January 31, 2011 in Sports

In brief: St. John’s upsets No. 3 Duke

 

College Basketball: In New York, Dwight Hardy scored 26 points and St. John’s stunned No. 3 Duke 93-78 on Sunday, capping the Red Storm’s run of eight straight games against ranked teams with their third win.

It wasn’t that St. John’s (12-8) beat the Blue Devils (19-2), it was the way it happened.

The Red Storm, who had lost three straight and five of six, took control early and had a 46-25 lead at halftime. Duke, which came into the game shooting 40 percent from 3-point range, missed its first 10 shots from behind the arc and made 1 of 13 in the half.

St. John’s, which gave the Big East a 6-1 record against teams ranked in the top 10 this season, was 16 of 28 from the field (57.1 percent) in the half, well above the 45.2 percent the Red Storm were shooting coming into the game.

Justin Brownlee had 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Red Storm, while Paris Horne added 15 points and six assists. St. John’s shot 58.2 percent for the game (32 of 55) and was 26 of 33 from the free-throw line.

Nolan Smith led Duke with 32 points and Kyle Singler added 20. Duke finished 5 of 26 from 3-point range and had 17 turnovers.

Top-ranked Baylor outlasts No. 6 Aggies

Women’s basketball: Odyssey Sims scored 25 points and Brittney Griner had 17 points and 12 rebounds to help top-ranked Baylor beat No. 6 Texas A&M 63-60 in College Station, Texas.

Sims hit a jumper in the lane with 26 seconds left to put Baylor (19-1, 5-1 Big 12) on top 62-60. A steal by Melissa Jones on Texas A&M’s next possession forced the Aggies to foul her. She hit the first of two free throws to make it 63-60 with 10 seconds left.

The Aggies had a chance to tie it, but Sydney Colson’s 3-point attempt was short. The Aggies got the ball back but Tyra White’s desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer was also short.

• Hampton leads DePaul in win over West Virginia: In Chicago, Keisha Hampton scored 16 points to lead five DePaul players in double figures as the Blue Demons routed West Virginia 78-55.

Felicia Chester and Taylor Pikes each had 15 points for DePaul (21-2, 8-0 Big East) while Anna Martin had 12 and Sam Quigley 11.

Asya Bussie scored 13 points and Sarah Miles added 11 for West Virginia (19-3, 5-3).

• Miami needs OT to stop Yellow Jackets: In Coral Gables, Fla., Riquna Williams scored 27 points to lead No. 16 Miami to an 84-74 overtime victory over No. 25 Georgia Tech.

Stefanie Yderstom hit two 3-pointers and Shenise Johnson converted six free throws in the overtime session as the Hurricanes outscored the Yellow Jackets 14-4 in the extra five minutes.

Heat get Big 3 back, top Durant, Thunder

NBA: Dwyane Wade scored 32 points and Eddie House hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 22.2 seconds left as the visiting Miami Heat got their Big 3 back together and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-103.

LeBron James added 23 points and 13 rebounds, Chris Bosh scored 20 in his first game back after a four-game absence and the Heat snapped Oklahoma City’s six-game home winning streak.

Kevin Durant scored 33 points but missed a contested jumper along the left baseline that would’ve tied it.

• Sixers top Nuggets for season sweep: Andre Iguodala scored 24 points and Thaddeus Young had 21 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 110-99 win over the visiting Denver Nuggets.

Elton Brand scored 15 points and was one of six players in double figures for the Sixers, who swept the season series against the Nuggets for the first time since 2002-03.

Carmelo Anthony was 3 of 12 for 12 points.

• Cavs handed 20th straight loss by Magic: Dwight Howard had 20 points and 20 rebounds in three quarters of work, Ryan Anderson added 23 points and 16 rebounds and the Orlando Magic handed the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers their 20th straight loss and 30th in 31 games, 103-87.

Howard had his 36th double-double of the season by halftime.

J.J. Redick added 17 points, and Brandon Bass and Jason Richardson had 12 apiece.

Iowa wrestling beats No. 1 Penn State

Miscellany: Iowa extended its unbeaten streak to 73 dual meets by upsetting top-ranked Penn State 22-13.

The Hawkeyes won at 165, scored an upset by No. 16 Grant Gambrall over No. 6 Quentin Wright at 184 and added a major decision at 197 pounds to secure the win.

Iowa (11-0-1 and 3-0 Big Ten) is now the only undefeated major program in the nation.

• Kostelic wins World Cup super-combined: In Chamonix, France, Ivica Kostelic erased a massive deficit in the slalom leg to win a World Cup super combined race, clinching the discipline title with his seventh victory this month.

Kostelic finished in 2 minutes, 57.12 seconds to beat fellow Croat Natko Zrncic-Dim by 0.51 seconds.

• Ganassi sweeps top 2 spots in Rolex 24:Car owner Chip Ganassi is back in Victory Lane at America’s most prestigious road race.

Grand-Am Series champion Scott Pruett drove the last leg in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and held off Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon on the final restart in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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