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Franklin leads No. 11 Virginia; Bennett becomes wins leader Green, No. 22 Auburn beats No. 13 Arkansas, 72-59 Nkamhoua’s perfect game leads No. 8 Vols to 85-42 victory No. 5 UConn-DePaul game postponed due to lack of players Texas fires Chris Beard amid felony domestic violence charge Georgetown AD acknowledges ‘frustrating time’ under Patrick Ewing

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia. Tony Bennett spoke of Terry Holland with reverence, thanking all the players he coached during his Virginia career, and calling Holland’s departure the best winning coach in Cavaliers history, “we reward, not me.”

The Cavaliers took Bennett to the milestone on Saturday night, despite squandering much of a 23-point lead in the second half before beating Syracuse 73–66.

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Bennett, in his 14th season in Virginia, improved his record to 327–120 with the Cavaliers, breaking a tie with Holland, who was 326–173 in 16 years. Bennett’s overall score is 396-153, including three years at Washington State.

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Bennett, a three-time National Coach of the Year and four-time ACC Coach of the Year, was honored for on-court achievement after the game and was given a Gatorade douse by his players as he began his post-game remarks in the locker room. room.

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“I am proud of Coach Bennett. He deserves it,” said freshman Isaac McNeely. “He is one of the best for one reason. I definitely wouldn’t want to play for anyone else.”

Armand Franklin scored 16 points, Rhys Beekman added 13 points and seven assists, and McNeely scored 12 points for the Cavaliers (11-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). They led 35-26 at half-time and looked to be on track for their eighth win in their last nine meetings with the Oranges as they took their first 12 points in the second half to take a 47-26 lead.

The Oranges (10-6, 3-2) have won seven of their last eight. They were 23 behind after the Cavaliers opened the second half, but used a 16–3 rush to close the gap to single digits as Virginia missed 12 of 13 shots and missed a field goal for nearly nine minutes.

Joe Girard III scored 19 points and Judah Mintz 18 for the Oranges. Girard had 14 after the break and Mintz had 12.

“Our offense gave us the win today,” said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, who has 1,008 wins in 47 years. “You know, no matter how bad we played defensively and no matter how good they shot, at half-time they had 35 points. We just took ourselves out of the game on offense.”


Bennett said he told McNeely to “turn off the parking brake” and be more aggressive looking for his shots, and McNeely finished 4 of 7 from beyond the arc.

Teammates also told him the same thing.

“He knows he can throw the ball. We all know what he is capable of. It’s just that he doesn’t get hit,” Franklin said.


Syracuse: The Oranges scored the final eight points in the first half, closing a 17-point gap to 35-26. One of the best shot blocking teams in the country, they received three rejections from Munir Hima in just 4 1/2 minutes of play in the first half and finished with seven blocks.

Virginia: Seven of the Cavaliers’ 12 field goals in the first half were 3-pointers, with Franklin and McNealy each hitting 3 for a total of 12 treys and only 11 shots from behind the arc. … Jaden Gardner’s first rebound made him the only active player in Division I with 2,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds. … The Cavaliers had 22 assists on 23 field goals with Kihei Clark leading with 11.


Syracuse at home against Virginia Tech Wednesday night.

Virginia at home against North Carolina on Tuesday night.

AUBERN, Alabama. – Wendell Green Jr. made a three-pointer, called a foul and converted a four-pointer in just 14 seconds of the game.

No. 22 Auburn never lost the lead after such a fast start.

Green scored 19 points and Allen Flanigan matched his season-high with 18 to lead the Tigers to a 72–59 victory over No. 13 Arkansas on Saturday night in their first game against a ranked opponent. It was a turning point after the defeat in Georgia.

“I think everyone here will agree that we need it,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “Could you expect this? I dont know. But they did show me something tonight. Bounce back. Fast turnover.

“He played great from the start. We’ve made sure that Wendell looks really good against the Arkansas defense. He gave us a great start.”

The Tigers (12-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) took a double-digit lead at halftime and didn’t come close to being another victim of the Sharp Spins (12-3, 1-2) comeback.

Green had five assists and Flanigan had eight rebounds.

“It was great to see Allen Flanigan have one of the best performances of his career in an important match,” Pearl said, calling it “probably one of the four or five best wins” he had at Neville Arena.

Johny Broome finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Auburn for his third straight double-double. He also blocked six shots.

Anthony Black led Arkansas with 23 points after the freshman scored 13 points in his first two SEC games. He repeated this result only from the free throw line, shooting 13 of 16. Ricky Council IV scored 14 points on 5 of 15 shots.

“I think Anthony Black was absolutely impressive on offense,” Arkansas coach Eric Musselman said. “Besides that, we didn’t have anything else.

Black scored 11 consecutive points in Arkansas and Auburn threatened to run with him in the second half.

The Razorbacks closed the gap to nine points twice in the final four minutes but failed to close.

“It’s crazy. We missed 13 free throws (on 32 attempts) and lost by a score of 13,” Black said.

Green hit 3 of 4 free throws in the last minute and Flanigan scored both of his attempts from the line to avoid any danger.

The match between the two worst three-point teams in the country was one-sided from long range. Arkansas, ranked 321st in 3-point percentage, made just 2 of 16 (12.5%). Auburn was 330th in this category but placed 7 out of 21 (33.3%). Flanigan was in the top three.

“Everyone knows 3-point shots, you don’t just miraculously wake up and suddenly become a great 3-point shooting team,” Musselman said. “So you need to come up with other ways to place points on the board.”

Auburn led 36–25 at halftime after Arkansas failed to score in the basket in the final five minutes.

Green scored seven points in the first 90 seconds, including a pair of three-pointers. This matched his total points in the loss to Georgia when he shot 2 for 12.

“I just wanted to come back and show how I play,” said Green. “That’s how I play. It was just nice to see the first shot hit the mark.”


Arkansas: Failed to make its fourth comeback due to a double-digit deficit and second in a row after climbing down from 17 to defeat Missouri. Outplayed Auburn 45-32.

Auburn: Lost a three-game streak to the Sharp Spins and bounced back strongly from a 76–64 loss to Georgia that put the Tigers in danger of relegation for the first time.


Arkansas: Hosts Alabama No. 7 Wednesday night.

Auburn: Visits Mississippi Tuesday evening.

COLOMBIA, South Carolina — Olivier Nkamhua scored a season-high 21 points on 10-of-10 shooting, and No. 8 in Tennessee dominated from the start with an 85-42 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

The Vols (13-2) started 3-0 in the Southeast Conference for the first time in four seasons and showed depth and talent, believing this tough league streak could continue.

Nkamhua, a 6-foot-9 senior forward, led Tennessee with 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

Nkamhua, who scored 5 of 5 and 10 in an 83-57 win over Mississippi State on Tuesday, continued his streak of excellence against the Gamecocks.

He was instrumental in getting the Vols off to a fast start, scoring seven points in the first 10 minutes as Tennessee took a 24–7 lead en route to their ninth last 10 game win with South Carolina (7–8, 0–2). ).

The Vols took a 15-3 lead and never looked back.

South Carolina missed 10 of 11 shots in one stretch and stalled on outside shots, which the Gamecocks struggled to make as they were 1 of 13 by 3 seconds in the first 20 minutes.

Tennessee took advantage of South Carolina’s defensive misses to take a 43–21 lead at halftime.

Nkamhua hit all five of his shots and Vols hit 60.7% (17 of 28) in the first half.

Tennessee was on such a team that coach Rick Barnes called a timeout – the Vols were leading 40-21 – with 15.5 seconds left to work out the situation at the end of the game. It worked perfectly when the Vols moved the ball over to Santiago Vescovi, who hit an unopposed three-pointer as time ran out.

Jonas Aidoo scored 15 points, while Vescovi and Josiah-Jordan James added 12 each for the Vols, who have scored over 50% for the third time in four games.

Michie Johnson scored 19 points for South Carolina.


Tennessee: The Vols have the extensive, experienced roster needed to win championships. The trick for Barnes will be to keep them on their toes for the next two months before the SEC and NCAA tournaments kick off.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks spent way too much time on this shooting from afar – with predictable results for the last-place team in SEC shooting. South Carolina scored just 2-of-20 throws, and five-star freshman Gregory “GG” Jackson finished with 0-of-7 shooting points.


Tennessee is at home on Tuesday to face Vanderbilt.

South Carolina plays Kentucky on Tuesday.

STORRS, Conn. — The Big East game between No. 5 UConn and DePaul on Sunday at the Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., has been postponed because the Huskies don’t have enough healthy players to equip, a conference call said Friday.

The conference requires schools to recruit seven scholarship holders for each game, and injuries have left the Huskies with just six active players, the school said.

UConn was also expected to be without head coach Geno Auriemma, who announced on Thursday he was taking a leave of absence to recover from illness.

The younger Alia Edwards and freshman Ayanna Patterson were.


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