Notre Dame hits late free throws to sink BC
John Mooney had a career-high 27 points and 12 rebounds and Prentiss Hubb hit a pair of free throws with 2.6 seconds left to put Notre Dame ahead by a point as it got no points from its bench but held off Boston College for a 69-66 win on Saturday at South Bend, Ind. Hubb, a late starter when T.J. Gibbs was scratched with a pregame illness, finished with a career-high 16 points as the Fighting Irish (11-5, 1-2 ACC) survived going the last 4:15 without a field goal. The Eagles (9-6, 0-3) got 24 points and 16 rebounds from Ky Bowman, whose layup with 15 seconds remaining erased an 11-point deficit and gave BC a 66-65 lead, its first since 12:35 of the first half. Nik Popovic had 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks in the final 20 seconds to give the visitors a chance. Wynston Tabbs added 13 points for the Eagles, whose own bench scored just 3 points.
Mahoney, BU men take care of Navy
Max Mahoney scored 22 points, Javante McCoy added 15, and Boston University controlled the final seven minutes in a 75-69 victory over Navy at Annapolis, Md. The Midshipmen (5-10, 2-2 Patriot) led 28-26 at halftime and for much of the second half until a 3-pointer by Jack Hemphill gave the Terriers (9-8, 2-2) a 58-56 lead with 7:23 remaining . . . Shawn Occeus scored 21 points and Northeastern (9-8, 3-2 Colonial) wrapped up its three-game road trip with a 90-70 win over William & Mary (7-11, 3-3) at Williamsburg, Va. Jordan Roland scored 15 points, Vasa Pusica 13, and Tomas Murphy 10 for the Huskies . . . Cam Reddish scored 23 points, hitting a wide open 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left to lead No. 1 Duke (14-1, 3-0 ACC) to its ninth straight win, 80-78, at No. 13 Florida State (13-3, 1-2). The Blue Devils played the second half without star freshman Zion Williamson, who was suffering from double vision after getting poked in the eye late in the first half . . . In women’s basketball, Nia Irving had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead BU (8-6, 4-0 Patriot) to a 58-45 win over visiting Lehigh (11-4, 3-1).
BU men rally to upset Providence
Jake Oettinger turned aside 33 shots, Shane Bowers scored twice, and Logan Cockerill broke a tie as BU (8-8-3, 7-5-2 Hockey East) eked out a 4-3 victory at No. 7 Providence (12-6-4, 6-4-1). Scott Conway put the host Friars ahead 3-2 just 11 seconds into the third period before the Terriers’ David Farrance tied it less than three minutes later . . . Cale Makar had a two-goal, two-assist night and Matt Murray made 16 saves as No. 2-ranked UMass (17-3-0, 9-1-0 Hockey East) earned a 5-1 win over visiting Vermont (8-11-1, 1-8-1) . . . John Marino and Jack Drury scored, Michael Lackey stopped 46 shots, and Harvard (7-5-3, 4-4-2 ECAC) held on for a 2-1 upset at No. 6 Quinnipiac (16-5-1, 7-4-1) . . . No. 12 Northeastern (14-4-1, 8-2-1 Hockey East) got two goals from Brandon Hawkins while Cayden Primeau made 33 saves in a 4-0 shutout at Maine (7-11-2, 3-5-2) . . . Mike Robinson made 21 saves, Patrick Grasso scored twice, and Ara Nazarian put host UNH (7-8-6, 3-5-3 Hockey East) ahead for good at 10:53 of the third period of a 6-4 win over BC (7-10-2, 7-2-2) . . . In women’s hockey, Delaney Belinskas (two goals, two assists) and Megan Keller (two goals, one assist) sparked No. 10 Boston College (14-9-0, 11-7-0 Hockey East) to a 7-5 upset of No. 3 Northeastern (15-3-3, 13-2-2) at Conte Forum. Maddy McArthur made 27 saves and picked up an assist on Belinskas’s first goal . . . Natasza Tarnowski potted the eventual winner late in the first period and added two assists as host BU (11-6-5, 8-5-4 Hockey East) held on for a 4-2 win over No. 8 Providence (16-6-0, 10-5-0). Corinne Schroeder had 32 saves for the win.
Browns make Kitchens’ hire official
The Browns officially hired Freddie Kitchens as their 17th full-time coach after his strong, eight-game stint as offensive coordinator. Kitchens, who started the season coaching Cleveland's running backs, developed a strong rapport with Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield . . . Alabama cornerback Saivion Smith is entering the NFL draft. The junior college transfer played in all 15 games. He had 60 tackles and three 3 interceptions.
Mavericks’ Barea tears his Achilles’
Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea tore his right Achilles’ tendon in Friday night’s win at Minnesota, a season-ending injury for a key reserve. The team said the Northeastern alumnus was weighing his options for surgery. The 34-year-old Barea was averaging 10.9 points and a team-high 5.6 assists . . . The Oklahoma Thunder will retire Nick Collison's No. 4 on March 20, when they host the Toronto Raptors. The crowd favorite, who retired last May after spending all 15 years of his career with the franchise, will be the first to receive the honor since the team moved from Seattle before the 2008-09 season.
Kenin, Sandgren break through with wins
American Sofia Kenin won her first WTA title at the Hobart International in Australia, beating Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, 6-3, 6-0. Playing her first top-level final, the 20-year-old Kenin, ranked 56th, didn’t drop a set in the tournament. The Moscow-born Kenin plays qualifier Veronika Kudermetova in the opening round of the Australian Open . . . American Tennys Sandgren, 27, matched Kenin by claiming his first ATP Tour singles title when he beat Cameron Norrie, 6-4, 6-2, and didn’t drop a set in the ASB Classic at Auckland, New Zealand. Sandgren, ranked 63rd, was playing in his second tour final.
American Britcher medals again in luge
Russia’s Tatyana Ivanova won a women’s World Cup luge race at Sigulda, Latvia, upsetting Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger. Summer Britcher of the United States was third, her fifth medal of the season. Ivanova finished her two runs in 1 minute, 24.336 seconds. Geisenberger clocked in at 1:24.464 with Britcher at 1:24.686 . . . Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher overturned Henrik Kristoffersen’s first-run lead for another clear win over his rival in a World Cup giant slalom at Abelboden, Switzerland. The Olympic champion turned a 0.12-second deficit into victory by 0.71 over his regular runner-up . . . Olympic champion Mariama Jamanka of Germany teamed with Annika Drazek to win a World Cup women’s bobsled race in front of a home crowd in Koenigssee. Americans Elana Meyers Taylor and Lake Kwaza finished second . . . United States youth team player Charlie Kelman, 17, scored from inside his own half of the field in his professional soccer debut in England with Southend in the third-tier League One . . . Wil Myers said he’s moving from the infield back to the rebuilding San Diego Padres’ crowded outfield, indicating that the team likely is still in the market for a third baseman.