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Terps come back strong after loss

Mike Jones scored 18 and No. 23 Maryland rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 79-59 victory over Fordham on Wednesday night.

D.J. Strawberry and Greivis Vasquez each had 16 for the Terrapins (9-1), who improved to 8-1 all-time against the Rams (4-3). Ekene Ibekwe, who spent much of the game in foul trouble, matched a career-high with six of Maryland's season-high 13 blocked shots.

Marcus Stout scored 20 and Bryant Dunston had 17 for Fordham, which had a three-game winning streak snapped. Sebastian Greene scored 11 and had eight rebounds for the Rams.

NO. 7 DUKE 57, HOLY CROSS 45: DeMarcus Nelson and Josh McRoberts each scored 13 to lead the host Blue Devils (8-1). Freshman Gerald Henderson added eight points and came up with some big plays during a 20-4 second-half run for Duke, which trailed most of the way before the decisive run. Keith Simmons scored 13 to lead the Crusaders, who shot 46 percent in the first half to take a six-point lead. But the Blue Devils turned to their defense.

BOSTON COLLEGE 75, FAIRFIELD 52: Jared Dudley scored 20 and Sean Williams 16 to lead the host Eagles (5-2) to their fourth straight win, spoiling the return of Fairfield coach Ed Cooley. Sean Marshall scored 10 of his 14 in the second half for Boston College, which opens its second season in the ACC against Maryland at home on Sunday. Dudley added eight rebounds and Williams, who had 27 blocks in his first four games after a two-game suspension, blocked three shots.

VA. TECH 72, ODU 55: Deron Washington scored 18 and had seven rebounds to lead the host Hokies (5-3). Zabian Dowdell scored 17, had four rebounds and six assists for Virginia Tech, and Lewis Witcher added 10. Valdas Vasylius led the Monarchs with 17 and fouled out with about a minute and a half left. Brian Henderson added 13 for ODU. The Monarchs never led, tying the score only once at the beginning.

Big East

NO. 19 UCONN 81, NORTHEASTERN 53: Jeff Adrien scored a career-high 18 and had 12 rebounds to lead the Huskies (8-0). It was Adrien's fifth double double this season for Connecticut, which won its 27th in a row at home. With former UConn point guard Marcus Williams, now of the New Jersey Nets, watching from behind the bench, his replacement, A.J. Price, had 13 points and seven assists.

VILLANOVA 67, OKLAHOMA 51: Mike Nardi scored a season-high 23 and Curtis Sumpter added 14 as the Wildcats (7-1) ended the Sooners' NCAA-best 49-game homecourt winning streak against nonconference foes. Nardi hit eight of his first 10 shots to propel the Wildcats to a double-digit lead. Oklahoma was unable to mount a comeback despite holding Villanova scoreless for more than five minutes in the second half.

W. VIRGINIA 71, N.C. STATE 60: Frank Young's 16 led four players in double figures for the host Mountaineers (6-1). West Virginia offset its inside defensive deficiency by making 13 3-pointers, one off its season high. Eight came in the second half, when a tiring Wolfpack team (5-2) lacking depth could not stay with West Virginia's motion offense.

Top 25

NO. 15 BUTLER 65, BALL ST. 41: Mike Green scored a career-high 21, Julian Betko and A.J. Graves each had 11 and the host Bulldogs (10-0) ran away from their in-state rival. Butler matched the third-best start in school history. Ball State was led by Anthony Newell with 11, but the Cardinals endured their most embarrassing loss of the season, scoring their fewest points since a 58-41 loss to Dayton in 1957.


MICHIGAN ST. 80, INDIANA-PURDUE-FORT WAYNE 43: Drew Neitzel, Maurice Joseph and Marquise Gray each scored 13 to pace the host Spartans' balanced attack. Neitzel and Joseph each had four 3-pointers for Michigan State (8-2).

INDIANA 92, W. ILLINOIS 40: Roderick Wilmont scored 20 and Lance Stemler and Joey Shaw each added 14 for the host Hoosiers (5-2).


NO. 1 MARYLAND 77, N. IOWA 33: Kristi Toliver scored 15, Laura Harper had 13 and the visiting Terrapins (11-0) closed the first half with a 20-0 run. Crystal Langhorne added 12 in limited playing time for Maryland, off to its best start since winning its first 16 games of the 1982-83 season.

NO. 2 UNC 95, WOFFORD 36: Erlana Larkins scored 18 while Camille Little and Ivory Latta each added 16 as the host Tar Heels (9-0) routed the Terriers. Wofford had more turnovers, (37) than points. Mary Jo Yee and Laura Depko came off the bench to lead Wofford with seven points each. Larkins scored 12 in the first half to pace North Carolina to a 42-18 halftime lead.

NOTRE DAME 67, NO. 10 PURDUE 58: Breona Gray scored a career-high 22 and the host Irish overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to beat the Boilermakers (7-2). Purdue led most of the game, opening a 41-30 lead when Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton scored nearly eight minutes into the second half. The Irish answered with a 14-4 run to cut the lead to 45-44 when Tulyah Gaines scored inside on a pass from Gray. Gaines scored 20.

NO. 22 TEXAS 75, TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN 44: Erika Arriaran scored 19 for the host Longhorns (7-1). Tiffany Jackson added 21 and Ashley Lindsey scored 15 to pace Texas, which blocked a season-high 10 shots.