College Basketball: No. 9 Hokies Hold Off Georgia Tech

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Atlanta — Ahmed Hill scored 15 points, Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 9 Virginia Tech overcame a terrible shooting performance to beat Georgia Tech, 52-49, on Wednesday night.

The Hokies (14-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their ninth straight game for the school’s best start to a season since the 1982-83 team had an identical record. They never trailed after Georgia Tech led in the first minute.

Virginia Tech, the nation’s second-best 3-point shooting team, hit only five 3s and finished at 18.5 percent from beyond the arc but still made enough stops to win.

Mississippi 82, No. 11 Auburn 67

Oxford, Miss. — Terence Davis had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead surprising Mississippi to an 82-67 upset of No. 11 Auburn on Wednesday night.

Ole Miss (12-2, 2-0 S) continued its run of strong play under first-year coach Kermit Davis after being widely picked to finish at or near the bottom of the league.

Rutgers 64, No. 16 Ohio State 61

Piscataway, n.j. — Montez Mathis hit two contested layups and Geo Baker nailed a jumper with 10.3 seconds to play as Rutgers scored its biggest Big Ten Conference victory under coach Steve Pikiel.

The win was the Scarlet Knights’ first against a ranked Big Ten team since an upset of No. 4 Wisconsin in January 2015 under then-coach Eddie Jordan.

Temple 73, No. 17 Houston 69

Philadelphia — Quinton Rose scored 22 points and Temple handed Houston its first loss of the season.

Corey Davis Jr. was called for a charge in the final second of play, wiping out a tying basket for the Cougars (15-1, 2-1 American Athletic Conference). That left No. 2 Michigan and No. 4 Virginia as the only Division I teams without a loss.

Vermont 73, Maine 49

Bangor, Maine — Robin Duncan posted 11 points as Vermont rolled past Maine.

Anthony Lamb had 11 points for Vermont (12-4, 2-0 America East). Samuel Dingba added three blocks.

Sergio El Darwich had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Black Bears (2-15, 0-2), whose losing streak stretched to six games.


No. 3 UConn 82, Cincinnati 38

Storrs, Conn. — Katie Lou Samuelson scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 3 UConn routed Cincinnati to remain unbeaten in league play since the formation of the American Athletic Conference.

Crystal Dangerfield added 11 points and 10 assists for the Huskies (13-1, 2-0 American). Freshman Christyn Williams scored 15 of her 19 points in the first half for UConn and Napheesa Collier added 14 points and nine rebounds.

No. 4 Baylor 65, Kansas St. 50

Waco, Texas — Kalani Brown had 16 points and nine rebounds, Lauren Cox added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Baylor beat Kansas State after momentarily falling behind in the third quarter.

No. 23 Michigan State 86 No. 18 Minnesota 68

East Lansing, Mich. — Sidney Cooks scores a career-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting and Michigan State never trailed.

No. 20 Iowa State 92, TCU 54

Ames, Iowa — Bridget Carleton had 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to lead Iowa State to its seventh straight win.