Deacons End Canes’ Streak
Arizona's Kaleb Tarczewski (35) blocks the shot of Washington's Abdul Gaddy (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. Arizona won 70 - 52. (AP Photo/Wily Low)
Winston-Salem, n.c. — C.J. Harris scored 23 points and Wake Forest beat No. 2 Miami 80-65 yesterdayto snap the Hurricanes’ 14-game winning streak.
Codi Miler-McIntyre added 15 points while Harris was 5 for 5 from 3-point range to lead the Demon Deacons (12-14, 5-9 ACC).
They shot 54 percent, led by double figures for the entire second half and reeled off 12 straight points to pull away for their biggest victory under third-year coach Jeff Bzdelik.
Durand Scott had all 17 of his points in the second half for the Hurricanes (22-4, 13-1), the last of the schools in the six BCS conferences to get its first league loss.
No. 11 Georgetown 57 No. 8 Syracuse 46
Syracuse, n.y. — Otto Porter scored a career-high 33 points and Georgetown put an emphatic stamp on the impending end of an era before an imposing Orange crowd.
Thirty-three years after the Hoyas halted Syracuse’s 57-game home winning streak at Manley Field House, Porter added his name to the pantheon of stars who made this rivalry scintillating over the years.
His incredible play stopped the Orange’s 38-game winning streak in the Carrier Dome, the longest in Division I, and it came in front of a disappointed record crowd of 35,012, the largest ever to see a college basketball game on campus. It was the fewest points scored by Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.
It was the final game between Georgetown (21-4, 11-3 Big East) and Syracuse (22-5, 10-4) in the Carrier Dome as members of the conference — the Orange are leaving the Big East in July to join the ACC.
No. 9 Kansas 74, TCU 48
Lawrence, Kan. — Jeff Withey scored 18 points and Ben McLemore added 14 as Kansas avenged a stunning loss to the lowly Horned Frogs just over two weeks ago.
Perry Ellis and Travis Releford added 12 points each for the Jayhawks (23-4, 11-3 Big 12), who began the day tied with Kansas State for first place in the conference.
Kansas has won three straight since a rare three-game losing streak, one that included an embarrassing 62-55 loss to the Horned Frogs (10-17, 1-13) on Feb. 6. TCU still has not managed to beat another Big 12 team during its first season in the conference.
No. 10 Louisville 79 Seton Hall 61
Louisville, Ky. — Gorgui Dieng scored a career-high 23 points for Louisville. The 6-foot-10 center showed confidence in his jumper and the result was 10 of 11 shooting from the field. The junior also grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots.
Russ Smith added 19 points and Luke Hancock made three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points as the Cardinals (22-5, 10-4 Big East) won their third straight.
No. 12 Arizona 73 Washington St. 56
Tucson, Ariz. — Kevin Parrom matched his career best with five 3 pointers — in six tries — scoring a season-high 19 points for Arizona.
freshman Kaleb Tarczewski, a Claremont native, had a career-best 12 for the Wildcats.
Parrom, a 26 percent shooter from 3-point range in conference play before yesterday, opened the game with two 3s and the Wildcats (23-4, 11-4 Pac-12) led all the way. Arizona was up by as many as 21 points early in the second half before the Cougars cut it to 11 late.
No. 14 Okla. State 73 West Va. 57
Morgantown, W.Va. — Le’Bryan Nash and Markel Brown scored 16 points apiece to lead five Oklahoma State players in double figures.
Marcus Smart added 14 points, Brian Williams scored 13 and Michael Cobbins had 10 for Oklahoma State (20-6, 10-4), which shook off a double-overtime loss to No. 9 Kansas on Wednesday.
No. 16 New Mexico 91
No. 22 Colorado St. 82
Fort Collins, Colo. — Kendall Williams made a Mountain West-record 10 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 46 points and New Mexico ended Colorado State’s 27-game home-court winning streak.
Alex Kirk added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Lobos (23-4, 10-2 MWC), increased their lead in the conference race to two games over the Rams (21-5, 8-4).
No. 21 Memphis 89
S. Mississippi 73
Memphis, Tenn. — Chris Crawford and Shaq Goodwin scored 19 points each and Memphis claimed its second straight Conference USA regular season title.
Five Tigers finished in double figures as Memphis (24-3, 13-0 C-USA) won its 18th straight. D.J. Stephens scored 16 points, and, like Goodwin, was 6 of 7 from the field, while Joe Jackson had 15 points.
No. 24 VCU 75, Xavier 71
Cincinnati — Troy Daniels scored 19 points, and VCU intensified its full-court defense and overcome a 17-point in the second half.
VCU (22-6, 10-3 Atlantic 10) forced 22 turnovers — 12 in the second half during the big comeback..
No. 1 Baylor 67, Texas 47
Waco, Texas — Brittney Griner scored 30 points and No. 1 Baylor celebrated a Big 12 title already in hand with dozens of former players in the stands.
Griner outscored the Longhorns by herself in the first half, finishing with 20 of the Lady Bears’ 30 points, nine of their 22 rebounds and four of six blocks.
Baylor (26-1, 15-0 Big 12) finished the first half with an 11-2 run for a 30-16 lead in its 24th consecutive victory. .
No. 3 UConn 90
Seton Hall 30
Storrs, Conn. — Kelly Faris and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 18 points to help Connecticut bounce back from its loss to Baylor with a rout of Seton Hall.
Breanna Stewart added 16 points for the Huskies (25-2, 12-1 Big East), who earned their 400th Big East win under head coach Geno Auriemma.
South Florida 68
No. 21 Syracuse 66
Tampa, Fla. — Andrea Smith scored 18 points, Andrell Smith had 16 and Akila McDonald’s only basket provided the winning margin as South Florida upset Syracuse.
It was the second consecutive win over a ranked team by the Bulls (19-7, 8-5 Big East), who beat No. 12 Louisville on Wednesday night and have won three straight.
The Orange (22-4, 10-3) had a six-game winning streak snapped.
No. 23 Okla. State 83 Oklahoma 62
Stillwater, Okla. — Toni Young recorded her fourth straight double-double and reached a rebounding milestone in Oklahoma State’s victory over Oklahoma.
Young had 17 points, her 34th straight game scoring in double figures, and 12 rebounds, which gave her 1,004 in her career. She became the third Cowgirl to reach 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.
Kendra Suttles led the Cowgirls (19-7, 8-7 Big 12) with 19 points, Liz Donohoe had 18 and Tiffany Bias scored 17. Oklahoma State outrebounded Oklahoma 49-36.
Aaryn Ellenberg led the Sooners (19-8, 9-6) with 22 points, including three 3-pointers. Oklahoma shot just 36 percent from the floor.
OSU opened the game on a 23-4 run, but Oklahoma rallied to keep the game close until the Cowgirls pulled away midway through the second half, outscoring the Sooners 32-17 over the final 9 minutes.
Oklahoma still leads the Bedlam Series, 55-37.
No. 25 Green Bay 80, Valpariaso 38
Green Bay, Wis. — Megan Luken scored 22 points and Green Bay defeated Valparaiso to win its 17th game in a row.
Sarah Eichler scored 13 and Breannah Ranger had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Phoenix (22-2, 12-0 Horizon), who last lost on Dec. 5 at Central Michigan.
Green Bay never trailed, led 39-13 at halftime and shot 48 percent in the game. All 11 Green Bay players who participated scored in the game.
Shaquira Scott led the Crusaders (9-16, 4-8) with nine points. Valparaiso made just three field goals in the first half, shooting 10 percent. The Crusaders finished at 21 percent from the field.