WENHAM, Mass. — Jordyn Franzen scored 28 points as the University to New England won its sixth straight, beating Gordon 53-42 Wednesday night in women’s basketball.

Franzyn added 10 rebounds and three assists for the double-double. Allie Goodman had eight points, seven rebounds and four assists for UNE (8-5, 6-0 CCC).

Ami Rivera and Madison Wynbeek each scored 10 points for Gordon (4-6, 2-2). Wynbeek grabbed 13 rebounds.

(10) UCONN 92, BUTLER 47: Olivia Nelson-Ododa and Christyn Williams scored 19 points apiece and Caroline Ducharme added 18 as UConn (8-3, 4-0 Big East) rolled past Butler (1-12, 0-4 Big East) at Indianapolis.

Evina Westbrook contributed 13 points and Aaluyah Edwards 12 points for the Huskies.

Celena Taborn scored 13 and Emilia Sexton 11 for the Bulldogs.


GORDON 76, U. OF NEW ENGLAND 72: Alex Kravchuk made 14 free throws and five 3-pointers on his way to 43 points and 10 rebounds, but the Nor’easters (2-11, 1-5 CCC) fell to the Fighting Scots (5-6, 2-5) at Wenham, Massachusetts.

Mark Rella scored 14 points for UNE.

David Massillon led Gordon with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Parker Omasler followed up with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Garrett Sattazahn put up 11 and eight.

(8) DUKE 76, WAKE FOREST 64: Paolo Banchero had 24 points and visiting Duke (13-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) hit 13 straight shots to blow it open after halftime and beat Wake Forest (13-4, 3-3) with Hall of Fame Coach Mike Krzyzewski sidelined by illness.

Fellow freshman A.J. Griffin had a season-high 22 points to help the Blue Devils bounce back from a weekend home loss to Miami. They did it with the retiring longtime Duke coach out with what the school called a “non-COVID-related virus,” while associate head coach Jon Scheyer — designated as Krzyzewski’s successor after this season — worked as acting coach.

(10) MICHIGAN STATE 71, MINNESOTA 69: Joey Hauser made a low-post shot with a tenth of a second left, lifting host Michigan State (14-2, 5-0 Big Ten) over Minnesota (10-4, 1-4) for a ninth straight win.

The Spartans had the ball with 18.1 seconds left, and A.J. Hoggard drove into the lane in the final seconds and set up Hauser for the final basket.

(12) LSU 64, FLORIDA 58: Darius Days scored 20 points, Eric Gaines added 15 in his second start of the season as visiting LSU (15-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) beat Florida (9-6, 0-3).

The Tigers won their first game without starting point guard Xavier Pinson, who sat out with a sprained knee. Gaines helped pick up the slack, scoring eight points in the second half and going 4 of 5 on free throws down the stretch.

The Gators lost for the sixth time in nine games and fell to 0-3 in league play for the first time since the 1980-81 season.

(14) VILLANOVA 64, (17) XAVIER 60: Collin Gillespie scored 21 points, Justin Moore had 16 and visiting Villanova (12-4, 5-1 Big East) held off  Xavier (12-3, 2-2) for its fifth straight win.

Moore, the reigning Big East player of the week, scored 10 points in the second half.

Paul Scruggs and Nate Johnson each scored 15 for Xavier.

GEORGETOWN: Coach Patrick Ewing will miss the Hoyas’ game against visiting Butler Thursday because of what his team said were D.C. Department of Health guidelines.

The news release announcing the former Georgetown and NBA star’s absence did not offer any other details or explanation.

Georgetown said assistant Louis Orr will serve as the team’s acting coach “starting with the Butler game.”

That is supposed to be the second game for Georgetown since it had four in a row postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 59-year-old Ewing was hospitalized in May 2020 after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Hoyas’ next scheduled outing is Sunday against St. John’s at Madison Square Garden, where Ewing played for the New York Knicks after his college career at Georgetown.

As a player, the 7-footer helped Georgetown win the 1984 NCAA championship and reach two other title games. He was taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1985 draft after the Knicks won the NBA’s first lottery. Ewing wound up leading New York to the 1994 NBA finals, where they lost to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets.

In April 2017, he returned to Georgetown for his first job as a head coach at any level, hiring Orr as one of his assistants. Orr previously was a head coach at Siena, Seton Hall and Bowling Green.

Georgetown is 6-6 and 0-1 in the Big East. Butler is 8-6 and 1-2 in conference play.


GEORGIA: Winning the national championship was worth more than $1 million to Coach Kirby Smart. In fact, Smart earned a total of $1.8 million in bonuses for the Bulldog’s season and championship run. However, according to his contract, Smart’s cumulative bonuses are capped at $1.6 million in addition to his salary.

According to Smart’s 35-page contract, signed in 2016 and amended in 2018, the coach receives bonuses for playing in the SEC Championship game ($150,000), earning a spot in the College Football Playoff ($500,000), winning SEC coach of the year ($50,000) and winning a national semifinal with an Orange Bowl win over Michigan ($100,000). Smart totaled $800,000.

Georgia’s 33-18 victory over Alabama in the national championship game Monday was worth $1 million. Smart’s contract states that his bonuses are cumulative, but are capped at $1.6 million.

Smart was due to make $7 million this year before bonuses, part of a seven-year deal that will pay him $49 million in salary through the 2024 season.

Smart’s 10 assistant coaches did pretty well, too. Winning the national title meant a bonus worth 55% of their salary.

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