college basketball roundup Tuesday’s games
TCU 102, No. 11 UNLV 97 OT
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
TCU senior guard Hank Thorns sent a tweet a few hours before playing No. 11 UNLV about never experiencing the thrill of being surrounded by Horned Frogs fans on the court after a big victory. He needed to do an update afterward. Thorns scored eight of his career-high 32 points in overtime and the Frogs beat a ranked team for the first time in five years. TCU (15-10, 5-4 Mountain West) trailed by 18 points with about 15 minutes left and had cut that deficit by only three points 5 minutes later. Garlon Green had 13 points and Craig Williams 10.
No. 14 Florida 61, Alabama 52
Playing Alabama without its two biggest stars, Florida (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) had no problem making up for its own missing players. Patric Young took advantage of the Crimson Tide’s suspension-depleted frontcourt with 19 points. The Gators (20-6, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) scored the first 16 points of the second half to turn a tie score into a comfortable win after losing two straight games. Young was hard to stop inside for the Tide in the 22 minutes he was on the court. He scored 12 in the second half despite heading to the bench with four fouls halfway through and fouling out late. He finished 9 for 12 from the field.
Clemson 60, No. 22 Virginia 48
Clemson got the big effort and major victory it was looking for over No. 22 Virginia. Next, the Tigers get their latest chance to make history at North Carolina. Andre Young and Tanner Smith scored 13 points each and Devin Booker had all 10 of his points in the second half. The Tigers (13-12, 5-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) will carry a two-game win streak into Chapel Hill, where they are 0-55. Cavaliers star Mike Scott was held to 13 points, four fewer than his average coming in while outside threat Joe Harris was ineffective trying to play with a broken left hand. Clemson forced 10 turnovers in the first 20 minutes, nearly what Virginia gives up in a game with its 11.5 average.
LSU 69, No. 23 Mississippi St. 67 OT
BATON ROUGE, LA.
Anthony Hickey hit a driving floater in the paint in the final seconds of overtime, lifting LSU. Ralston Turner led LSU (15-10, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) with 17 points, but nearly cost the Tigers the game with a turnover that put Brian Bryant on the foul line with 11 seconds left. Bryant made only one free throw to tie it at 67, however, taking pressure off LSU as it set up the final shot. Justin Hamilton scored 14 points for LSU, which has won two straight, while Storm Warren added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
No. 4 Notre Dame 66, Providence 47
SOUTH BEND, IND.
Devereaux Peters had 19 points and 11 rebounds, leading the Irish. Skylar Diggins had 19 points and seven assists. Rachel Barnes led the Friars with 16 points. Notre Dame (25-2, 12-1 Big East) was coming off a 65-63 loss to West Virginia on Sunday that ended a 21-game winning streak.
No. 13 Texas A&M 56, Missouri 52
Kelsey Bone scored 14 points and Alexia Standish added 11, including two critical free throws for Texas A&M. Standish made a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left and Adaora Elonu added two more with 9 seconds remaining.
No. 14 Georgetown 60, Villanova 54
Sugar Rodgers scored 19 points to lead the Hoyas. Georgetown scored 20 points off 19 turnovers, with 13 of those points coming off 11 turnovers in the first half for a 27-19 lead at halftime.
No. 16 Louisville 71, Pittsburgh 66
Antonita Slaughter hit a jumper to force overtime, then had four points and a steal in the extra period to hand the Panthers their 11th straight loss.