college basketball roundup


No. 7 Buckeyes suffer 1-2 punch

• NO. 1 CONNECTICUT 100, NO. 7 OHIO STATE 56: Ohio State women's coach Kevin McGuff challenged his players in their first two games, against the top two teams in the country. Despite losing both contests, including Monday's blowout at home to the Huskies, McGuff hopes his team will learn from the defeats.

"One of two things is going to happen," he said. "We're going to sit around and sulk and pout about it, or we're going to say that's where we are and see where we need to get better and we're going to improve."

Monday's loss, in front of an announced 11,435 fans, came after the Buckeyes fell to No. 2 South Carolina by eight on Friday.

Ohio State All-America guard Kelsey Mitchell, who had 36 points against South Carolina and last season became the first freshman to lead the nation in scoring with a 24.9 average, picked up two fouls in the opening minutes. Mitchell had eight points on 2-for-14 shooting from the floor.

Breanna Stewart had 24 points, Moriah Jefferson 21, Kia Nurse 16 and Morgan Tuck 15 for UConn (1-0), which returns four starters from its championship game victory over Notre Dame.


• FLORIDA 82, NO. 6 FLORIDA 72: Ronnie Williams scored 21 points, Simone Westbrook added 14 and the host Gators (1-1) beat the Seminoles (0-1) for only the fourth time in 13 tries. Florida State has four returning starters from an Elite Eight team and moved into its highest ranking ever Monday.



• GEORGE WASHINGTON 73, NO. 6 VIRGINIA 68: Patricio Garino and Tyler Cavanaugh each scored 18 points as the host Colonials (2-0) stunned the Cavaliers (1-1). GW took control with a 10-0 run that began with Garino's three-point play for a 57-55 lead with 8:06 left.

• NO. 16 UTAH 81, SAN DIEGO STATE 76: Jordan Loveridge scored 21 points and hit four three-pointers as the host Utes (2-0) beat the Aztecs (1-1) for the first time in seven meetings.

• MARQUETTE 75, IUPUI 71 (OT): Duane Wilson converted a late three-point play to help the host Golden Eagles (1-1) beat the Jaguars (1-1), who committed four turnovers in overtime.


• NO. 14 INDIANA 102, AUSTIN PEAY 76: Yogi Ferrell had 22 points, six rebounds and nine assists and the host Hoosiers (2-0) took control by making 15 consecutive baskets in the second half and ran away from the Governors. "It seemed like more than that, to be honest," Austin Peay coach Dave Loos said.

• NO. 24 MICHIGAN 88, ELON 68: Duncan Robinson made every shot he took, scoring 19 points to lead the host Wolverines (2-0) over the Phoenix (1-1). Derrick Walton added 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds for Michigan.


• Norm Ellenberger, the foot-stomping sideline showman who coached New Mexico to two Western Athletic Conference titles in the 1970s, died Saturday at age 83. He was 134-62 at New Mexico from 1972 to '79, leading the Lobos tournament appearances in 1974 and 1978. His New Mexico career ended in 1979 when an FBI wiretap uncovered evidence that the academic transcripts of several players were altered to ensure their enrollment.

• Wisconsin fell out of the men's poll following a season-opening home loss to Western Illinois. The Badgers were 17th and had been ranked in the previous 26 polls.