Duke rallies to thwart upset bid of rival Tar Heels
Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011 3:26 pm
By: By The Associated Press
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Nolan Smith scored 22 of his career-high 34 points in the second half, and Duke rallied from 16 points down to claim a 79-73 triumph over North Carolina.
Seth Curry added a season-high 22 points for Duke (22-2, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which trailed by 14 at halftime before outscoring the Tar Heels 50-30 in the final 20 minutes.
Tyler Zeller had 24 points and 13 rebounds for UNC (17-6, 7-2), which snapped a five-game overall win streak and lost its third straight in college basketball’s fiercest rivalry.
Florida 79, S.Carolina 60
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Erving Walker scored a season-high 25 points and No. 17 Florida used a quick start and some hot shooting to put away South Carolina.
The Gators (19-5, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) led 9-0, were up by 11 at the half and shot better than 55 percent, their best showing since November. They maintained their large lead atop the SEC Eastern Division and gave Billy Donovan his 350th victory as the school’s coach.
Bruce Ellington had 14 points for South Carolina (13-9, 4-5).
Rutgers 77, Villanova 76
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Jonathan Mitchell’s four-point play with less than a second remaining capped a career-high 25-point performance and gave Rutgers a 77-76 victory over No. 9 Villanova on Wednesday night.
Mitchell, who was coming off a career-best 24 points in a loss to Notre Dame, hit a 3-point shot from about 25 feet and was fouled by Corey Fisher. After a Villanova timeout, Mitchell, a 74 percent free throw shooter, hit the tiebreaker.
Fisher had 23 points, went 5 of 7 from 3-point range and had 10 assists and five steals, but he had a miserable final 7 seconds.
He made one of two free throws with 6.3 seconds left, leaving Villanova (19-5, 7-4 Big East) with only a three-point lead.
He hit Mitchell as he shot with .8 seconds to go, giving the Scarlet Knights (13-11, 4-8) a chance at the win.
Texas 68, Oklahoma 52
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Jordan Hamilton scored 20 points, Gary Johnson added 14 and the Longhorns continued their perfect run through Big 12 play.
Texas (21-3) is off to a 9-0 start in league play for the first time since doing it in the Southwest Conference 33 years ago. All nine of the wins have been by double figures, the first time Texas has been so dominant to start conference play since the 1921-22 season.
Andrew Fitzgerald led Oklahoma (12-11, 4-5) with 16 points, and Steven Pledger scored 13.
BYU 90, Air Force 52
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Jimmer Fredette scored 25 points and BYU used runs of 16-0 and 14-0 to beat Air Force for the 12th straight time.
Fredette, the nation’s leading scorer, reached the 20-point mark for the 10th straight game for the Cougars (23-2, 9-1 Mountain West).
Tom Fow and Michael Lyons led the Falcons (13-10, 4-6) with 11 points apiece.
Notre Dame 89, Louisville 79
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ben Hansbrough scored 25 points and Carleton Scott had nine of his 16 points in overtime for the Fighting Irish.
Tim Abromaitis added 23 points for the Irish (20-4, 9-3 Big East), who extended their overall win streak to six games and their home streak to 17.
Kyle Kuric scored a career-high 28 points and Terrence Jennings added 14 for Louisville (18-6, 7-4) before fouling out in overtime.
Georgetown 64, Syracuse 56
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Austin Freeman had 14 points to lead four Georgetown players in double figures, and the Hoyas won their seventh straight game.
Georgetown (19-5, 8-4 Big East) gave coach John Thompson III his first win in the Carrier Dome in six tries. It was the third straight home loss for Syracuse (20-5, 7-5), only the third time that’s happened in coach Jim Boeheim’s 35 years.
Kris Joseph scored 14 points, D.J. Fair had 12, and Brandon Triche 11 for the Orange.
Wisconsin 62, Iowa 59, OT
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Jon Leuer scored 19 points, Jordan Taylor added 16 to help Wisconsin to its sixth win in seven games.
Keaton Nankivil added 10 points for the Badgers, who tuned up for their showdown with top-ranked Ohio State on Saturday by barely surviving a road test against the Big Ten’s worst team.
Bryce Cartwright had 14 points to lead Iowa (10-14, 3-9), which was seeking its first three-game winning streak in the Big Ten in four years.
Idaho 64, Utah State 56
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Jeff Ledbetter scored 14 points to help Idaho end Utah State’s win streak at 17 games.
Idaho (14-10, 7-5 Western Athletic Conference) held Utah State to its worst shooting performance of the season.
Brockeith Pane scored 14 points to lead Utah State (22-3, 11-1), which was seeking to clinch at least a share of its fourth straight WAC title.
Texas A&M 73, Colorado 70, OT
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Nathan Walkup scored 18 points and B.J. Holmes added 13 for the Aggies, including a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
Once in overtime, Texas A&M (18-5, 5-4 Big 12) took control early, scoring the first six points to snap a three-game losing streak.
Alec Burks scored 24 points and Cory Higgins added 19 for the Buffaloes (15-10, 4-6), who lost their eighth straight against the Aggies.
Temple 77, Fordham 66
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ramon Moore scored 22 points to lead Temple to its fifth straight win.
Scootie Randall and Micheal Eric each added 12 points for the Owls (18-2, 8-2 Atlantic 10), who forced 17 turnovers and had a 49-36 rebounding edge.
Temple now sits ? game behind Xavier and Duquesne for first place in the conference.
Chris Gaston scored 27 points for Fordham (6-16, 0-10), which has dropped 12 straight games and has yet to win in 2011.