College Basketball: Hoosiers Top Huskers
Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams dunks the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Connecticut in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Indianapolis — Cody Zeller scored 16 points and Christian Watford finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 1 Indiana pull away from Nebraska 76-47 last night.
The Hoosiers (22-3, 10-2 Big Ten) have won seven of eight and regained a share of the league lead. They are tied with Michigan State.
But it sure wasn’t easy against Nebraska (12-13, 3-9), which frustrated Indiana by limiting possessions and repeatedly taking the shot clock inside of 10 seconds in the first half.
No. 2 Duke 73, North Carolina 68
Durham, n.c. — Mason Plumlee had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Duke beat North Carolina.
Quinn Cook scored 18 points and Rasheed Sulaimon finished with 13 for the Blue Devils (22-2, 9-2 ACC).
They shot 44 percent — 52 percent after halftime — and used a big run in the second half to erase a slow start and win their sixth straight this season and sixth in eight meetings in college basketball’s fiercest rivalry.
P.J. Hairston scored 20 points and Reggie Bullock had 15 points with four 3-pointers for North Carolina (16-8, 6-5), which led for the first 26 minutes but went on to lose its second straight.
No. 3 Miami 74, Florida State 68
Tallahassee, Fla. — Shane Larkin scored 13 of his 22 points in the final 7 1/2 minutes to help Miami stave off Florida State for its 12th straight victory. Reggie Johnson added 15 points for Miami (20-3, 11-0 ACC), which became the first team to start the league season 11-0 in a dozen years.
No. 9 Syracuse 58
Hartford, Conn. — Freshman Omar Calhoun scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers in the deciding second-half run, and Connecticut beat Syracuse in the last scheduled game between the national powers.
Syracuse will play next season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Connecticut will stay in the realigned Big East, although the Huskies could be enticed to head to another conference if asked.
Charlotte 71, No. 11 Butler 67
Indianapolis — Pierria Henry scored 17 points to lead Charlotte over Butler.
Rotnei Clarke scored 18 and Roosevelt Jones had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (20-5, 7-3 Atlantic 10), who hadn’t lost at home in 12 games.
No. 17 Okla. State 91 Texas Tech 67
Lubbock, Texas — Markel Brown scored 25 points and matched a career high with seven 3-pointers — all in the first half — to lead Oklahoma State over Texas Tech.
No. 21 Notre Dame 82 DePaul 78 (ot)
South Bend, Ind. — Jerian Grant scored 21 points, including a big three-point play in overtime, to lift Notre Dame over DePaul, beating the Blue Demons in overtime for the second time in 11 days.
It appeared the Irish might cruise to victory until the Blue Demons used an 11-1 run to not only get back in the game but take the lead and the Irish rallied to force the overtime four days after beating Louisville in five overtimes. Pat Connaughton hit a 3-pointer to give the Irish a 74-70 lead.
After Brandon Young hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one-point, Grant got the rebound of a miss by Atkins and scored, then made the free throw and the Irish made their free throws down the stretch to hang on.
Lowell Goes D-I
Lowell, Mass. — The University of Massachusetts-Lowell will move up to Division I next year and join the America East Conference, which has the universities of New Hampshire and Vermont as members.
The school planned a news conference for today and confirmed the move last night.
UMass-Lowell had been in the Division II Northeast-10 Conference except in hockey, which is a member of Division I Hockey East.
The school doesn’t have a football team.