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Shorthanded Duke tops Wake

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Marshall Plumlee set the screen, rolled to the basket, took the pass and threw down a powerful dunk for No. 14 Duke.

During his series of lead-stretching slams, the only Wake Forest player who could stop him was stuck on the bench with four fouls.

Plumlee scored 14 of his career-best 18 in the second half of the Blue Devils' 91-75 victory over Wake Forest on Wednesday night.

"There was some locker room talk (at halftime), but the underlying theme was, Coach believes in me just like he believes in every one of us," Plumlee said. "And when you have belief of your teammates and a great coaching staff, you feel like you can take on the world."

Grayson Allen scored 24, freshman Luke Kennard added 23 and Brandon Ingram had 17 for the Blue Devils (13-2, 2-0 ACC).

They shot 52 percent and overcame some serious foul trouble to their thin rotation to win their fourth straight game and open an ACC season with consecutive road victories for just the second time under coach Mike Krzyzewski. Duke is down to seven players in the regular rotation with forward Amile Jefferson out indefinitely with a broken foot.

"There's nobody to sub in," Krzyzewski said. "We're literally on an edge all the time. Our guys have to realize that, and they have to play, not conservatively, but smart."

Devin Thomas had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Codi Miller-McIntyre had a season-best 20 points for the Demon Deacons. They've lost three of four, also falling to No. 10 Xavier and No. 16 Louisville.

"Moral victories do us no good," coach Danny Manning said. "We've got to find ways to get it done."

NO. 3 MARYLAND 88, RUTGERS 63: Jake Layman scored 18, Diamond Stone had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the host Terrapins (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) took control early. Maryland never trailed in its eighth straight victory.

NO. 11 VILLANOVA 72, SETON HALL 63: Daniel Ochefu had 20 points and 18 rebounds in one of the best games for a Wildcats big man in years, leading host Villanova (13-2, 3-0 Big East) to its fifth straight win. Ochefu, a 6-foot-11, 245-pound forward, made 6 of 13 shots and 8 of 10 free throws. He has developed into the Wildcats' most reliable shooter, connecting on 18 of 20 field goals in their past three wins.

NO. 21 TEXAS A&M 61, MISS. ST. 60: Jalen Jones had 11 points, including the go-ahead dunk with 20 seconds left, to lead the visiting Aggies (12-2, 2-0 SEC) to their fifth straight win.

NO. 24 PITT 89, GA. TECH 84: James Robinson and Jamel Artis scored 18 each for the host Panthers (13-1, 2-0 ACC), who won their ninth straight game behind a balanced attack even with second-leading scorer Michael Young limited early by foul trouble. Young finished with 17 points in 18 minutes, one of five Pitt players in double figures.

NO. 25 DAYTON 93, UMASS 63: Charles Cooke scored 18, and the host Flyers (12-2, 2-0 Atlantic 10) had 26 points off turnovers.

SERIES NIXED: Utah canceled its contracted game next season against rival BYU because of events in recent games, Utes coach Larry Krystkowiak said in a statement. "The level of emotions has escalated to the point where there is the potential for serious injury," Krystkowiak said.

NO. 15 SMU: Junior guard Keith Frazier is working through some personal issues and will miss his second game tonight, coach Larry Brown said. Frazier has the support of Brown and the program, the coach said.

HAWAII: The school is appealing the NCAA's decision to ban the men's basketball program from postseason games.

ILLINOIS: Guard Khalid Lewis will return to the lineup tonight after missing games against Michigan and Ohio State while recovering from the mumps.

MICHIGAN: Guard Caris LeVert's status is still uncertain heading into tonight's game after he sat out Saturday with a lower left leg injury, coach John Beilein said.

OREGON: Senior guard Dylan Ennis will miss the rest of the season with a left foot injury that he reaggravated Sunday.

Women

NO. 1 UCONN 95, TULSA 35: Saniya Chong, making her first start in more than a year, scored 18 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., to lead the Huskies (12-0, 2-0 AAC) to their 49th straight win. The three-time defending national champions visit USF at 5 p.m. Sunday.

NO. 4 TEXAS 75, IOWA ST. 54: Brooke McCarty scored 17 and hit five 3-pointers for the host Longhorns (14-0, 3-0 SEC), off to their best start since they were undefeated NCAA champions in 1986.

NO. 6 BAYLOR 58, KANSAS 40: Nina Davis had 16 points and Niya Johnson and Alexis Jones 12 each for the visiting Bears (12-1, 2-1 Big 12), who held the Jayhawks' leading scorer and starting point guard, Lauren Aldridge, scoreless.

NO. 17 OKLA. 78, TCU 65: Kaylon Williams had 18 points and 10 rebounds and McKenna Treece scored all of her seven in the fourth quarter to help the visiting Sooners (11-3, 2-1 Big 12) rally from a 14-point second-half deficit.

Tonight, women: No. 22 USF vs. SMU

7, Sun Dome

Records: USF 9-3, 2-0 AAC; SMU 6-7, 1-1

Radio: 820-AM

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