ASU women use 20-0 closing run to beat Utah by two

Courtney Ekmark’s two free throws with under a second remaining capped a 20-0 game-ending run as No. 19 Arizona State stunned visiting Utah 60-58 on Sunday.

Andrea Torres’ 3-pointer with 8:09 left extended the Utes’ lead to 18 points, but those would be the only points scored by Utah (18-7, 7-7 Pac-12) in the final period.

Robbi Ryan, who scored 10 of her 11 points in the fourth quarter, tied the game on a 3-pointer with 11.5 seconds left. After Torres was called for an offensive foul, Ekmark was fouled on a 3-point try and made the first two free-throw tries.

“What an unbelievable fourth quarter by this team,” ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne said. “They finally shifted gears, locked in. … It was different people making plays down the stretch. It was really fun.”

Arizona State (18-6, 9-4) — which had been down by six with 1:28 left before winning on a buzzer-beater in the teams’ first meeting — made its first five shots in the fourth quarter Sunday and finished 8-for-13 in the period. Utah was 1-for-10 in the final quarter.

Arizona 63, Colorado 51: Cate Reese had game highs of 17 points and nine rebounds as the host Wildcats (17-8, 7-7 Pac-12) defeated the Buffaloes (11-14, 1-13). Sirena Tuitele had 10 points to lead Colorado.

#20 Miami 79, #2 Louisville 73: Emese Hof scored 25 points and Laura Cornelius added 16 points as the visiting Hurricanes (22-5, 10-2 ACC) defeated a ranked team for the fifth time in six games. Asia Durr led the Cardinals (23-2, 10-2) with 16 points.

#4 UConn 78, Central Florida 41: Naphessa Collier had 18 points to lead five Huskies in double figures as visiting Connecticut (23-2, 11-0 American Athletic) beat the Golden Knights (20-5, 9-3).

#5 Mississippi State 92, #22 Texas A&M 64: Andra Espinoza-Hunter hit seven 3-pointers and and scored 24 points for the visiting Bulldogs (23-2, 11-1 SEC) against the Aggies (19-6, 8-4).

#14 Iowa 86, #7 Maryland 73: Megan Gustafson scored 24 of her 31 points in the second half to lead the host Hawkeyes (21-5, 12-3) past the Terrapins (23-3, 12-3) and into a tie for the Big Ten lead.

#8 Marquette 109, Seton Hall 63: Natisha Hiedeman scored 34 points and Danielle King added 20 for the Golden Eagles (22-4, 13-1 Big East) in their road win over the Pirates (14-12, 6-9).


Buffs beat Wildcats

Lucas Siewert scored 15 points and McKinley Wright IV added 14 as host Colorado defeated Arizona 67-60.

The result gave the Buffaloes their first five-game Pac-12 winning streak since joining the league for the 2011-12 season and left the Wildcats with a seven-game losing streak for the first time in 36 years.

After Arizona used a 15-4 run to tie the score 36-36, Wright scored seven consecutive points to spark a 17-5 run that put Colorado (16-9, 7-6 Pac-12) in control for good.

Ryan Luther scored 17 points for the Wildcats (14-12, 5-8) and Dylan Smith had 16.

#9 Houston 85, Tulane 50: Corey Davis Jr. made eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points to lead the Cougars (25-1, 12-1 American ) past the Green Wave (4-20, 0-12) — losers of 14 in a row.

#11 Michigan St. 62, Ohio St. 44: Matt McQuaid scored 14 points, Kenny Goins added 10 points and 10 rebounds, and the host Spartans (21-5, 12-3 Big Ten) finished the game with a 20-2 run to defeat the Buckeyes (16-9, 6-8), who were 4-for-21 from the field in the second half.

St. John’s 71, #13 Villanova 65: LJ Figueroa scored 22 points, Mustapha Heron added 19 and the host Red Storm (19-7, 7-6 Big East) erased a 17-point first-half deficit to beat the Wildcats (20-6, 11-2) at Madison Square Garden for the first time in 17 years.

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