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In brief: South Florida pulls off upset of Georgetown

Thu., Feb. 4, 2010, midnight

College basketball: Dominique Jones ignited a comeback by scoring 22 of his 29 points in the second half, and South Florida extended its longest Big East winning streak, stunning No. 7 Georgetown 72-64 on Wednesday night in Washington.

South Florida shot 65 percent after halftime to win its fourth straight conference game, including a 70-61 win over then-No. 17 Pittsburgh on Sunday that gave the Bulls three straight for the first time since joining the Big East in 2005.

The Bulls (15-7, 5-5), who also have five Big East wins in a season for the first time, trailed by 13 points late in the first half and by 35-26 at halftime because of 60 percent shooting by Georgetown (16-5, 6-4). But the Hoyas went cold in the second half and Jones began to show the flair that has him averaging 35 points during the winning streak.

•Top-ranked Kansas survives scare: Marcus Morris scored six of his 15 points in overtime and grabbed a key rebound that helped top-ranked Kansas (21-1, 7-0 Big 12) avoid what would have been the season’s biggest upset with a 72-66 victory over Colorado (11-11, 2-6) in Boulder, Colo.

Jayhawks center Cole Aldrich recorded his fourth straight double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds and he blocked five shots to help Kansas beat the Buffaloes for the 14th straight time.

•West Virginia pummels Pitt: Da’Sean Butler scored 18 points, Kevin Jones added 16 and No. 6 West Virginia (18-3, 7-2 Big East) romped to a 70-51 win over No. 22 Pittsburgh (16-6, 6-4) in Morgantown, W.Va.

•Nebraska women remain unbeaten: Kelsey Griffin scored 19 points and Yvonne Turner added 17 to lead five Nebraska players in double figures and the fourth-ranked Cornhuskers (20-0, 7-0 Big 12) breezed to an 88-67 win over No. 10 Oklahoma State (18-4, 6-2) in Lincoln, Neb.

Williams, Jazz roll to win over Blazers

NBA: Deron Williams had 13 points and 13 assists, and rookie Wesley Matthews had 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting to help the Utah Jazz win their seventh straight game, 118-105 over the Portland Trail Blazers in Salt Lake City.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Blazers.

Jackson reaches milestone in Lakers’ win: Andrew Bynum had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Phil Jackson became the winningest coach in Lakers history in Los Angeles’ 99-97 victory over the visiting Charlotte Bobcats. Jackson passed Pat Riley with his 534th win with the Lakers.

Kobe Bryant scored a season-low five points for the Lakers. He appeared to injure his left foot.

•Celtics hold off Heat: Rajon Rondo had 22 points and 14 assists in his second straight outstanding game against the Miami Heat, leading the Boston Celtics to a 107-102 victory in Boston.

The last time the teams met, the Celtics won 112-106 in overtime on Jan. 6 and Rondo scored 25.

•Durant, Westbrook carry Thunder: Kevin Durant scored 30 points, and Russell Westbrook had 26 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 103-99 victory over the New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans.

Senators’ winning streak reaches 10

NHL: Daniel Alfredsson scored twice in the final minute – including an empty-netter – and Jason Spezza added two goals and an assist to help extend the Ottawa Senators’ franchise-best winning streak to 10 with a 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y.

•Blues edge Blackhawks: David Backes scored twice during a three-goal second period, Chris Mason made 32 saves, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in Chicago.

•Glencross ignites Flames: Curtis Glencross recorded his first NHL hat trick to lead the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes at Calgary, Alberta.

•Blue Jackets fire coach: The Columbus Blue Jackets fired defensive-minded coach Ken Hitchcock, less than a year after the club made the postseason for the first time.

Assistant coach Claude Noel was chosen to lead the team on an interim basis.

Ravens owner: Lockout looms

NFL: Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said that several NFL owners are facing a financial shortfall that could create “long-term problems for the league” and ultimately result in a lockout.

As the Ravens prepare for a 2010 season without a salary cap, Bisciotti hinted the NFL could shut down in March 2011 if concessions aren’t made by the players union in a new collective bargaining agreement.

Mayweather Jr. will fight Mosley

Miscellany: Floyd Mayweather Jr. finalized a deal to fight Sugar Shane Mosley on May 1 in a welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.

•Portland approves soccer stadium plan: The Portland City Council has approved a $31 million plan to remodel PGE Park. Major League Soccer awarded Portland an expansion franchise for 2011, with the understanding that the multipurpose stadium would be converted into a soccer-first venue.

U.S. hockey team loses defenseman: U.S. Olympic defenseman Mike Komisarek of the Toronto Maple Leafs will have shoulder surgery – knocking him out of the Vancouver Games and the rest of the NHL season.


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