STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Geno Auriemma hardly expected his top-ranked Connecticut team to come out dazzling while playing for the first time in a week.
Good thing it was Pacific on the schedule. Things get much harder for the Huskies now.
Maya Moore had 17 points and eight rebounds and UConn earned its 90th straight victory with an 85-42 win over Pacific on Tuesday night, a lopsided West Coast warmup ahead of the Huskies’ showdown with ninth-ranked Stanford on Thursday.
HARRISON — The Harrison Goblins were twice as good as the Batesville Pioneers in the semifinals of the Lendel Thomas Classic here Tuesday night.
Harrison won the contest 62-31. The loss dropped Batesville to 2-6. The Pioneers are scheduled to square off against the Valley Springs Tigers tonight at 6:15 in the consolation game. Harrison will meet Huntsville tonight at 8:30.
The Goblins led 39-19 at halftime and hit 10 3-pointers during the game. Meanwhile, Batesville managed just one of five from beyond the arc, 11 of 26 inside it and only five of 19 free throws.
JONESBORO (AP) — Kinley Ogbonnaya-Branch finished with a career-high 19 points and six other Arkansas State players scored in double figures as the Red Wolves posted the largest margin of victory in school history, 120-39 over Central Baptist on Tuesday night.
Martavius Adams added 18 points, Brandon Peterson and Adam Sterrenberg each had 14, Edward Townsel finished with 13 and Trey Finn 11 for Arkansas State (5-8), which matched the school record for points in a game.
HARRISON — With three Pioneers scoring in double figures for the first time this season, Batesville collected a 52-47, high school basketball victory over the Brinkley Tigers in the opening round of the Lendel Thomas Classic here Monday.
Senior Matthew Showalter led the winners with 18 points. Chris Elms and Tanner Ring contributed 14 and 10 points, respectively. Showalter and Ring also pulled down five rebounds apiece.
JONESBORO — And then there were none.
All three of the Guard circulation area teams that remained in the Northeast Arkansas Tournament were eliminated Monday, leaving a rare vacancy at Arkansas State’s Convocation Center.
The Cave City Cavewomen’s run of NEA Tournament championships was halted with a 39-37, first-round loss to Westside Consolidated Monday afternoon. Cave City had won two straight Class 1A-2A-3A titles, but a move in classification forced the Cavewomen to play in the NEA’s upper division this year.
JONESBORO — The Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles defeated the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves 41-34 in the second round of the Northeast Arkansas Tournament at Arkansas State in Jonesboro Thursday.
Hillcrest used an 8-0 surge in the final frame to sneak away with the win. It was the other bookend for the Lady Screamin’ Eagles 12-4 start to the game. Laken McCoy hit a 3-pointer to pull Cedar Ridge to within 12-7 at then end of the first quarter. Hillcrest led 21-17 at halftime.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Southerners rallied from a 31-16 deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Marianna Lee Trojans 40-38 here Tuesday night.
Dalton Littleton capped the 24-7 run with a 2-pointer with 6.4 seconds remaining in the Class 4A-2 battle.
After a timeout, Marianna was able to set up a final play, but the potential tying shot missed its mark.
CONWAY — The Lyon Scots made the Central Arkansas Bears work before bowing out 81-67 in an exhibition basketball game in the Farris Center here Tuesday night.
UCA’s Chris Henson drilled a 3-pointer to get the action started less than a minute in. The lead grew to 9-2 before the Scots went to work. Lyon rallied and took a 12-11 lead with 14:23 to play in the first half.
During the 10-3 run, Tyler Sergent accounted for seven points. He started the surge with a 3 and finished it with a short jumper. Daniel Ritchie scored the other three points when his 3-pointer made it 11-10.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Batesville native Charlie Strong is making good on his pledge to turn around the Louisville Cardinals.
A lot sooner than some people expected, too.
Justin Burke threw for two touchdowns and Jeremy Wright scored on a 95-yard kickoff return Tuesday night to help Louisville beat Southern Mississippi 31-28 in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl and finish its first winning record in four years.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski gave a quick wave to the Cameron Crazies and a few claps as he walked off the floor and headed to the locker room.
The Hall of Fame coach treated it like any other Duke win at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The only notable difference? The message on the scoreboard above that read “Coach K On the Move” while noting his latest milestone victory.
Kyle Singler scored 24 points to help No. 1 Duke beat Elon 98-72 on Monday night, moving Krzyzewski into a tie for second place with Dean Smith on the all-time wins list.
JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State University basketball player Daniel Bryant has been dismissed from the team after being charged with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor criminal mischief.
The Jonesboro Sun reported Bryant was dismissed from the team Monday after being arrested last Thursday for allegedly kicking in the door of his girlfriend’s apartment and assaulting her.
ASU Coach John Brady released a statement saying efforts have been made to help Bryant make better choices in his daily life and that those efforts did not succeed.
JONESBORO (AP) — Brandon Peterson scored 19 points and Martavius Adams added 18 as Arkansas State pulled away from Savannah State in the second half for a 68-55 victory Monday night.
The Red Wolves (4-7) shot just 38.8 percent but made up for it with 29 offensive rebounds, which led to 19 second-chance points. The Tigers earned only 21 rebounds overall.
Preston Blackmon scored 19 points to lead Savannah State (1-13), which has lost 13 straight.