Men’s College Basketball: No. 1 Blue Devils Race Past Coyotes

  • Baylor forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., left, scores over Wichita State guard Landry Shamet, right, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Waco, Texas. Wichita State won 69-62. (AP Photo/Rod Aydelotte)

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Durham, n.c. — Grayson Allen scored 15 of his 25 points in an 8-minute opening blitz and No. 1 Duke beat South Dakota, 96-80, on Saturday.

Freshman Marvin Bagley III added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils (10-0). Duke shot 62 percent to lead 56-30 by halftime, then maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the way.

Allen made 6 of 7 shots with three 3-pointers in the early flurry that had him single-handedly outscoring the Coyotes midway through the opening half. And Bagley posted his eighth double-double of the season to tie Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy for the national lead.

No. 2 Kansas 76, Syracuse 60

Miami — Devonte’ Graham matched his career-high with 35 points for the second consecutive game, Lagerald Vick added 20 for Kansas in the HoopHall Miami Invitational.

Graham shot 10 for 17 from the field and 7 for 13 from 3-point range for Kansas (7-0), which is off to its best start in seven years. Graham missed his first three tries from beyond the arc, then made seven of his next eight.

Tyus Battle scored 22 points for Syracuse (6-1), which was playing away from the Carrier Dome for the first time this season.

No. 4 Villanova 94Saint Joseph’s 53

Philadelphia — Mikal Bridges scored 18 points, Phil Booth had 17 points and Villanova hit 10 straight 3-pointers in a record performance.

Omari Spellman buried a 3 with 3:06 left to give the Wildcats their school-record 18th 3-pointer of the game. Villanova sank 19 3s, topping the 17 hit on Nov. 27, 2005 vs. Lehigh.

Booth led the charge early for the Wildcats (8-0) against their Big 5 rivals. The Wildcats, Hawks, La Salle, Temple and Penn comprise the city series field. The Wildcats have emerged as the class of the city and won for the whopping 20th straight time in the series.

No. 7 Kentucky 79, Harvard 70

Lexington, Ky. — Kevin Knox had 20 points and Hamidou Diallo added 19 for Kentucky, which went a 13-0 run midway through the second half.

Kentucky (7-1) returned from a six-day break to shoot well for most of the game and lead the Ivy League Crimson throughout. The Wildcats needed that initial accuracy to counter Harvard’s 12 3-pointers — including six by sophomore forward Seth Towns (25 points) — that kept the Crimson within reach.

Towns made 8 of 14 shots for Harvard, which shot 37 percent but was 12 of 28 from behind the arc.

No. 8 Wichita St. 69No. 16 Baylor 62

Waco, Texas — Conner Frankamp scored 17 points and Wichita State closed the game on a 7-0 run, ending Baylor’s 46-game nonconference home winning streak.

The Shockers (6-1) shot 63 percent (10-for-16) from 3-point range, with Frankamp’s 5-for-8 from beyond the arc leading the way. It was the senior’s 3-pointer from the right corner with 2:50 remaining that began Wichita State’s decisive run, and the Shockers were 4-for-5 from the free throw line in the final 1:38.

Manu Lecomte scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half for Baylor (5-2).

No. 21 Xavier 89No. 11 Cincinnati 76

Cincinnati — Trevon Bluiett scored 28 points against Xavier’s crosstown rival and the Musketeers earned their eighth victory in the last 11 games of the series.

There were three technical fouls and animosity at the end. Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin was yelling as he was led away from the postgame handshake line by an official and an assistant coach.

The Musketeers (7-1) led by 17 midway through the first half by dominating every aspect. They pushed the lead to 23 in the second half.

No.18 Virginia 75, Lehigh 54

Charlottesville, Va. — Kyle Guy scored 21 points and Virginia never trailed.

Isaiah Wilkins added 14 points and Devon Hall had 11 for the Cavaliers (8-0). who led by as many as 23 in the second half.

Lance Tejada made five of Lehigh’s 10 3-pointers and scored 22 points. The Mountain Hawks (4-4) shot just 40 percent (19-47).

Ivy/New England

New Hampshire 75, Bryant 59

Durham, n.h. — Tanner Leissner scored 19 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and New Hampshire dominated from the opening tip.

Jordan Reed drained a 3-pointer before the game was 20 seconds old, John Ogwuche stole Bryant’s first possession, grabbed an offensive rebound after Iba Camara’s miss and put the ball back up himself. Reed grabbed a defensive rebound after Bryant’s first shot didn’t fall, and Camara tipped in a Leissner miss and New Hampshire quickly built a 7-0 lead that it never lost.

Camara finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth double-double. Ogwuche added 12 points, five rebounds and a steal. Reed added 10 points, five boards and four assists.

UConn 84, Monmouth 81 (ot)

Hartford, Conn. — Jalen Adams scored 31 points, including a floater in the lane in overtime that helped UConn to a come-from-behind win o over Monmouth for the Huskies’ second consecutive overtime win.

Adams shot gave UConn an 81-80 lead with 32 seconds left in extra time.

Northeastern 84, Cornell 66

Boston — Donnell Gresham Jr. set career highs with 22 points and four steals to go with nine rebounds, and Northeastern beat Cornell.

Rhode Island 75, Providence 68

Kingston, r.i. — Fatts Russell came off the bench to score 20 points, 14 in the first half, and Rhode Island defeated in-state rival Providence.