Notre Dame wins coach Mike Brey’s home finale, upsets Pitt No. 22 UNLV women beat Nevada, end MWC regular season 18-0 No. 24 Texas A&M escapes early hole, beats Ole Miss 69-61 Duke beats N.C. State for fifth consecutive win, 71-67 Murray scores 26 to lead Iowa past No. 15 Indiana 90-68 No. 12 Tennessee beats Arkansas 75-57, Zeigler hurt

SOUTH BEND, IN — Marcus Hammond and Cormac Ryan scored 20 points each as Notre Dame won longtime coach Mike Bray’s last home game in an 88-81 win over No. 25 Pittsburgh on Wednesday night .

Nate Laszewski and Trey Wertz added 14 points each, while the Fighting Irish (11-19, 3-16 Atlantic Coast Conference) broke a seven-game losing streak.

Bray, who retired at the end of the season and received a warm standing ovation before and after the game, improved to 315-76 at the Purcell Pavilion in his 23 years as Notre Dame coach.

“What an incredible night,” Bray said during a public appearance. “We defended almost the entire game. I thought we were good defensively. … It was great that our seniors ended up like this.”

Jamarius Burton, Nellie Cummings and Nike Sibande each had 19 points, while Blake Hinson added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Panthers (21-9, 14-5), who have won eight of their last nine games. Pitt played his first game since making his first AP Top 25 finish in seven years.

“First of all, congratulations to Notre Dame,” said Panther coach Jeff Capel. “They were amazing. I knew they would come out and be very inspired and emotional (with five alumni in their starting lineup) and obviously this will be the last game here for Coach Bray.”

Pitt, the conference leader, had a shot at winning at least a tie in his first ACC title in 10 years in the league, but had trouble shooting.

The Panthers finished 7-of-22 on three points and 20-of-36 on the line, while the Irish closed out 10-of-27 and 26-of-31. We had”.

Notre Dame led 61–41 with 11:49 left, scoring the final 11 points in the first half for a 42–28 lead at halftime. The belated Pitt did not come close to an 84–79 record with 38 seconds left.

THE BIG PICTURE Pittsburgh: While the Panthers are well into the NCAA Tournament field, their 2-2 record in their last four games against under-0,500 ACC teams won’t help their seeding. They may still be trending back after winning Miami or an expanded league tournament.

Notre Dame: While the win was pleasant for the Irish, short of next week’s magical ACC title and thus an automatic league bid for the NCAA Tournament, they will be fully focused on hiring Bray’s successor.

BREY-KING AWAY Bray announced on Tuesday that he would be heading to Linebacker, an iconic bar near the Notre Dame campus, immediately after Wednesday’s game, and that everyone else would be welcome too. “I should move on to the linebacker,” Bray said to start his post-game radio interview on speakerphone, doubling down on his intentions on Tuesday. Bray said he had never been to a bar in all his 23 years at Notre Dame and thought it would be the right time. The PA interview lasted only three minutes and he did not hold a post-match press conference.

CAPEL COMES BACK Capel was asked if this night was emotional for him. The first two years of his Duke playing career, beginning in 1993, were also Bray’s last two years as an assistant with the Blue Devils. Bray described Capel as “like a son”. “Of course I love Coach Bray,” Capel said. “He has been a big part of my life since I was about 17 years old.” Capel added: “We were thrilled to be able to play them in Coach Bray’s last home game (considering how much he’s invested in this program).”

UP NEXT Pittsburgh: At least part of the ACC regular season title goes to the winner when the Panthers visit No. 16 Miami (23-6, 14-5) in Saturday’s league finals. No. 13 Virginia (22-6, 14-5) also remains on the list and hosts last-placed Louisville (4-26, 2-17) on Saturday.

Notre Dame: The Irish end their regular season on Saturday at Clemson (21-9, 13-6), where the Tigers may need a win to guarantee a top-four finish in the ACC and a double bye in next week’s league tournament.

Desi-Rae Young scored 20 points, Alyssa Durazo-Frescas added 18 points, and No. 22 UNLV rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Nevada 71-66 on Tuesday night to end the regular season undefeated in the Mountain West Conference.

UNLV is the second program to go unbeaten on the 18-game Mountain West (Colorado 2016) schedule. It’s also only the fourth time the Mountain West have finished the regular season undefeated in the conference. UNLV hasn’t lost in a conference since they went 8-0 against the Big West in 1985.

UNLV trailed 54–44 with 3:07 left in the third quarter, but opened the fourth with a 13–1 record and led 62–57 with 4:32 remaining. Young scored six points and Durazo-Frescas scored five during the stretch. The Rebels outscored the Wolf Pack 22-10 in the fourth.

Young was 6 of 10 from the floor and 8 of 8 from the free throw line. Durazo-Frescas was 5 of 10 shots from the field with four 3s. Kiara Jackson added 11 points and Alyssa Brown added 10 for UNLV (28-2, 18-0).

Victoria Davis scored 19 points ahead of Nevada (9-20, 6-12). Alyssa Jimenez added 13 points and Megan Ormiston added 10.

UNLV’s 19-game winning streak is the longest since the 1989-90 season, when the team won 22 consecutive games.

OXFORD, Mississippi. Tyrees Radford scored 13 points as Texas A&M No. 24 cut an early 12-point deficit to beat Mississippi 69-61 on Tuesday night.

Wade Taylor IV added 12 points and seven assists, and Julius Marble scored 10 points for Aggie, who hit 13-for-16 from the free throw line in the second half to prevent a late play Rebel attempt.

Texas A&M (22-8, 14-3 Southeastern) trailed 20-8 after seven minutes, but took a 29-26 lead thanks to Taylor’s 3-pointer with 4:06 left in the first half. Aggie never fell behind again, leading 34–28 at half-time and extending their lead to 10 points in the second half.

“Obviously we didn’t handle the intensity or the pace before,” said Texas A&M coach Buzz Williams. “But by the break we had fallen from 13th place to the leaders. We were able to change the rhythm to be more favorable to us and who we are.”

Matthew Murrell made 8 of 11 of 3 points and scored 26 points to clear Ole Miss (11-19, 3-13).

“We showed we could play anyone and the SEC Tournament still exists,” said Win Case, Ole Miss interim coach. “We knew they were going to win because they are a really good team, but today I’m really proud of our team.”

Aggie shot just 37.9% from the field and 22.7% from three-point range. However, they had only five turns.


Texas A&M: Since Christmas, the Aggies are 16-3, second in the SEC standings and second in the conference tournament. Tuesday’s win wasn’t pretty, but the Aggies held their own on the road against an enthusiastic opponent. Now they have to prepare for the meeting with the number two Alabama.

“We have a lot of work to do before Saturday,” Williams said. “I know they have the best players. I know they are #1 in the league both offensively and defensively. I haven’t had time to look at them yet, but I know so much about them.”

Ole Miss: The Rebels continue to play hard for Case, who replaced the sacked Kermit Davis on February 24.


Texas A&M: Hosts Alabama on Saturday.

Ole Miss: In Missouri on Saturday.

Durham, North Carolina — Jeremy Roach scored 20 points to help Duke hold North Carolina State in a 71-67 win Tuesday night to win his fifth straight game and end a 16-0 home schedule.

Tyrese Proctor added 12 points, scoring 8 of 9 on the line, including four in the last 18 seconds, to bring Duke to zero (22-8, 13-6). Kyle Filipovsky scored 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, making the freshman his 13th double-double. Mark Mitchell scored 12 points and Derek Lively II grabbed 12 rebounds.

Yarkel Joyner led the Wolf Pack (22-9, 12-8) with 26 points, hitting six three-pointers and scoring over 2,000 points in his career. Casey Morsell and DJ Burns scored 13 points each. Terquavion Smith, who along with Joyner is averaging over 17 points per game and scored 24 points in the Wolf Pack’s 84–60 victory over the Blue Devils on January 4, finished with eight.

Roach scored 12 points in the final 13 1/2 minutes, scoring multiple balls in a row to give Duke a 12-point lead with two minutes left.

NC State made a final push and was within three with 32 seconds left after Joyner hit back-to-back threes. Proctor made four free throws around Joyner’s miss. 3 Smiths at the end provided a four-point lead.

Duke made just 2 of 19 three-point shots, but made 21 of 36 inside the arc and made 23 of 29 free throws against only 7 of 8 for the Wolf Pack.

The Blue Devils were leading 33–29 at halftime, taking a permanent lead after a 9–0 series which Lively shut down with a bucket six minutes before halftime.

Duke ends the regular season in North Carolina on Saturday. North Carolina State has ended its regular season and is out until the ACC tournament starting next Tuesday.

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana. Iowa came to the Tuesday night game tired of playing catch-up. So, Hawkeyes completely avoided the trap.

Just three days into the historic comeback, Chris Murray had 26 points, Tony Perkins was flirting with the first triple-double in high school history, and the Hawkeyes were never behind in a 90-68 rout of No. 15 in Indiana.

“I thought he hit the first two threes,” coach Fran McCaffery said, referring to Murray. “I thought our ball movement, screening and hooking with the target was critical.”

Whatever the explanation, Hawkeyes (19-11, 11-8 Big Ten) got it right.

Murray made five of Iowa’s 13 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds. Perkins had 23 points, 10 rebounds…


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