ATLANTA -- Josh Howard scored 24 points and Justin Gray tied his season high with 20 as No. 10 Wake Forest beat Georgia Tech 75-67 Thursday night, ending the Yellow Jackets' 13-game home winning streak.
Howard, the leading scorer in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 19 points a game, dominated from the start, making his first seven shots. His effort helped Wake Forest stay a half-game ahead of Duke and Maryland for the top spot in the ACC.
No. 11 Marquette 75, Charlotte 67
MILWAUKEE -- Dwyane Wade scored 21 points as Marquette moved one-half game ahead of Louisville atop the American Division of Conference USA.
The Golden Eagles (19-4, 10-2) defeated Charlotte (10-13, 5-6) for the second time this season, rebounding from last Saturday's 73-70 loss to Louisville that ended their 28-game home winning streak.
UCLA 76, No. 18 California 75, OT
LOS ANGELES -- Dijon Thompson rebounded his own missed shot and scored with 6 seconds remaining in overtime to lift UCLA, snapping the Bruins' 10-game Pac-10 losing streak.
After Cal's Amit Tamir missed, the Bruins grabbed the rebound as time ran out. Students mobbed the court in celebration of the Bruins ending an eight-game losing streak at Pauley Pavilion, where they played their 600th game in the building's history.
No. 21 Stanford 73, Southern California 67
LOS ANGELES -- Justin Davis scored 20 points, and Julius Barnes added 16 as Stanford notched its ninth straight 20-win season.
The win was the fourth straight and eighth in nine games for the Cardinal (20-6, 11-3 Pac-10), but they were hard-pressed to beat a team that lost at Arizona State and No. 1 Arizona by a combined 57 points last weekend.
No. 2 Duke 97, No. 6 North Carolina 63
DURHAM, N.C. -- Iciss Tillis scored 21 points and Alana Beard added 19 as No. 2 Duke ran its ACC winning streak to 37 straight with a 97-63 victory over No. 6 North Carolina on Thursday night.
The Blue Devils (25-1, 13-0) have won five straight Atlantic Coast Conference games by double digits since losing to top-ranked Connecticut on Feb. 1.
No. 3 Tennessee 87, Georgia 60
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Gwen Jackson scored 14 points and Shyra Ely added 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds as Tennessee won its 14th straight.
No. 4 LSU 83, Mississippi 67
OXFORD, Miss. -- Ke-Ke Tardy scored 19 points and Aiysha Smith had 18 as LSU won its eighth straight.
The Lady Tigers (23-1, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) last lost to Arkansas on Jan. 19.
No. 7 Louisiana Tech 80, Rice 63
HOUSTON -- Trina Frierson scored a career-high 28 points as Louisiana Tech clinched its second straight Western Athletic Conference title.
No. 11 Purdue 65, Michigan State 60
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Shereka Wright scored eight of her 24 points in the final 2 1/2 minutes as Purdue avoided an upset.
No. 12 Penn State 75, Michigan 61
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Kelly Mazzante scored 23 points and Tanisha Wright had 17 to lead Penn State.
No. 14 Mississippi State 72, Arkansas 59
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- LaToya Thomas scored 35 points to lead Mississippi State.
No. 16 Minnesota 77, Iowa 60
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Lindsay Whalen scored 24 points and Janel McCarville added 22 points on 8-for-8 shooting as Minnesota pulled away in the final seven minutes.
No. 9 Stanford 63, Southern California 55
STANFORD, Calif. -- Nicole Powell had 22 points and 16 rebounds as Stanford won its 24th straight at home.
No. 19 UC Santa Barbara 82, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo 43
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Lisa Willett scored 18 points and Lindsay Taylor had 15 as UC Santa Barbara won for the seventh time in eight games.
The Gauchos (19-4, 11-1 Big West Conference) have won 21 straight at home. They have a three-game lead over second-place UC Irvine in the Big West.
Courtney Uphoff had 14 points for the Mustangs (9-13, 5-7), who shot just 30 percent (17-of-57) from the field.
Oregon State 100, No. 23 Washington 86
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Hollye Chapman scored 22 points and had nine rebounds for Oregon State.
Jessica Jones had 20 points and Michelle Smith had 19 for the Beavers (13-11, 7-8 Pac-10). Both were career-highs.
Guiliana Mendiola led Washington (19-6, 11-5) with 28 points. Loree Payne had 20 of her 22 points in the second half. Kellie Dalan added 14.
Peninsula Clarion ©2013. All Rights Reserved.