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Down 20, Duke overcomes N.C. State

DURHAM, N.C. — Seth Curry scored 21 of his season-high 26 in the second half, and No. 5 Duke rallied from 20 down with 11:33 to play to beat N.C. State 78-73 Thursday night.

Freshman Austin Rivers added 16 points on 4-of-13 shooting for the Blue Devils (22-4, 9-2 ACC). They had late rallies of 13-0 and 20-3.

Lorenzo Brown scored 19 to lead the Wolfpack (18-8, 7-4), which trailed 76-73 with the ball in the final seconds with a chance to force overtime. But Brown missed a contested 3 from the corner and Curry hit two free throws to seal N.C. State's 14th straight loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

N.C. State plays host to FSU on Saturday and North Carolina on Tuesday.

No. 7 michigan st. 69, Wis. 55: Draymond Green had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Keith Appling scored 20 and the host Spartans (21-5, 10-3 Big Ten) moved back into a first-place tie in the conference with Ohio State. Michigan State has won four straight and six of their past seven. The Badgers fell to 19-7, 8-5, with the Spartans crowd so loud late in the first half that official Mike Sanzere told ranting Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan that he couldn't hear him. Ryan was often livid in the first half about the officiating. With 21.4 seconds left in the game and trailing by 14, he called a timeout. Ryan said he had feedback for his players that couldn't wait for the locker room. "That win says a lot," Green said. "It's not the most talented team Bo Ryan has had, but it's very good."

W. Virginia 66, Pitt 48: Kevin Jones had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the visiting Mountaineers (17-10, 7-7 Big East). The Panthers (15-12, 4-10) are slumping with USF coming to town Sunday. Pitt lost its third straight, shooting 37 percent with as many turnovers (17) as field goals. Panthers star Ashton Gibbs scored eight on 2-of-11 shooting.

Vandy 102, Mississippi 76: Jeffery Taylor scored 28 as the visiting Commodores (18-8, 7-4 SEC) pulled within a game of second-place Florida in the conference. In the first half Vanderbilt hit 10 of 12 3s and took a 53-28 lead. The Rebels received three technicals, one after fans threw ice on the floor for a second time, and the others on coach Andy Kennedy and senior Terrance Henry. After the game, Mississippi's Reginald Buckner and Jelan Kendrick argued and were separated by coaches.

Ark.-Little Rock 78, FIU 64: The visiting Golden Panthers (7-18, 4-9 Sun Belt) lost their third straight. Cameron Bell made four free throws before missing his last attempt, setting the FIU record with 24 in a row.

Women

No. 6 Miami 73, N.C. State 61: Riquna Williams scored 17 of her 24 in the first half and Shawnice Wilson had career highs with 17 points and 17 rebounds for the visiting Hurricanes (23-3, 12-1 ACC), who remain a game behind first-place Duke in the conference.

Alabama 77, No. 7 UK 75: Jasmine Robinson scored 17 and the host Tide held on after the SEC-leading Wildcats (21-5, 10-3) nearly overcame a 23-point deficit. Alabama's last win against a ranked team was against No. 24 BYU on Dec. 21, 2002.

No. 8 maryland 73, UVA 56: Tianna Hawkins scored a career-high 26 and added 14 rebounds for the host Terrapins (22-4, 9-4 ACC). The Cavs were 18th nationally in scoring defense, allowing 52.9 points, but nearly gave up that many by halftime, trailing 44-21. They never got closer than 11 after that.

No. 9 Ohio St. 75, Indiana 54: Tayler Hill scored 27 and the host Buckeyes (23-3, 10-3 Big Ten) never trailed despite playing without conference scoring leader Samantha Prahalis (flu). Ohio State has won nine straight against the Hoosiers.

No. 10 Del. 89, Hofstra 79: Elena Delle Donne had a season-high 42 points, including the 2,000th of her career, 14 rebounds and six blocks for the visiting Blue Hens (23-1, 14-0 Colonial).

No. 11 Wis.-Green Bay 90, Cleveland St. 59: Julie Wojta had 23 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for the visiting Phoenix (22-1, 12-1 Horizon).

No. 12 Penn State 74, No. 17 Purdue 63: Maggie Lucas scored 28 for the visiting Nittany Lions (21-5, 11-3 Big Ten), who have won five straight and remain in first in the league.

No. 13 Tenn. 57, Miss. St. 41: Shekinna Stricklen had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the visiting Vols (19-7, 10-3 SEC).

Northwestern 63, No. 16 Nebraska 51: Dannielle Diamant had 19 points and eight rebounds as the Wildcats sent the host Cornhuskers (19-6, 8-5 Big Ten) to a third straight loss.

No. 18 UGA 61, No. 25 S.C. 59: Anne Marie Armstrong made two free throws with five seconds left for the visiting Bulldogs (20-6, 9-4 SEC). The Gamecocks (19-7, 8-5) had rallied to tie it with 12 seconds left.

No. 20 Ga. Tech 67, Wake 52: Dawnn Maye had 23 points and Tyaunna Marshall had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Yellow Jackets (19-7, 9-4 ACC).

Down 20, Duke overcomes N.C. State 02/16/12 [Last modified: Friday, February 17, 2012 12:19am]
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