Around college basketball: Illinois springs another upset
Duke's Mason Plumlee had a double-double to help Duke squeak past Boston College.
Illinois 57, No. 18 Minnesota 53: Tyler Griffey capped a terrific week for Illinois with 16 points, and the visiting Fighting Illini went 11 of 23 from three-point range in a Big Ten victory over 18th-ranked Minnesota last night.
Three days after Griffey’s buzzer-beating layup gave Illinois (17-8, 4-7) a victory over No. 1 Indiana, Tracy Abrams swished a step-back three-pointer with 18 seconds left to stretch the lead over Minnesota to four. Abrams came off the bench for the first time this season after failing to score against the Hoosiers.
The Illini ended a 10-game losing streak on the road against ranked Big Ten teams, dating to a win at Wisconsin three years ago.
Austin Hollins had 16 points for the Golden Gophers (17-7, 5-6), who lost for the sixth time in eight games.
No. 4 Duke 62, Boston College 61: Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 10 rebounds and hit the winning free throw with 26 seconds left to help visiting Duke (21-2, 8-2) rally from a late deficit and dodge an upset by Boston College (10-13, 2-8) in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Olivier Hanlan scored 20 points for the Eagles, who led by five with 2:15 left and had a chance to win it after Plumlee made 1 of 2 free throws. Hanlan, though, missed a jumper, and the rebound popped out of bounds at the buzzer.
California 77, No. 7 Arizona 69: Allen Crabbe scored 19 of his 31 points in the second half, Justin Cobbs hit a big shot in the closing seconds and visiting California (14-9, 6-5) held its composure down the stretch to knock off Arizona (20-3, 8-3) in the Pac-12.
Mark Lyons led the Wildcats with 16 points.
No. 9 Syracuse 77, St. John’s 58: C.J. Fair had 17 points and nine rebounds as Syracuse (20-3, 8-2) beat St. John’s (15-9, 7-5) in a Big East game that Red Storm coach Steve Lavin missed because of the overnight death of his 82-year-old father, Cap. Assistant coach Rico Hines led the team in place of Lavin.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim reached 20 wins for the 35th season, an NCAA record, and the Orange won its 37th straight home game, the longest current streak in Division I.
James Southerland added 13 points for Syracuse after missing seven games because of academic issues. Freshman JaKarr Sampson had 21 points to lead St. John’s, which trailed by 15 in the first half before getting as close as 48-43 after the break.
Illinois-Chicago 88, Youngstown State 83, 3 OT: Gary Talton had 23 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and hit two clinching free throws in the third overtime to lift Illinois-Chicago (15-10, 6-6) over host Youngstown State (14-11, 6-6) in the Horizon League.
Talton’s jumper with two seconds left in regulation sent the game to OT. Kendrick Perry, who had 29 points for the Penguins, hit a three-pointer with two seconds left to force a second OT, and Hayden Humes’ three with 48 seconds to go produced the final extra period.
No. 25 Notre Dame 104, No. 11 Louisville 101, 5 OT: Cameron Biedscheid scored on a layup with 1:19 left in the fifth overtime and Eric Atkins and Pat Connaugton added free throws in the final 19 seconds as Notre Dame (19-5, 7-4) overcame an eight-point deficit in regulation to beat Louisville (19-5, 7-5) in the Big East.
Russ Smith had a chance to tie it in the fifth OT, but his three-point attempt missed before Notre Dame students flooded the court to celebrate. It marked the sixth time in the past eight meetings that a game between the Fighting Irish and Cardinals went to overtime.
Jerian Grant, who fouled out with 1:57 left in the first overtime, led the Irish with 19 points. Chane Behanan had 30 points and 15 rebounds for Louisville.