Duke handles Cavs again
Williamson, Barrett put on a big show
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — RJ Barrett scored 26 points, Zion Williamson had 18 and No. 2 Duke used an early barrage of 3-pointers to stun No. 3 Virginia and then held off the Cavaliers 81-71 on Saturday night.
Barrett hit his first five tries from 3-point range for the Blue Devils (21-2, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). His fifth one gave them a 29-15 lead after less than 12 minutes of play. Cam Reddish took over after that, hitting 5 of his first 6, the last three early in the second half as the Blue Devils rebuilt their lead to 52-41. He finished with 17 points.
Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome each scored 16 to lead Virginia (20-2, 8-2), which had a 13-game home winning streak snapped. The Cavaliers lost to the Blue Devils at John Paul Jones Arena for the third consecutive time.
The game drew a sellout crowd, most hoping Virginia could avenge a 72-70 loss at Duke on Jan. 19, but it was the Blue Devils who put on a show in front of LeBron James and past stars from both schools.
Duke scored the first eight points on a pair of 3-pointers by Barrett sandwiching a steal and dunk by Williamson. The lead was 31-17 before two 3-pointers by Guy, one by Jerome and another by Kihei Clark, which fueled an 18-8 run for Virginia that closed the gap to 39-35 at the half.
After a break, it was Reddish who took over from long range, connecting three times as the Blue Devils pushed the margin to 52-41 in just over four minutes.
NO. 1 TENNESSEE 73, FLORIDA 61: In Knoxville, Tenn., Grant Williams scored 16 points as the Volunteers (11-1, 10-0 SEC) extended their school-record winning streak to 18 games. Jalen Hudson had 15 for Florida (12-11, 4-6).
NO. 4 GONZAGA 94, SAINT MARY’S 46: In Spokane, Wash., Brandon Clarke scored 24 points and blocked three shots as Gonzaga (23-2, 10-0 West Coast) routed Saint Mary’s for its 14th consecutive victory. Tommy Kuhse scored 12 points and Malik Fitts 11 for Saint Mary’s (15-10, 6-4).
NO. 5 KENTUCKY 71, MISSISSIPPI STATE 67: In Starkville, Miss., PJ Washington scored 23 points, Keldon Johnson added 13 and Kentucky (20-3, 9-1) held on for its 10th straight win. Mississippi State fell to 16-7, 4-6. NO. 7 MICHIGAN 61, NO. 19 WISCONSIN 52: In Ann Arbor, Mich., Jon Teske had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Charles Matthews scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half to lift Michigan (22-2, 11-2) past Wisconsin (17-7, 9-4).
NO. 8 NORTH CAROLINA 88, MIAMI 85, OT: In Chapel Hill, N.C., Kenny Williams hit the goahead 3-pointer with 2:08 left in overtime to help North Carolina (19-4, 9-1 ACC) hold off Miami. Chris Lykes scored 19 of his 27 points with five 3-pointers after halftime for Miami.
NO. 9 MICHIGAN STATE 79, MINNESOTA 55: In East Lansing, Mich., Nick Ward had 22 points and Matt McQuaid scored a season-high 18, leading Michigan State (19-5, 10-3 Big Ten) past Minnesota (16-8, 6-7).
NO. 10 MARQUETTE 66, NO. 14 VILLANOVA 65: In Milwaukee, Markus Howard scored 38 points and Marquette (20-4, 9-2) hung on at the buzzer, handing the Wildcats (19-5, 10-1) their first Big East Conference loss.
CLEMSON 59, NO. 11 VIRGINIA TECH 51: In Clemson, S.C., Shelton Mitchell scored 22 points with a career-best five 3-pointers and Clemson (15-8, 5-5) outlasted Virginia Tech (18-5, 7-4 ACC) for the Tigers’ fourth straight victory. The Hokies made just one field goal in the final 8:33.
NO. 13 KANSAS 84, OKLAHOMA STATE 72: In Lawrence, Kan., Dedric Lawson scored 25 points, Ochai Agbaji hit five 3s and had 23 points, and Kansas (18-6, 7-4 Big 12) won its first game without starting guard Lagerald Vick. He left the team earlier in the week to deal with personal issues. Cameron McGriff scored 22 points for Oklahoma State (9-14, 2-8).
NO. 15 PURDUE 81, NEBRASKA 62: In Indianapolis, Carsen Edwards scored 27 points and Grady Eifert added a seasonhigh 16 as Purdue (17-6, 10-2 Big Ten) rebounded from a lackluster first half to beat Nebraska (13-11, 3-10).
NO. 22 FLORIDA STATE 80, NO. 16 LOUISVILLE 75, OT: In Tallahasse, Fla., Mfiondu Kabengele scored 22 points and Florida State (18-5, 6-4 ACC) erased a 10-point second-half deficit. Christen Cunningham scored 20 points for Louisville (17-7, 8-3).
TCU 92, NO. 17 IOWA STATE 83: In Ames, Iowa, Kendric Davis scored a season-high 22 points, and TCU (17-6, 5-5 Big 12) stunned Iowa State for its first road win over a Top 25 team in 21 years. Marial Shayok scored 24 points and Michael Jacobson had 16 to lead the Cyclones (186, 7-4), who saw their winning streak snapped at four games.
NO. 18 TEXAS TECH 66, OKLAHOMA 54: In Norman, Okla., Davide Moretti scored 14 points to help Texas Tech (19-5, 7-4 Big 12) stay within striking range of conference leader Kansas State. Rashard Odomes scored 14 points for Oklahoma (15-9, 3-8).
NO. 21 LSU 83, AUBURN 78: In Baton Rouge, La., Tremont Waters had 19 points and 10 assists and LSU (19-4, 9-1 SEC) overcame a sluggish start to beat Auburn (16-7, 5-5), which saw its three-game winning streak snapped.
NO. 23 BUFFALO 90, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 76: In Amherst, N.Y., Jeremy Harris had 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Buffalo (20-3, 8-2 Mid-American Conference) rallied to beat Central Michigan (16-7, 5-5).
BOISE STATE 105, SAN JOSE STATE 57: In Boise, Idaho, Derrick Alston had a career-high 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting, including 5-of-7 on 3s, for the Broncos (11-13, 6-5).
Michael Steadman had 16 points for the Spartans (3-19, 0-10), who have lost 13 games in a row. Christian Anigwe added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
San Jose State plays New Mexico on the road on Wednesday.
SAN DIEGO STATE 68, UTAH STATE 63: In San Diego, Devin Watson scored 23 points and Jalen McDaniels had 16 for San Diego State (14-9, 6-4), which blew a 13-point lead and overcame a 35-point effort from Utah State’s Sam Merrill. SDSU is 11-0 against the Aggies since they joined the conference.
Merrill finished two shy of his career-high before fouling out for the Aggies (18-6, 8-3), who gave up 23 unanswered points to trail 31-18 in the first half.
WYOMING 74, COLORADO
STATE 66: In Laramie, Wyo., Justin James had a career-high 36 points for the Cowboys (6-17, 2-8).
James made 5 of 6 3-pointers and shot 11 for 12 from the foul line. He added seven assists and six rebounds. J.D. Paige had 22 points for the Rams (9-15, 4-7).
FRESNO STATE 83, UNLV 65: In Las Vegas, Nev., New Mexico State transfer Braxton Huggins hit 6 of 9 3-point tries and had 31 points as Fresno State (17-6, 8-3) cruised. Kris Clyburn had 15 points for the Runnin’ Rebels (12-11, 6-5).
ENMU 98, WNMU 80: In Portales, senior Chukuka Emili had a career game with 25 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks as the Greyhounds (10-11, 7-6 Lone Star) beat the Mustangs (4-15, 1-11).
BLACK HILLS STATE 66, NMHU 65: In Las Vegas, N.M., Makaleb McInnis’ 3-pointer with eight seconds left proved to be the game winner for the Yellow Jackets (13-8, 2-5 RMAC). Gerad Davis scored 21 points for the Cowboys (16-7, 11-6).
Duke’s soaring Zion Williamson dunks while teammates and Virginia players look on during the second half of the No. 2 Blue Devils’ 81-71 victory Saturday at No. 3 Virginia.