College basketball roundup

UConn outmuscles No. 2 Spartans

Upset sends Huskies to Maui Invitational final

UConn’s Alex Oriakhi (34) and Charles Okwandu make it tough for Michigan State’s Delvon Roe to get a shot off. UConn’s Alex Oriakhi (34) and Charles Okwandu make it tough for Michigan State’s Delvon Roe to get a shot off. (Eugene Tanner/Associated Press)
Associated Press / November 24, 2010

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Kemba Walker scored 30 points and hit a key jumper with less than a minute left, helping Connecticut outlast No. 2 Michigan State, 70-67, in a physical Maui Invitational semifinal last night in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Connecticut (4-0) fought the Spartans for every inch every minute, refusing to be pushed around by a team projected to be a national title contender. The Huskies made it interesting by missing five late free throws, but survived Draymond Green’s midcourt heave at the buzzer.

Walker hit a fallaway jumper with 52 seconds left and Alex Oriakhi dominated inside for 15 points and 17 rebounds, sending UConn into the championship game against No. 8 Kentucky.

Michigan State (3-1) had three chances to tie in the final 20 seconds, but Green missed two free throws, Korie Lucious had a turnover, and Green missed his desperation shot.

BU 66, Nevada 57 — John Holland scored 18 of his 28 points in the first half and the Terriers pulled away from the Wolf Pack (1-4) in the consolation round of the NIT Season Tipoff in Washington.

BU (3-3) grabbed the lead with a 20-3 run. Jake O’Brien scored 15 points and D.J. Irving added 13 for the Terriers.

La Salle 84, Providence 73 — Aaric Murray scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures and the Explorers (4-1) beat the Friars at the Cancun Challenge in Mexico.

The Friars (4-1) were led by Marshon Brooks with 20 points.

Sacred Heart 50, UNH 42 — Jerrell Thompson had 24 points and nine rebounds as the visiting Pioneers (1-4) raced to a 17-point halftime lead then held on to hand the Wildcats (3-1) their first loss.

Quinnipiac 69, Dartmouth 52 — James Johnson, Deontay Twyman, and Ike Azotam each scored 15 points as the Bobcats (3-1) began the game on a 15-2 run and beat the host Big Green (1-3).

St. Joseph’s 60, Fairfield 51 — Langston Galloway led four players in double figures with 15 points and the visiting Hawks (2-2) used a late 7-0 run to beat the Stags (1-3).

Skidmore 128, S. Vermont 123 — In the longest game in Division 3 history, the Thoroughbreds beat the host Mountaineers in seven overtimes. It matched the longest NCAA men’s game in any division. Southern Vermont’s Lance Spratling played all 75 minutes.

Duke 82, Kansas St. 68 — Kyrie Irving and Nolan Smith both had 17 points and led the defensive effort on Jacob Pullen as the top-ranked Blue Devils (5-0) beat the fourth-ranked Wildcats to win the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo. It gave Mike Krzyzewski his 800th win at the school.

Ohio St. 64, Morehead St. 45 — Jon Diebler scored 20 points to lead the No. 3 Buckeyes (4-0) past the visiting Eagles (2-3) to win the Global Sports Invitational.

Pittsburgh 74, Robert Morris 53 — Ashton Gibbs scored 20 points and the No. 5 Panthers, after leading by 5 points with 11 minutes remaining, finally pulled away from their smaller suburban Pittsburgh rival.

Brad Wanamaker scored 17 points and Gary McGhee had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Pittsburgh (6-0), which is 29-0 all-time against the Colonials (2-2).

Kansas 82, Texas A&M-CC 41 — Thomas Robinson had 15 points and Marcus Morris added 12, leading the No. 6 Jayhawks (4-0) past the Islanders (1-4) and setting a team record with their 63d straight home victory.

Kentucky 74, Washington 67 — Terrence Jones had 16 points and 17 rebounds, and Brandon Knight scored 24 points to help the No. 8 Wildcats (4-0) hold off the No. 13 Huskies (3-1) in the Maui Invitational semifinals.

A 4.7 earthquake centered on the Big Island shook courtside tables and chairs with about six minutes left, but play continued and few people in the gym seemed to notice.

Purdue 87, Austin Peay 65 — JaJuan Johnson had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help the No. 10 Boilermakers (4-0) beat the visiting Governors (2-3).

Missouri 72, Wyoming 62 — Michael Dixon scored a career-high 17 points to help the No. 11 Tigers (3-0) beat the Cowboys (0-3) in the semifinals of the Cancun Challenge.

Memphis 102, Tennessee-Martin 80 — Will Coleman and Will Barton each scored 20 points to lead the 14th-ranked Tigers (5-0) over the Skyhawks (2-3).

Florida 79, Florida Atlantic 66 — Kenny Boynton scored 21 points, Alex Tyus added 19, and the No. 16 Gators (4-1) beat the visiting Owls (3-3).

Illinois 73, Yale 47 — D.J. Richardson scored 16 points and the host Illini (5-1) held the Bulldogs (1-3) to 27.1 percent shooting and 16 points over the final 15 minutes. Greg Mangano led Yale with 14 points.

Texas 84, Sam Houston St. 50 — Jordan Hamilton scored 25 points and the No. 20 Longhorns (4-1) gave coach Rick Barnes career victory No. 500, beating the visiting Bearkats (2-1). Barnes is 500-250 in 24 seasons, with 298 wins in 13 years at Texas.

Gonzaga 66, Marquette 63 — Steven Gray scored 20 points and the No. 22 Bulldogs (3-2) stopped a rare two-game losing streak by beating the Golden Eagles (4-2) in the third-place game of the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo.

BYU 86, Miss. Valley St. 36 — Jimmer Fredette scored 16 points and the No. 23 Cougars (4-0) matched a school record by allowing the Delta Devils (0-4) only 10 first-half points in an easy win at the South Padre Island Invitational.

North Carolina 80, UNC-Asheville 69 — Tyler Zeller scored 23 points and the No. 25 Tar Heels (3-2) blew most of a 22-point second-half lead before beating the visiting Bulldogs.

Women’s basketball Harvard 69, BU 58 — Senior Emma Markley scored 10 points — including the 1,000th of her career — and led four players in double figures as the Crimson (3-1) beat the host Terriers (1-3), who were led by Chantell Alford’s 18 points.

Holy Cross 78, UNH 67 — The Crusaders (2-3) got 16 points each from Whitney Fremeau and Alex Smith, leading by as many as 25 points in a home win over the Wildcats.

Baylor 100, Texas Southern 43 — Brittney Griner scored 27 points and became the school’s career blocks leader with 251 as the second-ranked Lady Bears (5-1) overwhelmed the Tigers (0-3).

Xavier 71, Louisville 59 — Amber Harris had a season-high 28 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, and the No. 5 Musketeers (3-0) stayed unbeaten by winning their home opener against the Cardinals (3-2).

Men’s hockey UMass 4, Vermont 1 — Michael Pereira scored two goals — extending his points streak to six games — and the Minutemen (1-6-3) notched their first win of the season, beating the visiting Catamounts (1-5-3).

Curry 3, Tufts 2 — Three second-period goals, two coming on the power play, gave the visiting Colonels (1-2-2) their first win of the season, beating the Jumbos (1-2).