NCAA BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Blue Devils beat Orange
The rematch of one of college basketball’s best games of the season ended with Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim ejected after he charged onto the court to argue a block/charge call.
Rodney Hood scored 13 points and drew that game-changing charging call that helped No. 5 Duke beat No. 1 Syracuse 66-60 on Saturday night. Freshman Jabari Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (22-6, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Jerami Grant had 17 points and C.J. Fair, the player who was called for the charge, finished with 13 for the Orange (25-2, 12-2).
The first meeting between these teams was an overtime game considered an instant classic. The rematch was just as close but it will be remembered more for Boeheim’s exit with 10 seconds to play.
Syracuse had the ball down 60-58 when Fair drove for an apparent tying layup.
But official Tony Greene whistled Fair for charging — and Boeheim shot onto the court to argue. Greene slapped him with two technical fouls and ejected him.
Quinn Cook iced it by hitting three free throws with 10.4 seconds left to make it 63-58.
The Orange — whose 25-0 start was spoiled three nights earlier by an overtime loss at home to sub-.500 Boston College — are the first top-ranked team to lose twice in a week since Texas in 2010.
Round 1 went to Boeheim earlier this month in a game for the ages, with the Orange claiming a 91-89 victory in overtime after Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon hit a buzzer-beating, tying 3 at the end of regulation before 35,446 fans at the Carrier Dome.
NO. 2 FLORIDA 75, MISSISSIPPI 71: Scottie Wilbekin scored 18 points, Michael Frazier II added 17 and Florida rallied to beat Mississippi.
The Gators (25-2, 14-0 Southeastern Conference) extended their school-record winning streak to 19 games. Ole Miss (16-11, 7-7) has lost four in a row.
Florida survived a hot start from the Rebels’ Marshall Henderson, who scored 22 points in the first half but was then held scoreless. Jarvis Summers added 20 points for Ole Miss.
NO. 3 WICHITA ST. 83, DRAKE 54: Tekele Cotton had 21 points, Darius Carter came off the bench to score 15 and Wichita State pounded Drake.
Wichita State (29-0, 16-0 Missouri Valley Conference) is the first team to start 29-0 since Illinois in 2004-05 and is two wins away from a perfect regular season.
Fred VanVleet scored 15 for the Shockers, who cut down the nets after the game to celebrate their Missouri Valley championship.
Daddy Ugbede scored 14 points for Drake (14-14, 5-11).
NO. 4 ARIZONA 88, COLORADO 61: Freshman Aaron Gordon scored 21 of his season-best 23 points in the second half and Nick Johnson added 20 points as Arizona won at Colorado for the first time since 1973.
It was a rare breather for the Wildcats (25-2, 12-2 Pac-12), who scrapped their way through a series of close games since beating Colorado by 12 in Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 23. They since had a two-point loss at Cal and a three-point loss in double-overtime at archrival Arizona State.
NO. 11 LOUISVILLE 58, NO. 7 CINCINNATI 57: Russ Smith’s 18-foot jumper with 2.2 seconds left gave Louisville its sixth straight win and 10th in 11 games.
Louisville (23-4, 12-2 American Athletic Conference) started the winning streak after a last-second 69-66 home loss to the Bearcats (24-4, 13-2) three weeks ago.
Montrezl Harrell, who was just 5 of 12 from the free throw line, led the Cardinals with 21 points, Rozier had 11 and Smith finished with 10 on 3 of 10 shooting.
Sean Kilpatrick had 28 points for the Bearcats.
NO. 8 KANSAS 85, NO. 19 TEXAS 54: Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points, Joel Embiid briefly flirted with a triple-double and Kansas trounced Texas to seize control of the Big 12.
Embiid finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and six blocks for the Jayhawks (21-6, 12-2), who lead the league race by three games with four to play.
Kansas can wrap up at least a share of its 10th straight title when Oklahoma visits Allen Fieldhouse on Monday night.
NO. 9 VILLANOVA 57, ST. JOHN’S 54: Darrun Hilliard scored 18 points and Ryan Arcidiacono had 12 for Villanova.
It was the second straight win for Villanova (24-3, 12-2 Big East) since its second loss of the season to No. 11 Creighton.
D’Angelo Harrison had 15 points for St. John’s (18-10, 8-7), Rysheed Jordan scored 13 and JaKarr Sampson scored 12 points as the Red Storm’s six-game winning streak ended.
NO. 10 SAINT LOUIS 66, GEORGE WASHINGTON 59: Jordair Jett scored 16 points, Rob Loe added 12 and Saint Louis earned its 19th straight win by holding off George Washington.
Reserve Grandy Glaze added 10 points for the Billikens (25-2, 12-0 Atlantic 10), and Austin McBroom and Mike McCall both sank two free throws in the final 20.7 seconds to seal the win.
Joe McDonald scored 21 points for George Washington (20-7, 8-5).
NO. 14 VIRGINIA 70, NOTRE DAME 49: Akil Mitchell and Anthony Gill both scored 15 points and Virginia used a 30-2 second-half run to blow open a close game and go on to its 11th straight victory.
Justin Anderson helped fuel the run by blocking a dunk attempt by Notre Dame’s Zach Auguste, bringing a sellout crowd at John Paul Jones Arena to its feet. The victory gave Virginia (23-5, 14-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) 14 conference wins for the first time.
Pat Connaughton led the Fighting Irish (14-14, 5-10) with 11 points.
NO. 16 WISCONSIN 79, NO. 15 IOWA 74: Frank Kaminsky had 21 points and a crucial late steal as Wisconsin won for its fifth straight.
Sam Dekker added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Badgers (22-5, 9-5 Big Ten), who swept the season series and moved a half-game ahead of the Hawkeyes (19-7, 8-5) in the Big Ten standings.
Marble had 21 points and 11 assists to lead the Hawkeyes.
NO. 17 IOWA ST. 71, TCU 60: DeAndre Kane scored 20 points and Georges Niang had 19 points and eight rebounds as Iowa State kept TCU winless in the Big 12.
Niang had two three-point plays in the last 5 minutes to help the Cyclones (21-5, 9-5 Big 12) build a cushion.
Kane gave the Cyclones their first double-digit lead when he knocked the ball away from Kyan Anderson for a steal and caught a long pass from Melvin Ejim for a layup.
NO. 18 KENTUCKY 77, LSU 76, OT: Julius Randle scored in the lane with 3.9 seconds remaining in overtime to give Kentucky the hard-earned win.
After Andre Stringer’s jumper with 12 seconds left gave LSU a 76-75 lead, James Young’s shot on the other end was blocked. Randle was able to grab the loose ball and hit the game-winning short jumper, sparking a delirious celebration with his Wildcats teammates piling on top of him.
Randle finished with eight points and 15 rebounds for Kentucky (21-6, 11-3 Southeastern Conference).
STANFORD 83, NO. 23 UCLA 74: Chasson Randle made a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points to help Stanford boost their case for an at-large NCAA tournament berth with a victory over UCLA.
Josh Huestis tied a career high with 22 points and Anthony Brown had 18 for the Cardinal (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12), who have won five of six.
NO. 24 OHIO ST. 64, MINNESOTA 46: Sam Thompson scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, leading Ohio State back from a 12-point deficit to a win.
The Buckeyes outscored the Golden Gophers 46-18 in the second half.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 13 points and Shannon Scott 10 for the Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6 Big Ten), who trailed by 12 in the second half before taking control with a 17-0 run.
Andre Hollins had 13 points and DeAndre Mathieu added 12 for Minnesota (17-11, 6-9).