- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 4, 2009

From combined dispatches

ST. JOHN’S 71, No. 7 NOTRE DAME 65: D.J. Kennedy scored 20 points Saturday, including four free throws in the final 15 seconds, and had 10 rebounds to send the Red Storm (10-4, 1-1 Big East) past the Fighting Irish (10-3, 1-1) in New York.

St. John’s snapped its three-game losing streak by holding Notre Dame to one of its worst 3-point shooting games of the season (4-for-17), including a 1-for-5 effort from long-range specialist Kyle McAlarney.

Luke Harangody had 28 points and 14 rebounds for Notre Dame, which had won four straight. This was the third of the past four meetings to come down to the final minute.

The Red Storm took the lead for good at 52-50 on a rebound basket by Justin Burrell with 11:30 to play.

No. 2 UCONN 80, RUTGERS 49: Hasheem Thabeet led a balanced Connecticut attack with 15 points and eight rebounds, and the Huskies (12-1, 1-1 Big East) snapped back from their first loss of the season with a win against the Scarlet Knights (9-6, 0-2) in Storrs, Conn.

Jerome Dyson added 14 points and Jeff Adrien had 13 for Connecticut. Stanley Robinson, making his first start of the year, chipped in 11 points and seven boards.

No. 4 OKLAHOMA 93, COPPIN ST. 62: Tony Crocker scored 20 points to lead the Sooners (13-1) to a victory against the Eagles (2-11) in Norman, Okla.

Crocker hit five 3-pointers, including four in the opening half when Oklahoma raced out to leads of 20-6 and 34-13. Tywain McKee scored 20 points to pace Coppin State.

No. 6 WAKE FOREST 94, BYU 87: The Demon Deacons (13-0) ended the nation’s longest home winning streak by beating the Cougars (11-2) in Provo, Utah.

Brigham Young had won 53 straight dating to a loss to Loyola-Marymount to open the 2005-06 season. Jeff Teague just missed his career high with 30 points and James Johnson had 22 points and 15 rebounds as Wake Forest improved to 13-0 for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

No. 10 MICHIGAN ST. 77, NORTHWESTERN 66: Raymar Morgan scored 22 points and grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds to lead the Spartans (11-2, 2-0 Big Ten) to a victory against the Wildcats (8-4, 0-2) in Evanston, Ill., and their seventh straight win.

KANSAS 92, No. 14 TENNESSEE 85: Sherron Collins had 24 points and nine assists, and Cole Aldrich had 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the Jayhawks (10-3) knock off the Volunteers (9-3) in Lawrence, Kan.

No. 20 CLEMSON 79, E. CAROLINA 66: K.C. Rivers had 18 points and reserve Jerai Grant added 14, and the Tigers improved to 14-0 for the second time in three seasons with a victory against the Pirates (8-5) in Clemson, S.C.

No. 21 MINNESOTA 68, No. 24 OHIO STATE 59: Lawrence Westbrook led a typically balanced Minnesota offense with 15 points, and the Gophers (13-1, 1-1 Big Ten) salvaged a split in the opening week of conference play by beating the Buckeyes (10-2, 1-1) in Minneapolis.

No. 25 BUTLER 75, VALPARAISO 62: Matt Howard scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and Willie Veasley had a career-high 15 points to lead the Bulldogs (12-1, 3-0 Horizon) to a victory against the Crusaders (4-10, 1-2) in Valparaiso, Ind.

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