Ben Hansbrough scored a career-high 32 points, and Tim Abromaitis had a season-high 28 to lead No. 9 Notre Dame to a 94-93 win over struggling Providence on Wednesday night despite a Big East-record 52 points by Marshon Brooks.
The Irish (22-5, 11-4 Big East) are off to their best start ever in 11 seasons under Coach Mike Brey. Notre Dame has won eight of nine.
Brooks' 52 points were the most ever scored against Notre Dame, which hadn't allowed a 40-point scorer since Danny Manning in 1987. Brooks, only the third player in Providence history to score 40 points or more twice in a season, surpassed the previous high of 45 by Michigan State's Julius McCoy on Dec. 21, 1955.
No. 12 Wisconsin 53, Michigan 52: Josh Gasser banked in a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Badgers a win on the road. The Wolverines (17-12, 7-9 Big Ten) led by two, but Darius Morris missed the front end of a one-and-one with 30.8 seconds remaining.
No. 7 BYU 84, Colorado St. 76: Jimmer Fredette scored 34 points, and Brandon Davies added 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead the host Cougars. Fredette and Davies combined to score 26 points from the free-throw line in a game that featured 52 fouls and 69 free throws.
Alabama 51, Auburn 49: JaMychal Green scored on a tip-in with 0.3 seconds left to lift Alabama to a come-from-behind victory at home. Tony Mitchell drove to the basket and missed, but Green sailed in for the game-winner for the Tide (19-8, 11-2 Southeastern Conference), which had trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half.
Around the nation
Connecticut: Coach Jim Calhoun will skip the No. 14 Huskies' game vs. Marquette on Thursday night in Hartford, and he missed practice on Wednesday afternoon to attend a memorial service in Nashua, N.H., for his sister-in-law, Eileen McDevitt Fucile, who died on Monday. Associate Head Coach George Blaney will coach UConn.
Texas: Authorities say suspended forward Alexis Wangmene had been arrested on a drunken-driving charge. Texas Coach Rick Barnes announced Tuesday night that Wangmene was suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.
310-game skid ends
The end of Caltech's 310-game conference losing streak spanning 26 years was so big, even school president Jean-Lou Chameau rushed the court to celebrate. A day later, the two old-time scoreboards in tiny Braun Gym remained lit up with the result: Home 46, Visitor 45. The Division III Beavers beat Occidental College in their season finale Tuesday night, giving Caltech its first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory since Jan. 23, 1985.
Louisville 68, No. 7 DePaul 55: Monique Reid scored 28 points and Louisville's defense shut down the Blue Demons for the Cardinals' (18-10, 9-5 Big East) fifth win over a ranked team at home.