CBKB: Duke wins 20th straight game
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Nolan Smith scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half and No. 1 Duke routed Saint Louis 84-47 Saturday for its 20th straight win.
Kyle Singler added 21 points for the Blue Devils (10-0), who shot 53 percent, turned 22 turnovers into 31 points and took command with an overwhelming early run.
Mike Krzyzewski moved within one victory of North Carolina’s Dean Smith for second place on the men’s all-time wins list.
Coach K has 878 career victories and can tie his former rival on Dec. 20 against Elon. He can pass Smith nine days later at North Carolina-Greensboro. The only man ahead of them is Krzyzewski’s coach and mentor, Bob Knight, who has 902 wins.
Freshman Mike McCall scored 15 points for Saint Louis (3-4).
The reigning national champions won their 25th straight at Cameron Indoor Stadium and their 83rd in a row at home against nonconference opponents.
No. 11 Tennessee 83, No. 3 Pittsburgh 76
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Scotty Hopson scored a career-high 27 points and the Vols dealt the Panthers their first non-conference loss in Pittsburgh in nearly six years.
Melvin Goins added 19 points and Cameron Tatum hit a succession of big shots while scoring 14 points as Tennessee (7-0) opened leads of as many as 21 points. Pitt (10-1) needed a late flurry just to cut the final margin to single digits.
Brad Wanamaker scored 21 points, but Pitt still lost a non-conference game in the city for the first time in 58 games, dating to a Jan. 2, 2005 loss to Bucknell.
No. 4 Kansas 76, Colorado State 55
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Markieff Morris had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Elijah Johnson scored six points in a 12-0 run in the second half for Kansas.
Johnson came in off the bench and canned two 3-pointers after the Rams pulled to 44-39 on a steal and driving layup by Travis Franklin early in the second half.
Marcus Morris blocked two shots in the take-charge run for Kansas, which improved to 9-0 for the second straight year.
Andy Ogide had 12 points, and Franklin and Dorian Green had 10 each for Colorado State (4-3), which was outrebounded 50-30.
No. 5 Kansas St. 68, Loyola of Chicago 60
CHICAGO (AP) – Jacob Pullen scored 19 points to help the Wildcats hold on for their fifth straight win.
Martavious Irving scored 12 points and Curtis Kelly added 10 for Kansas State (9-1), which won despite being outrebounded 45-38.
Ben Averkamp scored 17 points for Loyola (8-3), which last beat a top-five team with a one-point win over then-No. 4 Illinois on Dec. 22, 1984. The Ramblers nearly pulled this one out even though they were a miserable 20 of 64 from the field and 4 for 19 from 3-point range.
No. 7 Michigan State 77, Oakland 76
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) – Kalin Lucas scored 25 points to help Michigan State hold off hard-charging Oakland.
Lucas made a 3-pointer and a jumper late in the game to prevent the Golden Grizzlies from getting closer than 2 points until Reggie Hamilton made a 3-pointer with 0.4 of a second left.
The Spartans (7-3) had dropped three of their last six games – to Connecticut, Duke and Syracuse and are the only team in The AP poll that has played a road game against a ranked team.
Larry Wright scored 21 points and Keith Benson had 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for the Golden Grizzlies (5-5).
No. 8 Syracuse 100, Colgate 43
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – Rick Jackson had 18 points and 10 rebounds, his eighth double-double of the season, and Syracuse clamped down on its upstate New York rival.
It was the 163rd meeting between the teams and 45th straight victory in the series for Syracuse (10-0). It matched the largest margin of victory for the Orange in Jim Boeheim’s 35 years as head coach, tying the 57-point margin in a 129-72 win over C.W. Post 21 years ago to the day.
Colgate (0-8), which lost to top-ranked Duke 110-58 three weeks ago, made only three baskets and scored just eight points in the first half. That was the fewest points allowed in a half by Syracuse since Princeton scored 11 in a 60-43 loss in November 1999.
No. 11 Missouri 70, Presbyterian 55
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Justin Safford had 14 points and six rebounds to lead Missouri over Presbyterian in the first meeting between the schools.
Kim English also scored 14 for the Tigers (8-1), who used a 21-4 run over nine minutes of the first half to pull away. Marcus Denmon knocked down two 3-pointers and had eight of his 12 points during the surge.
Ryan Hargrave led Presbyterian (3-6) with 14 points, and Al’Lonzo Coleman and Jake Troyli each added 10. The loss drops the Blue Hose to 0-20 all-time against teams from BCS conferences.
No. 17 Kentucky 81, Indiana 62
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – DeAndre Liggins scored a career-high 19 points, and Brandon Knight added 18 points and six rebounds for the Wildcats.
Josh Harrellson added 14 points and 12 rebounds for Kentucky (7-2), which continued its dominance in the once-heated rivalry by shutting down the Hoosiers in the second half.
Indiana (7-2) managed just one field goal in the final 10 minutes as Kentucky closed with a 25-5 burst after the Hoosiers had taken a 57-56 lead.
Christian Watford led Indiana with 19 points and nine rebounds but the Hoosiers fell to their border rivals for the 14th time in the last 17 meetings.
No. 18 BYU 87, Arizona 65
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Jimmer Fredette scored in 20 of his 33 points in the first half and had nine rebounds to lead Brigham Young.
Kyle Collinsworth scored 12 points and Davies had 11 for BYU (10-0), which jumped out to a 12-4 lead, with Fredette scoring seven points during the run. The Cougars added a 14-0 spurt for a 28-10 cushion with 8:30 remaining in the first half.
Lamont Jones led Arizona (8-2) with 20 points. Derrick Williams was the only other Wildcats player in double figures with 13.
No. 19 Purdue 77, North Florida 57
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – JaJuan Johnson scored 25 points and E’Twaun Moore added 21 to lead the Boilermakers.
Johnson and Moore, the team’s senior stars, combined to shoot 17 for 26 from the field.
Lewis Jackson had five points, eight assists and six rebounds for Purdue (9-1), which won its fourth straight. The Boilermakers shot 56 percent from the field to offset their 19 turnovers.
Jerron Granberry scored 14 points and Brad Haugabrook added 12 for North Florida (4-5), which committed 21 turnovers.
Texas A&M 63, No. 21 Washington 62
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) – David Loubeau blocked a desperation shot by Isaiah Thomas as time expired to help Texas A&M hang on.
The Aggies led by seven with about four minutes to go before the Huskies scored six straight points to pull to 63-62 with about 1 1/2 minutes remaining.
The Aggies had possession and got the ball down the court before Thomas stole it from Nathan Walkup and raced back for the shot. But Loubeau knocked it down to give Texas A&M the win.
Middleton led the Aggies (9-1) with 17 points and Loubeau added 15 points and nine rebounds.
Thomas scored 13 points and Abdul Gaddy added 10 for the Huskies (6-3).
No. 22 Minnesota 71, E. Kentucky 58
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Ralph Sampson III had 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists to help Minnesota overcome a ragged start.
Trevor Mbakwe and Blake Hoffarber each added 14 points for the Gophers (9-1), who won despite going 12 for 22 from the free throw line and allowing 10 3-pointers.
Justin Stommes scored 19 points for the Colonels (5-5), who didn’t score in the second half until the 10-minute mark. After taking a 22-13 lead, they were outscored 30-3 over a stretch of nearly 17 minutes.
No. 23 Notre Dame 83, Gonzaga 79
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – Carleton Scott scored a career-high 23 points, Tim Abromaitis added 21 and Ben Hansbrough hit four free throws in final 12 seconds as Notre Dame held on to beat Gonzaga.
The Irish (9-1), coming off a loss to Kentucky, got eight straight points from Abromaitis to break a tie early in the second half and staved off a late rally before a boisterous home crowd.
Gonzaga (4-5) lost to a Top 25 team for the fourth time this season. The Bulldogs have struggled to defend the 3-pointer and did so again as Notre Dame hit 11 of 20 from beyond the arc.
Elias Harris scored 19 and Steve Gray had 18 for the Bulldogs.
No. 24 Louisville 77, No. 20 UNLV 69
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Preston Knowles scored all 20 of his points in the second half and Louisville remained unbeaten with a win in the Billy Minardi Classic.
Kyle Kuric and Chris Smith added 17 points each for the Cardinals, who rushed by the Rebels in the final 15 minutes.
Knowles led the way, keying an 21-6 surge that helped Louisville erase a nine-point deficit to take a 57-51 lead with 9:52 to play. UNLV (9-1) would get no closer than four the rest of the way as the Cardinals stayed perfect at their new downtown arena.
Tre’Von Willis led UNLV with 17 points and Oscar Bellfield added 16.
No. 25 Texas 101, Texas State 65
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Freshman guard Cory Joseph scored a career-high 19 points and the Longhorns ran their non-conference home winning streak to 24 games.
J’Covan Brown added 18 points for Texas (7-2), which shook off a lackluster defeat at USC a week earlier with six first-half 3-pointers against the overmatched Bobcats.
Texas hasn’t lost a non-conference home game since a loss to Wisconsin on Dec. 29, 2007.
Tony Bishop had 12 points and eight rebounds for Texas State (2-5), which lost its fourth straight.