Irish all out of luck vs. UConn
Home win streak halted by Huskies
Jerome Dyson scored 15 points and No. 3 Connecticut held 19th-ranked Notre Dame to a season-low 33 percent shooting in a 69-61 victory last night, ending the nation's longest home winning streak at 45 games.
The Huskies (18-1, 7-1 Big East) also prevented the Fighting Irish (12-6, 3-4) from setting the conference record with their 21st straight league win at home.
UConn put the game away with a 13-1 run after the Irish closed to 49-47 on a reverse layup by Luke Harangody, who finished with 24 points.
The Huskies started the run with four straight baskets inside, highlighted by a slam from Hasheem Thabeet and a basket by Gavin Edwards on a 2-on-1 break. After Kemba Walker hit a 3-pointer, Thabeet capped the run with a putback.
Thabeet had 9 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks while altering many other shots. Jeff Adrien had 12 points and 19 rebounds, and A.J. Price scored 13 for UConn, which shot 50 percent in the second half after shooting 33 percent in the first.
The Huskies have won 10 of their last 11 against ranked opponents.
It was the 11th straight game with at least 20 points for Harangody, who also had 15 rebounds for his eighth straight double-double. But he couldn't do it on his own. After hitting his first three 3-pointers, Kyle McAlarney missed his next 15 shots and finished with only 9 points.
Kansas now has the nation's longest home winning streak at 35 games.
Duke 85, Maryland 44 - Gerald Henderson scored 17 points to help the second-ranked Blue Devils rout the visiting Terrapins and perhaps help propel them to the No. 1 ranking tomorrow.
Jon Scheyer scored 12 points for Duke (18-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which dominated from the opening tip and led, 40-15, at halftime. From there, the lead only grew, including a couple of dazzling transition scores that pushed the Blue Devils to a 60-20 lead less than four minutes into the second half.
Duke led by as many as 44 points, handing the Terrapins (13-6, 2-3) their worst loss under coach Gary Williams. It was the fourth-largest margin of defeat in school history.
Maryland's next game is Tuesday night at home against Boston College.
Oklahoma 95, Baylor 76 - Blake Griffin had 20 points and 17 rebounds for his 16th double-double of the season as the host No. 6 Sooners rolled to their seventh consecutive win.
Oklahoma (19-1, 5-0 Big 12) is 34-5 all time against Baylor (15-4, 3-2) and extended its winning streak against the Bears to 29 games, dating to 1977. Baylor has never beaten Oklahoma since the Big 12 began play in the 1996-97 season.
Marquette 79, DePaul 70 - Jerel McNeal scored 21 points, Wesley Matthews had 20, and Lazar Hayward added 16 points and 17 rebounds to lead the No. 11 Golden Eagles (17-2, 6-0) to a Big East victory in Milwaukee.
Dar Tucker scored 18 points for DePaul (8-12, 0-7), while Will Walker had 17.
Washington 86, UCLA 75 - Freshman Isaiah Thomas scored 24 points and Justin Dentmon returned from foul trouble to spark a decisive late run to lift the host Huskies (15-4, 6-1) past the 13th-ranked Bruins and into the Pacific-10 lead.
Jon Brockman scored 18 points and added eight rebounds for Washington, which won for the 13th time in 14 games. The Huskies scored more points than anyone had this season against the rugged Bruins (15-4, 5-2).
Texas 67, Texas A&M 58 - Damion James scored 28 points, including 11 in a two-minute stretch of the second half, to lead the No. 14 Longhorns (14-4, 3-1 Big 12) past the visiting Aggies (15-5, 1-4).
Neither team had led by more than 5 before James started his run. His first basket put Texas up, 44-37, and a couple of layups, short jumpers, and a rim-rattling dunk pushed the Longhorns' lead to 52-40 by the time he was done.
Xavier 80, LSU 70 - Derrick Brown scored 22 points and the No. 15 Musketeers (17-2) handed the Tigers (15-4) their first home loss.
Marcus Thornton scored 30 for LSU, his 3-pointer giving the Tigers a 40-36 lead early in the second half. Brown responded with a pair of threes to tie it at 44, and Xavier gradually built a lead as large as 11.
Butler 78, Wis.-Milwaukee 48 - Shawn Vanzant scored a career-high 20 points and a suffocating defense allowed only four baskets outside of 4 feet as the 16th-ranked Bulldogs (18-1, 9-0 Horizon) routed the visiting Panthers (12-8, 7-3).
Villanova 70, South Florida 61 - Dante Cunningham scored 14 points and Scottie Reynolds made four free throws over the final 1:07 to help the No. 20 Wildcats (15-4, 3-3 Big East) hold off the host Bulls (7-12, 2-5).
Memphis 54, Tennessee 52 - Tyreke Evans scored 17 points, including a free throw with one second remaining, to help the No. 22 Tigers (16-3) beat the Volunteers (12-6) at Knoxville.
Gonzaga 93, Loyola Marymount 60 - At Los Angeles, Matt Bouldin hit five 3-pointers and scored 18 points to help the No. 23 Bulldogs (14-4, 5-0 West Coast) pick up their sixth straight victory.
Illinois 64, Wisconsin 57 - Demetri McCamey scored 25 points and the No. 25