Kim Rodgers hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give No. 12 Maryland a 56-53 win over No. 24 Georgia Tech on Thursday night in Atlanta in a game interrupted by a power outage with just over 2 minutes to play.
Rodgers’ winning shot from the baseline came with 1.2 seconds left after Georgia Tech had tied the game on a free throw by Sasha Goodlett. Rodgers was 0-for-3 from behind the 3-point arc previously.
Lynetta Kizer had 19 points, and Alyssa Thomas scored 17 for the Terrapins (19-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Tyaunna Marshall scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half for Georgia Tech (18-7, 6-3). Former Lincoln High standout Alex Montgomery had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets.
The game was interrupted for 20 minutes while full lighting was restored after an apparent power surge darkened Alexander Memorial Coliseum with 2:12 to play.
Montgomery and Metra Walthour hit 3-pointers to start the second half and Georgia Tech took its first lead at 30-29 on two free throws by Montgomery less than 3 minutes in.
The Yellow Jackets hit eight of their first 11 shots after halftime and were up 40-36 with 12 minutes to play. Maryland then scored seven straight, but Montgomery hit a 3-pointer to start a 10-2 run that gave Georgia Tech a 50-45 lead with less than 5 minutes remaining.
But Thomas and Rodgers had three-point plays around a basket by Marshall, and Maryland went back ahead on a score by Kizer just before the lights went out.
No. 11 Michigan State 73, at Wisconsin 70 (OT): Kalisha Keane scored 28 points – and hit the shot that sent the game into the extra period – to lead the Spartans past the Badgers. Keane made an off-balance 3-pointer from the right wing to tie it at 60 with 13 seconds to go and added seven points in the extra period to help Michigan State (19-3, 7-2 Big Ten) close to a half-game of first-place Penn State. Wisconsin (12-10, 7-3) dropped one game behind the Nittany Lions.
At No. 24 Georgia 57, Arkansas 54 (OT): Jasmine James scored 14 points, Meredith Mitchell added 12, and the Bulldogs (17-5, 7-2 Southeastern Conference) erased an 11-0 deficit to beat the Razorbacks (16-6, 4-6). Porsha Phillips had 18 rebounds for Georgia.
At No. 3 Duke 82, No. 18 Miami 58: Freshman Haley Peters scored 15 points, and the Blue Devils (21-1, 7-0 ACC) routed the Hurricanes (20-3, 6-2), who got 27 from ACC leading scorer Riquna Williams.
At No. 1 Ohio State 62, Michigan 53: Jared Sullinger hammered away inside for 19 points and 15 rebounds, and the Buckeyes (23-0, 10-0 Big Ten) came back from a sluggish first half to beat the Wolverines (13-9, 3-6) and open a season with 23 wins for the second time in school history.
Gonzaga 67, at Portland 64: Robert Sacre had 17 points, 12 rebounds and blocked four shots as the Zags (15-8, 5-3 West Coast Conference) beat the Pilots (16-7, 4-4).
At Northern Colorado 63, Eastern Washington 53: Devon Beitzel scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half as the Bears (12-9, 8-2 Big Sky) moved into a first-place tie with Montana in the conference by beating the Eagles (7-15, 4-6). Cliff Colimon had 17 points to lead EWU.