ATLANTA — Grayson Allen scored 23 and No. 9 Duke beat Georgia Tech 80-69 on Sunday night to end a two-game losing streak.
Held to single digits the past two games in losses at St. John’s and North Carolina, Allen was 5-for-14 from the field, including three 3-pointers, and 10-for-10 on free throws. He added six assists and four rebounds.
It was the most points Allen had scored since getting 22 against Florida State on Dec. 30.
The Blue Devils (20-5, 8-4 ACC) won without center Marvin Bagley, the ACC’s leading scorer and rebounder at 21.2 and 11.4. The freshman sat out with a mild right knee sprain. The team called his absence precautionary.
He was hurt in the first half of a loss at No. 21 North Carolina on Thursday night but played 39 minutes in that game with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
Wendell Carter had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Duke, and Gary Trent added 15 points and six rebounds.
Josh Okogie had 29 points, six rebounds and four assists for Georgia Tech.
Duke took a 9-0 lead and pulled away with a 10-0 run midway through the half, a streak punctuated by back-to-back dunks from Carter, for a 28-10 lead.
Georgia Tech lost starting point guard Jose Alvarado to a left elbow injury with 8:14 left in the first half. He was taken to a hospital for X-rays.
No. 6 Cincinnati 76, SMU 51: Kyle Washington had 17 points with eight rebounds and the visiting Bearcats (23-2, 12-0 American Athletic Conference) won their 16th straight. The Mustangs were down to six available scholarship players with preseason AAC player of the year Shake Milton missing his third straight game because of a right hand injury.
UCF 68, Memphis 64: B.J. Taylor scored 22, making a late runner in the lane and two free throws with 16 seconds left for the visiting Knights (15-9, 6-6 AAC). UCF next hosts USF at 6 Wednesday (ESPNews).
TEXAS A&M: J.J. Caldwell was dismissed from the team and Jay Jay Chandler was suspended indefinitely after they were charged with possession of marijuana.
Women: FSU stops UM
CORAL GABLES — Imani Wright scored 21, Nausia Woolfolk had 18 points, a career-high 10 assists, nine rebounds and four steals, and No. 12 Florida State defeated Miami for the sixth straight time, 91-71. The Seminoles (21-4, 9-3 ACC) led by 24 in the second quarter and outrebounded the Hurricanes (17-8, 7-5) 43-29.
No. 2 Miss. St. 74, Kentucky 55: Victoria Vivians scored 23 and Teaira McCowan had 21 points and 16 rebounds as the host Bulldogs (26-0, 12-0 SEC) ended the Wildcats’ 11-game winning streak in the series.
No. 5 Notre Dame 85, GA. Tech 69: Arike Ogunbowale had a first-half scoreless drought of nearly 17 minutes but totaled 27 points, and the host Irish (23-2, 11-1 ACC) won their eighth straight despite 19 turnovers.
No. 7 South Carolina 64, UF 57: A’ja Wilson scored 22 as the host Gamecocks (20-5, 9-3 SEC) overcame a 10-point deficit. Funda Nakkasoglu had five 3-pointers and scored 21 for the Gators (10-15, 2-10).
No. 8 UCLA 71, No. 25 Arizona St. 63: Jordin Canada scored 16, with nine points in the fourth quarter, for the host Bruins (21-4, 12-2 Pac-12).
No. 9 Oregon 90 , Wash. State 79: Ruthy Hebard scored 29 on 12-for-12 shooting for the visiting Ducks (23-4, 12-2 Pac-12).
No. 10 Maryland 72, Rutgers 54: Eleanna Christinaki scored 18 and the visiting Terrapins (22-3, 11-1 Big Ten) closed the first half with a 13-1 run.
VOLS MILESTONE: Mercedes Russell became the sixth Tennessee player to reach 1,000 rebounds, grabbing 15 in the No. 11 host Vols’ 62-46 victory over No. 18 Georgia. Russell also needs one point to reach 1,500.
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0-13 The Pitt men’s ACC record after Sunday’s 94-60 home loss to Louisville. On Tuesday, the Panthers host Boston College, whom they have defeated 11 straight times. "Once we figure out how to get everybody playing to their full potential on the same night, we’ll give somebody a problem," guard Parker Stewart said.