Louisville knocks off Duke in pivotal ACC showdown
Freshman David Johnson had a seasonhigh 19 points and No. 11 Louisville hung on down the stretch to beat No. 3 Duke 79-73 on Saturday night in a key matchup in the ACC’s regular-season title chase.
Malik Williams added two free throws with 16 seconds left and followed immediately with a transition dunk off a turnover, a sequence that all but sealed a grind-it-out win for the Cardinals in the Blue Devils’ famously hostile home arena.
By the end, the Cardinals (15-3, 6-1 ACC) had claimed the only regular-season meeting between the teams and put themselves in a tie with No. 9 Florida State atop the league standings.
Freshman Cassius Stanley had season highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (15-3, 5-2), who shot just 37% for the game and made only 6 of 25 3-pointers.
Reed powers upset: Paul Reed scored 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting and Jalen Coleman-Lands added 20 points as DePaul upset No. 5 Butler 79-66 on Saturday in Chicago.
Coleman-Lands was 3-for-5 from 3point range and freshman Romeo Weems had 11 points as the Blue Demons (13-5, 1-4 Big East) knocked off a team ranked in the top five for the first time since beating No. 5 Kansas on Dec. 2, 2006.
After a disappointing 0-4 start in the Big East, with close losses to Seton Hall and Villanova, DePaul left little doubt against the Bulldogs (15-3, 3-2) that its nonconference season wasn’t a fluke. The 12-1 start included road wins at Iowa and Minnesota and a victory at home against last season’s national runner-up, Texas Tech.
Kamar Baldwin’s 16 points led Butler.
Baylor keeps streak alive: Jared Butler scored 19 points and had six assists, helping
No. 2 Baylor rally past host Oklahoma State 75-68 for the Bears’ 15th straight victory.
The Bears (15-1, 5-0 Big 12) have the second-longest active streak in the nation and the third longest in school history.
Freddie Gillespie had 17 points and four rebounds and Devonte Bandoo scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half for Baylor, which overcame a 12-point deficit.
Also: Freshman Omar Payne had the best game of his college career, finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and led host Florida to a 69-47 win over No. 4 Auburn . ... Devin Vassell had 23 points, 11 rebounds and five assists as No. 9 Florida State (16-2, 6-1 ACC) rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final 4:33 of regulation to earn its ninth consecutive win by beating Miami 83-79 . ... Cartier Diarra tied a career high with 25 points as host Kansas State (8-9, 1-4 Big 12) defeated No. 12 West Virginia 84-68 . ... Lamar Stevens scored 14 of his 24 points in the second half and Penn State (13-5, 3-4 Big Ten) beat No. 20 Ohio State 90-76.
Louisville guard David Johnson dunks against Duke during the first half Saturday.