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College Hoops roundup: Jackets, Gators, Terps upset

Associated Press

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Jack McClinton finished with 22 points, Anthony Harris added 21 in his best game of the season, and the Miami guards each had four points in the final 63 seconds to help the Hurricanes beat No. 21 Georgia Tech 90-82 in the both school’s ACC opener.

Dwayne Collins had dunks on consecutive possessions in the final minutes for the Hurricanes (5-3, 1-0), whose eight-point lead with 5:05 left was whittled to 77-75 when Lewis Clinch hit a pair of free throws less than 2 minutes later.

But Georgia Tech (6-2, 0-1) missed its next four shots from the field, Collins dunked on consecutive trips, and the Hurricanes held on to stay perfect (4-0) at home this season.

Florida St 70, No. 4 Florida 66

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Al Thornton scored 28 points, including two free throws with 4 seconds left, and Florida State upset No. 4 Florida 70-66t.

The Seminoles (5-2), who had lost their previous two games by a total of 37 points, led 36-31 at the half and built the lead to 55-41 before Walter Hodge’s 3-pointer with 3:02 left got the Gators within 62-59. Hodge’s shot capped an 18-7 Florida run.

Hodge hit another from long range to cut it to 68-66 with 53.2 seconds left, but Florida State’s Toney Douglas blocked a 3-point attempt by Taurean Green with just four seconds left and Thornton was fouled as he picked up the loose ball.

Green scored 21 and Hodge finished with 17 for Florida (7-2).

The Gators were without 6-foot-9 starting forward Corey Brewer, who missed his second game with mononucleosis.

Notre Dame 81, Maryland 74

WASHINGTON — Kyle McAlarney scored a career-high 18 points and keyed a decisive second-half run to help Notre Dame beat No. 23 Maryland 81-74 Sunday night, handing the Terrapins their first loss of the season.

The Irish (6-1) were shooting just 31 percent before they made ten straight shots, including five 3-pointers, during a 25-7 run that turned a 44-37 deficit into a 62-51 lead in a span of 5 minutes.

McAlarney scored 10 during the run, including eight straight that gave the Irish a 57-49 lead.

Maryland (8-1) got no closer than six points the rest of the game.

UCLA 61, UC-Riverside 38

LOS ANGELES — Arron Afflalo scored 13 points to help No. 1 UCLA beat UC Riverside 61-38, giving the Bruins a 6-0 record for the first time since they won the 1995 national championship.

No. 2 Pitt 74, Auburn 66

AUBURN, Ala. — Aaron Gray had 16 points and 12 rebounds and made two key plays late to help Pittsburgh (8-0) hold on.

No. 20 UConn 106, Texas Southern 55

STORRS, Conn. — A.J. Price scored 20 points and Hasheem Thabeet tied a Connecticut record with 10 blocked shots to help the Huskies (7-0) win their 26th straight home game.

UTEP 87, New Mexico 63

EL PASO, Texas — Stefon Jackson scored 25 points and UTEP’s 3-point shooters punched early holes in New Mexico’s zone defense in the Miners’ 87-63 win.

KNIGHT THWARTED

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Bob Knight received a career achievement award and got a chance to see old friend Pete Newell during Texas Tech’s trip to the Bay Area.

The Hall of Fame coach didn’t leave with his 876th career victory, thanks to Stanford’s big men — and a whole bunch of Texas Tech problems that Knight hasn’t fixed yet.

Lawrence Hill scored 19 points in the Cardinal’s 70-59 victory in the opening game of the Pete Newell Challenge, preventing Knight from tying Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp for second place in NCAA Division I coaching history.

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