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UConn edges BC in semi

NEW YORK — Ryan Boatwright made two free throws with 7.9 seconds to play and blocked a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and No. 18 Connecticut beat Boston College 72-70 Thursday night in the semi­finals of the 2K Sports Classic.

DeAndre Daniels had 23 points to lead the Huskies (5-0), who play Indiana for the title tonight at Madison Square Garden. The Hoosiers beat Washington 102-84.

Shabazz Napier had 20 points for Connecticut, which led most of the way. He made his first seven free throws but missed the second of two with 30 seconds left, leaving the Huskies ahead 69-67.

Olivier Hanlan of Boston College (1-4) missed a drive and Boatwright was fouled grabbing the rebound. He made two free throws with 7.9 seconds left.

The teams played for the first time since 2005, when both were in the Big East.

"That was like an old BC-UConn rivalry," said Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie, who played in a few of those games when he was a Huskies guard. "Coming down to the last possession like that. We gutted out a win."

No. 12 Wis. 88, Bowling Green 64: Ben Brust scored 19 to lead six Badgers in double figures. Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker added 14 apiece for host Wisconsin (5-0). Spencer Parker led the Falcons with 17 points. After averaging 65 a game last year, the Badgers are scoring 81 a game this season.

No. 13 Gonzaga 90, Wash. St. 74: Kevin Pangos scored 27 and the host Bulldogs (4-0) hit 90 for the third time this season.

no. 14 Michigan 85, Long Beach St. 61: Nik Stauskas scored 24, Caris LeVert had 20 and the Wolverines (3-1) hit a tournament-record 14 3-pointers in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan. FSU awaits today.

no. 19 new mexico 97, UAB 94, 2 OT: Cleveland Thomas hit a 3-pointer with 39.5 seconds left in the second overtime to give the Lobos the lead for good at the Charleston (S.C.) Classic. The Lobos (3-0) forced overtime on Kendall Williams' 3 as time ran out — the Blazers failed to follow instructions to foul before the shot — and forced the second OT on Alex Kirk's 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left.

No. 25 Marquette 58, New Hampshire 53: Chris Otule and Todd Mayo each scored 16 as the host Golden Eagles (3-1) overcame 32.7 percent (17-of-52) from the floor — including 13.6 percent (3-for-22) on 3-pointers.

Northeastern 63, G'town 56: Reggie Spencer had career-high 18 points and nine rebounds as the Huskies (2-2) erased an 11-point halftime deficit and won in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Hoyas are 1-2 for the first time since 1998-99.

UCF 63, Miami 58: Calvin Newell scored 19 to lead the visiting Knights (3-1). With a chance to tie it with 39 seconds left, Donnavan Kirk missed two free throws for the Hurricanes (3-2).

FIU 82, B-CU 67: Tymell Murphy had 24 points and 11 rebounds as the visiting Panthers (6-2) beat the Wildcats (2-3).

Georgia Tech: Freshman guard Travis Jorgenson is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

north carolina: P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald won't travel for Hall of Fame Tipoff games due to NCAA eligibility concerns. The No. 24 Tar Heels face Richmond in Saturday's semifinals in Uncasville, Conn.

USC: Guard J.T. Terrell is ineligible for the rest of the fall semester for academic reasons.

lapchick awards: Former coaches Don Haskins and George Raveling and women's pioneer Theresa Grentz were presented the sixth annual Lapchick Character Awards, recognizing those who have shown the character traits of former coach Joe Lapchick.

Women: Jones, FSU win at Florida 76-68

GAINESVILLE — Redshirt sophomore Morgan Jones scored a season-high 24, hitting five free throws in the final minute, to help Florida State defeat Florida 76-68. The Seminoles (4-0) made a season-best eight 3-pointers and hung on after leading by 16 with 10 minutes left. January Miller scored a career-high 19 for the Gators (3-2).

No. 2 Duke 88, Vandy 69: Tricia Liston scored 18 and Alexis Jones had 17 to lead six players in double figures for the host Blue Devils (4-0).

No. 4 Louisville 90, Ohio 33: Shoni Schimmel scored 13 and the Cardinals (5-0) made Jeff Walz the program's winningest coach, routing the Bobcats. Walz is 153-65 at Louisville.

No. 7 Kentucky 116, Lipscomb 49: Bria Goss scored 18 and the host Wildcats (5-0) outscored the Bison 66-14 in the paint.

No. 9 Baylor 99, Savannah St. 31: Odyssey Sims scored 22 and the Bears (4-0) extended the nation's-best home winning streak to 61 games.

No. 11 Nebraska 78, Ark.-Pine Bluff 55: Jordan Hooper scored 23 for the host Cornhuskers (4-0).

No. 12 UNC 106, Coastal Carolina 52: Stephanie Mavunga had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the host Tar Heels (3-1).

No. 22 Iowa St. 78, Cincy 42: The visiting Cyclones (3-0) outscored the Bearcats 44-17 in the second half.

UConn edges BC in semi 11/21/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 22, 2013 12:30am]
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