Miiami has no mercy on top-ranked Duke
Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 7:00 pm
By The Associated Press
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — With a steady din coming from the sea of orange behind the visitors’ basket, No. 1-ranked Duke had a tough time making a shot.
The Blue Devils went more than eight minutes without a field goal in the first half Wednesday night, and a sellout became a blowout for No. 25 Miami, which delighted a boisterous crowd with a 90-63 victory.
The defeat was the third-worst ever for a No. 1 team, and Duke’s worst in nearly five years.
Durand Scott scored a season-high 25 points for the Hurricanes (14-3, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), Kenny Kadji added a season-high 22, and Shane Larkin had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Miami beat a No. 1 team for the first time, taking control with a stunning 25-1 run midway through the opening half. The Blue Devils (16-2, 3-2) missed 13 consecutive shots despite numerous good looks during the Hurricanes’ run that transformed a 14-13 deficit into a 38-15 lead.
Seth Curry, Tyler Thornton and Quinn Cook went a combined 1-for-29 for the Blue Devils, who shot a season-low 30 percent. Rasheed Sulaimon led them with 16 points.
La Salle 54, Butler 53
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ramon Galloway went the length of the court for the winning basket with 2.7 seconds left to send La Salle past Butler.
Fans stormed the court in a wild celebration for the biggest win for La Salle (13-5, 3-2 Atlantic 10) in 33 years. There was some confusion after Galloway’s basket and fans were ordered off the court. Butler had attempted a last-second heave that was way off the mark. Officials huddled with both coaches and they decided the final score stood. It was mayhem again as fans rushed the court for the second time in minutes.
Indiana 72, Penn St. 49
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Victor Oladipo scored 19 points, and Yogi Ferrell added a season-high 15 to help Indiana rout Penn State.
The Hoosiers (17-2, 5-1 Big Ten) survived a sluggish shooting first half with strong defense and used a fast second-half start to reassert their dominance in this series.
D.J. Newbill had 18 points and Jermaine Marshall finished with 12 to lead the Nittany Lions (8-11, 0-7), who have lost seven straight overall and 12 straight on the road in league play.
While limiting Penn State to 29.6 percent shooting in the first half, Indiana used runs of 7-0, 8-2 and 12-5 to take a 33-19 lead.
The Hoosiers wasted no time taking control in the second half, going on an 8-0 spurt in the first 65 seconds to extend the lead to 41-19.
Florida 64, Georgia 47
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Scottie Wilbekin scored 17 points to help Florida shake off a sluggish first half and romp past another Southeastern Conference opponent.
The Gators (15-2, 5-0) trailed 27-24 at halftime, making just 1-of-9 attempts beyond the 3-point arc. But Florida quickly turned things around after the break.
Wilbeken and Mike Rosario hits back-to-back 3s and forced Georgia into three straight turnovers.
Published in The Messenger 1.24.13