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Irish earn road win at Boston College

2014-02-16T21:00:00Z Irish earn road win at Boston CollegeThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 16, 2014 9:00 pm  • 

Pat Connaughton scored 17 points and Eric Atkins had 16, carrying Notre Dame to a 73-69 win over Boston College on Sunday.

Zach Auguste added 10 points for the Fighting Irish (14-12, 5-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) in their first road victory of the season. Notre Dame had lost five of its last seven games and was 0-6 away from home.

Olivier Hanlan had 18 points and Joe Rahon 13 for Boston College (6-19, 2-10). Ryan Anderson had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Eagles have lost eight of nine and their only two conference wins this season are against last place Virginia Tech.

The Fighting Irish were clinging to a lead late in the game when Connaughton nailed both ends of a 1-and-1, scored on a drive in the lane and hit a short one-handed flip shot in the lane as they held off BC.

No. 4 Wichita State 84, Evansville 68: Ron Baker scored 26 points and Fred VanVleet finished with 18 points, eight assists and five steals to lead No. 4 Wichita State to an 84-68 victory over Evansville on Sunday.

The Shockers (27-0, 14-0 Missouri Valley Conference) remained one of two unbeaten teams in major college basketball and extended their school-record winning streak. They are the 21st team in Division I history to go 27-0, a list that top-ranked Syracuse could join later this week.

D.J. Balentine and Egidiju Mockevicius each scored 19 points, not quite enough to prevent Evansville (11-16, 4-10) from losing for the fourth time in five games.

Evansville spent most of the second half trying to dig out of a double-digit deficit and got as close as 65-60 with about 6 minutes to play. Wichita State sealed it with a late 13-4 spurt.

Minnesota 54, Northwestern 48: DeAndre Mathieu scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half and Minnesota came back to defeat cold-shooting Northwestern 54-48 on Sunday.

Maurice Walker and Andre Hollins each had eight points for the Gophers (17-9, 6-7 Big Ten), who avenged a 55-54 loss to Northwestern at Minneapolis on Feb. 1.

Northwestern (12-14, 5-8) got the tight defensive game it wanted and led 28-25 at the half, but went just 7 for 28 from the floor in the second and missed nine straight field goal attempts until Tre Demps dumped in a layup with 10 seconds left.

Northwestern's JerShon Cobb scored on 5 of 7 3-point attempts and led Northwestern with a season-high 23 points. Alex Olah added 10.

Northwestern leading scorer, Drew Crawford, had 11 rebounds but was held to just two points on 1-for-15 shooting. He didn't connect until his ninth shot at 4:54 into the second half.

No. 18 Creighton 101, No. 6 Villanova 80: Doug McDermott matched his season high with 39 points and passed Larry Bird for 13th place on the Division I career scoring chart during Creighton's victory over Villanova.

Creighton's second lopsided win over Villanova in a month moved the Bluejays (21-4, 11-2) into first place in the Big East, a half-game ahead of the Wildcats (22-3, 10-2).

The Bluejays beat the same ranked opponent twice in one season for the first time in program history. They also won their 16th straight at home, matching their longest streak since moving into the CenturyLink Center in 2003.

McDermott, a two-time first-team All-America and leading candidate for national player of the year, went over 30 points for the ninth time this season and the 23rd time in his career. He has 2,863 career points.

Isaiah Zierden scored 13 and Devin Brooks added 12 for the Bluejays, who shot a season-best 64.2 percent. Their previous high was 56.9 percent in a 96-68 win at Villanova on Jan. 20.

James Bell had 18 points for the Wildcats before fouling out with 6:11 left.

Nebraska 60, No. 9 Michigan St. 51: Terran Petteway scored 23 points and Walter Pitchford added 18 as Nebraska topped Michigan State.

Petteway had 16 points in the last 20 minutes after Pitchford scored 12 before the break for the Cornhuskers (14-10, 6-6 Big Ten).

Gary Harris had 18 points and Adreian Payne 11 for the Spartans (21-5, 10-3), who remain in a first-place tie with Michigan. Harris was 5 for 15 from the field. Michigan State shot 34 percent, including 20.8 percent on 3-pointers.

The Cornhuskers led 32-25 at halftime and held off a second-half surge with a 9-2 closing run.

No. 13 Louisville 102, Rutgers 54: Luke Hancock scored a career-high 25 points, including six 3-pointers, and Louisville throttled Rutgers.

The Cardinals (21-4, 10-2 American Athletic Conference) made a season-high 16 shots from beyond the arc on 30 attempts for their fourth straight win, completing a season sweep of the Scarlet Knights (10-16, 4-9). Louisville shot 56 percent overall in posting its biggest win this season.

Freshman guard Terry Rozier added a career-high 16 points, hitting four 3s, and Wayne Blackshear scored 10 with a couple of 3-pointers in Louisville's last scheduled conference game against Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights shot just 35 percent in falling to 1-13 against Louisville. Rutgers is headed to the Big Ten next season while Louisville goes to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

No. 21 Wisconsin 75, No. 15 Michigan 62: Frank Kaminsky had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Wisconsin smothered Michigan in the first half before holding on.

The Wolverines (18-7, 10-3 Big Ten) cut an 18-point deficit to three in the second half, but Kaminsky personally went on a 7-2 run after that, helping Wisconsin regain control. The Badgers (21-5, 8-5) have won four straight — and they committed only two turnovers.

Caris LeVert scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half for Michigan.

Sam Dekker had 15 points for Wisconsin.

The Badgers led 34-19 at halftime after holding Michigan without an assist in the first half.

Temple 71, No. 23 SMU 64: Dalton Pepper scored 24 points to help Temple beat SMU.

Playing without injured starter and leading rebounder Anthony Lee, Temple (7-17, 2-10 American Athletic Conference) knocked off a Top 25 opponent for the first time since March 10 last year against No. 21 VCU. The Owls were 0-5 against ranked teams this season, but have now beaten at least one in each of the last seven years.

The Mustangs (20-6, 9-4) had a four-game winning streak snapped at the end of an eventful week for coach Larry Brown's team.

It started with SMU entering the AP rankings for the first time in 29 years. The Mustangs had their game at Rutgers pushed back from Thursday to Friday because of a winter storm. Then they made the short trip from Piscataway, N.J., to Philadelphia, and lost on the road for the sixth time this season.

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