National Sports Briefs: No. 11 Hoyas beat No. 2 UConn

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. ó DaJuan Summers scored 18 points and No. 11 Georgetown won the first of many matchups between ranked Big East teams this season, beating No. 2 Connecticut 74-63 on Monday night for its seventh straight win.
Chris Wright and freshman Greg Monroe both had 16 points for Georgetown (10-1, 1-0), and Austin Freeman added 13.
A.J. Price had 16 points and Jeff Adrien added 15 for the Huskies (11-1, 0-1).
No. 14 Tennessee 89, Louisiana-Lafayette 62
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ó Wayne Chism scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds before a frightening injury forced him out of Tennessee’s win over Louisiana-Lafayette.
No. 15 Villanova 62, Temple 45
VILLANOVA, Pa. ó Corey Fisher scored eight straight points in the decisive run and finished with 23 to rally Villanova (12-1) past Temple for its 23rd straight home win.
No. 17 Arizona State 84, Central Connecticut State 47
TEMPE, Ariz. ó James Harden scored 24 points and Arizona State routed Central Connecticut State, matching its best start in 34 years.
No. 19 Baylor 79, Portland State 66
WACO, Texas ó LaceDarius Dunn scored 22 points to lead four players in double figures for Baylor in a victory over Portland State.
No. 23 Michigan 77, NCCU 57
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) ó Manny Harris had 29 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, DeShawn Sims added 17 points and Michigan equaled last season’s win total by beating winless North Carolina Central.
BOSTON ó Joe Trapani can’t wait to play his first Atlantic Coast Conference game. Judging by his results so far, he’ll fit in nicely.
Trapani scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Boston College to its eighth straight win, 84-62 over road-weary San Francisco.
Salisbury native Tyrese Rice scored 21 points, Corey Raji 16 and Reggie Jackson 13 for the Eagles (11-2), who have one more non-conference game before opening ACC play at No. 1 North Carolina on Jan. 4.
Virginia Tech 75, Charleston Southern 66
CHARLESTON, S.C. ó A.D. Vassallo and Malcolm Delaney each scored 16 points in Virginia Tech’s 75-66 win over Charleston Southern.
Davidson 79, Coll.-Charleston 75
CHARLESTON, S.C. ó Stephen Curry scored 29 points and Davidson survived a late rally to beat the College of Charleston 79-75. The win was the Wildcats’ 38th straight victory in the Southern Conference.
NEW YORK ó Markus Naslund scored one of the New York Rangers’ four goals in a wild third period, and Henrik Lundqvist made the lead stand up in a 5-4 comeback win over the New York Islanders on Monday night.
Canadiens 5, Panthers 2
SUNRISE, Fla. ó Maxim Lapierre scored the final three goals of the game, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthersfor their NHL-best 3,000th regular-season win.
BOSTON ó The Boston Red Sox and pitcher Brad Penny reached a preliminary agreement on a $5 million, one-year contract, according to several reports Monday.
The team also struck a tentative agreement with catcher Josh Bard and both deals are pending physicals, the reports said.
A two-time All-Star, the 30-year-old Penny struggled with injuries to his shoulder and side last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 6-9 with a 6.27 ERA in 17 starts and two relief appearances.