College basketball wrapup
UCONN BEATS IRISH, WIN STREAK AT 83
south bend, ind.» Napheesa Collier scored 20 points, Gabby Williams had 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists and No. 1 Connecticut beat No. 2 Notre Dame 72-61 on Wednesday night for its 83rd straight victory.
The Huskies trailed briefly late in the second quarter, but played with the lead most of the game as they controlled the inside, outscoring the Irish 42-30 in the paint and finishing with a 35-32 edge in rebounding.
Brianna Turner led the Irish (8-1) with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Lindsay Allen added 11 points.
The Huskies’ last loss was 88-86 in overtime to Stanford on Nov. 17, 2014.
Kelsey Mitchell scored 23 points, becoming the fastest player in NCAA women’s basketball history to reach 2,000 points, and No. 12 Ohio State (7-3) cruised to a 108-73 win over Southern (2-3). Mitchell has played in 78 games.
college station, texas» Texas A&M guard JC Hampton scored a season-high 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting as the Aggies defeated Denver 80-58.
The Aggies (6-2) led 34-23 at halftime and the Pioneers (3-5) never threatened in the second half.
Joe Rosga led Denver, which shot a season-low 35.2 percent, with a gamehigh 24 points as no other Pioneer scored in double figures.
Bam Adebayo scored 16 points, Malik Monk added 15 and No. 6 Kentucky (8-1) scored 21 straight points in a first-half run to beat Valparaiso (7-2) 87-63. … Justin Jackson matched his career high with 27 points and hit a career-best seven 3-pointers to help No. 7 North Carolina (9-1) beat Davidson (5-3) 83-74. Jack Gibbs — ranked seventh nationally by averaging 23.3 points — finished with 30 points for Davidson. … Maurice Watson Jr. scored a season-high 25 points, Cole Huff added 13 and No. 10 Creighton (9-0) dominated the second half in a 77-62 victory over in-state rival Nebraska (5-4). … Mangok Mathiang scored 15 points to lead No. 11 Louisville (8-1) to a 74-51 victory over Southern Illinois (5-4). … Esa Ahmad led a balanced attack with 14 points as No. 15 West Virginia (7-1) stomped Western Carolina (3-6) 90-37. … Brenton Scott made one of two free throws with 0.8 seconds left and finished with 25 points to help Indiana State (5-4) upset No. 16 Butler (8-1) 72-71. … Bronson Koenig scored 21 points, Ethan Happ had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 17 Wisconsin (8-2) rolled past Idaho State (1-8) 7844. … Jordan Fox scored 20 points to pace hot-shooting Army past Air Force 79-71 at West Point, N.Y. Army (6-4) shot 51 percent from the field, making 25-of-49 shots, including 12of-26 3-pointers. Zach Kocur led Air Force (5-4) with a season-best 22 points. … Tommy Amaker became the winningest coach in Harvard history when Chris Lewis scored a seasonhigh 22 points and Seth Towns had 18 to lead the Crimson(4-4) to a 74-66 victory over Boston College (4-4). It was Amaker’s 179th win in his 10th season, moving him ahead of his predecessor, Frank Sullivan (178-245), who was the coach from 1991-2007.