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UConn streak hits 80— barely— vs. Baylor

HARTFORD, Conn. — Maya Moore missed, and suddenly Connecticut's grip on women's college basketball was in jeopardy.

Baylor had one more shot to topple the No. 1 Huskies and end their record winning streak. But the No. 2 Bears ran out of time and their last try, a 30-footer by Odyssey Sims, was too short.

Coach Geno Auriemma and UConn rallied from a late eight-point deficit and held on for their 80th straight victory, 65-64 Tuesday night — by far the toughest test since the streak started exactly two years ago.

The Huskies overcame 6-foot-8 Baylor star Brittney Griner and erased a 56-48 gap with 6:42 to go. They moved within eight wins of the 88-game string by the UCLA men in the 1970s.

"I thought we played great for long stretches. Obviously Baylor is a great team and they made their run," Auriemma said. "Then the improbable happened, people other than Maya began scoring."

Moore scored 30, but freshman Bria Hartley saved the Huskies (2-0) after they wasted a 15-point lead early in the second half. Hartley scored eight of her nine points during UConn's 17-8 burst to close the game.

"Do you see us crying? Could we have won the game?" Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "I learned I have a talented basketball team."

Griner scored 19 and had nine blocks for the Bears (3-1), but was 5-for-13 on free throws.

If UConn, which plays Dec. 2 at USF, keeps winning, it would tie the UCLA men's streak Dec. 19 against Ohio State and set the record Dec. 21 at home against Florida State.

NO. 8 TEXAS A&M 87, UALR 41: Danielle Adams had 24 points, 20 in the first half, and 10 rebounds for the host Aggies in their season opener against Arkansas-Little Rock.

NO. 13 G'TOWN 53, NO. 21 MD. 45: Host Georgetown (2-0) ended a 10-minute drought with back-to-back 3-pointers late in the second half to beat Maryland (1-1) for the first time in nine tries.

NO. 17 TEXAS 112, N'WESTERN ST. 53: Ashleigh Fontenette scored 23 for the host Longhorns (2-0), who had 12 blocks and forced 29 turnovers.

NO. 20 ST. JOHN'S 77, MANHATTAN 51: Shenneika Smith scored 17 to lead the host Red Storm (2-1), which led 40-19 at halftime against its New York rival.

NO. 22 IOWA 91, BRADLEY 53: Jaime Printy (22 points) led five players in double figures for the Hawkeyes (3-0) in their home opener.

ECKERD 52, P.B. ATLANTIC 42: Kati Rausberg scored 14 and the host Tritons held Palm Beach Atlantic to 30 percent shooting to win their opener.

Men: K-State pulls away

Martavious Irving hit three 3s in a decisive second-half run that turned a tight game between two cold-shooting teams into a laugher as the host and third-ranked Wildcats beat No. 22 Virginia Tech 73-57. Two technical fouls were called on Virginia Tech as Kansas State (2-0) was taking charge in the second half. Malcolm Delaney, the ACC's leading returning scorer, had 22 for the Hokies (1-1). His basket gave Virginia Tech a 40-38 lead early in the second half, then Rodney McGruder's 10-footer ignited a 28-9 run for KSU.

NO. 1 DUKE 79, MIAMI (OHIO) 45: Seth Curry scored 17 and Mason Plumlee had a career-high 14 rebounds for the host Blue Devils (2-0), who held the RedHawks to 33 percent shooting.

NO. 6 VILLANOVA 84, MARIST 47: Maalik Wayns scored 17 for the host Wildcats (2-0) in the NIT Season Tip-Off. Marist (0-1) extended Division I's longest losing streak to 19 games.

NO. 10 SYRACUSE 66, DETROIT 55: Scoop Jardine scored a career-high 27 and Rick Jackson had 10 points and a career-best 22 rebounds for the host Orange (3-0), which trailed much of the first half in the Legends Classic.

LOUISVILLE 88, NO. 16 BUTLER 73: Rakeem Buckles scored 17 as the Cardinals (1-0) christened their new downtown arena with an upset of last season's NCAA runnerup. Terrence Jennings added 13 points and Elijah Justice and Preston Knowles had 12 each as Louisville withstood a late surge by the Bulldogs (1-1) to open the KFC Yum Center with a win.

NO. 17 BAYLOR 74, LA SALLE 64: Quincy Acy had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Anthony Jones scored three consecutive baskets to ignite a go-ahead 13-2 spurt early in the second half for the host Bears (2-0).

NO. 17 WASH. 98, E. WASH. 72: Justin Holiday scored eight of his career-high 18 during a 20-5 run to open the second half for the host Huskies (2-0).

NO. 24 TENNESSEE 85, BELMONT 76: Scotty Hopson scored 18 for the host Volunteers (2-0), who hung on after leading 71-54 with 7:01 left before Belmont went on a 22-6 run to get within a point in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

TAMPA 68, FLORIDA MEMORIAL 63: Anthony Griffis scored 22 and Rashad Callaway scored 20 for the Spartans (3-0) in their home opener.

ECKERD 84, P. B. ATLANTIC 68: John Harper had 19 points and Dale Carn had 16 for the Tritons (2-1), who closed on a 22-4 run in their home opener.

LSU'S 82-GAME STREAK ENDS: Anatoly Bose scored 28 for Nicholls State, which ended LSU's 82-game home winning streak against in-state teams with a 62-53 victory.

LATE MONDAY: Miami led 63-59 with 3:55 left and had it tied at 66 with a minute left before No. 19 Memphis pulled away to win 72-68. The host Tigers (2-0) made six of eight free throws in the final minute. Guards Duran Scott and Malcolm Grant led the Hurricanes (1-1) with 20 and 18 points respectively.

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