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Undefeated Blue Devils Pluck Blue Hens

Duke's Tyler Thornton, top, and Delaware's Devon Saddler struggle for possession of the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Duke won 88-50. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Duke's Tyler Thornton, top, and Delaware's Devon Saddler struggle for possession of the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Duke won 88-50. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Durham, n.c. — Ryan Kelly scored 15 of his 18 points in the decisive first half and No. 2 Duke routed Delaware 88-50 yesterday.

Mason Plumlee added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (8-0). They never trailed, shot 52 percent, led by 46 and enjoyed a rare breather after a challenging run of games against nationally ranked opponents.

Seth Curry, the other scholarship senior on the roster, missed the first game of his career at Duke with an injured ankle. Against the struggling Blue Hens (2-6), the Blue Devils certainly didn’t need him.

No. 3 Michigan 74
Bradley 66

Peoria, Ill. — Freshman Nick Stauskas scored 22 points in his first start and Michigan survived a late run to get the win.

Stauskas started for Matt Vogrich and had eight first-half points to help the Wolverines (7-0) to a narrow 34-30 lead at the break.

No. 4 Ohio State 70
N. Kentucky 43

Columbus, Ohio — LaQuinton Ross scored a career-high 22 points to lead cold-shooting Ohio State past Northern Kentucky.

Ohio State (5-1) rebounded from a 73-68 loss to No. 2 Duke on Wednesday night in which the Buckeyes led most of the way but faded at the finish.

No. 5 Louisville 69
Illinois State 66

Louisville, Ky. — Russ Smith scored 24 points and Peyton Siva added 20, including four 3-pointers, to lead Louisville to the win.

Down three, Illinois State’s Tyler Brown airballed a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left that was saved by Bryant Allen to Jackie Carmichael. Carmichael found Brown for another chance at overtime, drawing considerable contact from Louisville’s Chane Behanan as the buzzer sounded.

But no foul was called and the shot was off, giving Louisville (6-1) the win.

Baylor 64
No. 8 Kentucky 55

Lexington, Ky. — Kentucky’s 54-game winning streak at Rupp Arena is over.

Pierre Jackson scored 17 points and Isaiah Austin and A.J. Walton each added 11 for the Bears (5-2). Brady Heslip and Cory Jefferson each added 10 points and Baylor beat the Wildcats for the first time in eight tries.

Baylor shot 41 percent but held Kentucky (4-3) to 30 percent from the floor.

No. 11 Creighton 80
Saint Joseph’s 51

Omaha, Neb. — Doug McDermott scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half, helping Creighton to the easy win.

Gregory Echenique added 16 points and six rebounds for the Bluejays (7-1), who bounced back after being upset by Boise State on Wednesday.

No. 13 Michigan St. 84 Nicholls St. 39

East Lansing, Mich. — Keith Appling scored 13 points and Michigan State used a big run in the first half to grab control in the victory.

Va. Tech 81
No. 15 Okla. State 71

Blacksburg, Va. — Erick Green scored 28 points and hit eight critical free throws in the final 76 seconds Saturday to help Virginia Tech remain unbeaten.

Robert Brown added 18 points and Jarell Eddie had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Hokies (7-0) and first-year coach James Johnson.

No. 16 Missouri 72 Appalachian St. 56

Columbia, Mo. — Laurence Bowers matched his career high with 23 points despite taking just one shot in the second half, leading Missouri to the victory in its first game since embattled guard Michael Dixon announced he would transfer.

No. 17 Cincinnati 58 Alabama 56

Cincinnati — Cashmere Wright’s fadeaway jumper at the buzzer gave Cincinnati the victory in a matchup of stingy unbeaten teams.

No. 21 Minnesota 87
N. Florida 59

Minneapolis — Rodney Williams had 15 points and eight rebounds to power Minnesota to the win.

No. 25 New Mexico 77 Indiana St. 68 (ot)

Terre Haute, Ind. — Kendall Williams scored a season-high 24 points to help New Mexico beat Indiana State in overtime.

UNH 63, Brown 50

Durham, n.h. — Ferg Myrick led four players in double figures, scoring 18 points to lead New Hampshire over Brown.

Patrick Konan scored 14 points, Chris Pelcher 11 and Jordon Bronner 10 for the Wildcats (3-4).

Matt Sullivan led Brown (3-4) with 18 points, Sean McGonagill scored 14 and Cedric Kuakumensah 10.

URI 76, Vermont 66

Kingston, r.i. — Xavier Munford scored 25 points and Rhode Island used a big run to close out the first half and pull away from Vermont.

The Rams (2-6) posted their first victory at the Ryan Center under first-year coach Dan Hurley.

Trailing 20-18 with 6:09 left in the first half, Rhode Island launched a 21-4 run, with Munford scoring the first six points and Mike Aaman pouring in nine. The Catamounts (4-2) scored only one point in the final 4:31 before intermission.

Clancy Rugg led Vermont with 16 points and Carissimo added 15.

Harvard 73, Fordham 64

Cambridge, Mass. — Wesley Saunders hit 13 of 18 free throws to score 17 points, and Jonah Travis had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Harvard over Fordham.

Siyani Chambers added 13 points and Agunwa Okolie 11 for the Crimson (3-3).

Branden Frazier led the Rams (1-6) with 16 points, Ryan Rhoomes had 11 and Leonard Travion 10.

Harvard shot 29 of 39 from the foul line to Fordham’s 8 of 14, with the Rams committing 29 fouls to Harvard’s 14.

Fordham jumped out to a 21-10 lead midway through the first half, with Frazier leading the way with five points, but Harvard made a 19-3 run with Travis scoring 12 points.

The Crimson led 36-33 at the break.

The Rams closed to one point, 36-35, on Canty’s dunk 34 seconds in to the second half but never got closer.