The No. 4 Duke women became the last team in NCAA Division I basketball — men's or women's — to lose a game, falling to No. 3 Connecticut 79-49 Monday night.
STORRS, Conn. — And then there was none.
No. 4 Duke became the last team in NCAA Division I basketball — men’s or women’s — to lose a game, falling to the No. 3 Connecticut women 79-49 Monday night.
For 20 minutes the Blue Devils (16-1) stayed close to UConn (17-1), trailing by two points at halftime. Then the wheels came off.
Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie felt her team’s record was somewhat fool’s gold, as she noted the Blue Devils haven’t been able to consistently put together a solid 40 minutes.
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“It was a tale of two halves for us. It’s consistent for us, how we’ve been playing all year. We played some great 20-minute ball, but have been nonexistent for 40 minutes,” she said. “Give credit to Connecticut. They played well in the second half. There are some great lessons for us to learn from. It will allow us to become a better team.”
UConn’s Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 21 points and Kelly Faris contributed 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. The Huskies didn’t dazzle coach Geno Auriemma in the first half.
“Coach was pretty mad at halftime,” Faris recalled. “The most he’s been mad in awhile.”
Auriemma admitted he gave a fiery halftime speech.
“Tonight the frustration came out of me in the locker room,” Auriemma said.
No. 3 Syracuse men win
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — C.J. Fair tipped in the go-ahead basket with 19.4 seconds left and the third-ranked Syracuse men rallied past No. 21 Cincinnati 57-55.
Trailing by seven points with slightly more than five minutes left, Syracuse tied the score at 55 on Michael Carter-Williams’ three-pointer with 1:20 left.
Fair’s tip came after Jerami Grant drove the lane and missed. Cashmere Wright of Cincinnati (16-4 overall, 4-3 Big East Conference) missed a three-point try with 2.9 seconds left and the Orange (18-1, 6-0) had its 35th straight victory at home, the longest active streak in men’s Division I.
Carter-Williams scored 16 points.
• The Duke men moved from third to first in the AP media and USA Today/ESPN coaches polls after Louisville and Indiana each lost last week. Michigan is second in the AP poll and the coaches have Kansas in second.
Gonzaga, which lost 64-63 at then-No. 13 Butler on Saturday, dropped from eighth to 10th in both polls.