College Hoops: No. 3 Duke Makes Quick Work of Hartford

  • Hartford's J.R. Lynch (13) attempts a shot as Duke's Tre Jones (3) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

  • Duke’s RJ Barrett (5) finishes a dunk during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Hartford in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Durham, n.c. — Freshman RJ Barrett had 27 points and a season-best 15 rebounds, and No. 3 Duke pulled away to rout Hartford, 84-54, on Wednesday night.

Zion Williamson added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Tre Jones and Javin Delaurier finished with 10 points apiece to help the Blue Devils (8-1) win their third straight. Duke shot 62 percent in the second half to more than make up for hitting just five 3-pointers — matching a season low.

J.R. Lynch scored 13 points and Jason Dunne added 12 for Hartford (3-7), a 38-point underdog that hung around well into the second half before fading.

No. 13 Texas Tech 65Ark-Pine Bluff 47

Lubbock, Texas — Jarrett Culver scored 13 points, Matt Mooney had 11 and Texas Tech remained undefeated.

The Red Raiders (8-0) entered as the nation’s top team in field goal defense, and that trend continued in their first home game this season as a ranked team.

No. 15 Va. Tech 89, VMI 68

Blacksburg, Va. — Justin Robinson scored 18 points and Virginia Tech cruised past Virginia Military Institute.

Robinson hit a trio of 3-pointers for the Hokies (7-1), who won their 21st straight regular-season nonconference game at home. Virginia Tech topped VMI (5-5) for the seventh consecutive time.

No. 17 Buffalo 89, Le Moyne 55

Amherst, n.y. — CJ Massinburg had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and Buffalo used a big second-half run to beat Division II Le Moyne.

Dontay Caruthers scored 20 points and reserve Nick Perkins had 18, helping Buffalo (8-0) continue its best start since the 1930-31 season. Jeremy Harris finished with 16 points.

No. 19 Ohio State 77, Illinois 67

Chicago — Keyshawn Woods scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, Kaleb Wesson added 13 and Ohio State rallied in the second half.

Musa Jallow had 11 points and nine rebounds as Ohio State (8-1) improved to 2-0 in the Big Ten.


No. 9 Tennessee 65, Stetson 55

Knoxville, Tenn. — Rennia Davis had 24 points and nine rebounds and Tennessee overcame a 20-point, second-half deficit to stay unbeaten (7-0).

No. 10 N.C. State 83Hampton 51

Raleigh, n.c. — Kiara Leslie scored a season-high 24 points for North Carolina State in first game as a Top 10 team since 2014.

No. 14 Minnesota 75Incarnate Word 39

Minneapolis — Destiny Pitts scored 15 points to help Minnesota improve to 8-0.

No. 15 Syracuse 96Md.-Eastern Shore 51

Syracuse, n.y. — Digna Strautmane had 17 points and Syracuse hit a season-high 16 3-pointers.

No. 22 S. Carolina 80 Appalachian State 50

Columbia, s.c. — Bianca Cuevas-Moore scored 12 points on four 3-pointers, and Alexis Jennings made all five of her shots for 10 points for South Carolina.