Sunday, March 18, 2018

Charge call lifts Duke, enrages Boeheim

DURHAM, N.C. — They'll remember the OT from the first Syracuse-Duke game, and the T's that decided Round 2.

The rematch Saturday of one of the best games of the season ended with Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim getting ejected after he charged onto the court to argue a block/charge call.

Rodney Hood scored 13 and drew that game-changing charging call, which helped No. 5 Duke beat No. 1 Syracuse 66-60.

"I just thought that was the worst call of the year, that's all," Boeheim said.

"I hated to see the game decided on that call."

Freshman Jabari Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (22-6, 11-4 ACC).

Jerami Grant had 17 points and C.J. Fair, who was called for the charge, finished with 13 for the Orange (25-2, 12-2).

The first meeting between these teams was an overtime game considered an instant classic and won by Syracuse. The rematch was nearly as close, but it will be remembered more for Boeheim's exit with about 10 seconds to play.

"Both teams were worthy of winning this game, and both teams were worthy of winning up there," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "So going 1-1 was probably the way it should be."

Syracuse had the ball down 60-58 when Fair drove for an apparent tying layup.

But official Tony Greene whistled Fair for charging, and Boeheim shot onto the court. Greene slapped him with two technical fouls and ejected him.

"People will remember this one for 30 years because the old coach went out there and got a little excited," Boeheim said. "I think the fans will remember Jim Boeheim down here. Two great games."

Quinn Cook iced it by hitting three free throws with 10.4 seconds left to make it 63-58. That helped the Blue Devils bounce back from a loss to North Carolina less than 48 hours earlier.

Cardinals win thriller

CINCINNATI — Russ Smith hit an 18-foot jumper with 2.2 seconds left to give the No. 11 Cardinals a 58-57 victory over No. 7 Cincinnati.

The Bearcats (24-4, 13-2 American Athletic) fought back from a 10-point second-half deficit to take a 55-52 lead with 90 seconds left. Freshman Troy Caupain made two free throws with 11 seconds left to give Cincinnati a 57-56 lead.

Then Terry Rozier of Louisville (23-4, 12-2) caught the Bearcats defense off guard with a pass back to an open Smith.

"Honestly, it felt really good leaving my hands," Smith said. "I was always ready. When I gave it up, I thought Terry might shoot. But when he raised up, he threw it to me, and I got a decent look at the basket."

Badgers stay hot

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Frank Kaminsky had 21 points and a crucial late steal as No. 16 Wisconsin beat No. 15 Iowa 79-74 for its fifth straight win after a 1-5 stretch marked by poor shooting.

Sam Dekker added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Badgers (22-5, 9-5 Big Ten), who swept the season series and moved a half-game ahead of the Hawkeyes (19-7, 8-5).

"We like to get into our classroom and in the gym and teach guys things. Show them film, work with them," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "Frank is one of those guys that's doing a heck of a job on his learning curve. He's really been pretty sharp."

Josh Oglesby's jumper with 1:01 left put Iowa up 72-71, but Kaminsky answered with a jumper that gave Wisconsin a one-point lead. Kaminsky then stripped Iowa's Roy Devyn Marble under the basket and hit two free throws as the Badgers went up 75-72 with 24.5 seconds left.

SMART SPARKS COWBOYS: Marcus Smart had 16 points, 10 assists and six steals in his return from a three-game suspension for shoving a fan, and host Oklahoma State defeated Texas Tech 84-62 to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Cowboys (17-10, 5-9 Big 12) had lost all three games Smart missed.

NO. 3 WICHITA ST. 83, DRAKE 54: Tekele Cotton had 21 points, Darius Carter came off the bench to score 15 and the host Shockers (29-0, 16-0 MVC) became the first team to start 29-0 since Illinois in 2004-05. They are two wins away from a perfect regular season.

NO. 8 KANSAS 85, NO. 19 TEXAS 54: Andrew Wiggins scored 21, Joel Embiid briefly flirted with a triple double and the host Jayhawks (21-6, 12-2 Big 12) took a three-game lead over the Longhorns (20-7, 9-5) in the conference with four to play.

NO. 9 'NOVA 57, ST. JOHN'S 54: Darrun Hilliard scored 18, and the host Wildcats (24-3, 12-2 Big East) won their second straight since losing to Creighton for the second time this season.

NO. 14 UVA 70, NOTRE DAME 49: Akil Mitchell and Anthony Gill scored 15 each for the host Cavaliers (23-5, 14-1 ACC), who used a 30-5 second-half run to win their 11th game in row and set a program record for conference wins.

NO. 17 IOWA ST. 71, TCU 60: DeAndre Kane scored 20, Georges Niang had 19 points and eight rebounds and the visiting Cyclones (21-5, 9-5 Big 12) cruised.

NO. 18 KENTUCKY 77, LSU 76, OT: Julius Randle scored in the lane with 3.9 seconds left in overtime, lifting the host Wildcats (21-6, 11-3 SEC) after Andre Stringer's jumper with 12 seconds left had given the Tigers a 76-75 lead.

STANFORD 83, NO. 23 UCLA 74: Chasson Randle made a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 26 for the host Cardinal, which boosted its NCAA Tournament hopes with a win over the Bruins (21-6, 10-4 Pac-12).

NO. 24 OHIO ST. 64, MINN. 46: Sam Thompson scored 16 of his 19 in the second half, leading the host Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6 Big Ten) back from a 12-point deficit.


HOUSTON 88, UCF 84: Danuel House had 18 points as the host Cougars handed the Knights (10-15, 2-12 American) their 11th loss in 12 games.

UM 69, BC 42: Rion Brown scored 22 for the host Hurricanes (14-13, 5-9 ACC).

FAMU 80, B-CU 75: Jamie Adams scored 26 for the visiting Rattlers (11-16, 7-7 MEAC), who won their third straight and handed the Wildcats (6-23, 4-10) their second straight loss.

TAMPA 71, NOVA SE 60: Vincent Cornu had a career-high 22 points and Jordan Davis had 15 assists and no turnovers for the host Spartans (16-8, 9-6 Sunshine State).

FLA. TECH 61, ECKERD 58: Chris Carter hit a jumper with two seconds left to lift the visiting Panthers over the Tritons (15-11, 7-7 SSC).

LYNN 63, SAINT LEO 60: Fred Landers sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Knights snapped a four-game winning streak by the host Lions (20-7, 8-6 SSC).

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