Seminoles extend home winning streak to 15
Freshman Matthew Hurt scored 20 of his season-high 25 points before halftime and Tre Jones returned from a foot injury to help second-ranked Duke beat Boston College 88-49 on Tuesday night in Durham, North Carolina.
Hurt made 10 of 16 shots and was 5 of 10 on 3-pointers to lead the Blue Devils, who shot nearly 52% and hit their last five shots of the first half as they blew the game open shortly before the break.
Duke (12-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) also had little trouble clamping down with its defensive pressure on a BC offense that came in ranked among the least efficient attacks in the country.
Jones had missed the past two games for the Blue Devils with what was described as a mild sprain of his left foot, but finished with a game-high 10 assists.
CJ Felder scored 13 points for the Eagles (8-6, 2-1), who had won four straight games coming in to Cameron Indoor Stadium. But they never mounted much of a response to Duke's defensive pressure that turned away driving lanes and forced BC to settle for tough looks.
BC shot just 34% and made 3 of 18 3-pointers, including a six-minute stretch in the first half without a basket that helped Duke stretch out its lead. Hurt and the Blue Devils closed out the half in a flurry, ending when Jones found Hurt alone in the corner to bury a 3 just before the halftime horn.
By that point, Hurt — who held his release to mark the make — had matched his season-high scoring output and outscored BC 20-19 in the opening half.
Seminoles extend home win streak: No. 18 Florida State blocked nine shots and created 11 steals to beat Georgia Tech 70-58 Tuesday for its 15th straight home victory.
“They are very, very good defensively,” Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner said.
Florida State (12-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast
Conference) leads the ACC with 9.6 steals a game. And that tenacity was critical for a team missing starting G M.J. Walker (hip bruise) and backup C Balsa Koprivica (back bruise).
Michael Devoe scored 19 points, knocking down 6 of 8 three-point attempts for Georgia Tech (6-7, 1-2). Moses Wright added 13 points and 10 rebounds, but he also had six of the team’s 20 turnovers.
Ex-Utah State coach Andersen dies: LaDell Andersen, the former Utah State basketball coach and athletic director LaDell Andersen, died at age 90, the school said Monday.
He coached Utah State to two Sweet 16s and an Elite Eight appearance. Andersen coached BYU for six seasons from 1983 to 1989, leading the Cougars to three NCAA tournament appearances.
Florida State G Trent Forrest (3) attempts to shoot over two Georgia Tech players.