Monday, March 2
Roy Hibbert leads surging Pacers to 94-74 win over 76ers
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roy Hibbert had 14 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots to help the Indiana Pacers defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 94-74 on Sunday night.
The win moved the surging Pacers (25-34) three percentage points ahead of Brooklyn and Charlotte in the crowded race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Indiana has won eight of 10, while the 76ers have lost six of seven.
George Hill scored 17 points and Luis Scola added 15 off the bench for the Pacers. Hibbert had his 14th double-double of the season.
Indiana held Philadelphia to 10 points in the fourth quarter on 4-of-22 shooting.
Robert Covington led the Sixers with 12 points despite leaving in the third quarter due to an injury. Ish Smith added 11 off the bench.
Scott's foul shots, Russell's 28 lead Ohio State past Purdue
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Shannon Scott hit three free throws in the final 24 seconds and D'Angelo Russell scored 28 points to lead Ohio State, which rebounded from a 12-point deficit, to a 65-61 victory over Purdue on Sunday night.
Sam Thompson added 14 points for the Buckeyes (21-8, 10-6), who have won two in a row with two games left in the regular season.
A.J. Hammons had 16 points, Rapheal Davis 15 and Dakota Mathias 10 for Purdue (19-10, 11-5).
With 29 seconds left, late in the shot clock, Jon Octeus drove and his shot was blocked by Amir Williams. Scott was fouled on the rebound and hit the first of two for a 61-59 lead with 23 seconds left.
Purdue hustled the ball down the floor and called timeout. Davis missed a layup with Scott rebounding and drawing the foul. He hit both free throws to push the lead to 63-59.
No. 20 Rutgers women handle Indiana 71-60
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Kahleah Copper scored 24 points to lead No. 20 Rutgers over Indiana 71-60 on Sunday.
Rutgers finished tied for fourth with No. 25 Northwestern in its first season in the Big Ten, six games behind fellow conference newcomer No. 5 Maryland.
Copper was 10 of 14 from the floor with seven rebounds for Rutgers (21-8, 12-6). Betnijah Laney had 18 points and 13 rebounds while Tyler Sciafe added 16 points.
Rutgers got out quickly, building a 17-8 lead over the first eight minutes. Indiana used a 13-0 run to capture the lead, but Rutgers closed the half with a 13-5 run — including a three-point play and jumper from Laney — and led 30-26 at the break.
The Scarlet Knights opened the second half with an 11-4 run and led by as many as 18 cruising to the win.
Tyra Buss led Indiana (14-15, 4-14) with 14 points. Amanda Cahill added 11 points.
T25-NOTRE DAME-NC STATE
No. 4 Notre Dame women beat NC State 67-60
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 16 points and No. 4 Notre Dame played through a mistake-heavy performance to beat North Carolina State 67-60 on Sunday.
Madison Cable added 12 points for the Fighting Irish (28-2, 15-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who clinched the outright league regular-season title with the win.
Notre Dame took control with a 13-2 spurt to blow the game open — keyed by three straight 3-pointers from Cable — and take a 15-point lead with about 10½ minutes left.
The Irish finished the game shooting 54 percent, though their 21 turnovers helped keep N.C. State hanging around into the second half.
Len'Nique Brown-Hoskin had 16 points to lead the undermanned Wolfpack (16-13, 7-9). N.C. State has been down to just seven scholarship players and nine total for the past month due to injuries, but hustled and scrapped to stay close until Notre Dame's decisive run.