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UConn tenacious inside

Rebounds doom Friars; Duke rolls

January 29, 2006

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— Hilton Armstrong had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Josh Boone had nine and 13 on Saturday, leading No. 1 Connecticut to its seventh consecutive win, a 76-62 victory over Providence.

The Huskies (18-1 overall, 6-1 Big East) used a 52-34 rebounding edge to score 36 second-chance points to 11 for the Friars.

"It took us 30 minutes to shake them. Maybe 35 minutes, and that's due to their tenacity," Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said. "Hilton Armstrong changed everything in the middle."

Donnie McGrath scored 18 for Providence (9-9, 2-5), which was within 50-45 midway through the second half but let UConn score the next seven points.

No. 2 Duke 82, Virginia 63

Durham, N.C. - J.J. Redick scored 40 on 11-for-13 shooting to lead the Blue Devils. Shelden Williams added 17 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks for Duke (19-1, 7-0 ACC), which continued its dominance in the series by winning for the 22nd time in 24 meetings with the Cavaliers (10-7, 4-3), who fell behind by 18 in the opening minutes and never recovered.

No. 3 Memphis 94, UCF 61

Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun is surrounded by his players during a timeout against Providence. The Huskies beat the Friars, 76-62, Saturday in Providence, R.I.

Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun is surrounded by his players during a timeout against Providence. The Huskies beat the Friars, 76-62, Saturday in Providence, R.I.

Memphis, Tenn. - Rodney Carney was 5-of-6 from three-point range and scored 26 points, leading the Tigers (19-2, 5-0 Conference USA) to their eighth straight victory. Mike O'Donnell and Dave Noel each had 10 points for Central Florida (9-9, 3-2).

No. 5 Florida 81, Vanderbilt 58

Gainesville, Fla. - Al Horford had 16 points, 16 rebounds and six assists, and Florida (18-2, 4-2 SEC) bounced back from consecutive losses. DeMarre Carroll had 18 points for Vanderbilt (12-5, 3-3).

No. 6 'Nova 72, N. Dame 70

South Bend, Ind. - Kyle Lowry tipped in a missed shot by Randy Foye with 1.7 seconds left for the game-winning basket, and the Wildcats (15-2, 6-1 Big East) survived blowing a 17-point lead in the second half. Chris Quinn led Notre Dame with 18 points (10-8, 1-6).

No. 8 Illinois 76, Purdue 58

Champaign, Ill. - Rich McBride scored 19, and Illinois (19-2, 5-2 Big Ten) won its 33rd straight home game. Gary Ware and Marcus Green each scored 11 for Purdue (7-12, 1-7), which lost its fourth straight.

No. 11 Michigan State 69, Penn State 60

East Lansing, Mich. - Shannon Brown scored 23 of his 29 points in the second half, lifting Michigan State (16-5, 4-3 Big Ten), which played without center Paul Davis. Geary Claxton had 19 points for the Nittany Lions (10-8, 2-5).

No. 12 Pittsburgh 77, Marquette 71

Pittsburgh - Antonio Graves and Carl Krauser led a decisive 10-0 run late in the game as Pittsburgh (17-1, 6-1 Big East) overcame a sluggish start. Freshman Dominic James had 16 points for Marquette (15-6, 5-3).

No. 14 GWU 81, R.I. 62

Washington - Pops Mensah-Bonsu had 17 points and 12 boards for GWU (16-1, 6-0 A-10).

Iowa 67, No. 16 Ohio State 62

Iowa City, Iowa - Adam Haluska scored 18, putting the Hawkeyes (16-5, 5-2) into a four-way tie atop the Big Ten.

No. 17 UCLA 63, Ore. St. 54

Corvallis, Ore. - Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead UCLA (17-4, 7-2).

Temple 91, No. 18 Maryland 85

Philadelphia - Mardy Collins scored 25 for Temple (11-7), which went on a late 17-2 run.

No. 19 Tennessee 81, South Carolina 65

Knoxville, Tenn. - Chris Lofton scored 23 for Tennessee (14-3, 5-1 SEC).

No. 21 G'town 76, Cincy 57

Washington - Jeff Green had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and Georgetown (14-4, 5-2 Big East) pulled away.

Rutgers 65, No. 22 L'ville 56

Piscataway, N.J. - Quincy Douby had 19 points and seven rebounds for Rutgers (13-7, 3-4 Big East). Louisville (14-6, 2-5) suffered its fourth loss in five games.

Michigan 85, No. 23 Wisconsin 76

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Dion Harris scored 23 as Michigan (15-3, 5-2 Big Ten) beat its second straight ranked opponent.

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