Blue Devils grind out 79-69 win

AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer Published:

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke played the defense its Hall of Fame coach wanted to see, while Quinn Cook turned in an all-around floor game to keep the 10th-ranked Blue Devils rolling in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Cook had 24 points -- all in the second half -- and nine assists to help Duke beat No. 22 Michigan 79-69 on Tuesday night, improving the Blue Devils to 13-2 all-time in the annual interconference competition.

Freshman Jabari Parker added 15 points to help the Blue Devils (7-2) regroup from last week's loss to Arizona by grinding out a tough win against the Wolverines. Duke didn't shoot the ball well early but frustrated Michigan's offense, turning away every spurt and keeping the Wolverines (5-3) at arm's length much of the game.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said his team played "an outstanding defensive game," which began with forcing the Wolverines to miss 17 of their first 21 shots to put them in a hole they never escaped.

"Each of the teams I've coached here has to develop its own identity, even though we're given a place that's very high before we ever accomplish anything because of our history," Krzyzewski said. "... We're not a great basketball team. We have great kids and they're trying hard. We have a really tough schedule and we have to just keep trying to get better."

The positives for Duke started with Cook, who finished with just two turnovers in 37 minutes in what Krzyzewski called a "magnificent" performance. It also included Andre Dawkins, who hit two straight 3-pointers midway through the second half to spark Duke's clinching rally after Michigan had pulled within six points.

"Guys are stepping into their roles, roles are changing," Cook said. "It's a long season. You can't just stay the same the whole season. We kind of want to keep getting better and keep teams on their toes. We've got a long ways to go."

Duke's 13-2 record in the Challenge is by far the best for a team in either conference, including 6-0 at famously hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Caris LeVert matched his career-high with 24 points for Michigan, though leading scorer Nik Stauskas struggled all game.

Mitch McGary finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds for Michigan, while Stauskas -- who missed the last game with an ankle injury -- finished with four points.

After five straight 20-point games before sitting out against Coppin State, Stauskas missed his only two shots and managed just one 3-point attempt in 34 minutes.

TOP 25

No. 2 ARIZONA 79, TEXAS TECH 58

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Freshman Aaron Gordon scored 19 points, Nick Johnson and Brandon Ashley added 18 each and No. 2 Arizona beat Texas Tech 79-58 on Tuesday night in the Wildcats' first game since beating Duke to win the NIT Season Tip-off.

Johnson made a career-best 4 3-pointers in 6 attempts. Ashley grabbed 10 rebounds, one shy of his career high.

The Wildcats (8-0) scored the first 10 points of the game and led by 10 points after a sloppy first half. They were up by as many as 23 points in the second half.

Arizona moved up two spots to second in the poll this week after the win over Duke at Madison Square Garden last Friday.

Kader Tapsoba and Jaye Crockett scored 11 points each for the Red Raiders (6-3) and Aaron Ross added 10.

It was the highest-scoring game of the season for Gordon, a freshman who was 7 of 10 from the field but just 4 of 12 from the free throw line. He had eight rebounds as Arizona dominated the boards 43-23. Arizona's T.J. McConnell had 10 assists, one short of his career best.

No. 4 SYRACUSE 69, INDIANA 52

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Trevor Cooney scored 21 points and Tyler Ennis added 17 points and eight assists for Syracuse in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Syracuse (8-0) has won 46 straight nonconference games at home.

After Indiana's Noah Vonleh tied it at 33-all early in the second half, Syracuse went on a 12-0 run to begin to take command.

Syracuse had seven blocked shots, 10 steals and matched the nation's top team on the glass with 29 rebounds.

Indiana (6-2) shot 15 of 41 (36.6 percent) and was 6 of 13 in the second half in getting outscored 36-23.

C.J. Fair finished with 15 points for the Orange.

Vonleh had 17 points for the Hoosiers and Yogi Ferrell added 12, only three in the second half -- a 3-pointer with 1:59 remaining.

No. 18 UCLA 89, UC SANTA BARBARA 76

LOS ANGELES -- Jordan Adams scored 22 points and Kyle Anderson added 21 to lead unbeaten UCLA.

Bryce Alford, the son of UCLA coach Steve Alford, hit a 3-pointer with 8:04 remaining in the second half, snapping a 65-all tie and sparking a 7-0 run.

Alford's 3 was followed by a dunk by Tony Parker and two free throws by Norman Powell. The Bruins (8-0) held the Gauchos (3-3) to nine points the rest of the way.

Alvin Williams, who scored a school-record 39 points in the Gauchos' last game against South Dakota State, had 23 points, just six in the first half which finished tied at 42.

Michael Bryson, who entered the game averaging 12.2 points, had all of his season-high 15 by halftime, thanks to 3-for-3 shooting from 3-point range. Kyle Bosworth had nine points in each half and was 5 of 9 from 3-point range.

Alford finished with nine points and the big 3 was his only one of the game.

No. 21 UMASS 69, E. MICHIGAN 57

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Raphiael Putney scored 15 points, including two high-flying dunks in the final minutes, and Massachusetts won its first game as a ranked team since November 1998.

Trey Davis scored 13 points while Cady Lalanne and Chaz Williams added 12 apiece. Lalanne grabbed 12 rebounds for the Minutemen (7-0).

Putney and Williams connected on an alley-oop pass that resulted in a three-point play with 6:14 left that gave UMass a 54-48 lead, its biggest of the game to that point. They connected again with 2:46 remaining when Putney's one-handed slam gave the Minutemen a 62-55 lead.

Karrington Ward and Daylen Harrison had 11 points each for Eastern Michigan (5-2), which was hosting its first ranked opponent since Wisconsin visited in 1994.

No. 23 IOWA 98, NOTRE DAME 93

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Aaron White scored 20 points and Devyn Marble and Jarrod Uthoff added 17 each for Iowa.

Marble had 13 straight points in the second half for the Hawkeyes (8-1), who bounced back from an overtime loss to No. 14 Villanova with just their third win in 13 Big Ten/ACC Challenge games.

Uthoff made two free throws and threw down an open dunk in the final 37 seconds to help seal the win for Iowa, which scored over 90 points for the third time this season.

Garrick Sherman had a career-high 29 points and Eric Atkins added 23 for Notre Dame (5-2), which lost despite shooting 51.5 percent from the field.

Iowa was even better from the field, shooting 56.9 percent.

BIG TEN

PITTSBURGH 78, PENN STATE. 69

PITTSBURGH -- Talib Zanna scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and Pittsburgh pulled away late for a 78-69 victory over Penn State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

James Robinson added 10 points for Pitt (8-0), including consecutive fast break layups with less than 3 minutes to play to turn aside one final rally by the Nittany Lions (6-3).

Tim Frazier led Penn State with 27 points but the Nittany Lions fell to Pitt for the sixth straight time. DJ Newbill chipped in 18 but Penn State couldn't keep up when Pitt turned up the pressure down the stretch.

The Nittany Lions took a 59-58 lead on a layup by Donovon Jack with 5:15 left but Pitt responded with an 11-3 burst to take control.

MAC

MIAMI (OH) 94, IPFW 87

OXFORD -- Will Felder scored 26 points, Will Sullivan added 23 and Miami (Ohio) comes back from a 16-point halftime deficit to win its first game of the season, 94-87 over Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne Tuesday night.

Felder made a pair of free throws to pull Miami within seven with 14:04 remaining. Felder and Sullivan would then go score Miami's next 28 points, capped by Felder's jumper, giving the RedHawks their first lead, 81-80.

Joe Edward's jumper gave IPFW (6-4) its final lead, 87-85, with 1:21 remaining. Geovonie McKnight answered with a 3-pointer, giving the lead back to the RedHawks, 88-87. Joshua Oswald, McKnight, and Felder combined for 6-of-6 shooting from the line to cap the scoring for Miami.

IPFW missed a layup and two 3-pointers in the final minute. Michael Kibiloski scored 17 points to lead five Mastodons in double figures.

OHIO COLLEGE

CINCINNATI 86, USC UPSTATE 50

CINCINNATI -- Sean Kilpatrick scored 22 points on Tuesday night and Ge'Lawn Guyn had a career-high 15, leading Cincinnati to its most lopsided win of the season, 86-50 over USC Upstate.

The Bearcats (7-0) went on a 21-point run in the second half, pulling away by forcing turnovers and hitting open shots. They've gotten at least 20 turnovers in each of their last four games.

USC Upstate (5-4) opened the season with a 64-63 win at Virginia Tech and had won its last three games, allowing an average of 63 points. The Spartans also had been very good at holding onto the ball.

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