OSU stumbles at Duke

JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer Published:

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Once the shots started falling for Duke freshman Rasheed Sulaimon, it wasn't long before another top-five opponent went down, too.

Sulaimon scored all 17 of his points in the second half of the second-ranked Blue Devils' 73-68 come-from-behind victory over No. 4 Ohio State on Wednesday night.

"I let my teammates down in the beginning, not playing as well as I could be, and (coach Mike Krzyzewski) really got on me at halftime," Sulaimon said. "I just love these guys and wanted to go out there and respond."

Mason Plumlee had 21 points and a career-high-tying 17 rebounds, and Ryan Kelly added 15 points 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 points for Ohio State (4-1), while Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 11 apiece. The Buckeyes were held to 33.8 percent shooting.

"If you had told me we were going to shoot 34 percent, I would have said we got ran out of the gym tonight," Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said.

Shannon Scott pulled the Buckeyes within 66-64 with a free throw with 28.9 seconds left but had a critical turnover on the next trip down, and Quinn Cook sealed it by hitting six free throws in the final 27.3 seconds.

"We just didn't do a good job of staying together, and they started going on a run," Craft said. "We couldn't weather it."

Cook finished with 12 points for Duke, which shot 58 percent in the second half -- Sulaimon was 7 of 10 in the final 20 minutes -- to remain unbeaten at home in the made-for-TV ACC-Big Ten Challenge and preserve its school-record winning streak at home against nonconference opponents.

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.

"When you play the schedule that we've played, this is not Xbox or fantasy stuff where these guys are healthy" all the time, Krzyzewski said. "He just played three games (in the Battle 4 Atlantis), get back Sunday afternoon and go out and play these guys on Wednesday -- that's an effort. That's a hell of an effort, and for a freshman, he got knocked back, and at halftime, I thought he responded ... and gave us a verve."

Not to mention a spark, by hitting the first in a series of three straight 3-pointers that turned the game.

Sulaimon buried one from the key to pull the Blue Devils within 51-50 with about 6 1/2 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 -- its first lead since the 14-minute mark of the first half.

"Once he hit those 3s, it was like, 'Yes, we're here,'" Sulaimon said. "Once we got that lead, we weren't going to give it up."

Plumlee followed up Cook's missed layup with a dunk that made it 58-54 with 4 minutes left and sent the rowdy Cameron crowd into ear-splitting madness. Sulaimon capped the run with a fast-break dunk that put Duke up 66-58 with just over a minute to play.

Meanwhile, the Buckeyes could do little right down the stretch. With Cook in his face much of the game, Craft finished 3 of 15 from the field. His jumper with just over 3 minutes left was Ohio State's last field goal until Evan Ravenel's dunk with 3 seconds left.

"They just stopped guarding me towards the end, going under ball screens and things," Craft said. "Just couldn't knock down shots. Sometimes, that happens."

Yet after Cook's first two late free throws, Ohio State had a chance to make it a one-possession game again, but Scott dribbled off his foot with 20 seconds left.

This old building was rocking at levels usually reserved for the annual visit from North Carolina -- although the Buckeyes certainly did their best to hush the place early.

Duke trudged through a decidedly un-Duke-like opening half in which the Blue Devils went 10 minutes between field goals, missed 13 of their final 16 shots, didn't get their first offensive rebound until there were nearly 4 minutes left and were fortunate to only be down 31-23 at halftime.

The Buckeyes generated plenty of open looks by whipping the ball around the perimeter, and when they missed, they gave themselves plenty of second chances by playing with markedly more physicality than Duke could muster.

Williams' free throw with 1:13 left put Ohio State up 31-21 -- Duke's first double-digit deficit at home this season. Duke erased its rare 10-point deficit early in the second half with an 11-4 run.

TOP 25

No. 9 ARIZONA 93, NORTHERN ARIZONA 50

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Mark Lyons scored 18 points and Nick Johnson had 10 points and seven assists for Arizona.

The Wildcats (4-0) overwhelmed the Lumberjacks from the get-go, showing no signs of rust after an eight-day break.

The Wildcats built an 18-point lead in the first half and shut down Northern Arizona in the second for their 29th straight win over the Lumberjacks (2-4).

Arizona shot 58 percent, made 12 of 21 from 3-point range and had 22 assists on 30 field goals to kick off a stretch of four games in 11 days.

Solomon Hill had 17 points, Brandon Ashley grabbed 11 rebounds and Johnson added four steals for the Wildcats.

Dewayne Russell had 13 points and Blake Hamilton 11 for Northern Arizona, winless in 24 all-time games against ranked opponents.

BOISE ST. 83, No. 11 Creighton 70

OMAHA, Neb. -- Derrick Marks scored a career-high 35 points, including 18 straight in the second half, to lead Boise State to the upset.

The Broncos (5-1) beat a ranked opponent for the first time in four seasons and beat one on the road for the first time since March 2005.

Creighton (6-1) hadn't lost a regular-season November home game since 1989.

Anthony Drmic had 17 points and Jeff Elorriaga added 12 for the Broncos.

Doug McDermott led Creighton with 21 points.

Creighton got within five points in the last 3 minutes of the game, but Drmic scored twice and Marks made four free throws to seal the Broncos' first win over a ranked opponent since they beat Utah State in February 2009.

The Broncos had come into the game having lost 18 of 19 on the road against ranked teams, with the lone win against Nevada in March 2005.

Marks scored 28 points in the second half.

MIAMI 67, No. 13 Michigan St. 59

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Senior Trey McKinney Jones scored a career-high 18 points and Miami held Michigan State without a field goal for a 5 1/2-minute stretch in the second half.

McKinney Jones went 5 for 7 from 3-point range, including a basket that capped a 14-2 run to start the second half that put them ahead 41-33. The lead grew to 57-45, and Miami (4-1) went 8 for 8 from the free throw line over the final 2:11 to seal the victory.

Keith Appling had 15 points for the Spartans (5-2), who lost for the first time since the season opener against Connecticut.

No. 22 ILLINOIS 75, GEORGIA TECH 62

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Joseph Bertrand made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions and scored every point in a 10-0 run for Illinois in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Illinois (8-0) took charge behind Bertrand, who also scored on a drives in the decisive surge to lift the Illini from a 58-54 deficit late in the second half.

The Illini finished the game on a 21-4 run.

Bertrand, a redshirt junior, scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half. Brandon Paul also scored 15 points for the Illini while forward Tyler Griffey and guard D.J. Richardson had 14 points apiece.

Kammeon Holsey led Georgia Tech (4-2) with 14 points while Jason Morris and Mfon Udofia scored 10 points apiece.

No. 24 UNLV 85, UC IRVINE 57

LAS VEGAS -- Freshman Anthony Bennett and junior Mike Moser scored 19 points apiece to lead UNLV.

Using tenacious defense, the Rebels held UC Irvine scoreless during a crucial 5 minutes of the second half, long enough to widen their lead to 20 points and take the Anteaters out of the game. UNLV outscored UC Irvine 51-31 in the second half to pull away for the easy win.

Katin Reinhardt added 13 points for the Rebels (4-1).

UC Irvine (3-4) scored just 21 points over the final 14:59 of the game -- nine of which came from the free throw line.

Daman Starring had 18 points and Adam Folker added 12 for the Anteaters.

No. 25 NEW MEXICO 76, MERCER 58

ALBUQUERQUE -- Alex Kirk had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Cameron Bairstow added a career-high 16 points for New Mexico.

It was Kirk's second straight double-double for the Lobos (7-0).

Travis Smith scored 16 points to lead the Bears (3-4).

Bairstow and Tony Snell combined for 14 points in a 17-2 New Mexico run that put the Lobos up 19-5.

Mercer was never able to get closer than eight points the rest of the way.

BIG TEN

PURDUE 73, CLEMSON 61

CLEMSON, S.C. -- D.J. Byrd 20 points and six 3-pointers in the first half as Purdue built a big lead and held on to defeat Clemson 73-61 in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on Wednesday.

The Boilermakers (3-3) won in the conference challenge for a fourth straight year and did on the strength of their early outside shooting. Byrd was 6 of 9 from beyond the arc while Purdue had seven threes overall to lead 42-22 at the break.

Clemson (4-2) cut the 23-point lead to 68-59 on Adonis Filer's three with 1:31 remaining but got no closer. The Tigers played without suspended leading scorer Milton Jennings, who was arrested on a drug possession charge earlier Wednesday.

Byrd finished with 22 points and Terone Johnson 13 for Purdue.

Devin Booker had 18 points to lead the Tigers. Bernard Sullivan started in place of the 6-foot-9 Jennings and missed both shots he attempted.

VIRGINIA 60, WISCONSIN 54

MADISON, Wis. -- Joe Harris scored 22 points to lead Virginia in a 60-54 win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge on Wednesday night.

Darion Atkins scored 14 for the Cavaliers (5-2), while Akil Mitchell added 11.

Ben Brust led Wisconsin (4-3) with 15 points, while Jared Berggren added 12.

Harris was intentionally fouled with just less than a minute left and converted both free throws to put the Cavaliers up 57-50.

Berggren then slammed home a miss, and Virginia committed a turnover as the Badgers went to a full-court press. Berggren hit a pair of free throws to pull Wisconsin within 57-54 with 34.4 seconds left, and the Badgers fouled Mitchell in the full-court press.

He converted the first, but missed the second.

Wisconsin struggled to get a shot off with Brust finally creating contact on a 3-point attempt with 5 seconds left. Mitchell converted two free throws.

BOSTON COLLEGE 73, PENN STATE 61

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Freshman Olivier Hanlan scored 22 points and Boston College withstood a furious late-game rally to beat Penn State 73-61 on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The Eagles (3-4) led by 20 with 6:21 left before an 18-1 run got Penn State within 60-57 with 3:05 left, led by Jermaine Marshall (25 points) and D.J. Newbill (22).

Hanlan's three-point play on a jumper in the lane ended the spurt, and Andrew Van Nest's open layup gave Boston College a 65-59 lead with 1:52 left.

Joe Rahon added 14 points for Boston College, which built its big lead off a run of 3-point shooting in the second half and defensive lapses in the lane by Penn State.

But the young Eagles, who start three sophomores and two freshmen, nearly let it slip away down the stretch.

Hanlan finished 15 of 19 from the foul line.

MAC

BRADLEY 82, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 65

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Tyshon Pickett and Jordan Prosser scored 17 points and Bradley breezed to an 82-65 win over Central Michigan Wednesday night.

Prosser's total, in 21 minutes, was a career high for the junior center. He was 8 of 11 from the floor, Pickett was 8 of 12 and the Braves (5-1) shot 54 percent from the field. Walt Lemon Jr. and Dyricus Simms-Edwards scored 14 apiece for Bradley, and Jake Eastman added 12 points.

Kyle Randall was the only Central Michigan player in double figures with 21 points. The Chippewas (3-3) shot 36 percent from the floor.

CMU outrebounded Bradley 36-34, but the Braves owned a 66-24 scoring advantage in the paint.

OHIO 69, ST. BONAVENTURE 64

ATHENS -- D.J. Cooper's 3-pointer with 38 seconds remaining and his two free throws 19 seconds later helped Ohio remain unbeaten with a 69-64 nonconference victory over St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night.

The Bobcats, off to their first 6-0 start since 1969-70, led 53-45 before the Bonnies (3-2) used an 11-0 run to take a 56-53 lead at the 6:52 mark of the second half.

Chris Johnson's jumper with 49 seconds remaining gave St. Bonaventure its final lead, 64-63, before Cooper answered with his 3-pointer.

There were 15 lead changes and seven ties in the game.

Cooper finished with 16 points and eight assists for the Bobcats. He had 43 points and 13 assists the last time the teams met, a 112-107 St. Bonaventure victory two seasons ago. Walter Offutt added 14 points and Nick Kellogg 13.

Eric Mosley paced St. Bonaventure with 19 points and Johnson added 17.

KENT STATE 85, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 78

YOUNGSTOWN -- Chris Evans finished with a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds to help Kent State beat Youngstown State Wednesday night in overtime 85-78.

Both teams missed opportunities to close out the game in regulation.

With 1:14 left to play in the second period, Kamren Belin missed a potential go-ahead free throw for Youngstown State (3-4).

Randal Holt missed a 3-pointer for Kent State (5-2) with 3 seconds left forcing overtime.

In the overtime period, Kent State went up 78-74 on a three-point play by Darren Goodson with 2:21 left to play, and used free throws the rest of the way to hold on to the victory. Kent was 8 of 9 from the free-throw line in the overtime period.

Holt added 21 points for Kent State on 5-of-9 shooting from behind the arc.

Kendrick Perry led Youngstown State with 26 points.

TEMPLE 54, BUFFALO 39

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Anthony Lee scored 10 points and Temple used stifling defense to defeat Buffalo 54-39 Wednesday night and improve to 4-0 for the first time since the 2000-01 season.

The Owls took a 13-2 lead en route to a 31-16 halftime advantage. Lee, whose tip-in stunned the Bulls in last season's 87-85 overtime win in Philadelphia, scored eight first-half points as Temple shot 50 percent (12 of 24) while limiting Buffalo to 23.1 percent (6 of 26).

The Owls cooled off to 22.2 percent in the second half (6 of 27), but made 10 of 12 free throws. After the break, Buffalo (2-6) shot 42.3 percent (11 of 26), although missing its only free throw.

Temple held an opponent under 40 points for the first time since beating Bowling Green 63-39 on Dec. 28, 2009.

The output was Buffalo's lowest since losing to Miami (Ohio) 63-35 on Feb. 22, 2002.

TOLEDO 80, TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI 68

TOLEDO -- Rian Pearson netted a career-high 30 points as Toledo topped Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 80-68 Wednesday night.

Pearson hit 16 of 20 free-throw attempts, while going 6 of 9 from the field and 2 for 2 on 3-pointers. He also had eight rebounds.

Julius Brown pitched in 16 points and six assists for Toledo (2-4), while Reese Holliday had 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Johnathan Jordan led the Islanders (1-4) with 22 points, including a 12 of 14 showing from the line.

The Rockets pulled away early to an 18-9 advantage on Reese Holliday's jumper with 11:44 left in the half and led 27-17 on Dominique Buckley's 3-pointer with 7:45 left. Richard Wonnell made a layup with 2 seconds left to give Toledo a 44-30 lead at the break.

Toledo extended the lead as large as 22 points, 59-37, in the second half.

OHIO COLLEGES

CLEVELAND STATE 69, BALL STATE 63

MUNCIE, Indiana -- Bryn Forbes scored 18 points and Cleveland State beat Ball State 69-63 on Wednesday night.

Forbes was 4 of 8 from 3-point range.

Charlie Lee had 16 points and six assists. Devon Long added 10 points. Tim Kamczyc and Mason Marlin had eight rebounds and seven points apiece.

Ball State shot 40 percent from the field for the game and led 34-30 at halftime. The Vikings (5-2) shot just 37.9 percent in each half. But they made 17 points off turnovers and had 19 second-chance points, as compared to 11 and six for Ball State.

Jesse Berry scored 28 points for Ball State. Chris Bond added 12. Majok Majok had eight rebounds.

The loss gives the Cardinals (2-3) a three-game losing streak.

WEBER STATE 62, DAYTON 61

DAYTON -- Kyle Tresnak scored 16 points and Scott Bamforth added 15 as Weber State rallied from a seven-point deficit, then held off Dayton 62-61 Wednesday night.

Trailing 27-20, the Wildcats (2-2) went on a 16-2 run, with Bamforth scoring eight straight points in the spree, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Dayton (4-2) used a 7-0 spurt to tie it at 38, but couldn't pull ahead until a Josh Benson three-point play with 2:34 to go made it 57-56.

Tresnak knotted the game with a free throw, then Bamforth hit a 3 with 1:26 remaining.

Benson trimmed the deficit to 60-59 with two free throws, which Bamforth matched with 8 seconds left. Devin Oliver made a layup with 1 second remaining for the final margin as the Flyers saw their three-game winning streak end.

Kevin Dillard led Dayton with 18 points and Benson had 17 in the first meeting between the programs.

OTHER COLLEGE

NAVY 54, IPFW 49

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Freshman Kendall Knorr scored 15 points as Navy pulled away from IPFW 54-49 Wednesday night to exceed last season's win total.

Brandon Venturini added 11 points and Worth Smith 10 for the Midshipmen (4-4), who posted a 3-26 record in the 2011-12 campaign.

Navy took a 14-2 lead in the first 6:28 and led 24-16 at halftime.

IPFW got within a point twice after the break, the second time at 31-30 with 10:41 left. The Midshipmen answered with an 18-6 run, with Knorr scoring his 15 points in a 5-minute spurt, hitting 6 of 6 including 3 treys.

The Mastodons closed the gap to 52-49 with 44 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Isaiah McCray, but did not attempt another field goal. After a missed free throw and turnover by McCray, who led IPFW with 10 points, Smith's two free throws with 3 seconds left sealed the win.

WOMEN

NO.22 NORTH CAROLINA 57, NO. 15 OHIO STATE 54

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Xylina McDaniel, Waltiea Rolle and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 11 points apiece to lead No. 22 North Carolina to a 57-54 victory against No. 15 Ohio State on Wednesday.

Tayler Hill scored 24 points for the Buckeyes (4-2).

Hill's jumper pushed Ohio State ahead 54-51 with 1:26 left, but McDaniel made a jumper and Ruffin-Pratt made two to hand the Tar Heels the victory.

North Carolina (7-0) led 29-25 at the break. The Tar Heels opened the second half on an 8-0 run and pushed their advantage to 44-28 on Krista Gross' jumper with 11:36 remaining.

Hill scored 10 points to pull the Buckeyes to 46-38 with 7:58 left and tied the game at 50 on Darryce Moore's jumper with 2:56 remaining.

Ohio State jumped ahead 25-22 on Hill's jumper with 4:06 left in the first half, but North Carolina ran off seven in a row to lead at the break.

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