College roundup

It’s a challenge, but No. 1 Duke gets by No. 6 MSU

Staff And Wire Reports / December 2, 2010

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Freshman Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 31 points and No. 1 Duke beat No. 6 Michigan State last night in Durham, N.C., 84-79, in the marquee matchup of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Nolan Smith added 17 points and Kyle Singler scored 15 for the Blue Devils (7-0). They shot 47 percent, turned 20 Michigan State turnovers into 28 points, used a 12-2 spurt midway through the second half to take a double-figure lead, and held off the Spartans (5-2) down the stretch by hitting 9 of 12 free throws in the final 1:15.

Pittsburgh 80, Duquesne 66 — Ashton Gibbs scored 22 points for the No. 3 Panthers (8-0) and Gary McGhee wore down the smaller Dukes (3-2) in the first basketball game played in the Consol Energy Center between city rivals.

Memphis 78, Arkansas St. 71 — Will Barton scored 20 points and the No. 14 Tigers (6-0) used a 7-0 run in overtime after falling behind to survive a scare from the visiting Red Wolves (1-6).

San Diego St. 69, Saint Mary’s 55 — Chase Tapley scored 14 points and the No. 17 Aztecs improved to 7-0 for the first time since 2006 by beating the visiting Gaels (6-2).

Central Florida 57, Florida 54 — Marcus Jordan — son of Michael Jordan — scored 18 points, Keith Clanton hit two free throws in the final seconds, and the host Knights (6-0) beat the No. 18 Gators (5-2) for the first time in 10 tries.

Texas 76, Lamar 55 — Freshman Cory Joseph had 16 points and the No. 19 Longhorns (6-1) ran their nonconference home winning streak to 23 games with a victory over the Cardinals (4-3). Rick Barnes got his 300th win at Texas.

BYU 77, Creighton 65 — Brandon Davies scored a career-high 24 points to lead four players in double figures for the No. 21 Cougars (7-0) in their first true road game of the season.

Purdue 58, Virginia Tech 55 — JuJuan Johnson scored 29 points, including a go-ahead 15-footer with 1:27 left in overtime, and the No. 22 Boilermakers (6-1) beat the Hokies (4-3).

UNLV 82, Illinois St. 51 — Anthony Marshall scored 16 points to help the No. 24 Rebels (7-0) hand the host Redbirds (5-2) their 21st straight loss to a ranked opponent.

Harvard 80, Fordham 57 — Freshman Laurent Rivard scored 21 points in 20 minutes, and the host Crimson (5-1) shot 56 percent from 3-point range (15 for 27) against the Rams (2-4) for their fifth straight win.

Providence 77, NU 72 — Marshon Brooks scored 27 points and the host Friars (7-1) went on a 20-8 run midway through the second half to take control, beating the Huskies (2-3) despite 24 points from Chaisson Allen.

Vermont 80, Dartmouth 53 — The host Catamounts won their fourth straight game, improving to 5-1 for the first time since 1996, after an easy win over the Big Green (2-5). Joey Accaoui scored a career-high 21 points for Vermont.

Women’s basketball UMass 78, Brown 55 — Cerie Cosgrove led four players in double figures as the host Minutewomen (1-6) scored the game’s first 12 points, never trailed, and beat the Bears (2-5), giving coach Sharon Dawley her first win.

Rhode Island 58, BU 56 — Megan Shoniker scored 15 points and the host Rams (4-3) withstood two shots by the Terriers (2-5) in the final seconds. Alex Young had 16 points for BU.

Dartmouth 60, NU 54 — Sasha Dosenko and Meghan McFee combined for 23 bench points as the Big Green (3-4) held off the visiting Huskies (2-4), who were led by Rachael Pecota’s 17 points.

Tennessee 99, Lamar 55 — Freshman Meighan Simmons scored 28 points as the No. 9 Lady Volunteers (7-1) beat the visiting Lady Cardinals (5-2).

Baylor 76, Notre Dame 65 — Brooklyn Pope had 20 points for the No. 2 Bears (8-1), who built a big lead at home, then held off the No. 16 Irish (5-3).

Women’s hockey NU 4, UNH 0 — Scoreless after two periods, the Huskies (10-3-4) got third-period goals from Julia Marty, Katie MacSorley, and two from Rachel Llanes, beating the host Wildcats (8-8-0).