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Men's college basketball: For the fourth time this season, the Red Storm swept through Madison Square Garden and washed away a ranked team. Thursday's victim was the ninth-ranked UConn Huskies, who fell to St. John's 89-72 for their third loss in four games. Dwight Hardy led the way for the Red Storm with a career-high 33 points, while Huskies star Kemba Walker had just 15 points on 4-for-16 shooting from the field. In Big Ten play, Mike Davis' 17 points and nine boards led the Illini to a 71-62 victory over the 25th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers. The win snapped a four-game road losing skid for Illinois.
NBA: Ray Allen broke Reggie Miller's NBA record for career 3-pointers with two treys in the first quarter, but Kobe Bryant got the last laugh, scoring 20 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the Lakers over the Celtics 92-86.
Women's college basketball: No. 21 Miami topped No. 11 Maryland 83-75 behind 30 points from Shenise Johnson. The Hurricanes have won 22 straight home games dating back to last season. In State College, Lykendra Johnson's 24 points and 12 rebounds led No. 13 Michigan State over the 23rd-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions, 60-49. The win moves the Spartans into first place in the Big Ten at 9-2.
NHL: With just 18.4 to play in the overtime session Jordan Staal buried one past Jonathan Quick to give his short-handed Penguins team a 2-1 victory over the Kings. In Philly, the East-leading Flyers topped the visiting Hurricanes 2-1. Philly has been outstanding in the new year; they improved to 13-3 in 2011 with Thursday nights' win.