Virginia tops Georgia Tech in OT

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Baker's late layup lifts Cavaliers, 88-84, in teams' ACC opener

UNC cruises again

December 29, 2008|By From Sun news services

Calvin Baker made a layup with 10 seconds left in overtime to break a tie and help visiting Virginia to an 88-84 victory over Georgia Tech last night in both teams' Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

Mike Scott added two free throws with two seconds left for Virginia (6-4, 1-0 ACC).

Tech's Gani Lawal stole a pass and scored with 15 seconds left to tie it at 84.

Sylven Landesberg led Virginia with 26 points, and Jamil Tucker added 15.

Lawal led the Yellow Jackets (7-4, 0-1 ACC) with 21 points, and Lewis Clinch and Iman Shumpert added 18 points each.

Tucker hit a three-point basket for Virginia with 14.7 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 74. Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert missed a 15-foot jumper with two seconds remaining to send it to overtime.

Clinch hit a three-pointer with 50 seconds left in regulation for a 72-69 Tech lead. After a basket by Landesberg, Clinch added two free throws for a 74-71 Tech lead with 26 seconds left.

The Yellow Jackets fell to 2-7 in ACC openers under coach Paul Hewitt.

Virginia had lost 12 of its previous 13 ACC openers before yesterday.

The Yellow Jackets might have won, but missed too many free throws, going 16-for-33 (48.5 percent).

No. 1 North Carolina 97, Rutgers 75: : Tyler Hansbrough had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the host Tar Heels routed the Scarlet Knights (9-4) for their school-record 12th straight double-figure win.

North Carolina (12-0) surpassed the previous mark of consecutive blowouts set by the 1992-93 team that went on to win the national championship. No opponent has come within 15 points of these Tar Heels.

No. 13 UCLA 78, Louisiana Tech 55: : Josh Shipp returned from a two-game absence to score 16 points, and the host Bruins never trailed in beating the outmanned Bulldogs (6-7).

UCLA (10-2) took a 20-point halftime lead in breezing to its sixth straight victory. They have won those six games by an average of 26.3 points.

Shipp missed one-sided victories over Mercer and Wyoming with a sprained ligament in his left thumb.

No. 10 Purdue 59, Valparaiso 45: : E'Twaun Moore scored 14 points to help the host Boilermakers beat the Crusaders for their sixth consecutive victory.

The Boilermakers led by two at halftime but held the Crusaders to 28 percent shooting after the break. The Boilermakers hit six of 14 three-pointers in the second half to expand the lead.

No. 23 Minnesota 82, High Point 56:: Ralph Sampson III scored a career-high 17 points to help the host Golden Gophers to their best start in 60 seasons, beating the visiting Panthers (4-8) to 12-0.

Minnesota coach Tubby Smith beat his alma mater for the fourth time without a loss.

Women

No. 1 Connecticut 77, South Carolina 48: : Tina Charles bounced back from two straight subpar games with 21 points, and the visiting Huskies opened 11-0 for the third consecutive season with a victory over the Gamecocks (6-5).

Charles, the Huskies' standout center, totaled 17 points in her previous two games. She broke out against the Gamecocks, finishing with 14 rebounds and recording a double double in the first half.

No. 2 North Carolina 102, Western Michigan 55: : Italee Lucas scored 17 points and Jessica Breland added 15 to lead five Tar Heels in double figures and help North Carolina shake off the rust of an eight-day layoff with a victory over the visiting Broncos (4-8).

The Tar Heels (13-0) have 28 straight wins at home.

No. 4 Texas 79, Texas El-Paso 40:: Kathleen Nash scored 13 of her 15 points in the first half to help the Longhorns (11-0) rout the Miners (6-6) in the Surf 'N Slam Classic in San Diego.

No. 6 Duke 78, Quinnipiac 50: : Chante Black scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help the host Blue Devils defeat the Bobcats (8-3).

Black added three blocked shots and a career-high eight steals for Duke (10-1), becoming the sixth player in ACC history with 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 200 blocked shots in a career.

No. 10 Louisville 66, Morehead State 38: : Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) had 17 points and 12 rebounds to help the host Cardinals overcome a season-high 34 turnovers to win their seventh straight, a victory over the Eagles in the Cardinal Classic.

McCoughtry played 19 minutes against the overmatched Eagles (7-5). She scored Louisville's first 11 points as the Cardinals (11-1) needed just eight minutes to build a double-digit lead.

No. 11 Stanford 84, UC Davis 49: : Jayne Appel had 16 points and nine rebounds, and the host Cardinal (9-3) survived an off-day to beat the Aggies (4-6).

No. 12 Notre Dame 68, Charlotte 61: : Lindsay Schrader scored 19 points, and the visiting Irish (10-1) pulled away in the second half to beat the 49ers (8-4) for their third straight win.

No. 16 Virginia 83, Rider 38: : Monica Wright had 22 points and six steals, and Lyndra Littles added a season-high 21 points as the host Cavaliers (10-2) defeated the Broncs (2-8).

No. 21 Oklahoma State 80, North Texas 54:: Shaunte Smith scored 20 points, Andrea Riley added 14, and the host Cowgirls (9-2) beat the Mean Green (5-7) in a sloppy game that had 57 turnovers.

No. 22 Kansas State 74, Washington State 58: : Ashley Sweat scored 30 points, and Marlies Gipson added 16 points and 13 rebounds as the visiting Wildcats defeated the Cougars (7-4) and improved to 11-0 for the second time in school history.

Nebraska 62, No. 24 Arizona State 58: : Yvonne Turner scored 13 points, making two crucial free throws with 18 seconds left, and the host Cornhuskers (9-3) overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to defeat the Sun Devils (8-4).

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