After a slow start, the Irish used a 10-0 run to take a 16-10 lead. Spurts of 10-2 and 11-3 in the second half helped them put the game away.
Loyd scored seven straight at the end of the first half, capped by an alley-oop layup, and then made back-to-back layups after the break to give the Irish a 16-point lead.
The Irish (25-0, 12-0 ACC) are five wins shy of their longest winning streak, set last season. The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Yellow Jackets (17-9, 7-6), who were led by a career-high 21 points by Aaliyah Whiteside.
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw (739-258) tied former Virginia coach Debbie Ryan (739-324) for 10th in career victories.
NO. 7 DUKE 84, NO. 8 MARYLAND 63
In Durham, N.C., Alexis Jones had 22 points, including a career-high five 3-pointers, and Duke beat Maryland.
Elizabeth Williams added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (23-3, 10-2 ACC).
They avoided their first consecutive losses since 2007-08 and dodged their first three-game home slide in more than two decades by shooting 53 percent and outrebounding one of the nation’s top teams on the boards 44-37.
Alyssa Thomas had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Maryland (20-5, 8-4).
NEBRASKA: Coach Connie Yori was fighting an infection and was dehydrated when she collapsed during the 17th-ranked Cornhuskers’ game against Indiana on Sunday, an athletic department spokesman said Monday.
Jeff Griesch said in a statement that Yori is resting at home. The team didn’t practice Monday.
NORTH CAROLINA 81, FLORIDA STATE 75
In Tallahassee, Fla., Roy Williams earned his 300th win at North Carolina with awin against Florida State as the Tar Heels rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to record its seventh consecutive victory.
North Carolina (18-7, 8-4 ACC) freshman Kenne dy Meeks scored a career-high 23 points while Marcus Paige chipped in 20. James Michael McAdoo, who had scored double figures in 17 consecutive games, fouled out without a point.
Florida State (15-11, 6-8) switched up the starting lineup with its NCAA Tournament chances dwindling after losing 6 of 9.
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 75,
NORTH CAROLINA A&T 70 (OT)
In Orangeburg, S.C.,Greg Mortimer converted a four-point play in the final minute of regulation and hit another 3-pointer in overtime as South Carolina State beat North Carolina A&Ty.
North Carolina A&T led by five with 59 seconds left in regulation until Mortimer’s 3-pointer and free throw started 7-0 South Carolina State run. Lamont Middleton pushed the game into overtime with two free throws with a second remaining.
Another Mortimer 3-pointer gave S.C. State the lead for good, with 2:19 left in overtime, as the Bulldogs (9-16, 5-7 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) did not allow a NC A&T field goal in the final 3 minutes.
AP POLL: Syracuse is still No. 1 in the AP college basketball poll, but it is no longer a unanimous choice.
The Orange (25-0), who won two games in the final seconds last week, are on top for a third consecutive week but they received 64 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. They were a unanimous choice the last two weeks.
Connecticut remains No. 1 in the women’s poll after winning its only game last week.