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NCAA: Coaches Misled Probe

Coral Gables, Fla. — The NCAA believes former Miami assistant coaches Clint Hurtt, Aubrey Hill and Jorge Fernandez provided false or misleading information during the probe into the Hurricanes’ athletic department.

The NCAA said all three violated “principles of ethical conduct” as part of the notice of allegations served against the Hurricanes, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press yesterday on condition of anonymity because the allegations have not been released publicly.

Hurtt and Hill were members of Miami’s football staff. Fernandez worked on the men’s basketball staff.

Several other coaches are named or referenced in the allegations, including Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith, who is alleged of failing “to promote an atmosphere for compliance.” But only Hurtt, Hill and Fernandez are facing the ethical-conduct charge, commonly known as NCAA Rule 10.1.

The notice of allegations was delivered to Miami on Tuesday, and the university is facing the charge that it had a “lack of institutional control” — one of the worst things the NCAA can levy against a member school. The charge revolves around how the school allegedly failed to monitor conduct of Nevin Shapiro, a rogue booster and convicted felon who provided cash, gifts and other items to players on the football and men’s basketball teams.

Men’s Hoop

No. 8 Syracuse 84 Providence 59

Syracuse, n.y. — James Southerland scored 20 points, Michael Carter-Williams had 15 points and 12 assists, and Syracuse beat Providence. Syracuse (22-4, 10-3 Big East) has won 38 straight home games, the longest active streak in Division I.

No. 11 Georgetown 90 DePaul 66

Washington — D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored a career-high 33 points — the most by any Georgetown player this season — and the Hoyas moved back into a tie for first place in the Big East.

No. 18 Ohio St. 71 Minnesota 45

Columbus, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas overcame a slow start to score 19 points and Ohio State used a 16-0 second-half run to beat Minnesota.

No. 19 Wisconsin 69
Northwestern 41

Evanston, Ill. — Jared Berggren and Ben Brust each scored 12 points, and Wisconsin shut down Northwestern for its fifth win in six games.

Vermont 73, Maine 61

Burlington — Brian Voelkel had 16 rebounds and 10 assists, and Sandro Carissimo’s 16 points led four Vermont players in double figures as the Catamounts (17-9, 10-4 America East) pulled away late to beat Maine.

Vermont led 37-28 early in the second half, but the Black Bears (11-16, 6-8) ran off 11 points in the next 2:37 to lead 39-37.

Hartford 49, UNH 44

West Hartford, Conn. — Mark Nwakamma scored 12 points and Nate Sikma 11 as Hartford (15-12, 8-6 America East) held off New Hampshire (7-18, 3-10).

Women’s Hoop

No. 7 Penn St. 95
Illinois 62

State College, Pa. — Maggie Lucas scored 22 points, backcourt mate Alex Bentley added 20 and Penn State overwhelmed Illinois in transition, moving a step closer to a second straight Big Ten regular-season title.

The Lady Lions (22-3, 12-1) built a 21-point lead by halftime after shooting 58 percent in the first half.