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UCF stuns defending champs

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Marcus Jordan was headed to the free throw line for two big shots Friday when a teammate said an encouraging message.

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"He told me this shot is in my blood," Jordan said.

Yup, like father, like son.

Jordan, the son of Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, made two key free throws to give Central Florida the lead with 3:11 left and the Knights upset No. 4 Connecticut 68-63 in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis, snapping the Huskies' 16-game winning streak.

Jordan and Keith Clanton each scored 20 for the Knights (4-1), who trailed by 17 early in the second half.

Jeremy Lamb had 15 points for the defending national champion Huskies (5-1), who lost for the first time since March 5 against Notre Dame.

"I can't be more disappointed in how we played," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said. "We just stopped playing. We couldn't even get the ball inbounded near the end."

UConn led 50-33 with 16 minutes left. UCF scored 17 of the next 19 points to pull within two. Clanton kicked off the rally with a 3-pointer and Jordan finished the spurt with a 3.

Lamb's 3 stretched the Huskies' lead to five. But Jordan converted a layup, then made the two free throws to give UCF a 58-57 advantage.

The Knights face Harvard in today's final. Connecticut faces No. 22 Florida State in the consolation game.

NO. 3 OHIO ST. 80, VALPO 47: William Buford scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half for the host Buckeyes (6-0), who tuned up for a home showdown against No. 6 Duke on Tuesday.

NO. 5 SYRACUSE 69, STANFORD 63: The Orange went on a 15-3 run to end it, erasing a late six-point deficit in the final of the NIT Season Tip-Off at New York's Madison Square Garden. "We played 40 minutes of good defense, 35 minutes of horrendous offense and 3 to 4 minutes of fullcourt pressure to get back in the game," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "They outplayed us the whole game." Kris Joseph had 18 points and eight rebounds for Syracuse (6-0).

NO. 7 LOUISVILLE 59, OHIO 54: Kyle Kuric scored 16 and Gorgui Dieng grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds for the host Cardinals (5-0) in the Global Sports Invitational for Rick Pitino's 250th victory as Louisville's coach.

NO. 11 WIS. 66, BRADLEY 43: Josh Gasser, Ryan Evans and Jordan Taylor scored 15 each for the Badgers (5-0), who face BYU in today's Chicago Invitational Challenge final.

NO. 12 XAVIER 70, GEORGIA 56: Tu Holloway overcame a sore shooting hand to score 12 for the host Musketeers (4-0), who held the Bulldogs to 32 percent shooting.

NO. 17 PITT 78, PENN 58: Khem Birch had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Panthers (4-1) in the Philly Hoop Group Classic. The game was at the Palestra, Penn's home, but chants of "Let's Go Pitt" echoed throughout the old gym.

NO. 18 VANDY 95, MONMOUTH 73: John Jenkins scored 18 and Jeff Taylor and Brad Tinsley added 16 each as the host Commodores beat former Vanderbilt assistant King Rice.

NO. 24 MISS. ST. 76, UT-MARTIN 50: Dee Bost and Rodney Hood scored 17 apiece for the host Bulldogs (6-1), who shot 59.3 percent (32 of 54).

UT's SCHMIDT STILL WAITS: Tampa (1-3) lost to Shaw 70-50 at the Thanksgiving Classic in St. Petersburg, leaving Spartans coach Richard Schmidt still one short of 600 career wins.

MISSISSIPPI 64, MIAMI 61, OT: The visiting Hurricanes missed on potential winning and tying shots by Malcolm Grant at the end of regulation and in overtime. Grant led the Hurricanes (4-1) with 22 points.

ECKERD 81, P.R.-BAYAMON 71: Lance Kearse and Wayne Sears scored 24 each for the host Tritons (3-0), who face Shaw (N.C.) in today's final of the Thanksgiving Classic.

SYRACUSE CASE: Authorities involved in a sexual-abuse investigation of Syracuse assistant Bernie Fine carried out a search at his home but declined to comment on what they were looking for. New York State Police spokesman Jack Keller said troopers were called to assist the U.S. Attorney's Office.

NOTRE DAME: Senior star Tim Abromaitis (torn ACL, right knee) is out for the season.

Women: FSU falls to No. 11 Louisville

TALLAHASSEE — Shoni Schimmel scored 25 and Monique Reid added 23 to lead No. 11 Louisville past Florida State 85-76. Schimmel's 3 with 4:23 left snapped a tie at 66 for the Cardinals (5-1). Cierra Bravard scored a career-high 27 for FSU (3-3), which began the season ranked 14th but has lost three of four. The Seminoles committed 24 turnovers.

NO. 2 UCONN 74, FDU 28: The Huskies (4-0) extended their NCAA-record home winning streak to 87 against Fairleigh Dickinson. Did the rout please UConn coach Geno Auriemma? Well. … "I thought it was the worst exhibition of basketball I've ever seen by two teams in the 27 years I've been in Connecticut," he said. "We should give everybody a refund."

NO. 3 STANFORD 80, XAVIER 64: Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored a season-high 34 for the visiting Cardinal (4-1).

NO. 4 NOTRE DAME 80, USC 58: Point guard Skylar Diggins had 22 points, five steals and no turnovers for the Fighting Irish (4-1) at the Junkanoo Jam tournament in Freeport, Bahamas.

NO. 5 TEXAS A&M 71, TEMPLE 59: Adaora Elonu scored a career-high 23 as the Aggies (5-0) made the Lucaya division final at the Junkanoo Jam.

NO. 7 DUKE 97, GARDNER-WEBB 31: Tricia Liston scored 23 to lead the Blue Devils (5-0), who face Notre Dame in today's Junkanoo Jam final.

NO. 8 MARYLAND 84, FIU 52: The visiting Terrapins (6-0) led just 44-30 at halftime but an 18-7 spurt to open the second half put the Golden Panthers away.

NO. 12 OKLAHOMA 76, LIBERTY 45: Morgan Hook and Aaryn Ellenberg scored 22 apiece for the Sooners (3-0), who face host Vanderbilt in today's Thanksgiving Tournament final.

NO. 13 RUTGERS 59, GA. TECH 40: April Sykes had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (5-0), who held the Yellow Jackets to 21 percent shooting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

NO. 14 KENTUCKY 73, SAM HOUSTON 52: Keyla Snowden scored 19 for the host Wildcats (6-0), who led by just seven at halftime.

NO. 17 PENN ST. 66, IOWA ST. 59: Maggie Lucas scored 18 for the Nittany Lions (4-1), who face host Nevada in today's John Ascuaga's Nugget Classic final in Reno.

NO. 18 OHIO ST. 84, STONY BROOK 37: Samantha Prahalis had 25 points in 28 minutes for the host Buckeyes (4-0).

NO. 19 TEXAS TECH 94, MO.-KC 67: Kierra Mallard had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the host Red Raiders (3-0).

NO. 24 TEXAS 79, NO. 22 VIRGINIA 53: Guard Chassidy Fussell scored 30 for the Longhorns (3-1) against the Cavaliers (4-1) at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu.

W. VA. 63, NO. 25 UCLA 54: Taylor Palmer scored 18 as the Mountaineers upset the Bruins (2-2) at the Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Classic in Northridge, Calif.

FLORIDA 85, LA SALLE 74: Jordan Jones had 28 points to lead the Gators (4-1) to victory in Brooklyn, N.Y.

ECKERD 68, P.R.-BAYAMON 52: Linsey Niles scored 13 for the host Tritons (2-1) at the Thanksgiving Classic and face Queens (N.C.) at 3 today.

TAMPA 65, N. ALABAMA 63: Moriah Hodge scored 27 for the Spartans (2-3) against the hosts of the North Alabama tourney.

UCF stuns defending champs 11/25/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 26, 2011 12:25am]

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