Louisville knocks off Duke in piv­otal ACC show­down

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SCOREBOARD -

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.

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