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Duke makes statement

Duke’s Tyler Thornton lunges to catch an inbounds pass under pressure from Louisville’s Luke Hancock during the first half.

Associated Press

Duke’s Tyler Thornton lunges to catch an inbounds pass under pressure from Louisville’s Luke Hancock during the first half.

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Quinn Cook scored 11 of his 15 in the final 7:46, including No. 5 Duke's last eight, and the Blue Devils beat No. 2 Louisville 76-71 Saturday night in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Neither team led by more than four over the final 10 minutes until Cook's second free throw with 6.7 seconds left made it 76-71.

The sophomore point guard had six assists and four turnovers against Louisville's pressure defense. He was 4-of-8 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line.

It was the first meeting between Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Louisville's Rick Pitino since Christian Laettner's shot beat Kentucky, then coached by Pitino, in the 1992 NCAA Tournament region final.

Mason Plumlee had 16 points for Duke (6-0). Peyton Siva had 19 points for the Cardinals (5-1), and Russ Smith added 17.

Center Gorgui Dieng didn't suit up for Louisville because of a left wrist injury.

Down 52-41, the Cardinals rallied, going ahead 59-58 on Siva's 3-pointer, their first lead since 90 seconds into the game.

Cook followed with a 3 to put the Blue Devils back ahead. Louisville tied it for the last time at 61 on Chane Behanan's 15-foot jumper before Seth Curry hit a 3-pointer.

NO. 13 MISSOURI 68, VCU 65: Phil Pressey had 11 points, eight assists and two huge shots in the final two minutes for the Tigers (5-1) in the third-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

NO. 18 UNLV 82, IOWA ST. 70: Freshman Anthony Bennett scored 22 for the Runnin' Rebels (3-1) in the consolation game of the Global Sports Classic in Las Vegas.

NO. 19 MEMPHIS 52, N. IOWA 47: Chris Crawford had 18 points for the Tigers (3-2), who bounced back after consecutive losses in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

CHARLESTON 63, NO. 24 BAYLOR 59: Willis Hall scored six in a row to break a tie, and the Cougars upset the host Bears (4-2) to beat a ranked team for the first time since an overtime home victory over No. 9 North Carolina on Jan. 4, 2010.

MIAMI 77, DETROIT 62: Durand Scott, back from a six-game suspension, and Shane Larkin scored 15 each to lead the host Hurricanes (3-1).

FAMU 69, PRESBYTERIAN 55: Jamie Adams had 23 points, seven steals and five assists for the Rattlers (1-5), who used two big runs to pull away at the Las Vegas Invitational.

VALPO 77, B-CU 64: Ryan Broekhoff scored a career-high 30 against visiting Bethune-Cookman (2-4) in a Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic region final.

ECKERD 72, CLARK ATLANTA 70: Jerrick Stevenson had 21 points, including a dunk with six minutes left that put the Tritons (2-0) ahead for good at the Eckerd Classic.

TAMPA 58, P.R. BAYAMON 50: Da'Markco Foster had 17 points and Anthony Griffis 15 as the Spartans (4-0) pulled away at the Eckerd Classic.

WINSTON-SALEM 63, SAINT LEO 57: Wakefield Ellison had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Rams, who put away the Lions (3-1) with a late 9-0 run.

BRANDEIS 80, BABSON 69: Former St. Petersburg High standout Gabriel Moton, a junior point guard, had 28 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double double for the Division III Judges in Waltham, Mass.


FSU 73, NO. 17 VANDY 59: Leonor Rodriguez led five players in double figures with 16 points for the Seminoles (5-0) at the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico. The Commodores (3-3) lost their third straight.

UF 80, N. IOWA 63: Freshman Carlie Needles scored 14 to lead five players in double figures for the Gators (5-1), who won their third straight in the second day of the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas.

ECKERD 73, N. GEORGIA 45: Liga Vente had 18 points and Krystal Charles had nine rebounds as the host Tritons (3-1) romped.

NO. 2 UCONN 91, NO. 14 PURDUE 57: Breanna Stewart scored 17 for the Huskies (5-0), who never trailed the Boilermakers (5-1) en route to the championship of the Paradise Jam tournament in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

NO. 6 PENN ST. 85, CAL-NORTHRIDGE 73: Maggie Lucas scored 23 as the Lions (5-0) overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to win the Cal State Northridge tournament.

NO. 11 CAL 72, G'TOWN 56: Layshia Clarendon scored 20 to lead the Golden Bears (5-0), which won the Cal Classic title for the eighth time in the past 10 years.

NO. 13 OKLA. 100, OREGON 61: Aaryn Ellenberg scored a season-high 27 for the Sooners (4-1), who made 17 of a school-record 38 3s at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu.

NO. 15 TEXAS 94, CENTRAL CONN. ST. 58: Chassidy Fussell had 22 points to lead the host Longhorns (4-0).

NO. 25 UNC 85, LA SALLE 55: Waltiea Rolle had 15 points and 12 rebounds to pace the host Tar Heels (5-0).

Duke makes statement 11/24/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 25, 2012 12:21am]
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