CIAC announces girls' basketball state tournament pairings

New London's Joniyah Bland-Fitzpatrick (24) and Jayden Burns (2) celebrate Tuesday's 54-40 win over Bacon Academy in the ECC Division I tournament championship game. The Whalers are seeded No. 2 for the upcoming CIAC Class LL girls' basketball tournament and will host No. 31 Darien in the first round on Monday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. The CIAC announced its 2018-19 pairings on Wednesday morning. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The CIAC announced its 2018-19 girls' basketball state tournament pairings on Wednesday. New London is No. 2 in Class LL and will host No. 31 Darien in the first round on Monday, Feb. 25.

New London girls beat Bacon 54-40 to win third straight ECC Div. I title

New London seniors Da'Jah Uzzle, Tai Pagan, Spencer Roman, and Xaryia Melendez pose with their ECC Division I girls' basketball tournament championship plaque after defeating Bacon Academy 54-40 on Tuesday night at NFA's Alumni Gym for their third consecutive title. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Top-seeded New London won its third straight ECC Division I girls' basketball tournament title, beating No. 3 Bacon Academy 54-40 on Tuesday night at Norwich Free Academy.

Montville girls fall short as Windham wins ECC D-II basketball title

Montville's bid to win the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II girls' basketball tournament title fell short as the No. 3 Indians lost to No. 5 Windham 39-28 in Tuesday's championship game at NFA.

Old Lyme's comeback falls short in Shoreline showdown with Cromwell

Old Lyme’s Liam Holloway (11) tries to comfort teammate Quinn Romeo (24) after a foul was called during the fourth quarter of Monday night’s Shoreline Conference showdown at Cromwell. The Wildcats, who trailed 40-29 after three quarters, rallied to take a late 48-47 lead before the Panthers pulled out a 50-48 win. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

They only play each other once during the regular season, but there's no mistaking a rivalry when you see one. And that was what Old Lyme and Cromwell's high school boys' basketball teams brought over the final, pulsating moments Monday night.

New London girls play Bacon for third straight ECC D-I title

New London's Xaryia Melendez, right, is fouled NFA's Bella Graziano during a Feb. 2 game at Conway Gymnasium. Melendez, a senior, will try to lead their Whalers to their third straight ECC Division girls' basketball title on Tuesday night against Bacon Academy at NFA. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

No. 1 New London meets No. 3 Bacon Academy for the ECC Division I tournament girls' basketball title Tuesday, with New London vying for its third straight title.

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UConn men visit SMU in Desperation Bowl

UConn's Tarin Smith, center, is pressured by Houston's Corey Davis Jr. , left, Galen Robinson Jr. back center, and DeJon Jarreau, right, during the first half of a Feb. 14 game in Hartford. Houston won, 71-63. (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

UConn and SMU share so much in common. Both teams are in a funk, with the Huskies dropping a season-high tying three straight games and the Mustangs on a five-game losing streak.

No. 3 UConn routs Memphis behind Samuelson's 32 points

UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson, left, grabs a rebound over Memphis' Ashia Jones during the first half of Wednesday night's game at the XL Center in Hartford. Samuelson had 32 points and 10 rebounds as the No. 3 Huskies rolled to a 102-45 victory over the Tigers. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Katie Lou Samuelson scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 3 UConn routed Memphis 102-45 on Wednesday to remain unbeaten in six seasons of American Athletic Conference play

No. 3 UConn women host Memphis on Wednesday in XL Center finale

UConn plays its final game at the XL Center in Hartford on Wednesday night when the No. 3 Huskies host Memphis in an American Athletic Conference women's basketball game at 7 p.m.

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With Zion injured, No. 8 North Carolina routs No. 1 Duke 88-72

Duke's Zion Williamson falls to the floor with an injury as North Carolina's Luke Maye chases the ball with during the first half of Wednesday's game in Durham, N.C. Williamson grabbed his right knee in pain after the blue rubber sole ripped loose from his shoe from the heel to the toes along the outside edge, with Williamson's foot coming all the way through the large gap. He walked off with a slight limp but under his own power before heading back to the locker room with no shoes on his feet. No. 8 North Carolina downed the top-ranked Blue Devils, 88-72.
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Luke Maye took full advantage of a freak injury to Zion Williamson, finishing with 30 points and 15 rebounds to lead No. 8 North Carolina past No. 1 Duke 88-72

Syracuse beats No. 18 Louisville 69-49

Syracuse's Tyus Battle, right, shoots over Louisville's Dwayne Sutton, left, during the second half of Wednesday's game in Syracuse, N.Y. Syracuse routed the No. 18 Cardinals 69-49. (Nick Lisi/AP Photo)

Elijah Hughes scored 18 points and Oshae Brissett had 16 to lead four players in double figures as Syracuse beat No. 18 Louisville 69-49 on Wednesday night

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Georgetown center Jessie Govan dunks during the second half of Wednesday's game against Villanova in Washington. Glovan had 21 points and 11 rebounds as Georgetown beat No. 17 Villanova 85-73. (Nick Wass/AP Photo)

Jessie Govan had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Mac McClung scored 21 points and Georgetown beat No. 17 Villanova 85-73 on Wednesday night, snapping a nine-game losing streak against the Wildcats

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Local roundup: Stonington, Old Lyme qualify for Class S gymnastics meet

Stonington and Old Lyme have qualified for Saturday's CIAC Class S team gymnastics championships in Milford.

Mitchell women's basketball on an NECC championship quest

Mitchell College advanced to the NECC women's basketball semifinals for the fifth time in the last six seasons after beating Elms College 66-49 in Tuesday's quarterfinals.

Seniors lead Mitchell men into NECC semifinals

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The Islanders' Johnny Boychuk, left, checks the Flames' Garnet Hathaway during the third period of Wednesday in Calgary, Alberta. The Flames won, 4-2. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press/AP Photo)

Patrick Kane scored two goals, including the game winner with 2:18 left in overtime, extending his point streak to 19 games and lifting the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings

Backes scores shootout winner, Bruins top Golden Knights 3-2

Boston right wing David Backes celebrates after scoring against the Vegas during the shootout in Wednesday's game in Las Vegas. Boston won, 3-2. (John Locher/AP Photo)

The Boston Bruins have acquired center Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild for center Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick

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