Hilton Armstrong scored 6 of his 11 points in the final four minutes to help second-ranked Connecticut rally from 14 points down and beat LSU, 67-66, yesterday in Hartford.
In foul trouble for most of the first half, Armstrong came through down the stretch for the Huskies (12-1) against the physical Tigers (8-5). His dunk with 3:28 left put UConn ahead, 61-59, the Huskies' first lead since the 17:45 mark in the first half. But LSU tied it on Tyrus Thomas's bucket on the next possession.
The Huskies leaned on the 6-foot-11-inch Armstrong again, who scored inside and gave UConn the lead for good. He followed it up with a soft hook on the Huskies' next possession for a 65-61 lead. After the teams traded baskets, Darrel Mitchell, who led the Tigers with 21 points, hit two of three free throws with 9.4 seconds left and the Huskies' lead was 67-66.
After Marcus Williams missed both free throws on UConn's next possession, Mitchell's 3-point attempt at the buzzer banged off the backboard.
Rudy Gay finished with 19 points for UConn and Rashad Anderson scored 10 and had a team-high 10 rebounds as the Huskies bounced back from a 15-point loss at Marquette Tuesday.
Florida 90, Georgia 72 -- At Athens, Ga., Joakim Noah scored 24 points, Taurean Green had 21, and the No. 5 Gators (14-0) tied a school record with their 14th straight win in their Southeastern Conference opener.
Iowa 63, Illinois 48 -- At Iowa City, Jeff Horner scored 16 points and the Hawkeyes (12-4, 1-1 Big Ten) snapped a 15-game winning streak by the sixth-ranked
Louisville 72, Providence 67 -- Louisville coach Rick Pitino made a triumphant return to Providence, but the No. 9 Cardinals (12-2, 1-1 Big East) needed a strong close by freshman Andre McGee -- 4 of his 12 points in the final 1:22 -- to subdue the Friars (7-6, 0-2).
Washington St. 78, Washington 71 -- At Seattle, Josh Akognon scored a season-high 27 points, powering the Cougars (9-3, 2-1 Pac-10) past the 10th-ranked Huskies (12-2, 1-2).
Nebraska 59, Oklahoma 58 -- Joe McCray hit a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left to give the host Cornhuskers (11-3, 1-0 Big 12) their first victory over the 12th-ranked Sooners (9-3, 0-1) since 1999.
Texas 89, Colorado 64 -- P.J. Tucker had 24 points and 15 rebounds as the No. 15 Longhorns (12-2) opened their Big 12 schedule with a blowout in Austin, Texas.
Indiana 81, Ohio St. 79 -- At Bloomington, Ind., Marshall Strickland made two free throws with 5.7 seconds left to give the No. 16 Hoosiers (10-2, 2-0 Big Ten) a comeback win over the 18th-ranked Buckeyes (11-1, 1-1).
UCLA 61, Arizona St. 60 -- Jordan Farmar scored on a drive down the lane with 3.6 seconds left as the No. 17 Bruins (13-2, 3-1 Pac-10) escaped in Tempe, Ariz.
Kansas 73, Kentucky 46 -- Freshman Brandon Rush had career highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds and the host Jayhawks (9-4) handed the 19th-ranked Wildcats (10-4) their worst loss in coach Tubby Smith's nine seasons.
Geo. Washington 79, Marshall 73 -- The No. 20 Colonials (10-1) needed overtime to win on the road as Danilo Pinnock scored 15 of his 21 points after halftime.
Arizona 74, Southern Cal 63 -- The No. 21 Wildcats (10-4, 3-1 Pac-10) received 17 points from Mustafa Shakur in keeping the Trojans (11-4, 2-2) winless in Tucson since 1985.