|Brianna Banks and No. 2 Connecticut muscled past Torrie Childs and Fairleigh Dickinson. (Jessica Hill/Associated Press)|
Central Florida upsets UConn
Marcus Jordan, son of Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, made two big free throws to give Central Florida the lead with 3:11 left and the Knights upset No. 4 Connecticut, 68-63, yesterday in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, snapping the Huskies’ 16-game winning streak.
Jordan and Keith Clanton each scored 20 points for the Knights (4-1), who trailed by 17 early in the second half. Jordan also had seven rebounds and seven assists.
Jeremy Lamb had 15 points for the defending national champion Huskies (5-1), who lost for the first time since March 5, against Notre Dame. Alex Oriakhi added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
“I can’t be more disappointed in how we played,’’ UConn coach Jim Calhoun said. “We just stopped playing. We couldn’t even get the ball inbounded near the end. Nobody stepped up and it was a complete disaster for us.’’
UConn, which led, 38-29, at the half, put together a 10-0 run to take a 50-33 lead with 16 minutes left.
Central Florida scored 17 of the next 19 points to get within 2.
Lamb made another three to stretch the Huskies’ lead to 5, but Jordan converted a layup and made the two free throws to give Central Florida a 58-57 advantage. Jordan added four more free throws down the stretch to preserve the big win.
The Knights will face Harvard in the championship game today, after UConn takes on No. 22 Florida State in a consolation game.
Ohio State 80, Valparaiso 47 - William Buford scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, Jared Sullinger had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and the No. 3 Buckeyes (6-0) routed the Crusaders (5-2) for their 28th straight home win.
Louisville 59, Ohio 54 - Kyle Kuric scored 16 points and Gorgui Dieng grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to lead to the No. 7 Cardinals (5-0) over the visiting Bobcats (3-1) in the Global Sports Invitational. It was Rick Pitino’s 250th victory as Louisville’s coach.
Florida 107, Jacksonville 62 - Kenny Boynton scored 22 points, Erving Walker added 21, and the No. 10 Gators (4-1) beat the Dolphins (2-3) in Gainesville, Fla.
Xavier 70, Georgia 56 - Tu Holloway’s 12 points led a balanced offense that carried the No. 12 Musketeers (4-0) over the Bulldogs (3-2) in Cincinnati.
Pittsburgh 78, Penn 58 - Khem Birch had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Ashton Gibbs scored 16 points, and the 17th-ranked Panthers (4-1) broke away from the Quakers (3-3) in the Philly Hoop Group Classic.
Wisconsin 66, Bradley 43 - Ryan Evans, Jordan Taylor, and Josh Gasser had 15 points apiece and the No. 11 Badgers (5-0) routed the Braves (3-2) in the Chicago Invitational Challenge.
Saint Louis 80, Villanova 68 - Jordair Jett scored 19 points, and the Billikens (5-0) hit 14 of 27 3-pointers in beating the Wildcats (4-1) in the semifinals of the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif.
Iowa St. 64, Providence 54 - Chris Allen scored 15 points, Royce White pulled down 16 rebounds, and the Cyclones (4-1) beat the Friars in the third-round game at the South Padre Island Invitational.
Vincent Council led the Friars (4-1) with 21 points, and Gerard Coleman had 20 points and eight rebounds.
TicketCity Legends Classic - Trevon Harmon hit a late three, Jeremy Montgomery drained two free throws with 3.6 seconds remaining, and winless Boston University blew a 4-point lead with six seconds left as Cleveland State (5-0) rallied to win, 63-62, in Kingston, R.I. Patrick Hazel had a career-high 15 points along with eight rebounds and five blocks for the Terriers (0-4), while Darryl Partin had a game-high 24 points and eight rebounds . . . Jonathan Holton (20 points) led four players in double figures as Rhode Island (1-3) beat Hofstra, 85-73, in the other semifinal.
NIT Season Tip-Off - Kris Joseph had 18 points and eight rebounds and No. 5 Syracuse (6-0) burned the Cardinal (5-1) with a 15-3 run to win, 69-63, in the championship game at Madison Square Garden. Joseph had 38 points and 19 rebounds in the two games and was named tournament MVP . . . Erick Green scored 18 points and Virginia Tech (4-1), despite not making a field goal over the final 6 1/2 minutes, beat Oklahoma State, 59-57, in the third-place game.
Las Vegas Invitational - Harrison Barnes scored 21 points, and P.J. Hairston had 19 to help top-ranked North Carolina (6-0) advance to tonight’s championship game, beating South Carolina, 87-62 . . . Oscar Bellfield scored 14 points to lead UNLV (6-0) over Southern Cal, 66-55, in the other semifinal.
Old Spice Classic - Josh Parker scored 15 points and Kevin Dillard added 12, leading Dayton (4-1) to a 56-49 victory over Fairfield (3-3) and a spot in the championship game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. . . . In the other semifinal, Julian Welch scored 17 points and Andre Hollins added 16 to lead Minnesota (6-0) past Indiana State (5-1), 76-69.
UConn 74, Fairleigh Dickinson 28 - Brianna Banks scored 17 points and the No. 2 Huskies extended their NCAA-record home winning streak to 87 games, overwhelming the Knights (1-4).
UConn set a program record for fewest points allowed in a half, up a 44-5 at the break.
Stanford 80, Xavier 64 - Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored a season-high 34 points and the third-ranked Cardinal (4-1) pulled away from the host Musketeers (1-3) in the second half.
Maryland 84, Florida International 52 - Laurin Mincy and Lynetta Kizer each tallied 15 points as the No. 8 Terrapins (6-0) coasted by the Panthers (2-3) in Miami.
Junkanoo Jam Tournament - Skylar Diggins scored 22 points and had five steals in No. 4 Notre Dame’s 80-58 win over Southern Cal in the semifinals in Freeport, Bahamas . . . Tricia Liston scored 23 points to help No. 7 Duke (5-0) rout winless Gardner-Webb, 97-31, in the other semifinal . . . No. 5 Texas A&M (5-0) got a career-best 23 points from Adaora Elonu to top Temple, 71-59, in a consolation game.