No. 18 Florida State 68, Notre Dame 61: Freshman Devin Vassell scored 13 points, sparking Florida State’s second-half charge with a dunk and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions, and the 18th-ranked Seminoles held off Notre Dame 68-61 on Monday night.
Trent Forrest made 4 of 6 six free-throw attempts in the final minute to help the Seminoles (22-6, 10-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) hang on.
D.J. Harvey scored 18 points and Prentiss Hubb had 17 for Notre Dame (13-15, 3-12), which has dropped four straight games.
The Fighting Irish went scoreless for nearly five minutes late in the game and made just one of their final 10 field-goal attempts.
Vassell shot 5 of 6 from the floor, draining all three 3-point attempts, and had seven rebounds. He scored more points than he had in 14 prior ACC games.
Feb 25, 2019; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles forward Mfiondu Kabengele (25) works the ball past Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward John Mooney (33) during the first half at Donald L. Tucker Center.
Christ Koumadje added 12 points, the fourth time in the last five games he has scored in double figures.
John Mooney added 14 points and eight rebounds for Notre Dame, which had won three straight in the series – none of which were played in Tallahassee. The Seminoles are 44-3 at home in the last three seasons.
Florida State had the rebounding edge, 40-26.
Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish have dropped all eight games against ranked opponents this season.
Florida State: The Seminoles were sluggish most of the night but made enough big plays late to secure a seventh 10-win season in ACC play. Florida State has won a program-best 12 ACC games three times, most recently in 2016-17.
Notre Dame plays at Louisville on Sunday.
Florida State hosts North Carolina State on Saturday.
No. 4 Notre Dame 98, No. 17 Syracuse 68: Arike Ogunbowale had 24 points as all five starters scored in double figures and fourth-ranked Notre Dame overpowered No. 17 Syracuse 98-68 on Monday night.
Brianna Turner had 22 points, while Jessica Shepard and Marina Mabrey had 17 apiece for the Irish (26-3, 13-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). The win was the eighth for the Irish over a ranked opponent this season.
Tiana Mangakahia led the Orange (20-7, 9-5) with 17 points – all in the second half. Miranda Drummond had 14, and Digna Strautmane and Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi each had 10. The Orange are 3-6 now this season against nationally ranked teams, three of the losses coming at home.
Notre Dame dominated on both ends of the court. The Irish outscored Syracuse 60-40 in the paint, scored 16 fast-break baskets, forced 16 turnovers and out-rebounded Syracuse 46-34.
Notre Dame shot 58 percent from the field and held the Orange to 38 percent shooting, including 6 of 20 from 3.
After Syracuse drew to within three in the second quarter, Notre Dame outscored the Orange 38-11 to take its largest lead, 64-34 with 4:32 left in the third quarter. The Orange responded with a 10-0 run, but that was the closest Syracuse would get.
A layup by Emily Engstler brought the Orange to within three at 26-23 with 8:23 to go in the second quarter, but the Fighting Irish went on a 16-0 run over the next six minutes to take control of the game. Notre Dame did its damage inside, scoring 14 from inside the paint. Turner scored six and Shepard added four during the blitz. In the half, the Fighting Irish scored 32 points inside.
Syracuse, which was averaging 2,110 fans per game at home, drew 7,568 on a bitter winter night in central New York. The Orange had hoped to break its all-time attendance mark of 11,021, but the blizzard-like conditions kept many away. The game came two days after the Orange men attracted a crowd of 35,642 in the game against Duke, a national record for a college game played on a campus.
Notre Dame leads the series with Syracuse 33-2 and is 15-1 at Syracuse. Orange coach Quentin Hillsman has never beaten the Irish. He’s 0-14 against them.
Notre Dame has eight wins over ranked teams and its strength of schedule should put the defending national champions in the mix for a top seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Syracuse is still vying to be included in the NCAA’s top 16 so it can be a host for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
Notre Dame hosts Virginia Sunday.
Syracuse hits the road Thursday for a matchup with Florida State.
No. 8 Maryland 58, Purdue 55: Kaila Charles scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help No. 8 Maryland rally for a 58-55 victory over Purdue on Monday night.
Stephanie Jones added 16 points, including three big free throws late, and Taylor Mikesell had 10 points for the Terrapins (25-3, 14-3 Big Ten), who clinched at least a share of the regular season Big Ten title. Shakira Austin delivered a team-high 14 rebounds for Maryland.
Freshman Kayana Traylor scored a season high with 18 points to lead Purdue (17-13, 8-9). Ae’Rianna Harris contributed 14 points and Dominique Oden 12 points.
Trailing 54-49, Karissa McLaughlin missed a layup with 22 seconds left. Blair Watson hit one of two free throws with 21.4 seconds left. Oden was fouled on a 3-point shot and hit all three free throw to narrow the deficit to 55-52 with 19.7 seconds to go.
Jones was fouled and hit one of two free throws to push the lead to 56-52. Traylor sank a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one point with 6.8 seconds to go. Jones was fouled and hit both free throws with 6 seconds left. Purdue’s Cassidy Hardin missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Boilermakers used a 7-0 run to take a 39-29 lead in the third quarter. Trailing 43-34 with 2:42 left in the third quarter, the Terrapins scored 13 straight points to take a 47-43 edge. Purdue ended the 9-minute-plus scoring drought with 4:30 left in the fourth quarter to cut Maryland’s lead to 47-45 on a layup by Oden.
Maryland: The Terrapins entered the game with a one-game lead over second-place Iowa, who played at Nebraska Monday night. Maryland is seeking to be the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament. The Terrapins have a 10-2 series lead over Purdue.
Purdue: Had the Boilermakers held on to its third quarter lead of 10 points, it would have gone a long way as the team looks to secure a better seeding position and lock down an NCAA berth.
Maryland: The Terrapins will play host to Illinois Saturday in their final regular season game.
Purdue: The Boilermakers will close the regular season Sunday at rival Indiana.