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College roundup

Roundup: Northeastern basketball defeats Central Conn.

Joel Smith poured in 27 points as Northeastern snapped its five-game losing skid with an 82-63 win over Central Connecticut Friday night in New Britain, Conn.

The Huskies (5-6) pulled away in the second half after holding a 35-30 lead at intermission.

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They outscored the Blue Devils, 47-33, in the second half behind 19-of-26 shooting from the free throw line. Central Connecticut took only seven attempts from the line, making four.

Jonathan Lee contributed 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Reggie Spencer scored 15 points while pulling down 10 boards for Northeastern.

Matt Hunter led the Blue Devils (4-5) with 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.

Indiana 88, Florida Atlantic 52 — Cody Zeller had 24 points and six rebounds, and the sixth-ranked Hoosiers (11-1) cruised past the visiting Owls.

 Florida Atlantic (5-7) was led by Greg Gantt, who scored 25 points.

Notre Dame 89, Niagara 67 — Jack Cooley had 24 points and 15 rebounds, both season highs, to lead the No. 22 Fighting Irish over the Purple Eagles (5-7) in South Bend, Ind. Cameron Biedscheid added 15 points for Notre Dame (12-1).

Connecticut 88, Fordham 73 — Ryan Boatright scored a career-high 26 points and added nine assists as the Huskies bested the Rams in Hartford.

 Shabazz Napier added 19 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals for UConn (9-2). Branden Frazier led Fordham (2-9) with 26 points.

Quinnipiac 59, Albany 57 — In Albany, N.Y., the Bobcats (4-6) ended their two-game losing streak after Ike Azotam (17 points, 8 rebounds) hit a jumper with 14 seconds left.

Mike Black led the Great Danes (9-3) with 14 points, but turned the ball over six times.

Women’s basketball

Duke 97, CS-Bakersfield 63 — Elizabeth Williams had 21 points and eight rebounds in leading the fourth-ranked Blue Devils to a win over the Roadrunners (2-11) in the Women of Troy Classic in Los Angeles.

The Blue Devils (9-0) play Southern Cal on Saturday in the final.

Notre Dame 83, Texas A&M 74 — Skylar Diggins scored 24 points and Natalie Achonwa added 22 points and 14 rebounds as the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish (9-1) beat the No. 22 Aggies in the championship game of the World Vision Classic in Las Vegas.

The win was the 600th for coach Muffet McGraw at Notre Dame.

Kelsey Bone led the Aggies (8-4) with 28 points and 10 rebounds.

Kentucky 66, UC-Santa Barbara 38 — A'dia Mathies scored 19 points and the No. 7 Wildcats routed the host Gauchos.

 DeNesha Stallworth and Samarie Walker each scored 12 for Kentucky (10-1). Despite having no player taller than 6 feet 1 inch, the Gauchos (4-7) outrebounded the Wildcats, 31-30, led by 12 from Sweets Underwood.

California 88, Kansas 79 — Layshia Clarendon scored a season-high 28 points and the eighth-ranked Golden Bears topped the No. 19 Jayhawks.

Gennifer Brandon added 17 points and 10 rebounds for host California (9-1). Angel Goodrich had 21 points to lead Kansas (9-2).

Holy Cross 68, Bryant 66 — Amy Lepley netted 16 points, going 7 for 7 from the field, to lead the Crusaders past the Bulldogs in Smithfield, R.I.

 Alex Smith added 17 points and six rebounds for Holy Cross (5-5). Courtney Schissler had a 25 points for Bryant (4-5).

Football

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl — Blake Bortles threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to propel Central Florida to a 38-17 victory over Ball State in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Bortles threw first-half TD passes of 7 and 5 yards to Latavius Murray, who also scored on a 2-yard run to help the Knights (10-4) build a 21-point halftime lead and coast to victory in their final game as a member of Conference USA.

Bortles had a 6-yard TD run and threw for 272 yards to become school’s first 3,000-yard passer since 2002. He also led the Knights with 80 yards rushing on nine carries.

The Cardinals (9-4) were held to a season-low point total and had their six-game winning streak snapped.

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