No. 1 Blue Devils Win Easily
Boston College's Joe Rahon (25) and North Carolina State's Lorenzo Brown (2) battle or a loose ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Boston, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Durham, n.c. — Ryan Kelly scored a season-high 22 points in No. 1 Duke’s 80-62 rout of Wake Forest yesterday.
Seth Curry also had 22 points and Quinn Cook had a career-high 14 assists for the Blue Devils (14-0, 1-0), who shot 46 percent in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener and hit 11 3-pointers — including six during the 25-7 first-half run that put them up big.
Travis McKie had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Wake Forest (7-6, 0-1), which had nearly as many turnovers (19) as field goals (23) and had its three-game winning streak snapped.
No. 3 Arizona 60, Utah 57
Tucson, Ariz. — Solomon Hill had 19 points and Mark Lyons hit two free throws with 7.2 seconds left as Arizona dodged another last-second shot to remain undefeated.
Arizona (14-0, 2-0 Pac-12) needed some help from a disputed call by the officials to win its conference opener.
Claremont native Kaleb Tarczewski had four points and a team-high nine rebounds for Arizona.
No. 11 Illinois 74
No. 8 Ohio State 55
Champaign, Ill. — Brandon Paul scored 19 points as Illinois bounced back from a tough loss in its Big Ten opener.
The Illini (14-2, 1-1 Big Ten) led 37-25 at halftime and used a 13-2 run early in the second half to build a 50-27 lead.
Illinois used stingy defense to shut down the Buckeyes (11-3, 1-1), who shot just 33 percent from the field and turned the ball over 16 times.
No. 12 Missouri 66, Bucknell 64
Columbia, Mo. — Phil Pressey scored a career-high 26 points and Laurence Bowers added 16 for Missouri.
Pressey missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 10.3 seconds remaining, setting off a frenzied final few seconds.
St. John’s 53, No. 14 Cincinnati 52
Cincinnati — JaKarr Sampson scored 16 points and D’Angelo Harrison added 15 and St. John’s beat Cincinnati in yet another close game between the teams. Cincinnati’s Titus Rubles, who finished with 14 points, squared up with 6 seconds left but missed the jumper.
No. 15 Georgetown 48
Milwaukee — Davante Gardner made two free throws with 8.3 seconds left and Marquette had to hang on while Georgetown missed a deciding free throw.
With Marquette leading 49-46, Greg Whittington of the Hoyas was fouled by Trent Lockett on a baseline 3-point shot with 2.3 seconds left. He made the first two free throws and after Marquette coach Buzz Williams called a timeout, hit the front of the rim on the final attempt.
No. 16 Creighton 79, Indiana St. 66
Omaha, Neb. — Doug McDermott had 25 points and nine rebounds, and Creighton used a 19-4 run to break open a close game in the second half.
The Bluejays (14-1, 3-0) have won eight straight and are off to their best start in Missouri Valley Conference play since 2003-04.
No. 17 Butler 57, New Orleans 44
Indianapolis — Kellen Dunham scored 15 points and Khyle Marshall added 13 to lead Butler. The Bulldogs (12-2) are 7-0 at home this season and will take a nine-game winning streak into their Atlantic 10 debut Wednesday night at Saint Joseph’s.
No. 18 Michigan St. 84, Purdue 61
East Lansing, Mich. — Freshman Gary Harris scored a season-high 22 points and Michigan State used a 28-7 run in the second half to pull away.
The Spartans (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten) missed their first 10 shots from the field after halftime, but it didn’t much matter in what quickly became a free throw contest.
No. 21 Notre Dame 93
Seton Hall 74
South Bend, Ind. — Scott Martin had a season-high 22 points on a career-high six 3-pointers and Jack Cooley added 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead Notre Dame to its 11th straight win.
The winning streak is the second-longest for the Irish (13-1, 1-0 Big East) in 13 seasons under coach Mike Brey. The loss ended a seven-game winning streak for Seton Hall (12-3, 1-1).
No. 25 Kansas St. 73
No. 22 Oklahoma St. 67
Manhattan, Kan. — Rodney McGruder scored all but two of his 28 points in the second half and Kansas State turned away a game effort from freshman Marcus Smart and Oklahoma State.
No. 23 N.C. St. 78, BC 73
Boston — Scott Wood atoned for a scoreless first half with 12 points in the second, hitting two 3-pointers and six free throws down the stretch for North Carolina State in the ACC opener for both teams.
The Wolfpack (12-2, 1-0) won their ninth straight, their longest streak since 1983-84, but only after giving the Eagles (8-6, 0-1) several opportunities to pull off an upset.
Rutgers 67, No. 24 Pitt 62
Piscataway, n.j. — Eli Carter scored 23 points and Rutgers held off a second-half rally to hand Pittsburgh its second straight loss.
The victory was the first for Rutgers coach Mike Rice since returning from a three-game school-imposed suspension for inappropriate behavior last week.
The Scarlet Knights (10-3, 1-1 Big East) led by 14 points at halftime only to see the Panthers (12-3, 0-2) twice close the gap to two points in the final 5 minutes, the last time at 55-53 with 3:24 to play.
Carter hit a 10-footer in the lane with 2:53 to go and Dane Miller added two free throws after two missed 3-pointers by Pitt to secure the game.