Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Duke storms back for latest impressive win

DURHAM, N.C. — Mason Plumlee had 21 points and a career high-tying 17 rebounds, and No. 2 Duke rallied late and held on to beat No. 4 Ohio State 73-68 on Wednesday night.

Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon scored all his 17 in the second half. Ryan Kelly added 15 and hit 3-pointers on consecutive trips downcourt early during the 20-7 run that put the Blue Devils (7-0) ahead to stay and sent them to their third win over a top-five team this month.

Deshaun Thomas scored 16 for Ohio State (4-1), and Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 11 each.

Shannon Scott pulled the Buckeyes within 66-64 with a free throw with 28.9 seconds left before Quinn Cook sealed it by hitting six free throws in the final 27.3 seconds.

Cook had 12 points for Duke, which shot 58 percent in the second half to remain unbeaten at home in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and preserve its school-record home winning streak against nonconference foes.

The Blue Devils — who beat then-No. 3 Kentucky in Atlanta and then-No. 2 Louisville in the Bahamas — won their 97th straight against non-ACC visitors to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

But for much of the way, nothing came easy for them. They were outrebounded 40-37, couldn't get anything going on the offensive glass, struggled to keep up with Ohio State's quick ball movement and couldn't find their touch.

Then came the flurry of 3-pointers.

Sulaimon hit one from the key to pull the Blue Devils within 51-50 with about 6½ minutes left. Kelly then hit 3s on consecutive trips down the court, including one in Amir Williams' face that put Duke ahead to stay, 56-53.

'CANES STUN SPARTANS: Attendance-challenged Miami drew a sizable, boisterous crowd for its game against No. 13 Michigan State. When it ended, many of the fans stormed the court.

Senior Trey McKinney Jones scored a career-high 18 and Miami held the Spartans (5-2) without a field goal for a pivotal 5½-minute stretch in the second half in a 67-59 victory in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Miami (4-1) held the ball to run out the clock, and students in the crowd of 5,791 swarmed around their team.

"I was thinking, 'This is what college basketball is all about,' " coach Jim Larranaga said. "In fact, what I was really thinking was, 'This is what being a college student is all about.' Your greatest memories don't come in the classroom. They come at events like this that you'll remember years down the road."

NO. 9 ARIZONA 93, N. ARIZONA 50: Mark Lyons scored 18, Nick Johnson had 10 points and seven assists and the host Wildcats (4-0) showed no signs of rust after an eight-day break.

BOISE ST. 83, NO. 11 CREIGHTON 70: Derrick Marks scored a career-high 35, including 18 straight in the second half, and the Broncos beat a ranked foe for the first time in four seasons and on the road for the first time since March 2005. Creighton (6-1) hadn't lost a regular-season November home game since 1989.

NO. 22 ILLINOIS 75, GA. TECH 62: Joseph Bertrand made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions and scored every point in a 10-0 run to ignite the host Illini (8-0) in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

NO. 24 UNLV 85, UC IRVINE 57: Mike Moser and Anthony Bennett had 19 points each for the host Runnin' Rebels (4-1), who blew open a tight game early in the second half.

NO. 25 NEW MEXICO 76, MERCER 58: Alex Kirk had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Cameron Bairstow added a career-high 16 points for the host Lobos (7-0).

SOUTH CAROLINA: Coach Frank Martin said two-sport standout Bruce Ellington is back with the basketball team until the Gamecocks start bowl practice next month. Martin had said earlier that Ellington would not return until after the football team was completely finished. But the first-year basketball coach said Ellington and football coach Steve Spurrier convinced him the junior point guard could handle the load.

STANFORD: Junior guard-forward Anthony Brown will miss the rest of the season because of a hip injury. Brown is scheduled for surgery in mid December and will apply for a medical redshirt.

UCLA: Junior center Joshua Smith quit the team, and the school gave him his immediate release. He's the second player to leave the program recently. Junior guard Tyler Lamb said last weekend that he would transfer to pursue more playing time.

VIRGINIA: Backup point guard Malcolm Brogdon will redshirt this season. Coach Tony Bennett said Brogdon has been slow to recover from foot surgery performed March 7.

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