Cards go into Duke and leave with win
The Associated Press
DURHAM, N.C. — Freshman David Johnson had a season-high 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 Atlantic Coast Conference’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. More impressively, the Cardinals won despite league-leading scorer Jordan Nwora finishing with just six points on 3-for-12 shooting.
Louisville shot 48% for the game, leading by as many as 15 in the first half and 10 at halftime.
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. The struggles included freshman big man Vernon Carey Jr. finishing with just 12 points after sitting a long stretch of the second half with four fouls.
This marquee matchup featured two of the six teams that have been among the revolving door at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll this season. And there was an early bit of spice added when Louisville’s Darius Perry fell to the floor after a miss and tried to get up with Stanley standing and straddling him. That led to Perry and Stanley getting tangled, prompting Duke’s Joey Baker to run over and exchange words with Perry before they were separated. Each received technical fouls.
NO. 2 BAYLOR 75, OKLAHOMA STATE 68: Freddie Gillespie and Jared Butler each scored 17 points, and No. 2 Baylor beat Oklahoma State for its 14th straight victory.
Baylor (15-1, 5-0 Big 12) overcame a 12-point deficit in the last 14 minutes. Devonte Bandoo scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half.
FLORIDA 69, NO. 4 AUBURN 47: Florida’s Omar Payne had the best game of his college career, finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Payne, a freshman from Kissimmee, was widely considered an afterthought in Florida’s highly touted recruiting class. Against the Tigers, he looked like a future lottery pick.
DEPAUL 79, NO. 5 BUTLER 66: Paul Reed scored 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting, leading DePaul to the victory.
The Blue Demons (13-5, 1-4 Big East) knocked off a top-five team for the first time since beating No. 5 Kansas on Dec. 2, 2006. Jalen Coleman-Lands scored 20 points, and freshman Romeo Weems finished with 11.
Butler (15-3, 3-2) trailed by double digits for the entire second half of its second straight loss. Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with 16 points, and Jordan Tucker had 13.
NO. 6 KANSAS 66, TEXAS 57: Devon Dotson returned from a hip injury to score 21 points, including the final seven of the game for Kansas.
Dotson made a long 3-pointer with 2:49 to play, then closed out the victory with four straight free throws in the final 39 seconds.
NO. 8 OREGON 64, WASHINGTON 61, OT: Payton Pritchard hit his sixth 3-pointer of the game with 3.4 seconds left in overtime, lifting Oregon to the victory.
The Ducks (15-4, 4-2 Pac-12) avoided being swept on their trip north by rallying from a 48-32 deficit with 10:22 remaining in the second half. They handed Washington (12-7, 2-4) its third loss in four games.
NO. 9 FLORIDA STATE 83, MIAMI 79, OT: Florida State forced 24 turnovers, including three in a row in overtime, and rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final 4:33 of regulation to earn their ninth consecutive victory.
Sophomore Devin Vassell set a career high for the second consecutive game by leading Florida State with 23 points while adding 11 rebounds and five assists. His two free throws with six seconds left sealed the win.
NO. 10 KENTUCKY 73, ARKANSAS 66: Kentucky kept its composure after coach John Calipari was ejected, holding off Arkansas for the road win.
Nick Richards had 17 points and nine rebounds, leading a balanced effort for the Wildcats (13-4, 4-1 Southeastern Conference).
Mason Jones scored 19 points for Arkansas (14-3, 3-2), which has dropped nine straight in the series.
KANSAS STATE 84, NO. 12 WEST VIRGINIA 68: Cartier Diarra scored 25 points and Xavier Sneed had 16, leading Kansas State to its first Big 12 win this season.
DaJuan Gordon scored a career-high 15 points for the Wildcats (8-9, 1-4), who shot 59% (29 for 49) from the field and led by as many as 23.
West Virginia (14-3, 3-2) committed 18 turnovers. Miles McBride and Chase Harler each scored 11 points, and Gabe Osabuohein had 10.
NO. 14 VILLANOVA 61, CONNECTICUT 55: Jermaine Samuels scored 19 points, powering Villanova ahead for good in a 61-55 win over Connecticut at the Wells Fargo Center.
Samuels converted a three-point play with 2:51 left for a 52-51 lead and then buried a 3 with 31 seconds remaining for a four-point lead that clinched another tight one for the Wildcats (14-3).
NO. 17 MARYLAND 57, PURDUE 50: Jalen Smith had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Maryland remained unbeaten at home. The Terrapins (14-4, 4-3 Big Ten) scored the game’s first nine points, led by 16 at halftime and managed to stay in front after Purdue closed to 52-47 with 6 minutes left. Freshman Donta Scott scored 13 points for Maryland, now 11-0 at home. The Terps were coming off two straight losses on the road, where they are 0-4. Nojel Eastern scored 14 points for the Boilermakers (10-8, 3-4).
NO. 24 ILLINOIS 75, NORTHWESTERN 71: Trent Frazier made four 3-pointers on his way to 16 points, leading Illinois to the win. Illinois (13-4, 5-2 Big Ten) had five players in double figures. Ayo Dosunmu scored 14 points, and Giorgi Bezhanishvili had 13. Robbie Beran led Northwestern (6-11, 1-6) with 17 points. Miller Kopp had 16 points, and Pat Spencer finished with 14.
NO. 18 SETON HALL 82, ST. JOHN’S 79: Myles Powell scored 23 of his 29 points in the second half, and Seton Hall extended its winning streak to eight games.
ARIZONA 75, NO. 20 COLORADO 54: Dylan Smith and Josh Green each scored 13 points, and Arizona cruised to the victory. Nico Mannion and Zeke Nnaji added 12 points apiece for Arizona (13-5, 3-2 Pac-12), which has won all three of its home conference games. The Wildcats had a double-digit lead for the last 18 minutes, stopping the brief Colorado rallies with quick baskets.
NO. 23 TEXAS TECH 72, IOWA STATE 52: Kyler Edwards had 22 points coming off the highest-scoring game of his career, and Texas Tech pulled away for the victory.
NO. 25 CREIGHTON 78, PROVIDENCE 74: Marcus Zegarowski hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left, sending Creighton to the victory. Ty-Shon Alexander had 24 points for the Bluejays (14-5, 3-3 Big East).
HOUSTON 65, NO. 16 WICHITA STATE 54: Fabian White scored 14 points, part of a balanced attack for Houston in the road win. Houston (14-4, 4-1) built a 49-27 second-half lead. It is tied with Tulsa atop the American Athletic Conference standings.