Porsche Jones scored 18 points and Cotelia Bond-Young added 17, leading Wake Forest to a 65-57 victory over 19th-ranked Houston in the Paradise Classic last night. Erin Ferrell added 12...

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HONOLULU — Porsche Jones scored 18 points and Cotelia Bond-Young added 17, leading Wake Forest to a 65-57 victory over 19th-ranked Houston in the Paradise Classic last night.


Erin Ferrell added 12 points for Wake Forest (8-0), and Liz Strunk finished with 11 rebounds.


Sancho Lyttle collected 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead Houston (9-1). Daphne Andre added 13 points for the Cougars.


Houston rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit and tied the score at 36 with 13:04 remaining. The Demon Deacons countered with a 19-7 run over the next nine minutes for a 55-43 lead.


Trailing 16-11 with 11:13 left in the first half, Wake Forest went on a 20-0 run over the next eight minutes. Jones made two three-pointers in the flurry and added a layup. Lyttle’s basket with 2:32 left ended Houston’s scoring drought.


Oregon’s Kent wants holiday duck returned


EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon men’s coach Ernie Kent is missing a duck.


And not just any duck. An inflatable, holiday duck.


The duck, which happens to be Oregon’s nickname, adorned Kent’s front yard, along with an inflatable snowman and a similar Santa. All three of the inflatables were illuminated at night.


But when Kent returned from Oregon’s game against Illinois last weekend, the duck was gone.


Kent is vowing to keep Santa and the snowman dark at night until the duck is returned.


He describes it as 8 feet tall, green, yellow and white — and wearing a Santa hat.


“You get up for a glass of water, from the bedroom window you look out and there he is,” Kent told The Oregonian. “It’s kind of cool seeing him out there all the time. All of a sudden, he’s no longer there. I mean, that’s a tough adjustment for me.”


NCAA revises RPI


INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee is changing the way it calculates the Ratings Percentage Index, giving more weight to playing and winning games on the road.


The RPI is one of the tools the committee uses to evaluate teams for the NCAA tournament.


The committee started evaluating the RPI in 2000, and chairman Bob Bowlsby said in a statement released yesterday that over the past 20 years, home teams have won about two-thirds of all games.


“We want the RPI to be the best tool possible,” Bowlsby said.