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Hoyas take Big East lead (for now)

Out of my way! Cal guard Layshia Clarendon, right, tries to get around UCLA forward Alyssia Brewer during the first half of the No. 6 Bears’ 79-51 rout of the No. 15 Bruins.

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Out of my way! Cal guard Layshia Clarendon, right, tries to get around UCLA forward Alyssia Brewer during the first half of the No. 6 Bears’ 79-51 rout of the No. 15 Bruins.

CINCINNATI — Markel Starks scored 17 to help No. 15 Georgetown beat Cincinnati 62-55 on Friday.

Starks' points included a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:35 left and five free throws over the final minute for the Hoyas (19-4, 9-3), whose seventh straight win moved them atop the Big East, a half-game up on No. 6 Syracuse and No. 18 Marquette. Syracuse visits Seton Hall today, and Marqutte hosts No. 16 Pittsburgh.

Otto Porter added 16 for Georgetown despite being in foul trouble for most of the second half. He picked up his third foul 3:42 in and his fourth with 7:29 left. He played the final 4:30 without picking up another.

Cincinnati (19-7, 7-6), which has lost three of four, made 4 of 24 3-pointers.

Kentucky starts 'new season' today

LEXINGTON, Ky. — No. 25 Kentucky has had three days to think about Nerlens Noel's season-ending injury. Today is its first game, at Tennessee.

"It's like a brand new season now," said freshman Willie Cauley-Stein, who will replace Noel in the starting lineup.

Noel, the freshman forward who tore his left ACL during Tuesday's loss at Florida, averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 blocks.

"We can make up rebounds and points," Wildcats coach John Calipari said. "Those blocked shots are what you're not going to make up. This team has a clean slate. It's a blank canvas. It's whatever they want it to be."

No. 11 Butler: Center Andrew Smith, the Bulldogs' second-leading scorer at 11.4 points per game, will be a game-time decision today against Fordham. The school had said he would be out through this weekend with an abdominal injury.

Women

No. 6 Cal 79, No. 15 UCLA 51: Gennifer Brandon scored 16 as the visiting Bears (22-2, 12-1 Pac-12) won their 10th straight. The Bruins (19-5, 10-3) had won six in a row since losing to Cal 70-65 on Jan. 20.

No. 21 Colo. 55, Ariz. 42: The visiting Buffs (19-5, 8-5 Pac-12) never trailed. All Colorado's losses have come to ranked teams, including two each to Stanford and Cal.

Hoyas take Big East lead (for now) 02/15/13 [Last modified: Saturday, February 16, 2013 12:25am]
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