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Sunday, February 03, 2019 1:00 am

State

Irish top BC to end 5-game skid

Associated Press

BOSTON – Seldom-used reserve Nikola Djogo scored a career-high 21 points in his first start of the season to spark Notre Dame to a 79-73 victory over Boston College Saturday, the Irish's 13th straight over the Eagles.

T.J. Gibbs added 19 points, Prentiss Hubb 16 and John Mooney 15 for Notre Dame (12-10, 2-7 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Irish halted a five-game losing streak and improved to 12-0 against BC since they started facing them in league play.

Ky Bowman led the Eagles (11-9, 2-6) with 25 points, and Jared Hamilton scored a season-high 17.

Notre Dame saw its lead sliced to 69-68 on Hamilton's 3-pointer from the left corner before Gibbs had a driving basket on the other end, and, after a turnover by BC, Djogo blew by his defender for a layup to make it 73-68 with 1:29 to go.

In the first half, Notre Dame hit some timely 3-pointers, going 7 for 12 from beyond the arc and led 36-31 at intermission. In contrast, BC missed 11 of its 15 attempted 3s.

The Irish had opened a 31-21 lead on Hubb's 3 from the right wing.

KENT STATE 83, BALL STATE 80, OT: In Muncie, Antonio Williams followed his desperation 3-pointer and scored the winning layup with 2.7 seconds left in overtime to lead the Golden Flashes. Williams threw it hard off the backboard from beyond the 3-point line, raced into the lane for the rebound and finished in the air. Ball State turned it over by throwing it out of bounds, and C.J. Williamson iced it with two free throws. Jalen Avery and Jaylin Walker scored 18 points apiece and combined for 7 of 9 3-pointers for Kent State (16-5, 5-3 Mid-American Conference). K.J. Walton scored a career-high 26 points for his fifth 20-point game of the season for the Cardinals (11-11, 2-7). Tayler Persons scored 14 points with seven rebounds, and Tahjai Teague added 14 points before fouling out.

BUTLER 70, SETON HALL 68: In Indianapolis, Paul Jorgensen scored 18 points, including the game-winning basket on a goaltending call with 16.1 seconds left as the Bulldogs held on after letting a 17-point lead disappear in the final six minutes. Nate Fowler added 15 points for the Bulldogs (13-10, 4-6 Big East), who ended a three-game losing streak. Powell had 21 points for the Pirates (13-9, 4-6).

EVANSVILLE 64, VALPARAISO 53: In Evansville, Marty Hill had 14 points to go with six rebounds as the Purple Aces took control in the second half to halt a four-game skid. K.J. Riley added 10 points and tied his career high with 12 rebounds for Evansville (10-13, 4-6 Missouri Valley). Javon Freeman and Markus Golder had 12 points apiece for Valparaiso (12-11, 5-5), which has lost four straight games.

DRAKE 68, INDIANA STATE 62: In Terre Haute, Brady Ellingson scored 16 points, Nick McGlynn posted his eighth double-double of the season to lead the Bulldogs. Ellingson hit 7 of 12 shots for Drake (17-6, 6-4 Missouri Valley). Tyreke Key led Indiana State (11-11, 3-7) with 23 points.