Blue Devils hang on

JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer Published:

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- The shot that would have beaten No. 8 Duke hung on the rim, bouncing once, then twice.

"It felt like an eternity," freshman Jabari Parker said.

Once it fell harmlessly off the rim, the Blue Devils finally exhaled.

Parker scored 23 points and blocked one of Maryland's two shots in the final 10 seconds of the Blue Devils' 69-67 victory Saturday night.

"That was vintage Cameron, man," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "That was one for the ages."

Rodney Hood and Rasheed Sulaimon added 11 points each for the Blue Devils (20-5, 9-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their eighth in nine games and started a run of four games in eight nights by giving the Terrapins a hard-to-swallow loss in their last scheduled visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The ACC's top 3-point shooting team was just 5 of 24 from long range and shot 23 percent in the second half. Duke led by double figures for all of about 15 seconds before scratching its way to the 20-win mark for the 18th straight year.

"Sometimes the basketball gods fool around with you when you're not shooting, and they say, 'You've got to figure out another way to win this thing,'" Krzyzewski said. "Our effort those last 20 seconds was spectacular."

Jake Layman scored 18 points for Maryland (14-12, 6-7) and Dez Wells -- who just about single-handedly beat the Blue Devils by scoring 30 in last year's ACC quarterfinals -- had all 17 of his points in the second half.

Charles Mitchell finished with 12 for the Terrapins, but missed two hook shots in the final 10 seconds that would have given them the lead.

"I don't know how Charles' shot didn't go in," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "Call the Duke gods."

Parker gave Duke the lead for good when his authoritative, one-handed dunk over Jonathan Graham made it 68-67 with about 1:15 remaining.

Wells missed a jumper over Hood with about 50 seconds left. Duke milked the shot clock before Amile Jefferson missed a jumper that failed to draw iron, giving the Terrapins the ball.

The teams traded timeouts with 18.8 seconds left before Maryland worked the ball inside to Mitchell. He had one hook shot blocked by Parker with about 7 seconds left, and another bounced twice on the rim but would not fall through.

"The guys kind of willed their way to the basket," Turgeon said. "It just didn't drop."

Said Jefferson: "You just hold your breath."

The rebound made its way to Jefferson, who was fouled with 1.1 seconds left and hit a free throw to end the scoring.

Wells couldn't get off an 80-foot heave before the buzzer, sealing Duke's 30th straight victory at Cameron.

No. 1 SYRACUSE 56, NC STATE 55

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Rakeem Christmas had a key steal to set up C.J. Fair's winning layup with 6.7 seconds left, helping No. 1 Syracuse edge North Carolina State 56-55 to remain unbeaten.

Christmas had 14 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks as Syracuse earned its 10th single-digit win despite shooting 35.2 percent. Jerami Grant had 12 points and 14 rebounds and Fair had 11 points on 5-of-16 shooting.

T.J. Warren had 23 points for N.C. State.

No. 7 KANSAS 95, TCU 65

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Perry Ellis scored a career-high 32 points, Andrew Wiggins added 17 and Kansas overcame a sluggish start to get the win.

Ellis also had eight rebounds and five assists, and Wayne Selden Jr. scored 15 points for the Jayhawks (19-6, 10-2 Big 12), who actually trailed by as many as six in the first half.

No. 10 CINCINNATI 73, HOUSTON 62

CINCINNATI -- Sean Kilpatrick scored 28 points and Justin Jackson overcame foul problems to add 13 points and Cincinnati shook off Houston.

Shaquille Thomas added 11 for the Bearcats (23-3, 12-1 American Athletic Conference), who were playing their first game since having a 15-game winning streak snapped with a 76-55 loss at SMU on Feb. 8.

No. 11 IOWA ST. 70, TEXAS TECH 64

AMES, Iowa -- DeAndre Kane had 17 points with nine assists and Iowa State won after blowing an 18-point lead in the second half.

Georges Niang also had 17 points for the Cyclones (19-5, 7-5 Big 12), who survived an impressive rally from the Red Raiders to win for the fourth time in five games.

No. 12 SAINT LOUIS 64, VCU 62

ST. LOUIS -- Dwayne Evans had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Saint Louis broke a late tie with seven straight points for its 17th straight victory.

The Billikens (23-2, 10-0 Atlantic 10) blew a 12-point second-lead before finally putting away VCU (20-6, 8-3) in a matchup of the Atlantic 10's top two teams. Jordair Jett and Rob Loe had 14 points apiece for Saint Louis, which beat VCU for a third straight time.

No. 16 IOWA 82, PENN STATE 70

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Melsahn Basabe scored 16 points and Iowa pulled away in the second half.

Roy Devyn Marble added 15, Aaron White 14 and Mike Gesell 13 as the Hawkeyes (19-6, 8-4) won their fourth Big Ten road game of the season.

No. 17 VIRGINIA 63, CLEMSON 58

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Joe Harris scored 16 points, including a critical 3-pointer with about three minutes left, and No. 17 Virginia won its ninth straight Atlantic Coast Conference game for the first time in 32 years.

The Cavaliers (21-5) moved to 12-1 in ACC play, also for the first time since Ralph Sampson patrolled the middle in the 1981-82 season.

No. 24 UCONN 86, No. 20 MEMPHIS 81

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Shabazz Napier scored a career-high 34 points and No. 24 UConn beat No. 20 Memphis 86-81 in overtime Saturday to sweep the season series from the Tigers.

Ryan Boatright added 21 points for UConn (20-5, 8-4 American Athletic Conference), including eight in overtime and added six assists.

No. 22 OHIO STATE 48, ILLINOIS 39

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Aaron Craft scored 14 points and No. 22 Ohio State held Illinois to 28.3 percent shooting on the way to a scrappy 48-39 win on Saturday.

Craft picked up two early fouls and spent two long stretches on the bench. But he was still the Buckeyes' best option on a tough offensive night for each team.

LaQuinton Ross added nine points for Ohio State (20-6, 7-6 Big Ten), which trailed 23-20 at halftime.

Illinois (14-12, 3-10) scored just nine points over the first 15:35 minutes of the second half.

Tracy Abrams led Illinois with 13 points. Nnanna Egwu had a career-high 14 rebounds but fouled out late.

UNC 75, No. 25 PITTSBURGH 71

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- James Michael McAdoo had 24 points and 12 rebounds to help North Carolina to its sixth straight victory.

Marcus Paige added 18 points for the Tar Heels (17-7, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who extended the season's longest winning streak three days after their rivalry game against Duke was postponed due to a winter storm.

BIG TEN

PURDUE 82, INDIANA 64

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Sterling Carter had 19 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Purdue to an 82-64 win against rival Indiana on Saturday.

Purdue (15-10, 5-7 Big Ten) used a 19-1 run that began in the first half's final 36 seconds and carried through the first five minutes of the second half as the springboard to victory.

MAC

OHIO 73, BUFFALO 70

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Antonio Campbell scored back-to-back baskets off his own rebounds in the final 1:03, lifting Ohio past Buffalo, 73-70.

Maurice Ndour and Nick Kellogg each scored 17 points as the Bobcats (18-7, 8-4 Mid-American) overcame a 10-point deficit in the final 10 minutes and forced their way into a second-place tie with Buffalo (14-8, 8-4) in the conference's east division.

EASTERN MICHIGAN 65, TOLEDO 44

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Da'Shonte Riley had seven blocked shots to anchor Eastern Michigan's dominant 2-3 zone in a 65-44 victory over Toledo.

With the MAC's top defense at 62.8 points per game, EMU (15-10, 7-5 Mid-American) held Toledo to 14 of 54 from the field (25.9 percent).

BOWLING GREEN 66, BALL ST. 64

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Spencer Parker scored 22 points, and Richaun Holmes had 17 with 11 rebounds and Bowling Green overtook Ball State in the final minute winning, 66-64.

Bowling Green (11-14, 5-7 Mid-American Conference) led all the way until Ball State (4-9, 1-11) took over at 48-47 with 11 minutes remaining in the second half.

W. MICHIGAN 68, MIAMI 57

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Austin Richie and Shayne Whittington combined for 38 points as Western Michigan easily defeated Miami (Ohio) 68-57 Saturday.

Western Michigan moved into a tie with Toledo atop the Mid-American Conference West Division after Eastern Michigan drubbed Toledo 65-44 Saturday. Western Michigan and Toledo both are 9-3 in the MAC.

KENT ST. 83, C. MICHIGAN 75

KENT -- Kellon Thomas was 8 of 10 from the free throw line in the final 2:18 as Kent State held off Central Michigan in a conference cross-over game.

Down by nine at intermission, Central Michigan, with just one win in 12 Mid-America Conference games, took the lead midway through the second half.

Mark Henninger's layup with 13:11 to play tied the game at 41-41 and sparked Kent State to a 20-9 run that gave them an 11-point lead with 6:25 left.

OTHER COLLEGES

MARQUETTE 81, XAVIER 72

MILWAUKEE -- Senior guard Jake Thomas scored 18 points on a career-best six 3-pointers and Marquette held on for an 81-72 Big East Conference victory over Xavier on Saturday, the first time this season the Golden Eagles have won three consecutive games.

Davante Gardner and Jamil Wilson each added 16 points for Marquette (15-10, 7-5 Big East). Justin Martin had 20 points for Xavier, 17-8 overall, but also 7-5 in the conference after a 5-1 start.

GREEN BAY 68, CLEVELAND ST. 54

CLEVELAND -- Alec Brown and Keifer Sykes scored 18 points each as Green Bay exploded in the first half and led all the way through to beat Cleveland State, 68-54.

Green Bay (21-5, 11-2 Horizon) jumped out to a 24-5 lead midway through the first half after Brown knocked down a 3-pointer. The Phoenix made just eight more points before the break, but still led 32-19 after shooting 62.5 percent behind the 3-point arc.

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