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No. 6 Cincinnati Beats SMU For 16th Straight Win



Monday, February 12, 2018

Dallas — Kyle Washington had 17 points and eight rebounds and No. 6 Cincinnati remained undefeated in American Athletic Conference play, stretching its overall winning streak to 16 games with a 76-51 victory over short-handed SMU on Sunday.

The Bearcats (23-2, 12-0 AAC) missed their first seven shots, but were down only 5-2 when they finally scored on a dunk by Nysier Brooks. That started a 9-0 run that put them ahead to stay.

Jarron Cumberland had 12 points and Gary Clark 11 for Cincinnati, which finished 44 percent (28 of 63) overall from the field. Washington was 8-of-12 shooting.

Jimmy Whitt and Jahmal McMurray each had 19 points for SMU (15-10, 5-7).

No. 9 Duke 80Georgia Tech 69

Atlanta — Grayson Allen scored 23 points and Duke beat Georgia Tech to end a two-game losing streak.

Held to single-digits the last two games in losses at St. John's and North Carolina, Allen was 5 for 14 from the field, including three 3-pointers, and made all 10 of his free throws. He added six assists and four rebounds. It was the most points he had scored since getting 22 against Florida State on Dec. 30.

The Blue Devils (20-5, 8-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) won without center Marvin Bagley, the ACC's leading scorer and rebounder. The freshman sat out with a mild right knee sprain.

Wendell Carter Jr. had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Gary Trent Jr. added 15 points and six rebounds.

Josh Okogie had 29 points, six rebounds and four assists for Georgia Tech (11-14, 4-8).

No. 20 Michigan 83, Wisconsin 72

Madison, Wis. — Moe Wagner scored 20 points, went 8 of 14 from the field and added 11 rebounds, and Michigan rode a hot-shooting first half to beat Wisconsin.

Duncan Robinson scored 16 points for the Wolverines (20-7, 9-5). They won for the first time on the road since upsetting Michigan State on Jan. 13.

Ethan Happ led Wisconsin (11-16, 4-10) with a season-high 29 points.

Women’s Basketball

No. 2 Mississippi 74Kentucky 55

Starkville, Miss. — Victoria Vivians scored 23 points and Teaira McCowan had 21 points and 16 rebounds.

In front of a second-straight sellout crowd at Humphrey Coliseum, coach Vic Schaefer defeated Kentucky for the first time in his career. The Bulldogs had lost 11 straight games in the series before Sunday’s win.

The Bulldogs (26-0, 12-0 SEC) got control of the ball game late in the period, extending the lead to 56-43 and the Wildcats never got it back down to single digits.

Kentucky (12-14, 4-8) was led by Maci Morris’ 21 points before she fouled out in the fourth quarter.

No. 5 Notre Dame 85Georgia Tech 69

South Bend, Ind. — Arike Ogunbowale overcame a first-half scoreless drought of nearly 17 minutes to finish with 27 points, leading Notre Dame past Georgia Tech.

Jackie Young scored 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting, Jessica Shepard had her eighth double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Kathryn Westbeld added 10 points. Coach Muffet McGraw’s Irish (23-2, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their eighth straight despite 19 turnovers.

Kaylan Pugh had 13 points, Francesca Pan 12 and Chanin Scott and Kierra Fletcher scored 10 each for the Yellow Jackets (15-11, 4-9 ACC), who were tied 39-all at halftime.

No. 7 South Carolina 64Florida 57

Columbia, s.c. — A’ja Wilson scored 22 points and South Carolina used a big run spanning the half to beat Florida.

South Carolina (20-5, 9-3 SEC) appeared sluggish after playing its third game of the week and being down to nine healthy players. With a slim first-quarter lead, coach Dawn Staley deliberately kept Wilson on the bench for the start of the second quarter, knowing the Gamecocks could have to play stretches without her going forward.

Not coincidentally, that’s when the Gators (10-15, 2-10) made a run to take a 10-point lead.

Wilson re-entered the game and led a 10-0 burst to tie the game, then scored at the buzzer for a halftime tie after the Gators briefly re-took the lead. Another South Carolina run out of the locker room gave it a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

No. 8 UCLA 71No. 25 Arizona State 63

Los Angeles — Jordin Canada scored 16 points and Lajahna Drummer added 15 to lead UCLA to a victory over Arizona State.

Canada also had 10 assists and scored nine of her points in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Bruins (21-4, 12-2 Pac-12). Monique Billings had 14 points and Michaela Onyenwere added 12.

Robbi Ryan led the Sun Devils(17-9, 8-6) with 14 points and Kianna Ibis and Courtney Ekmark added 13 points apiece.

No. 9 Oregon 90Washington State 79

Pullman, Wash. — Ruthy Hebard scored 29 points, hitting all 12 of her field goal attempts, as Oregon beat Washington State, to remain in a tie for first place in the Pac-12.

Satou Sabally and Sabrina Ionescu each added 17 points for Oregon (23-4, 12-2 Pac-12), which shot 80 percent in the first half and 62 percent for the game.

Borislava Hristova scored 22 points for Washington State (10-16, 3-11), which was coming off an overtime loss to No. 16 Oregon State on Friday.

The Ducks welcomed back Lexi Bando, the nation’s active career leader in 3-point shooting at 45.5 percent, from injury. She scored nine points.

No. 10 Maryland 72, Rutgers 54

Piscataway, n.j. — Eleanna Christinaki scored 18 points and Maryland used a big run at the end of the first half to beat Rutgers.

The Terrapins (22-3, 11-1 Big Ten) led 30-26 with 3:43 left in the half before they scored 13 of the final 14 points in the second quarter. Kristen Confroy had five of her 11 points during the burst and five players scored during the game-changing run.

Maryland led 43-27 at the half and Rutgers tried to cut into the deficit in the second half, but couldn’t get within single digits.

No. 11 Tennessee 62, No. 18 Georgia 46

Knoxville, Tenn. — Mercedes Russell reached a milestone and was on the verge of another as Tennessee dominated Georgia.

Russell scored 13 points, leaving her one shy of 1,500 for her career, and grabbed 15 rebounds, making her the six Tennessee player to reach 1,000 boards.

Jaime Nared led the Lady Vols (21-4, 9-3), who have won four straight, with 15 points and Meme Jackson and Rennia Davis added 11 each.

Taja Cole and Mackenzie Engram had 11 points apiece for the Bulldogs (21-4, 9-3), who have not won in Knoxville since 1996.

South Florida 84, No. 13 Ohio State 65

Tampa, Fla. — Kitija Laksa scored a career-high 41 points, 18 in a decisive first quarter, and South Florida went on to defeat Ohio State.

Maria Jespersen added 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls (20-5), who won their fourth straight to reach 20 wins for the sixth straight season. Laia Flores had 11 assists and eight rebounds as the Bulls outrebounded Ohio State 46-26.

Stephanie Mavunga had 28 points on 13-of-16 shooting for the Buckeyes (20-6), who had won four straight. Kelsey Mitchell added 19.

LSU 80, No. 14 Texas a&m 78

Baton Rouge, La. — Chloe Jackson scored 27 points and Raigyne Louis added 26 and LSU upended Texas A&M.

The Lady Tigers (16-7, 8-4) shot 53 percent in taking down their third Top 25 team in their past five games and joined the Aggies (19-7, 8-4) in a fifth-place tie in the Southeastern Conference.

Texas A&M got within 79-78 after a 3-pointer by Danni Williams with 17 seconds left. Louis made a free throw and LSU got the ball back after Khayla Pointer created a double team on Khaalia Hillsman and forced a jump ball. But a long inbounds pass went awry and the Aggies got a final chance. Chennedy Carter drove the floor, hounded by Williams, and missed a hurried 3-pointer.

No. 19 Duke 60, Clemson

Clemson, s.c. — Rebecca Greenwell had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Duke reached 20 wins for an Atlantic Coast Conference record 21st straight season with a win over Clemson.

Erin Mathias added 12 points and nine rebounds and Leaonna Odom had 10 points for the Blue Devils (20-6, 9-4). Lexie Brown was held to a season-low six points on 2-of-12 shooting but hit a 3-pointer for the 25th straight game, an ACC best that matches the school record. Brown had nine assists.

Aliyah Collier led the Tigers (11-15, 1-12), who have lost seven straight, with 11 points.