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Sore Singler lifts Duke past Tech

DURHAM, N.C. — Kyle Singler went to the bench and clutched his sprained right wrist. Then he went back onto the court and rattled in a 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer.

In all, Singler had career highs of 30 points and eight 3-pointers to lead No. 10 Duke past No. 21 Georgia Tech 86-67 Thursday.

"I just got into a rhythm," said Singler, who made 8 of 10 3-pointers and scored 20 in the second half. "I took open shots … and started knocking them down."

Jon Scheyer added 21 points for Duke (18-4, 6-2 ACC), which led by double figures for the entire second half in bouncing back from a loss at Georgetown and avenging last month's 71-67 loss at Georgia Tech, in which Singler shot 2-of-13.

Leading scorers Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors were in foul trouble for Tech (16-6, 4-4). But coach Paul Hewitt refused to use that as an excuse.

"We had three days to prepare," he said. "We spent more time preparing for them than we did anybody this year. And obviously, it didn't do any good."

No. 8 Purdue 78, Indiana 75: Robbie Hummel and JaJuan Johnson scored 21 as the Boilermakers ended an eight-game skid in Bloomington dating to 1999. "So many players have passed through Purdue and never won here," Johnson said. "For us to be able to do that was great." Purdue (19-3, 7-3 Big Ten) has won five straight entering Tuesday against No. 5 Michigan State. Verdell Jones missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Indiana. "I thought it was going in," he said.

No. 14 Tenn. 59, LSU 54: Wayne Chism scored 20 for the visiting Vols. Tennessee (17-4, 5-2 SEC) led 51-37 with eight minutes left. But it made just two field goals the rest of the way, and Tasmin Mitchell missed a tying 3-pointer with six seconds left for LSU.

No. 23 Butler 63, Detroit 58: Gordon Hayward had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Bulldogs (19-4, 12-0 Horizon), who have won 11 in a row.

Va. Tech 74, UNC 70: Malcolm Delaney scored 21 for the host Hokies. The Tar Heels (13-9, 2-5 ACC), last season's national champion, have lost five of six, their worst run since a five-game skid in 2002-03.

Expanded tourney?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The NCAA has met with conference commissioners, university presidents and athletic directors about expanding the tournament from 65 teams. Nothing has been determined.

Two options reportedly are being considered: 68 teams (four play-in games instead of the current one) and 96 teams (eliminating the NIT). If anything were to happen, it likely would start next season. The NCAA has an 11-year, $6 billion contract with CBS but can opt out after this season.

"It's still a work in progress," NCAA senior vice president Greg Shaheen said. "It's just a series of ongoing dialogues with interested parties but nothing definitive to even analyze at this point."

Michigan State: Point guard Kalin Lucas, last season's Big Ten player of the year, missed practice because of a sprained right ankle and is questionable for Saturday against Illinois.

West Virginia: School president Jim Clements apologized to Pittsburgh, saying he was "appalled and embarrassed" by fans who threw objects onto the court during Wednesday's game. Pitt assistant Tom Herrion was hit under his right eye by what appeared to be a coin. That came after Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins grabbed the courtside microphone and admonished the crowd. Clements said surveillance and security will be increased for future games.

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