– From staff and news services

NEW ORLEANS — Brendan Gibbons drilled a 37-yard field goal down the middle in overtime to lift Michigan to a 23-20 victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday night.

The victory capped an impressive debut season for head coach Brady Hoke, who has led the Wolverines (11-2) back to prominence with a BCS bowl victory.

Denard Robinson highlighted an otherwise unspectacular night with touchdown passes of 45 and 18 yards to Junior Hemingway.

Virginia Tech (11-3) had more than double Michigan’s total yards, 377-184, and had 22 first downs to Michigan’s 12 but settled for four field goals in regulation by third-string kicker Justin Myer.

However, Myer was unable to connect on his fifth try from 37 yards away in the opening possession of overtime.”


COLBY 51, MAINE MARITIME 45: Dan Chase scored 12 points to lead Colby (4-7) over Maine Maritime (2-7) at Castine.

Colby got 23 points from its bench and Kyle Donovan finished with 13 rebounds.


BOWDOIN 88, PLYMOUTH STATE 66: Andrew Madlinger scored a career-high 24 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead Bowdoin (8-2) in a victory over Plymouth State (4-6) at Brunswick.

The Polar Bears shot 60 percent from the field. Ryan O’Connell hit 8 of 13 shots for 21 points. Will Hanley got his seventh double-double of the season with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

The Panthers got 16 points from Brian Chergey and 12 from Jesse Sabolis.

BATES 74, UNE 54: Senior forward Reid Christian posted career highs with 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead Bates (6-4) over the University of New England (0-9) at Biddeford.

Christian accounted for half of the Bobcats’ points after the break, scoring 20 points. He converted 10 of 12 free-throw attempts and scored seven from the line down the stretch. Christian’s previous highs were 17 points and seven rebounds.

The Nor’easters got 13 points from Alex Alsadi and 10 off the bench from Jarryd Rossignol.


(2) KENTUCKY 73, ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK 51: Freshman Anthony Davis had 22 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Wildcats (14-1) to a win over the visiting Trojans (5-11).


(6) OHIO ST. 71, NEBRASKA 40: Jared Sullinger had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Buckeyes (14-2, 2-1 Big Ten) won at home.

Toney McCray had 13 points and Bo Spencer 10 for the Cornhuskers (8-6, 0-3).


(7) MISSOURI 87, OKLAHOMA 49: Kim English had 23 points and nine rebounds as the Tigers (14-0) opened Big 12 play by routing the visiting Sooners (10-3).


SETON HALL 75, (8) CONNECTICUT 63: Jordan Theodore scored all 19 of his points in the second half as the Pirates (13-2, 2-1 Big East) knocked off the Huskies (12-2, 2-1) at Newark, N.J.

Herb Pope added 15 points, and Fuquan Edwin and Aaron Cosby had 12 apiece as the Pirates beat Connecticut for the first time since March 3, 2001 — a span of 11 games.


(10) MICHIGAN STATE 63, (18) WISCONSIN 60: Ryan Evans had an apparent tying 3-pointer overturned on an officials’ replay review, allowing the visiting Spartans (14-2, 3-0 Big Ten) to hold on against the Badgers (12-4, 1-2).

Evans’ 3 was overturned after officials ruled he didn’t get the shot off before time expired.


(11) LOUISVILLE 73, ST. JOHN’S 58: Russ Smith scored 17 points as the Cardinals (13-2, 1-1 Big East) beat the Red Storm (7-7, 1-2) at New York to end a two-game losing streak.


(13) FLORIDA 79, UAB 61: Erving Walker scored 23 points and Kenny Boynton added 20 as the Gators (12-3) beat the visiting Blazers (5-8) in their final tuneup before beginning SEC play.

nGene Bartow, who succeeded John Wooden at UCLA and later began UAB’s program, has died, UAB officials said. He was 81.

Bartow, who was the president of the company that owns the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies and FedEx Forum, died Tuesday evening at his home in Birmingham, Ala., after a nearly two-year battle with stomach cancer, said university spokesman Norm Reilly.


FORDHAM 60, (22) HARVARD 54: Bryan Smith scored 22 points, and Chris Gaston added 18 points and nine rebounds as the host Rams (7-6) collected their first win over a ranked team since 1978.

Bryan Curry led the Crimson (12-2) with 15 points.


USM 82, HUSSON 60: Courtney Cochran had 23 points and eight rebounds, and Haley Jordan scored 19 to lead the Huskies (9-3) past the Eagles (4-5) at Bangor.

Erin McNamara chipped in 12 points and five assists for Southern Maine.

Amanda Gifford had 14 points for Husson.


(6) TENNESSEE 90, CHATTANOOGA 47: Ariel Massengale scored a season-high 19 points as the Vols (10-3) defeated the Mocs (8-4) at Knoxville, Tenn.


(10) RUTGERS 55, SYRACUSE 44: April Sykes scored 14 points and Khadijah Rushdan added 13 to help the Scarlet Knights (12-2, 1-0 Big East) top the visiting Orange (11-5, 0-2).


(14) LOUISVILLE 70, MARQUETTE 53: Shoni Schimmel scored 17 points and Bria Smith had 14 of her 16 in the second half to power the Cardinals (13-2, 2-0 Big East) over the visiting Golden Eagles (9-6, 0-2).


(20) DEPAUL 59, (15) GEORGETOWN 50: Brittany Hrynko scored 17 points and Anna Martin had five points in the final two minutes as the Blue Demons (14-2, 2-0 Big East) beat the Hoyas (12-3, 1-1) in Washington.


WENTWORTH 3, BOWDOIN 2: Kevin Crowe scored on a shot to the high right side from the right circle with 1:33 left in overtime to lift Wentworth (7-4-1) over Bowdoin (5-4-1) in Boston.

John McGinnis and Rob MacGregor scored for Bowdoin.


BOWDOIN 2, UMASS-BOSTON 1: Tournament MVP Kim Tess-Wanat capped an outstanding performance by scoring the winning goal with five seconds remaining in overtime to give Bowdoin (3-3-2) a victory over UMass-Boston (5-6-2) in the championship game of the Codfish Bowl in Boston.

Tess-Wanat scored both goals for the Polar Bears, with assists from Kayte Holtz. Kayla Kiernan scored for the Beacons.