Thursday, November 23, 2017

Stanford again ends streak, this time topping Baylor


HONOLULU — Stanford snapped defending national champion Baylor's 42-game winning streak Friday, winning 71-69 when player of the year Brittney Griner missed a short turnaround shot at the buzzer.

Griner scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half, helping the top-ranked Bears rally from 14 down. It was Baylor's first loss since Texas A&M beat the Bears in the 2011 NCAA region finals. Baylor (2-1) went 40-0 last season.

Stanford also ended UConn's NCAA record 90-game run in 2010.

Chiney Ogwumike had 18 points to lead the fourth-ranked Cardinal (3-0), which lost to Baylor in the national semifinals last season. Her reverse layup put Stanford up four with 22 seconds left. Destiny Williams hit her first career 3-pointer to pull Baylor within one.

Toni Kokenis made one of two free throws. Baylor got the rebound and advanced the ball to halfcourt before calling timeout to set up the final play.

Griner caught the ball, and with three players draped on her, the 6-foot-8 star's shot fell off the rim, setting off a wild celebration by the Cardinal.

"We knew where the ball was going," Ogwumike said. "It's a matter if we're able to make the play. It's hard to make a play on Griner. You knew it was going to Griner and she was going to turn around and shoot."

Baylor's run was the fifth longest in NCAA women's history.

NO. 10 GEORGIA 62, S.C. ST. 46: Anne Marie Armstrong had 14 points and Erika Ford 10 for the host Bulldogs (3-0), who forced 29 turnovers.

NO. 15 NEBRASKA 77, N. ARIZONA 55: Jordan Hooper had 27 points, including five 3-pointers for the host Cornhuskers (3-0).

TAMPA 76, LINDENWOOD 43: Moriah Hodge scored 21 and was 9-for-10 from the field as the Spartans (3-0), playing in the Saint Leo Invitational, earned their biggest margin of victory since 2009.

SAINT LEO 72, P.R.-BAYAMON 39: Junior Chelsea Connelly had 17 points and a game-high 16 rebounds for the Lions (2-1) in the Saint Leo Invitational.

Men: Florida coach reinstates Wilbekin

GAINESVILLE — Florida junior guard Scottie Wilbekin was reinstated to the team and will play Sunday when the No. 10 Gators take on Middle Tennessee at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tipoff is 4 p.m.

Wilbekin was suspended Nov. 8 for violation of team rules, missed three games and worked out on his own. He was expected to be the starting point guard, but coach Billy Donovan said Wilbekin now has to earn his job back.

"I think he's definitely paid a price," Donovan said. "In my meeting with him (Friday), I felt like it was time to let him be able to come back, start practice and be a part of our team. He's got to work back. He's missed a week of practice right now, by his own doing. That's not to say that he's never going to start here again. As a coach, I don't believe in having a doghouse, so to speak. To me, he starts fresh and clean. In my mind, although we did address the things he has done, I think I'd be making a mistake as a coach to constantly keep holding on to that, because I'm expecting him to move on."

NO. 3 KY. 101, LAFAYETTE 49: Kyle Wiltjer made seven 3-pointers for 21 of his 23 points and Alex Poythress added a career-high 22 points as Kentucky (2-1) rolled in its home opener, shooting 65 percent (40-for-62) from the field.

NO. 6 N.C. STATE 94, UMASS 76: T.J. Warren had 21 points to lead the Wolfpack (3-0) at the Puerto Rico Tipoff in Bayamon.

NO. 14 MIzzou 74, NICHOLLS ST. 54: Alex Oriakhi had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the host Tigers (3-0), who outrebounded Nicholls State 41-25.

COLO. 60, NO. 16 BAYLOR 58: Askia Booker scored 19 and the Buffaloes upset the Bears (3-1), who knocked out Colorado last season in the NCAA Tournament's third round. Colorado won at the Charleston (S.C.) Classic despite going 4-for-18 on free throws.

NO. 23 UConn 77, WAKE 71: Shabazz Napier scored all 16 of his points in the final 10 minutes for the Huskies (3-0) at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

MIAMI 73, JACKSONVILLE 57: Shane Larkin scored 21 of his career-high 27 in the second half for the host Hurricanes (2-1), who shot 59 percent (23-for-39) and held the Dolphins to 40 percent (20-for-50).

UCLA RULING: UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad was ruled eligible to play, and the star freshman guard is set to make his debut Monday against Georgetown. The NCAA said the school's sanctions against Muhammad were sufficient after he sat out three games and repaid $1,600 in impermissible benefits.

MAJERUS NOT RETURNING: St. Louis coach Rick Majerus will not return to the team because of a serious heart condition. Majerus, 64, ended the school's 12-year NCAA Tournament drought last season with a 26-win team, and the Billikens were ranked for the first time since the 1994-95 season.

USF INVITATIONAL: Senior forward Nate Hutcheson had 30 points and nine rebounds, leading Western Michigan to an 81-71 victory over Loyola of Chicago at the Sun Dome in Tampa.

EASTERN MICHIGAN: Junior forward James Still was dismissed from the team while an assault case against him is being resolved in court.

ST. JOHN'S: Junior college transfer Marc-Antoine Bourgault was declared eligible, and the 6-foot-6 shooter joined the Red Storm, playing five minutes in Friday's 72-67 loss to Murray State.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

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