The Washington Post
Hokies shut down Irish, pull away in second half
VIRGINIA TECH 77, NOTRE DAME 63
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.