzer to shock Hoosiers

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Tyler Griffey made an uncontested layup at the buzzer as Illinois beat Indiana 74-72 on Thursday, the fifth straight week the nation's No. 1 team has lost.

The Hoosiers (20-3, 8-2 Big Ten) led 69-59 after Christian Watford's two free throws with 4:21 left.

But D.J. Richardson made consecutive 3-pointers for the Illini (16-8, 3-7) then hit a jumper on the run to tie it at 70 with 1:17 to go. After the teams exchanged baskets, Indiana's Victor Oladipo lost control of the ball. He recovered to block a layup by Richardson, the ball going of bounds with 0.9 seconds left to play.

Griffey, open after setting a screen, took the inbounds pass from Brandon Paul and gently laid the ball into the basket.

"I just made a simple curl cut and left two guys behind me," Griffey said.

Indiana coach Tom Crean said the play was a lot like the other breakdowns that let Illinois rally: "We didn't communicate."

No. 4 Duke 98, N.C. State 85: Mason Plumlee scored 30 for the host Blue Devils, who avenged a 84-76 loss on Jan. 12. Duke (20-2, 7-2 ACC) led by as many as 21 in handing the Wolfpack their third straight loss. Plumlee fell two points shy of the career high he set last week at Wake Forest.

Texas A&M 70, No. 21 Missouri 68: Fabyon Harris' 3-pointer with 12 seconds left lifted the host Aggies. The Tigers (16-6, 5-4 SEC), 0-5 in true road games, trailed by as many as 15 in the second half. They had the ball and the lead with 30 seconds left. But Phil Pressey threw the ball away.

Jackrabbit scores 53: Nate Wolters scored 53 to lead visiting South Dakota State past Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne 80-74. Wolters' 53 are the most this season by a Division I player, bettering the 47 of Oakland's Travis Bader on Jan. 24.

Notre Dame will wait to leave Big East

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame will stay in the Big East for at least one more season.

Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the school wants to leave the Big East for the ACC before the required 27 months' notice but failed to reach a financial agreement to do so before next season.

The 27 months would take the Irish to after the 2014-15 season, but Swarbrick said he would like to leave after 2013-14.

"Negotiations are ongoing," he said.

Women: Tar Heels coach wins No. 900

BOSTON — Coach Sylvia Hatchell earned her 900th victory when No. 16 North Carolina beat Boston College 80-52.

Among women's coaches, only Hatchell, Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt have won 900 games (though Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer is two away). Three men's coaches — Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim and Bob Knight — have won 900 games.

Xylina McDaniel had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Tar Heels (21-3, 9-2 ACC).

No. 8 Penn St. 76, Indiana 54: Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas each scored 20 for the visiting Nittany Lions. Penn State (19-3, 9-1 Big Ten) went on a 15-2 run to go up by 18 in the second half.

No. 9 Georgia 61, Auburn 58: Jasmine Hassell scored 15 for the host Bulldogs. Georgia (20-3, 8-2 SEC) made only 2 of 16 shots from the field over the first 10 minutes of the second half.

No. 10 Kentucky 79, Arkansas 74 OT: Bria Goss scored 16 of her 17 after halftime for the visiting Wildcats. Kentucky (20-3, 8-2 SEC) trailed by eight with 6:51 left in regulation.

No. 12 Tennessee 64, LSU 62: Bashaara Graves stole the ball, saw her shot blocked, got the rebound and scored with a second left to lift the visiting Vols (18-5, 9-1 SEC).

No. 15 South Carolina 65, Alabama 53: Aleighsa Welch had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Ashley Bruner 15 points and 11 rebounds for the visiting Gamecocks (20-3, 8-2 SEC), who never trailed.

No. 18 Dayton 78, Xavier 68: Samantha MacKay had 18 points and seven assists for the host Flyers. Tied at 36 in the second half, Dayton (20-1, 8-0 Atlantic 10) went on a 21-7 run.

No. 20 Delaware 77, Towson 55: Elena Della Donne had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the visi­ting Blue Hens (19-3, 10-0), who have won 28 straight Colonial Athletic regular-season games.

USF game time moved: Because of the 1-3 feet of snow predicted for Providence, USF's game there Saturday was moved from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Gators forward out indefinitely

GAINESVILLE — Florida junior forward Will Yeguete will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee today.

"He's going to be out … best-case scenario would be the remainder of the regular season, and we'll probably re-evaluate it then," Florida coach Billy Donovan said Thursday.

Yeguete has been slowed by tendinitis all season.

"He's had some significant swelling over the last several weeks, and he's got some floating chips and cartilage in there," Donovan said. "So he's got to have … it cleaned out."

Yeguete has played in all 21 games, averaging six points, and he is the team's second-leading rebounder at 6.3 per game.

This is the second straight season an injury has derailed Yeguete's season. In 2012, he broke his left foot on Feb. 21. Florida lost four of its next five games.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

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