- The Washington Times - Monday, February 16, 2009

From combined dispatches

Men

Boston College 80, No. 6 Duke 74: Reggie Jackson broke the game’s final tie with a drive with 47.2 seconds left, and the Eagles scored the final six points in a victory over the Blue Devils on Sunday in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

It was Boston College’s first victory over Duke in 24 years.

Tyrese Rice had 21 points, including a key 3-pointer, and Joe Trapani added 20 for the Eagles (19-8, 7-5 ACC). Jackson finished with 15 points.

Kyle Singler had 25 points for the Blue Devils (20-5, 7-4), who have lost three of four, while Gerald Henderson added 20.

When the final horn sounded, BC’s students rushed the court from both ends to celebrate the Eagles snapping an eight-game losing streak to Duke. BC’s last win over the Blue Devils was March 17, 1985.

It was BC’s second win over a highly ranked team this season. The Eagles handed then No. 1 North Carolina its first loss 85-78 in Chapel Hill on Jan. 4.

Rice, who became the seventh Boston College player to reach 2,000 points, grabbed a key rebound on a Duke miss before hitting two free throws that made it 78-74.

No. 3 North Carolina 69, Miami 65: Ty Lawson’s big shots helped the Tar Heels overcome Jack McClinton’s huge game.

Lawson sealed the game with a 3-pointer with 10.6 seconds left, and the Tar Heels held off a comeback bid from the Hurricanes en route to a victory in Coral Gables, Fla.

The Tar Heels’ point guard, who was fighting an illness all day, scored 21 points and Wayne Ellington added 15 for North Carolina (23-2, 9-2 ACC). But even combined, they barely topped McClinton, who led all scorers with a dazzling 35 points - doing so with 15 NBA scouts in attendance.

No. 5 Louisville 99, DePaul 54: Reserve Preston Knowles scored 19 points to lead the Cardinals to a victory over the Blue Demons in Louisville, Ky.

Reginald Delk, making his first career start, had 10 points for the Cardinals (19-5, 10-2 Big East), who had a season-high 18 3-pointers including five by Knowles.

Loyola (Ill.) 71, No. 15 Butler 67: Freshman Jordan Hicks scored a career-high 23 points, and the Ramblers snapped a six-game losing streak with a victory over the Bulldogs in Indianapolis.

The Ramblers (13-15, 5-11 Horizon League) notched their first win over a ranked opponent since a 75-71 victory at Butler two years ago. The loss prevented the Bulldogs (22-3, 13-2) from clinching at least a share of their third straight regular-season conference championship.

No. 22 Illinois 65, Indiana 52: Mike Tisdale and Mike Davis both scored 16 points, and the Fighting Illini held off the Hoosiers’ second-half rally for a victory in Bloomington, Ind.

Women

No. 1 Connecticut 95, No. 19 Pittsburgh 42: Renee Montgomery scored 20 points, and the Huskies raced to a 19-point lead in the first 5 1/2 minutes en route to a victory over the Panthers in Storrs, Conn.

It was a special day for Montgomery as she became the first active player in UConn history to have her jersey put up in the Huskies of Honor.

No. 5 Auburn 63, Mississippi St. 58: DeWanna Bonner scored 25 points, and the Tigers beat the Bulldogs in Starkville, Miss., giving Auburn 25 wins for the first time since 1992-93.

LSU 66, No. 9 Florida 47: Allison Hightower scored 21 points and LaSondra Barrett had 12 as the Tigers upset the Gators in Baton Rouge, La.

No. 13 Texas 55, No. 16 Iowa St. 52: Earnesia Williams scored with 24 seconds left as the Longhorns rallied to beat the Cyclones in Ames, Iowa, and pick up their fifth straight win.

No. 18 Ohio State 81, Northwestern 55: Samantha Prahalis scored 18 points, and Jantel Lavender had 17 points and 10 rebounds, leading the way as the Buckeyes regrouped after back-to-back losses to beat the Wildcats in Columbus, Ohio.

No. 20 Kansas St. 79, Oklahoma St. 71: Ashley Sweat scored 31 points, and Jalena Childs had 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Wildcats to a win over the Cowgirls in Manhattan, Kan.

No. 21 Xavier 78, Dayton 57: Ta’Shia Phillips had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Special Jennings added 17 points as the Musketeers beat the Flyers in Cincinnati.

No. 24 Vanderbilt 80, Georgia 64: Christina Wirth scored 21 points to lead five players in double figures as the Commodores defeated the Bulldogs in Nashville, Tenn.

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