|Josh Duncan dunks for 2 of his 23 points, helping No. 10 Xavier hold off URI. (Joe Giblin/Associated Press)|
The Boston College women's basketball team used a couple of fast starts to get past Georgia Tech, 62-53, last night at Conte Forum.
The Eagles (18-8, 6-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) went on a 15-4 run to start the game and after going into intermission with a 5-point lead quickly expanded that with a 7-0 burst to open the second half to defeat the Yellow Jackets (19-7, 5-6).
Carolyn Swords led BC with 14 points and Jaclyn Thomas added 13.
After falling behind by 12 early in the second half, Georgia Tech stormed back and got within 1 with 3:26 to go but Chioma Nnamaka missed a trey and the Yellow Jackets never got closer.
Ohio St. 72, Purdue 56 - Marscilla Packer scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half to help the No. 20 Buckeyes (19-6, 10-4) move past the host Boilermakers (14-12, 10-5) into second place in the Big Ten.
Quinnipiac 65, Long Island 61 - Monique Lee, a senior forward from Lynn who had missed the last five games with a knee injury, scored all 16 of her points in the second half as the Bobcats (21-3, 13-1 Northeast) erased a 16-point deficit to get past the host Blackbirds (19-6, 10-4).
Sacred Heart 53, Wagner 49 - Kaitlin Sowinski scored 21 points and the Pioneers (18-8, 13-2, NEC) got past the visiting Seahawks for their fifth straight win.
Robert Morris 68, Central Connecticut St. 56 - P.J. Wade scored 15 points and Emily Rose hit her school season-record 50th 3-pointer but the Blue Devils (4-22, 3-12 NEC) got swamped by the visiting Colonials (16-9, 12-2).
Xavier 81, Rhode Island 77 - Josh Duncan scored 23 points, B.J. Raymond added 14, and the No. 10 Musketeers overcame a furious second-half run to hold off the Rams in South Kingstown, R.I.
The win was Xavier's eighth straight and the 14th in its last 15 games, helping the Musketeers (22-4, 10-1) maintain their grip on first place in the Atlantic 10 conference.
URI (20-6, 6-5) opened the second half on a 26-16 run after trailing by 10 at halftime. The Musketeers fell behind by 3 before taking the lead for good on a long-range jumper by Stanley Burrell with 5:48 left to play. Parfait Bitee scored 25 points and Will Daniels added 23 for the Rams.
Georgetown 68, Providence 58 - Roy Hibbert had 18 points inside, Jonathan Wallace added 14 from the outside, and the No. 12 Hoyas got past the host Friars.
Georgetown (21-4, 11-3 Big East) came in having lost two of three games and struggled against Providence's 2-3 zone for the opening half and first five minutes of the second half. Then came a 3-point barrage led by Wallace as Georgetown hit five from behind the arc in a 17-2 run that gave the Hoyas a 52-43 lead.
Weyinmi Efejuku had 25 points for the Friars (13-13, 4-10), who have lost four straight.
Texas 77, Texas A&M 50 - D.J. Augustin scored 27 points and the No. 7 Longhorns rolled over the No. 22 Aggies for their sixth straight win.
The rout was a complete reversal of A&M's dominant 17-point win in College Station Jan. 30, which was Texas's last loss. The Longhorns (22-4, 9-2 Big 12) ran away with this one from the start with a 16-4 run to open the game. Josh Carter scored 11 points to lead A&M (20-6, 6-5).
Louisville 61, Syracuse 50 - Terrence Williams scored all 12 of his points in the second half and the No. 18 Cardinals (21-6, 11-3 Big East) held off the visiting Orange (17-10, 7-7) for their sixth straight win.
St. Mary's 100, Pepperdine 64 - Patrick Mills scored 18 points and the No. 23 Gaels (23-3, 10-1 West Coast) hit 17 of 29 3-pointers in a rout of the Waves (9-18, 3-8) in Malibu, Calif.
Fairfield 87, Marist 85 - Jonathan Han drove the lane and scored the winning basket with 11.7 seconds left in the second overtime to lift the host Stags (12-14, 10-6 MAAC) over the Red Foxes (15-12, 9-7) for their fifth straight win.