Massachusetts made sure its first home game against a defending national champion was one to remember. The Minutemen stunned seventh-ranked Connecticut 61-59 on Rashaun Freeman's...
AMHERST, Mass. Massachusetts made sure its first home game against a defending national champion was one to remember.
The Minutemen stunned seventh-ranked Connecticut 61-59 on Rashaun Freeman’s layup with 4.3 seconds to play last night. Many of the 9,037 fans stormed the court at Mullins Center after the final buzzer. It was the largest crowd in Amherst in four years.
“I felt like we won the national championship! I never saw a crowd like that around here,” UMass guard Anthony Anderson said. “We’ve been saying that this was our year. Maybe we showed it tonight.”
Freeman, who led UMass with 18 points and eight rebounds, came up big time and again for the Minutemen (3-2), who beat the Huskies for the first time in 14 meetings.
The Huskies (4-1) ran into a hostile environment on their first road trip of the season.
Freeman and his teammates outhustled the Huskies from the opening tip and got the best of UConn’s frontcourt, which had been outrebounding opponents by 25 boards a game. The teams finished even with 39 rebounds each, but UMass had a slight edge on the glass in the first half and outscored Connecticut 42-24 in the paint for the game.
No postseason for Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State imposed a one-year ban on postseason play by its men’s team in response to $6,000 the university said former coach Jim O’Brien gave a recruit who never played for the school.
Ohio State president Karen Holbrook said the firing of O’Brien on June 8 was the first step in appeasing NCAA investigators. She and athletic director Andy Geiger said more penalties may be coming.
O’Brien, 14-16 in his final year with the Buckeyes, has sued Ohio State for at least $3.4 million, claiming he was fired improperly. In a statement, he hinted that there were other problems in the program unrelated to what he termed a “loan” to Aleksandar Radojevic’s mother.
Other Top 25 men
No. 1 Illinois 74, at Georgetown 59
Roger Powell scored 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting and the Illini made 65 percent in the second half to pull away.
James Augustine added 15 points, and Luther Head had 13 points and five assists. Illinois (8-0) finished with 20 assists.
Freshman Jeff Green had 20 points and six rebounds to lead the Hoyas (3-2), who had won three straight.
At No. 2 Kansas 93, TCU 74
Wayne Simien had 20 points and Keith Langford 17 as the Jayhawks (5-0) had five players in double figures.
Nile Murry had 20 points for the Horned Frogs (5-3).
Top 25 women
No. 7 Notre Dame 65, at Dayton 39
Charel Allen scored 14 points and Breona Gray and Melissa D’Amico added 12 apiece as the Irish outran the Flyers. Cara Wright had 19 points for Dayton (4-4), which shot 29 percent.
At No. 12 Michigan St. 85, E. Illinois 45
Rene Haynes had 18 points in her first start this season as the Spartans (7-1) dumped the Panthers (3-3).
At No. 13 Texas Tech 79, Oral Roberts 46
Cisti Greenwalt had 18 points, 14 rebounds her fourth double-double in five games and blocked seven shots as the Raiders (5-1) drubbed the Golden Eagles (3-2).
At Western Kentucky 85, No. 14 Vanderbilt 77
Tiffany Porter-Talbert scored 24 points as the Hilltoppers (3-3) rallied from an 8-point halftime deficit.
Ashley Earley led the Commodores (6-1) with 19 points.
At No. 21 Purdue 69, No. 15 DePaul 61
Katie Gearlds scored 21 points as the Boilermakers handed the Blue Demons their first loss of the season.
Erin Lawless scored 16 points and Sharika Webb 12 to go with seven assists for Purdue (5-2). Khara Smith led DePaul (6-1) with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
At No. 23 TCU 81, Oklahoma 65
Sandora Irvin had a career-high 32 points and 18 rebounds as the Horned Frogs (7-2) beat the Sooners (4-3) for the first time in nine games.
At Oregon 79, Idaho St. 56
Cathrine Kraayeveld from Lake Washington High School had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Ducks remained undefeated.
Oregon (6-0) rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit. Natalie Doma led the Bengals (3-5) with 19 points.
Gonzaga guard Nathan Doudney will be sidelined the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee.
Baylor received its expected notice of allegations from the NCAA about infractions in its men’s program discovered after the death of player Patrick Dennehy. In August 2003, former coach Dave Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton resigned amid revelations that Bliss paid up to $40,000 for two players’ tuition, and that staff members did not properly report some athletes’ failed drug tests.
USC officials have spoken to former Utah coach Rick Majerus about the Trojans’ head-coaching job, the Los Angeles Times reported. USC athletic director Mike Garrett hopes to have the job filled within two weeks.
Michigan guard Daniel Horton is expected to miss four weeks due to a sprained left knee.