Jordan Theodore scored all 19 of his points in the second half and host Seton Hall ended almost 11 years of frustration by stunning No. 8 UConn, 75-63, last night in coach Kevin Willard’s biggest win since taking over the program last season.
Herb Pope added 15 points, and Fuquan Edwin and Aaron Cosby had 12 apiece as the Pirates (13-2, 2-1 Big East) beat UConn (12-2, 2-1) for the first time since March 3, 2001 - a span of 11 games. The win also snapped the Huskies’ seven-game winning streak.
Jeremy Lamb had 19 points for UConn, which was playing its final game without coach Jim Calhoun, who is serving a three-game NCAA suspension. Niels Giffey was the only other Huskie in double figures with 11.
Associate head coach George Blaney ran the team in Calhoun’s absence and picked up a crucial technical foul early in the second half for arguing with the officials on a no-call on a shot with his team down 10.
“All the credit to Seton Hall,’’ said Blaney. “I think they really outplayed us and I was not happy about that.’’
Theodore, who also had 11 assists, made both free throws and that seemed to get him on track after missing his first seven shots in the game.
With the Pirates leading, 45-36, with just more than 12 minutes to play, Theodore hit three 3-pointers and Cosby added another in a 12-6 spurt that pushed the lead to 57-42 and put the game away.
Kentucky 73, Ark.-Little Rock 51 - Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis had 22 points and 16 rebounds, and the second-ranked Wildcats (14-1) overcame a slow start with a 23-1 run that put away the Trojans (5-11) in Louisville, Ky.
Darius Miller’s 3-pointer with 11:03 left put the Wildcats up 45-35 and made him the 58th Kentucky player to score 1,000 points.
Kentucky opens its SEC schedule at South Carolina on Saturday.
Ohio St. 71, Nebraska 40 - Jared Sullinger had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the sixth-ranked Buckeyes trampled the visiting Cornhuskers.
The Buckeyes (14-2, 2-1 Big Ten) had little difficulty in their first game since a 74-70 defeat at No. 13 Indiana Saturday. In that loss, the Buckeyes had 17 turnovers and committed 22 fouls.
Deshaun Thomas added 15 points and William Buford had 13 for the Buckeyes, who won their 35th consecutive home game.
Toney McCray had 13 points and Bo Spencer 10 for Nebraska (8-6, 0-3).
The Cornhuskers were outrebounded, 44-21, and had more turnovers (17) than field goals (16).
Missouri 87, Oklahoma 49 - Kim English had 23 points and nine rebounds, and the No. 7 Tigers hit 12 3-pointers to open Big 12 play with a rout of the Sooners (10-3) in Columbia, Mo.
Marcus Denmon added 20 points for the Tigers (14-0), who were 12 for 21 from 3-point range.
Michigan State 63, Wisconsin 60 - Ryan Evans had an apparent game-tying 3-pointer overturned on an officials’ replay review, allowing the 10th-ranked Spartans to hold off the No. 18 Badgers in overtime.
Draymond Green had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Keith Appling added 16 points for the Spartans (14-2, 3-0 Big Ten), who have won 14 straight.
Jordan Taylor scored 28 points for the Badgers (12-4, 1-2).
Evans’s 3-pointer was overturned after officials ruled he didn’t get the shot off before time expired.
Louisville 73, St. John’s 58 - Russ Smith scored 17 points and the No. 11 Cardinals (13-2, 1-1 Big East) snapped a two-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden.
Florida 79, Ala.-Birmingham 61 - Erving Walker scored 23 points, Kenny Boynton added 20, and the No. 13 Gators (12-3) beat the Blazers for their 14th consecutive home win.
Yale 82, Holy Cross 67 - Greg Mangano scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Bulldogs (9-4) defeated the Crusaders (6-8) in New Haven.
Bucknell 67, Dartmouth 59 - In Hanover, N.H., Mike Muscala scored 18 points, hitting all 10 of his free throws, as the Bison (10-6) rallied from a 10-point deficit to defeat the Big Green (3-12).
Bentley 88, Assumption 74 - In its first game since being dropped from No. 1 to No. 4 in the polls, Bentley ripped off a late run to beat No. 15 Assumption last night in a battle for first place in the Northeast-10 Conference in Waltham.
Trailing, 70-68, with 5:30 left in the game, Bentley (12-1, 8-0) answered with a decisive 14-2 run over the next 3:52 to remain the lone Northeast-10 team unbeaten in conference play.
After Gabrielle Gibson’s 3-point play put the Hounds (10-2, 7-1) up by 2, Katherine Goodwin sparked the sequence that put the hosts up for good with a 3-pointer from the corner. When the dust from the rally settled, Bentley held an 82-72 lead with 1:38 remaining.
Lauren Battista led four Falcons in double figures with 22 points.
The Northeast-10’s leading scorer, Kelly Meredith, dropped 26 points for the Hounds, and Gibson added 23 in defeat.
Tennessee 90, Chattanooga 47 - Ariel Massengale scored a season-high 19 points on a perfect shooting night (6 for 6 with four 3-pointers) and the No. 6 Lady Volunteers (10-3) used a 30-0 stretch to breeze past the Lady Mocs (8-4) in Knoxville, Tenn.
Harvard 68, UMass 47 - Brogan Berry posted her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 assists, moving into ninth place for most career assists in Ivy League history, and the Crimson (6-6) topped the Minutewomen (5-10) in Amherst.
Holy Cross 65, Dartmouth 63 - Christine Ganser posted a career-best 21 points, and the Crusaders (8-6) beat the Big Green (2-11) in Worcester.