Duke turns it up a notch late in 2nd half
The Associated Press
DURHAM, N.C. — Marvin Bagley III had 18 of his 21 points in the second half along with 15 rebounds, and No. 5 Duke pulled away to beat No. 9 North Carolina 74-64 on Saturday night.
Grayson Allen added 15 points in his final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and Gary Trent Jr. had 13 points — including three 3-pointers in the final 10 minutes — to help the Blue Devils (25-6, 13-5) clinch the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
Duke was 8 of 15 from 3-point range in the second half — the Blue Devils made just 1 of 10 from that distance in the first half — and outrebounded North Carolina 24-13 after halftime.
Cameron Johnson scored 16 points for the Tar Heels (22-9, 11-7). Duke trailed by 11 with 141/2 minutes to play before the ACC’s top offense finally found its rhythm, hitting four 3s in 41/2 minutes to erase that deficit.
NO. 1 VIRGINIA 62, NOTRE DAME 57: Devon Hall scored 17 points in his final game at John Paul Jones Arena and No. 1 Virginia outlasted Notre Dame. Ty Jerome added 13 points for the Cavaliers (28-2, 17-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their fifth in a row. Bonzie Colson, playing in just his second game since missing 15 with a broken foot, had 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Irish (18-13, 8-10). Martinas Geben added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 3 XAVIER 65, DePAUL 62: Trevon Bluiett scored 22 points, and Xavier set a school record for regular-season wins while clinching the top seed in the Big East. Brandon Cyrus led DePaul (11-19, 4-14) with a career-high 20 points.
No. 3 VILLANOVA 97, GEORGETOWN 73: Mikal Bridges scored 24 points and Jalen Brunson had 16 points and seven assists and Jay Wright moved into a tie atop Villanova’s career wins list with 413. Wright improved to 413-165 since he took the job in 2001 and has led the Wildcats to the 2009 Final Four and 2016 national championship. He matched Al Severance, who went 413-201 from 1936-1961. Jesse Govan scored 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting for the Hoyas (15-14, 5-13).
OKLAHOMA STATE 82, No. 6 KANSAS 64: Kendall Smith scored a career-high 25 points and Mitchell Solomon had 16 points and seven rebounds for Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State (18-13, 8-10 Big 12) swept the season series from Kansas, marking the first time that the Jayhawks have been swept in a home-and-home since 2003-04, a span of 103 series. Devonte’ Graham, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, scored 15 points and had eight assists for the Jayhawks (24-7, 13-5), who had a five-game winning streak snapped.
No. 12 TEXAS TECH 79, TCU 75: Keenan Evans scored 23 points and Texas Tech stopped a four-game losing streak. Desmond Bane scored 21 points for the Horned Frogs (21-10, 9-9), who had their first four-game conference winning streak in 20 years stopped.
No. 14 AUBURN 79, SOUTH CAROLINA 70: Bryce Brown scored 29 points, making eight 3-pointers, and Auburn claimed a share of the Southeastern Conference title. The Tigers (25-6, 13-5) earned the top seed in next week’s SEC Tournament with their first regular-season title since 1999 and third overall.
No. 16 TENNESSEE 66, GEORGIA 61: Admiral Schofield scored 23 points to lead Tennessee’s second-half comeback Saturday as the Volunteers won a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship. The Vols (23-7, 13-5) share the SEC regular-season title with Auburn.
SYRACUSE 55, No. 18 CLEMSON 52: Oshae Brissett and Tyus Battle each scored 17 points for Syracuse. It was an opportunity for Syracuse (19-12, 8-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) to fill the biggest void on its resume — the lack of a marquee win — and the Orange capitalized. They were coming off a 15-point loss at Boston College, which put a big dent in their postseason hopes. Clemson (22-8, 11-7) entered the game ranked eighth in RPI and already assured of its first NCAA Tournament berth in seven years. The Tigers finished 4-6 on the road and suffered just their second loss this season after leading at halftime.
No. 19 ARIZONA 66, CALIFORNIA 54: Deandre Ayton had 26 points and 20 rebounds, helping Arizona clinch the Pac-12 regular-season title outright. Arizona (24-7, 14-4) had a hard time shaking the Bears (8-23, 2-16). Allonzo Trier, Arizona’s second-leading scorer, had a rough final home game of the 2017-18 season, finishing with two points on 1-of-10 shooting, including 0 for 7 on 3-pointers.
FLORIDA 80, No. 23 KENTUCKY 67: Jalen Hudson scored 22 points and Chris Chiozza broke the school’s all-time assist record as Florida ended Kentucky’s four-game winning streak. The Gators (20-11, 11-7) won their third straight, swept Kentucky for the first time in four years and secured the No. 3 seed in next week’s Southeastern Conference Tournament. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Kentucky (21-10, 10-8) with 17 points.