TOP 25: No. 25 Miami 90, No. 1 Duke 63
With a steady din coming from the sea of orange behind the visitors’ basket, top-ranked Duke had a tough time making a shot.
The Blue Devils went more than 8 minutes without a field goal in the first half Wednesday night, and a sellout became a blowout for host Miami, which delighted a boisterous crowd with a stunning 27-point victory.
The defeat was the third-worst ever for a No. 1 team, and Duke’s worst in nearly five years.
Durand Scott scored a season-high 25 points for the Hurricanes, and Kenny Kadji added a season-high 22. Shane Larkin had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Durham, N.C., native Julian Gamble had 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Miami (14-3, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat a No. 1 team for the first time, taking control with a stunning 25-1 run midway through the opening half. The Blue Devils missed 13 consecutive shots despite numerous good looks, while four Hurricanes hit 3-pointers during the run that transformed a 14-13 deficit into a 38-15 lead.
Duke (16-2, 3-2) fell to 0-2 when playing on an opponent’s court. The Blue Devils’ other loss came at North Carolina State.
The Hurricanes are alone atop the league standings. They won their sixth consecutive game and beat Duke for the second time in a row — but only the fourth time in the 19-game series.
Miami had been 0-6 against No. 1 teams. Coach Jim Larranaga also beat a No. 1 team for the first time.
“We played a complete game, we did everything we planned on doing and we did it the highest level,” Larranaga said as the crowd of 7,972 spilled onto the floor. “We played very well. They didn’t have a great game.”
Seth Curry, Tyler Thornton and Quinn Cook went a combined 1-for-29 for the Blue Devils, who shot a season-low 30 percent. Rasheed Sulaimon led Duke with 16 points.
Duke went 4-for-23 from 3-point range, while Miami went 9-for-19 and shot 57 percent overall.
Kadji made two 3s during the Hurricanes’ first-half spurt, then capped it with a three-point play. Duke shot 22 percent in the first half, including 2-for-11 on 3-pointers, and trailed 42-19 at halftime.
No. 8 Florida 64, Georgia 47
Florida shook off a sluggish first half and romped past another Southeastern Conference opponent, beating host Georgia behind 17 points from Scottie Wilbekin. Florida (15-2, 5-0 SEC) trailed 27-24 at halftime, making just 1-of-9 attempts beyond the 3-point arc. But the Gators quickly turned things around after the break. Wilbekin and Mike Rosario hit back-to-back 3-pointers and forced Georgia into three consecutive turnovers. The Gators led the rest of way, holding Georgia (7-11, 1-4) to only one field goal in the first 11½ minutes of the second half.
La Salle 54, No. 9 Butler 53
Ramon Galloway went the length of the court for the winning basket with 2.7 seconds left to lift host La Salle. Fans stormed the court in a wild celebration for the biggest win for La Salle (13-5, 3-2 Atlantic 10) in 33 years.
There was some confusion after Galloway’s basket and fans were ordered off the court. Butler had attempted a last-second heave that was way off the mark. Officials huddled with both coaches and they decided the final score stood. It was mayhem again as fans rushed the court for the second time in minutes.
No. 15 New Mexico 66, Colorado State 61
Tony Snell scored 23 points and host New Mexico held off a late Colorado State rally. The Lobos (17-2, 4-0 Mountain West) led 54-32 with 12:26 left before the Rams (15-4, 2-2) began a comeback behind Dorian Green. He scored 11 points in a 20-5 run that cut the lead to 59-52.
No. 16 Oregon 68, Washington State 61
Host Oregon used a 39-22 second-half advantage to overcome a 10-point halftime deficit. E.J. Singler scored 19 points to lead the Ducks (17-2, 6-0 Pac-12). Mike Ladd scored 19 for the Cougars (10-9, 1-5).
Drake 74, No. 17 Creighton 69
Richard Carter scored 20 points and Drake stunned Creighton, handing the Bluejays (17-3, 6-2 MVC) their first consecutive losses of the season.
Ben Simons added 13 for the Bulldogs (9-10, 3-5), who blew a 16-point lead before rallying for their first win over a ranked opponent in five years. Grant Gibbs brought Creighton within 71-69 with 32 seconds left, and the Bluejays got the ball back. But Gibbs missed a layup and Simons sealed the win with a steal and two free throws with 0.5 seconds left.
No. 20 Wichita State 62, Missouri State 52
Cleanthony Early scored 17 points, Carl Hall added 15 and visiting Wichita State rallied to beat Missouri State, which used a 19-1 run behind freshman Gavin Thurman to take a 33-24 lead with 16:13 to play in the game.
The Shockers came away empty on their first five possessions of the second half then Early and Hall got more active in the offense, scoring all but two of the points in a 16-2 run that gave Wichita State a 41-35 lead with 10:53 to go.
The Shockers (18-2, 7-1 Missouri Valley Conference) remained in first place in the conference.
Thurman had 21 points to lead Missouri State (5-15, 3-5), which lost its fourth in a row.
BIG TEN: No. 7 Indiana 72, Penn State 49
Victor Oladipo scored 19 points, and Yogi Ferrell added a season-high 15 to help host Indiana rout Penn State. The Hoosiers (17-2, 5-1) survived a sluggish shooting first half with strong defense and used a fast second-half start to reassert their dominance in this series.
D.J. Newbill had 18 points and Jermaine Marshall finished with 12 to lead Penn State (8-11, 0-7), which has lost seven straight overall and 12 in a row on the road in league play. While limiting Penn State to 29.6 percent shooting in the first half, Indiana used runs of 7-0, 8-2 and 12-5 to take a 33-19 lead.
Northwestern 55, No. 12 Minnesota 48
Jared Swopshire scored 16 points to lead host Northwestern. In a game where baskets were hard to come by at times, the Wildcats (12-8, 3-4) made just enough shots down the stretch to beat a ranked opponent for the second time in three games while sending the Gophers (15-4, 3-3) to their third loss in a row.
Alex Marcotullio made a 3-pointer midway through the second half to give Northwestern a one-point lead and start the decisive 13-2 run.
Buffalo 66, Ball State 63
Javon McCrea scored 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting, and Will Regan’s 3-pointer with 12 seconds left provided the game-winning points in visiting Buffalo’s win. The Bulls (7-12, 2-3) took the lead for good on McCrea’s dunk with 2:41 to play. After Regan’s late 3, Jauwan Scaife’s 3-pointer with 2 seconds left pulled the Cardinals (7-10, 1-4) within 64-63 before Buffalo sealed the victory with two free throws.
Western Michigan 63, Eastern Michigan 59
Darius Paul scored 11 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out four assists to lead host Western Michigan. Western Michigan (11-7, 3-2) shot 46.7 percent from the field and was 16-of-21 from the free-throw line. With Western Michigan trailing 47-46, David Brown’s 3-pointer with 5:37 to play gave the Broncos a 49-47 lead. They never trailed again.
Northern Illinois 74, Central Michigan 61
Abdel Nader scored 23 points and visiting Northern Illinois hit 10 3-pointers. Nader hit 4-of-5 3-pointers for the Huskies (4-13, 2-3), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Northern Illinois was 10-for-19 from beyond the arc and shot 49 percent from the field. Kyle Randall scored 12 points and Finis Craddock had 11 for Central Michigan (9-9, 2-3), which led by as many as 10 points in the first half.
Ohio 74, Miami 62
D.J. Cooper scored 17 points and had seven rebounds and Ivo Baltic added 13 points and 12 rebounds to lift the visiting Ohio Bobcats (14-5, 5-0). Will Felder scored a game-high 19 points for Miami (7-10, 2-3).