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UConn home run is over

Irish women halt Huskies' streak

Notre Dame snapped Connecticut's Big East home winning streak at 112 games last night, with Courtney LaVere scoring 14 points and anchoring a dominating inside game in the Fighting Irish's 65-59 women's basketball victory at Storrs, Conn.

UConn hadn't lost a home conference game since a 64-62 defeat by Georgetown Feb. 27, 1993. The Irish also ended the Huskies' 55-game streak at Gampel Pavilion. UConn's last defeat at Gampel was a 72-71 loss to Tennessee Feb. 1, 2001.

The sixth-ranked Fighting Irish (18-3, 6-2 Big East) lost 18 days ago to the No. 9 Huskies (13-5, 6-1) in South Bend, Ind.

The Irish led by 10 at the half and countered every UConn move down the stretch with backdoor cuts to LaVere or 3-pointers from Megan Duffy and Charel Allen. Duke 52, N.C. State 49 -- Monique Currie (18 points) converted a go-ahead 3-point play with 38 seconds left and the No. 1 Blue Devils (20-2, 6-1 ACC) hung on to beat the No. 25 Wolfpack at Raleigh.

LSU 57, Auburn 52 -- Freshman Sylvia Fowles had her eighth double double, finishing with 13 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 blocks to power the No. 2 Lady Tigers (19-1, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) at Baton Rouge, La.

Ohio St. 69, Illinois 55 -- Jessica Davenport scored 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the No. 3 Buckeyes (21-2, 8-1 Big Ten) at Champaign, Ill.

Penn St. 81, Minnesota 68 -- Tanisha Wright tied a career high with 32 points and the 22d-ranked Lady Lions (13-7, 8-1 Big Ten) knocked off the No. 10 Golden Gophers (16-4, 6-2 Big Ten) at State College, Pa.

Michigan St. 52, Indiana 40 -- Kelli Roehrig scored all 13 of her points in the second half and sparked a decisive 10-0 run to lead the No. 11 Spartans (18-3, 7-2 Big Ten) at Bloomington, Ind.

N. Carolina 55, Georgia Tech 41 -- Nikita Bell scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half to power the No. 12 Tar Heels (17-3, 5-2 ACC) to an easy win in Atlanta.

Texas Tech 67, Texas A&M 54 -- Cisti Greenwalt matched a career high with 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, leading the No. 13 Red Raiders (16-3, 7-1 Big 12) past the host Aggies.

Vanderbilt 84, Florida 73 -- Abi Ramsey hit a school-record eight 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 30 points as the No. 23 Commodores (15-5, 4-3) rolled over the visiting Gators in an SEC contest.

Fordham 54, UMass 44 -- Monica Mack had 15 points and the Rams (6-15, 2-6 A-10) held the visiting Minutewomen (11-9, 4-5) to 12 points in the first half.

Holy Cross 71, Lehigh 68 -- Maggie Fontana had 21 points and nine rebounds as the host Crusaders (12-8, 7-0) remained undefeated in the Patriot League.

Men

Northeastern 69, Binghamton 59 -- Jose Juan Barea scored 17 points and Marcus Barnes added 15, giving the Huskies an America East victory in Vestal, N.Y. Binghamton (5-14, 2-8) used a 19-2 run to pull ahead, 51-44, with 11:44 remaining. But the Huskies responded with a 12-0 run, bookended by Barnes 3-pointers, to regain the lead at 56-51.

Barea hit the game's biggest shot, an acrobatic layup with 2:21 to play. He got fouled on the play and hit the ensuing free throw to give the Huskies a 65-59 lead.

NU (12-7, 8-2) closed out the game with a 28-5 run.

Notre Dame 78, UConn 74 -- Torin Francis scored 19 points and the host Irish surprised the No. 19 Huskies. After shooting 50 percent for most of the game, UConn (12-5, 4-3 Big East) missed its final five shots, including a breakaway layup by Marcus Williams that would have tied the game at 76 with 15 seconds left. Instead, Williams fouled Chris Thomas on the rebound and he made two free throws to give the Irish (13-5, 5-3) the 4-point lead.

Duke 100, Virginia Tech 65 -- Shelden Williams had a double double by halftime and J.J. Redick scored 29 points to help the No. 2 Blue Devils make the first trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium a painful one for the Hokies (11-7, 4-3) as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Williams finished with 25 points and 17 rebounds for Duke (16-1, 6-1), which bounced back from a home loss earlier in the week to Maryland.

Oklahoma St. 104, Colorado 86 -- John Lucas scored 26 points and Jameson Curry had 17 of his 22 in the second half to lead the No. 9 Cowboys to their first win in Boulder, Colo., since Feb. 24, 1996. Oklahoma State (15-3, 5-2 Big 12) was 13 of 21 from 3-point range.

Washington 79, Arizona St. 70 -- Nate Robinson scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half to push the No. 10 Huskies (17-3, 7-2 Pac 10) past the host Sun Devils.

Maryland 79, Georgia Tech 71 -- Nik Caner-Medley scored 19 points and Chris McCray had 16 to carry the host Terrapins past the No. 22 Yellow Jackets (12-6, 3-4 ACC).

Holy Cross 58, Lehigh 56 -- Pat Doherty scored 14 points and hit a pair of go-ahead free throws as the Crusaders triumphed at Bethlehem, Pa. Kevin Hamilton added 17 points and Keith Simmons had 14 for the Crusaders (15-5, 6-1 Patriot League).

Columbia 57, Harvard 55 -- Matt Preston had 19 points and 10 rebounds and the host Lions withstood a late Crimson rally in New York. Preston's reverse layup with 7:52 to play gave Columbia (12-5, 3-1 Ivy League) a 53-40 lead. David Giovacchini (12 points) sparked a comeback by Harvard (7-10, 2-2), which scored 15 of the game's final 19 points.

Cornell 63, Dartmouth 58 -- Lenny Collins scored 15 points and Eric Taylor added 12 to spark the host Big Red (7-10, 2-2 Ivy).

Vermont 75, Hartford 55 -- Taylor Coppenrath led all scorers with 25 points and pulled down eight rebounds to help the Catamounts (15-3, 10-0 America East) pound the host Hawks.

Maine 76, Stony Brook 63 -- Ernest Turner scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half as the Black Bears (10-9, 5-5 America East) handed the host Seawolves their fourth straight loss.

Brandeis 88, Chicago 75 -- Bryan Lambert scored 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting as the host Judges (11-6, 4-3 UAA) snapped an 18-game losing streak to the Maroons (7-11, 3-4).

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