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No. 2 Duke pulls away from North Carolina State in basketball

DURHAM, N.C. — Gerald Henderson scored 21 and No. 2 Duke pulled away late to beat North Carolina State 73-56 on Tuesday night.

Nolan Smith hit consecutive 3-pointers 30 seconds apart to start a decisive 27-5 run for the Blue Devils (17-1, 4-0 ACC), who matched their best second half of shooting under Mike Krzyzewski, 76 percent.

N.C. State led for much of the game but hit just one field goal over the final 7:45.

With former Duke standout J.J. Redick watching, a Smith 3-pointer put Duke up for good at 52-49 with 9½ minutes left.

"I took them like I was J.J.," Smith said of his 3-pointers.

Duke shot nearly 51 percent, the seventh team to make at least 40 percent against N.C. State (2-5 in those games).

No. 25 Illinois 67, Ohio St. 49: Mike Tisdale scored 15 in the host Illini's (16-3, 4-2 Big Ten) first win over the Buckeyes in six games. The 7-foot-1 Tisdale spent much of the first half on the bench after struggling against 6-8 Dallas Lauderdale.

BC 80, Georgia Tech 76, OT: Tyrese Rice scored 24 of his 26 after the first half and the visiting Eagles sent the Yellow Jackets to the third overtime loss of an 0-5 ACC record.

Tennessee 76, VandY 63: Wayne Chism scored 16 of his 20 in the first half, and the visiting Vols held the Commodores' three leading scorers — A.J. Ogilvy, Jermaine Beal and Jeffery Taylor — to a combined 3 of 20 shooting.

Women: USF wins

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Jazmine Sepulveda scored a game-high 25, one of five Bulls in double figures, and USF beat Providence 86-62 to end a two-game losing streak.

The Bulls (15-5, 2-4 Big East), who led 37-33 at halftime, host Georgetown at 7 p.m. Saturday.

No. 7 Louisville 68, Cincy 50: Angel McCoughtry had 23 points, nine rebounds and eight steals for the host Cardinals (19-1, 6-0 Big East).

No. 21 Rutgers 60, W. Va. 44: Epiphanny Prince scored 24 and the host Scarlet Knights (11-5, 3-2 Big East) didn't allow a field goal for nearly 10 minutes during a 20-5 first-half run.

No. 25 Pitt 76, Seton Hall 40: Shavonte Zellous scored 29 for the visiting Panthers (13-4, 3-2 Big East).

CONNECTICUT: The Big East won't take action after Huskies coach Geno Auriemma's exchange with Syracuse junior forward Nicole Michael on Saturday. Auriemma had words with Michael in the handshake line. As Auriemma left, Michael appeared to step toward him, and he tripped over her foot.

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