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Florida State hangs on to edge North Carolina State

TALLAHASSEE — Freshman Dwayne Bacon scored 20 for his second straight game of 20-plus, and Florida State held off North Carolina State 77-73 on Monday night.

After the Wolfpack got within 75-73 on two Anthony "Cat" Barber free throws, Bacon hit a jumper with 15 seconds left to extend the Seminoles' lead to four.

Bacon, who was named the ACC rookie of the week earlier in the day, was 8-of-17 from the field. Fellow freshman Malik Beasley added 15 points and six rebounds for FSU (15-7, 5-5 ACC), which has won three straight in conference play for the first time in two years.

Barber scored 31 for the Wolfpack, which was playing for the second time in three days but nearly managed to pull off the road upset.

FSU used an aggressive defense and a deep rotation to wear N.C. State (12-11, 2-8) out. The Seminoles led by as much as 16 before the Wolfpack clawed its way back into it.

NO. 19 LOUISVILLE 71, NO. 2 UNC 65: Damion Lee had 24 points, including two free throws with 8.3 seconds left, to help the host Cardinals (18-4, 7-2 ACC) end the Tar Heels' 12-game winning streak.

After scoring six in Saturday's loss to then-No. 11 Virginia, Lee lifted Louisville to a hard-fought victory by making 8 of 12 shots, including consecutive 3-pointers that helped provide a 55-50 lead with 9:35 left.

Chinanu Onuaku added a three-point play to make it 63-55. Ray Spalding scored and Trey Lewis followed with a big layup then two free throws with 26 seconds left for a four-point lead.

Lee sealed the win by making two more free throws as Louisville handed the Tar Heels (19-3, 8-1) their first conference loss. Onuaku had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinals.

North Carolina shot 35 percent from the field and committed 16 turnovers.

HOUSTON 71, NO. 12 SMU 68: Devonta Pollard scored 23 as the host Cougars rallied to hand the Mustangs (19-2, 8-2 AAC) their second loss in three games.

DUKE EXITS POLL: Duke is unranked for the first time since the preseason poll of 2007-08 after losing four of its past five games. Notre Dame also fell out, and No. 24 Dayton and No. 25 South Carolina re-entered. Oklahoma was No. 1 for a third straight week.


NO. 3 N. DAME 68, DUKE 61: Madison Cable had 18 points to lead the visiting Fighting Irish (21-1, 9-0 ACC) to their 14th straight win.

NO. 7 OHIO ST. 80, ILLINOIS 70: Ameryst Alston scored 24, Kelsey Mitchell had seven of her 22 in the fourth quarter and the Buckeyes (17-4, 9-1 Big Ten) won their fifth straight game.

SYRACUSE 57, NO. 16 MIAMI 51: Alexis Peterson scored 10 of her 16 in the fourth quarter to help the Orange to its first road win against a ranked team since 2013-14. The Hurricanes (18-4, 6-3 ACC) had 26 turnovers that led to 15 points.

NO. 2 S. CAROLINA: Starting forward Asia Dozier injured her right hand Sunday, and her status is unclear for Thursday night's game against Kentucky.

AP POLL: Despite two losses last week, Tennessee still checked in at No. 23, its 563rd straight week of being ranked. No. 19 USF and No. 10 Florida State each moved up a spot, and No. 22 Florida re-entered along with Oklahoma State. DePaul and West Virginia fell out. UConn remained No. 1.

Florida State hangs on to edge North Carolina State 02/01/16 [Last modified: Monday, February 1, 2016 11:25pm]
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