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Hokies shut down Irish, pull away in second half



Jalen Cone had 18 points off the bench to lift No. 19 Virginia Tech to a 77-63 victory over Notre Dame on Sunday in Blacksburg, Va.

The Hokies (9-2, 3-1 ACC) bounced back from Wednesday’s loss at Louisville and have won five of six games and five consecutiv­e home games.

Keve Aluma added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Hokies, who held Notre Dame (3-7, 0-4) to two field goals in the second half.

Notre Dame led 50-49 after a three-pointer by Prentiss Hubb with 12:16 remaining, but that was its last field goal.

• IOWA 86, MINNESOTA 71: Jordan Bohannon had 19 points and a career-high 14 assists, Luka Garza had 33 points, and the No. 5 Hawkeyes beat the No. 16 Golden Gophers in Iowa City.

Joe Wieskamp added 20 points for the Hawkeyes (11-2, 5-1 Big Ten), who avenged a 102-95 overtime loss to Minnesota (10-4, 3-4) on Christmas Day.

• NAVY 73, LEHIGH 58: John Carter Jr. had 18 points, Cam Davis had 17, and the Midshipmen (7-1, 4-0 Patriot League) earned their sixth consecutiv­e win with a victory over the Mountain Hawks (1-3, 1-3) at Alumni Hall.

Buzzer beater sinks Arizona

Charlisse Leger-walker made a layup at the buzzer in overtime, and the Washington State women (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) rallied past No. 7 Arizona, 71-69, in Pullman, Wash.

Leger-walker also made a layup with two seconds left in regulation to tie it at 60.

Arizona (8-2, 6-2) led by 16 but shot just 11 percent in the fourth.

• LOUISVILLE 70, CLEMSON 45: Kianna Smith scored 17 points, and the No. 2 Cardinals, after waiting out a delay caused by coronaviru­s protocols, cruised to a home win over the Tigers.

Less than 90 minutes before the scheduled noon tip-off, Louisville announced the start had been pushed back. Coach Jeff Walz said a player reported virus symptoms. She was tested and came back negative in the morning.

• SOUTH CAROLINA 75, KENTUCKY 70: In Lexington, Ky., Destanni Henderson scored 22 points and Aliyah Boston added 20 as the No. 5 Gamecocks (8-1, 3-0 SEC) rallied to beat the No. 10 Wildcats (9-3, 2-2 SEC).

South Carolina trailed 54-46 late in the third before closing the quarter with an 11-2 run for its first lead since the opening minutes.

• TEXAS A&M 74, ARKANSAS 73: Jordan Nixon hit a runner with less than a second left, lifting the No. 8 Aggies (12-0, 3-0 SEC) over the No. 13 Razorbacks (10-4, 1-3) in Fayettevil­le, Ark.

Aaliyah Wilson, who transferre­d from Arkansas, led Texas A&M with 27 points.

• UCLA 92, UTAH 67: In Los Angeles, Natalie Chou scored a career-high 28 points to lead the No. 9 Bruins (7-2, 5-2 Pac-12) to an easy win over the Utes (3-7, 2-7).

• DAYTON 67, GEORGE WASHINGTON 54: The Colonials (3-6, 0-3 Atlantic 10) lost their third straight game, making just 3 of 20 shots from three-point range in a defeat by the Flyers (5-1, 4-0) at Smith Center.

• GEORGIA TECH 56, VIRGINIA TECH 54: In Atlanta, Lorela Cubaj made a pair free throws with 2.6 seconds left as the Yellow Jackets (6-3, 4-2) edged the Hokies (6-4, 1-4), who got a game-high 20 points from Aisha Sheppard.

Ex-u-conn. coach Rowe dies

Former Connecticu­t men’s basketball coach Donald “Dee” Rowe, who served for more than five decades as an ambassador for the school’s athletic department and as a mentor for coaches including Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma, died at his home in Storrs, Conn. He was 91.

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