No. 5 Syracuse notches road win vs. Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Wesley Johnson scored 22 points and Andy Rautins added 21 on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range to lead No. 5 Syracuse to an 84-71 victory over Notre Dame on Monday night, the Orange's third Big East road win in six days.
After shooting 54 percent in the first half, the Orange (18-1, 5-1) shot 44 percent in the second half. But the Orange were 20 of 25 from the free-throw line in the second half as they held on. The Irish made several runs at the Orange, but only once in the second half got within a basket of tying it.
The Irish (14-5, 3-3) used an 8-1 run to close to 55-53 on two free throws by Tory Jackson after Rautins was called for an intentional foul for throwing an elbow. The Orange went on a 6-0 run to go up 65-56.
The Irish cut the lead to 67-62 when Tim Abromaitis, who scored 26 points, hit his second straight 3-pointer. But Syracuse put the game away with a 17-7 run.
Syracuse was 8 of 17 from 3-point range while the Irish were 8 of 30. The Orange finished 24 of 31 from the free-throw line compared to Irish going 11 of 13.
Luke Harangody had 31 points and 14 rebounds for the Irish, who shot 38 percent from the field and lost their second straight.
• No. 1 Connecticut 81, No. 6 Duke 48 -- Maya Moore scored 14 of her 20 points in the second half, and top-ranked Connecticut claimed its 57th straight victory by routing No. 6 Duke. Kalana Greene added 18 points for the Huskies (18-0), who never trailed, shot 53.6 percent, hit 52 percent of their 3-pointers and used a big run early in the second half to snap the Blue Devils' 23-game winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium in decisive fashion. Jasmine Thomas scored 17 points for Duke (15-3), the only team to play each of the top three in The Associated Press' preseason Top 25. The Blue Devils finished 1-2 against that gauntlet, beating then-No. 3 Ohio State before losing to Stanford and UConn by an average of 24.5 points.
• No. 25 Virginia 70, Virginia Tech 56 -- Monica Wright scored 27 points to lead No. 25 Virginia to a 70-56 victory over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Wright had 17 points in the second half for the Cavaliers (12-5, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the Hokies for the seventh straight time.