Men's Basketball

No. 7 Lady Vols roll to 67-50 win at No. 17 Georgia

Shekinna Stricklen had 24 points, including six in Tennessee's 11-0 run to open the second half, and the No. 7 Lady Vols beat No. 17 Georgia 67-50 on Sunday in Athens, Ga., for their second win over the Lady Bulldogs this month.

Stricklen helped Tennessee (16-5, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) pull away after leading by only one point at halftime. Ariel Massengale had 16 points, including 13 in the second half, for the Lady Vols.

Meredith Mitchell had 13 points and Jasmine Hassell had 11 for Georgia (16-6, 5-4), which has lost consecutive games and three of its last four.

Forward Glory Johnson, who had 22 points and 13 rebounds in Tennessee's 80-51 home win over Georgia on Jan. 5, had five points and a team-leading eight rebounds as the Lady Vols completed the sweep of the regular-season series.

Following a lopsided 72-44 loss at No. 2 Notre Dame on Monday, Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt juggled her lineup in Thursday's 86-56 win at Alabama. Stricklen, who had a streak of 121 consecutive starts, the longest in the nation, end earlier this month because of an injury, didn't start against Alabama even though she was available. Stricklen returned to the starting lineup against Georgia.

Georgia made only two of 11 three-pointers in the first half but trailed only 29-28 at the break.

Arkansas 73, Florida 72 (2OT): Junior Sarah Watkins had 17 points, six rebounds and four blocks in Arkansas' win at home.

C'eira Ricketts, who starred at Fairdale, added 12 points, four assists, three steals and seven rebounds for Arkansas.

Centre 58, Dallas 48: The Lady Colonels improved to 17-1 overall and 11-0 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with a victory in Irving, Texas.

Maggie Prewitt, who starred at Montgomery County, had a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds. She also had five assists and four steals. Chelsea Benham added 16 points and 10 rebounds.


Notre Dame 50, No. 24 Connecticut 48: Eric Atkins scored 13 points and Jerian Grant hit three key free throws late as Notre Dame beat host Connecticut, the third straight win for the Irish and the third straight loss for the Huskies.

Grant had 11 points and Scott Martin added 10 for the Irish (14-8, 6-3 Big East), who controlled the tempo throughout.

The loss spoiled the return of freshman guard Ryan Boatright for Connecticut (14-6, 4-4). He missed the last three games amid an NCAA investigation into his eligibility.

Freshman Andre Drummond had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Connecticut.

Boatright was cleared Saturday by the NCAA to return to action, despite a finding by the governing body that he and his mother received more than $8,000 in impermissible benefits both before and after he enrolled in school.

He made his first appearance 4 minutes into the game, entering to a standing ovation. He scored his first points on a runner in the lane at the halftime buzzer and finished with six points.

No. 4 Ohio St. 64, No. 20 Michigan 49: Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored 17 points and had a career-high 12 rebounds as host Ohio State flexed its muscle inside to beat Michigan, keeping the Buckeyes in a first-place tie in the Big Ten.

Jared Sullinger added 13 points and William Buford and Deshaun Thomas both had 12 for Ohio State (19-3, 7-2), which ran its winning streak over its archrival to six straight and eight of nine.

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 15 points for the Wolverines (16-6, 6-3). Trey Burke, the conference's top freshman point guard, returned to his hometown to play for the first time against Sullinger, his former high school teammate, and finished with 13 points.

No. 16 Indiana 103, Iowa 89: Freshman Cody Zeller scored a season-high 26 points to help host Indiana defeat Iowa.

Zeller made 11 of 12 shots and had four assists and three steals for the Hoosiers (17-5, 5-5 Big Ten), who scored more than 100 points in a conference game for the first time since defeating Iowa 110-79 on March 12, 1995.

Christian Watford scored 15 points, Verdell Jones III had 14 points and nine assists and Victor Oladipo had 12 points and six rebounds for the Hoosiers, who had lost four of five.

Josh Oglesby scored a season-high 24 points and Matt Gatens added 20 for Iowa (11-11, 3-6). The Hawkeyes shot 63 percent from the field, but committed 17 turnovers. Since defeating Michigan, the Hawkeyes have lost at Purdue, at home to Nebraska and at Indiana.

No. 7 North Carolina 93, Georgia Tech 81: Harrison Barnes scored 23 points and North Carolina hit 10 three-pointers in a victory over Georgia Tech that ended a four-game losing streak to the visiting Yellow Jackets.

Tyler Zeller added 17 points for the Tar Heels (18-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won 12 of 13 games and extended their school-record home winning streak to 31 games. North Carolina shot 54 percent from the field, led by 20 points at halftime and by 24 in the second half of an easy win that moved the Tar Heels into a tie with Duke and Florida State atop the ACC standings.

John Henson had 13 points and Reggie Bullock added 11 for the Tar Heels, while Kendall Marshall had 12 assists.

Dallas 75, Centre 66: Jeff Mullaney, a DeSales graduate, scored a team-high 15 points and Greg Ross had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Colonels' loss in Irving, Texas.

Saturday's late game

Tennessee St. 91, Eastern Kentucky 85 (2OT): Robert Covington scored 22 points and Tennessee State overcame a 12-point deficit, then pulled away from Eastern Kentucky in the final minute of double-overtime in Nashville.

The Tigers never trailed in either overtime, but the Colonels, led by Mike DiNunno with a career-high 33 points and former Bryan Station standout Jaron Jones tying his career-high with 30, kept knotting the score.