Calhoun wins No. 800 as UConn beats Marquette

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—If career victory No. 800 wasn’t enough to jog Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun’s memory, watching senior guard A.J. Price scored a career-high 36 points certainly got him reminiscing about some of the standouts who have played for him over the years.

The second-ranked Huskies beat No. 8 Marquette 93-82 on Wednesday night, making Calhoun the seventh coach to win 800 games in Division I history.

“To have a game like that to help him get to 800 means a lot to me,” Price said. “I couldn’t be more happy for him.”

The Huskies (26-2, 14-2 Big East) broke Marquette’s 17-game home winning streak, but that wasn’t the worst of it for the Golden Eagles.

Senior guard Dominic James broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot, and Marquette coach Buzz Williams announced after the game that James’ college career is over.

“We’ll be accountable, win or lose,” Williams said. “We’ll be grown (up) in how we handle it, because that’s part of life.”

James was an integral part of one of the country’s top perimeter units, alongside fellow seniors Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews. Still, the short-handed Golden Eagles (23-5, 12-3) stayed in contention into the final minutes until Price clinched the game by hitting a 3-pointer with 1:10 left.

Calhoun said Price’s big game reminded him of past Huskies greats such as Ben Gordon, Ray Allen and Richard Hamilton.

“Just for him to mention my name in the same sentence as those guys is special,” Price said. “On the other hand I can’t enjoy it too much right now because we’re in the season. We want to take this team somewhere special, and that’s to the Final Four.”

With the win, Calhoun joined Bob Knight, Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Jim Phelan, Mike Krzyzewski and Eddie Sutton as the only coaches with 800 Division I wins.

“I looked around at that list, and I’m really happy to be in their company,” Calhoun said.

Although Calhoun had reason to celebrate, he still couldn’t quite dodge the fallout from his recent dustup with a freelance journalist.

Marquette’s student section chanted “Not one dime,” paraphrasing Calhoun’s terse response to a question about his willingness to give back part of his salary during hard economic times.

And before beginning the postgame news conference, Calhoun asked reporters to save any questions not related to basketball for afterward.

“I’ll be more than happy to not answer those (questions) outside,” he said.

No. 7 Duke 78, Maryland 67

At College Park, Md., Gerald Henderson scored 19 points and Jon Scheyer hit a key 3-pointer with 1:54 left as Duke ended a three-game road skid in ACC play.

Eager to avenge an 85-44 loss to the Blue Devils last month and build on Saturday’s win over then-No. 3 North Carolina, the Terrapins forged a tie with 5:44 left.

But Duke (23-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) pulled away, and Scheyer’s pivotal shot from beyond the arc made it 72-63.

Landon Milbourne scored 19 points for Maryland (17-10, 6-7), which played much of the second half without leading scorer Greivis Vasquez, who was saddled with foul trouble.

No. 9 Michigan St. 62, Iowa 54

At East Lansing, Mich., freshman Delvon Roe scored 16 points and classmate Korie Lucious added 12 to lead Michigan State.

The victory gives the Spartans (22-5, 12-3) a 1 1/2 -game lead in the Big Ten over No. 16 Purdue and a two-game lead over No. 20 Illinois.

Michigan State dominated the boards, outrebounding Iowa 33-19.

Jake Kelly had 20 points for the Hawkeyes (14-14, 4-11).

No. 10 Villanova 74, DePaul 72

At Rosemont, Ill., Scottie Reynolds and Dante Cunningham both scored 18 points and Villanova rallied for its ninth win in 10 games.

The Wildcats (23-5, 11-4 Big East) trailed by eight points early in the second half, then went on a 21-5 run to take a 52-44 lead. They were leading 60-48 with about 6 minutes left, then had to hang on as DePaul’s Will Walker hit four 3-pointers in a 12-2 run that pulled the Blue Demons (8-20, 0-15) within 62-60 with 2:47 left.

DePaul lost its 15th straight, extending their record losing streak.

No. 11 Missouri 94, Kansas St. 74

At Columbia, Mo., DeMarre Carroll had 21 points and a career-best 14 rebounds as Missouri improved to 17-0 at home.

J.T. Tiller added 15 points, six rebounds and six assists and Leo Lyons and reserve Lawrence Bowers both had 16 points for the Tigers, who have won seven straight since losing 88-72 to the Wildcats in Manhattan, Kan., on Jan. 28.

Missouri (24-4, 11-2 Big 12) trailed by 13 points at halftime in the first meeting and led by 23 points at the break in the rematch, embarrassing a team that has lost only twice in 10 games.

Denis Clemente scored all but 11 of his 33 points in the second half for Kansas State (19-9, 7-6).

Virginia Tech 80, No. 12 Clemson 77

At Clemson, S.C., Malcolm Delaney scored 26 points and Virginia Tech ended a three-game losing streak.

Delaney put the Hokies (17-10, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) ahead for good with 7 minutes left.

Clemson (22-5, 8-5) had a final shot to tie the game, but Demontez Stitt missed a desperation 3-point try.

Terrence Oglesby had 22 points, including six 3-pointers, for Clemson.

No. 25 Texas 87, Texas Tech 81

At Austin, Texas, Damion James had 20 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth consecutive double-double for the Longhorns.

A.J. Abrams scored 24 points for the Longhorns (19-8, 8-5 Big 12), who have won four of their last five after a three-game losing streak.

Nick Okorie scored 24 points to lead Texas Tech (12-16, 2-11), which played without head coach Pat Knight, who was suspended by the Big 12 for one game after criticizing the officiating in the Red Raiders’ previous loss. Tech has lost nine of its last 10 games.

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6 Rebs, 6 Assists
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