Enigmatic Maryland Dunks Duke
Duke guard Seth Curry (30) tries to walk off the court as Maryland fans and cheerleaders rush the court after an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. Maryland won 83-81. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
College Park, Md. — Seth Allen broke a tie by making two free throws with 2.8 seconds left, and Maryland stunned No. 2 Duke 83-81 last night to end a six-game skid against its bitter rival.
As the final horn sounded, thousands of fans from the sellout crowd charged onto the court to celebrate the Terrapins’ most significant victory of the season. Maryland had lost 12 of 13 against Duke, including a 20-point embarrassment last month.
The Terrapins (18-7, 6-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) did not trail after halftime but never could pull away from the weary Blue Devils, who were playing their third game in a seven-day span.
Duke (22-3, 9-3) trailed by 10 with 3:39 left but pulled even when Rasheed Sulaimon made three foul shots with 16.7 seconds to go. Quinn Cook then fouled Allen as the freshman guard drove through the lane, and Allen made both shots.
After a Duke timeout, Cook’s desperation 30-footer bounced off the back rim. Chaos ensued as the fans immediately rushed the court.
Alex Len had 19 points and nine rebounds for Maryland, and Allen scored 16.
No. 1 Indiana 83, Purdue 55
Bloomington, Ind. — Will Sheehey scored a career-high 22 points and Cody Zeller had 19 as No. 1 Indiana rolled over Purdue.
Indiana (23-3, 11-2 Big Ten) bucked the recent trend of No. 1 teams losing and will likely keep the top spot for a third straight week. It also will retain at least a share of the league lead.
The Hoosiers have won eight of their last nine games.
No. 5 Gonzaga 71
San Francisco 61
San Francisco — Kelly Olynyk had 26 points and nine rebounds and Elias Harris added 17 points and 13 rebounds to help Gonzaga snap a three-year losing streak at War Memorial Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs’ frontline tandem bullied and bruised their way to a fast start and furious finish. Olynyk finished 13-for-17 from the floor and Harris went 7-of-15 as both keyed an 11-0 run in the final minutes that put the Zags (25-2, 12-0 West Coast Conference) ahead for good.
No. 7 Florida 83, Auburn 52
Auburn, Ala. — Mike Rosario scored 22 points, Kenny Boynton had 16 and Florida routed Auburn.
The Gators (21-3, 11-1 Southeastern Conference) raced to a 25-point halftime lead and set a season high with 15 3-pointers on 30 attempts
It matched the worst loss for Auburn (9-16, 3-9) in coach Tony Barbee’s three seasons, tying a 90-59 defeat against Mississippi on Feb. 16, 2011.
No. 11 Butler 68, Fordham 63
New York — Rotnei Clarke scored 22 points and Butler handed Fordham its sixth straight loss and ninth in the last 10 games.
Clarke was the key figure for the Bulldogs (21-5, 8-3 Atlantic 10) late in the game when the Rams (6-20, 2-9) were able to close to 65-63 with 18 seconds to play.
The Bulldogs closed it out by making four of six free throws the rest of the way to improve to 36-10 after a loss under coach Brad Stevens. Butler lost to Charlotte 71-67 on Wednesday.
No. 18 Marquette 79
No. 16 Pittsburgh 69
Milwaukee — Vander Blue scored 19 points to help Marquette a share of first place in the Big East.
Blue was 7-of-8 from the field and 3-for-4 on free throws to go with six rebounds for the Golden Eagles (18-6, 9-3), who pulled into a tie with Georgetown atop the conference.
No. 17 Oklahoma St. 84
Oklahoma 79 (ot)
Stillwater, Okla. — Marcus Smart scored 28 points, Le’Bryan Nash added a season-high 26 and Oklahoma State got its third straight down-to-the-wire win at home.
Smart fed Nash for a right-handed slam with 53 seconds left in overtime to put the Cowboys (19-5, 9-3 Big 12) up 80-79, and Oklahoma couldn’t come up with an answer. Markel Brown’s steal led to a fastbreak layup by Michael Cobbins, and Smart blocked Steven Pledger’s attempt at a tying 3-pointer that gave Oklahoma State the ball back with 18 seconds to go.
No. 21 Notre Dame 54
Providence, r.i. — Kadeem Batts scored 20 points and Vincent Council had 11 assists to become Providence’s career leader.
Bryce Cotton, the Big East scoring leader, had 19 points and LaDontae Henton 13 for the Friars (14-11, 6-7). Providence has won four straight, including a victory over then-No. 17 Cincinnati on Feb. 6.
No. 24 Colorado State 89
Air Force 86
Air Force Academy, Colo. — Dorian Green scored 22 points to help Colorado State get its sixth straight win.
The Rams led 82-72 with 1:05 remaining, but the Falcons pulled within four twice in the final minute. Michael Lyons hit a 3-pointer for Air Force with 2 seconds left, but Colorado State inbounded the ball without incident to close the game.
The Rams (21-4, 8-2 Mountain West) have won eight of nine and dropped the Falcons to 11-2 at Clune Arena.
No. 25 Kentucky 58
Knoxville, Tenn. — Trae Golden had 24 points and eight assists as Tennessee got its most lopsided win in the 216-game history of this series.
Kentucky (17-8, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) was playing its first game without star center Nerlens Noel, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Tuesday during a loss to No. 7 Florida.
The Wildcats looked like a completely different team without him.
Jordan McRae scored 15 points and Kenny Hall had 12 points as Tennessee (14-10, 6-6) shot 58 percent and won its third straight game. Jarnell Stokes had nine points and nine rebounds, ending his string of six consecutive double-doubles.
Kyle Wiltjer scored 18 points, Julius Mays had 12 points and Jarrod Polson had a career-high 11 for Kentucky. Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress and Ryan Harrow all fouled out.