Men's Basketball

Novosel's 16 points lead Irish in milestone game

Former Lexington Catholic standout Natalie Novosel scored 16 points, and No. 16 Notre Dame celebrated the 1,000th game in school history with a 72-51 victory over visiting Purdue on Sunday.

The Irish (7-3) forced 24 turnovers and converted them into 29 points, and dominated in the paint, scoring 46 points while holding Purdue to only 29 inside.

Brittany Rayburn had 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds for Purdue (6-2), which shot just 36.5 percent for the game.

No. 1 Connecticut 86, Sacred Heart 32: Maya Moore scored 17 points to become the school's career scoring leader, and host UConn (8-0) routed Sacred Heart (3-4). Moore's 2,355 career points broke the record of 2,346 set by Tina Charles last season.

The Huskies are on track to tie the UCLA men's all-time Division I winning streak of 88 games on Dec. 19 against Ohio State, and they could break it two days later against Florida State.

No. 9 Tennessee 74, Old Dominion 44: Freshman Meighan Simmons scored 14 points, and Tennessee (8-1) cruised past host Old Dominion (3-3), closing the first half with a 30-14 run.

Georgia Tech 69, No. 21 Georgia 53: Freshman Tyaunna Marshall scored 20 points, and host Georgia Tech finally knocked off a ranked team on its fourth try.

With the season not even a month old, the Yellow Jackets (7-4) already had lost to No. 1 Connecticut, No. 9 Tennessee and No. 12 Georgetown. But they took control against Georgia (6-2) with a 13-3 run shortly after the break and finished with their biggest win ever over the Lady Bulldogs.

Birmingham Southern 70, Centre 57: Visiting Birmingham Southern (4-2, 1-1 SCAC) hit 10 three-pointers — four from Sam Davidson — to beat Centre (4-3, 1-1). Chelsea Benham led Centre with 16 points and nine rebounds. Maggie Prewitt added 15 points.

Men

No. 18 Florida 67, American 48: Erving Walker scored 16 points to lead four Gators in double figures, and Florida regained some footing with a victory over American in the opening game of the BB&T Classic in Washington.

The Gators (6-2) bounced back from Wednesday's lackluster loss to Central Florida, a defeat that has Florida in danger of dropping from the The AP poll after being ranked ninth in preseason.

Vernon Macklin, returning to the court where he played for two seasons with Georgetown before transferring to Florida, added 12 points. Alex Tyus scored 14 points, and Chandler Parsons had 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Gators overcame a scoreless afternoon from Kenny Boynton, who went 0-for-9 from the field.

South Carolina 64, Clemson 60: Bruce Ellington scored 14 points, including a critical three-pointer in the final minute, and host South Carolina broke a six-game losing streak to rival Clemson.

The Gamecocks (6-1) led 58-55 when Ellington, a freshman, dribbled away much of the 35 second clock before striking for a three from the left side of the arc.

Clemson (5-3) got within 62-60 on Andre Young's two foul shots with 16 seconds to go. But Sam Muldrow followed with a pair of free throws to ice the win.

Centre 62, Birmingham Southern 45: Greg Ross came off the bench to score 17 points and nine rebounds to lead host Centre (5-1, 2-0 SCAC). Birmingham Southern (5-1, 1-1) was held to 26.9 percent shooting.

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