Mason Plumlee had 18 points and 11 rebounds as No. 2 Duke beat North Carolina 73-68 on Wednesday night. Quinn Cook scored 18 points and...
DURHAM, N.C. — Mason Plumlee had 18 points and 11 rebounds as No. 2 Duke beat North Carolina 73-68 on Wednesday night.
Quinn Cook scored 18 points and Rasheed Sulaimon finished with 13 for the Blue Devils (22-2, 9-2 Atlantic Coast).
They shot 44 percent — 52 percent after halftime — and used a big run in the second half to erase a slow start and win their sixth straight this season and sixth in eight meetings in college basketball’s fiercest rivalry.
P.J. Hairston matched a career high with 23 points and Reggie Bullock had 15 points with four three-pointers for North Carolina (16-8, 6-5).
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Kentucky’s Noel out for season
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky received the news it dreaded when freshman forward Nerlens Noel was declared out for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.
Noel, who was leading the nation in blocked shots, tore his ACL on Tuesday when No. 25 Kentucky lost at Florida. An MRI revealed the injury, and the 6-foot-10 forward will have surgery in the next few weeks.
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At No. 1 Indiana 76, Nebraska 47
— Cody Zeller scored 16 points and Christian Watford finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds to help the Hoosiers (22-3, 10-2 Big Ten) pull away from the Cornhuskers (12-13, 3-9). Indiana has won seven of eight and regained a share of the league lead with Michigan State.
No. 3 Miami 74,
at Florida State 68
Shane Larkin scored 13 of his 22 points in the final 7 ½ minutes to help the Hurricanes (20-3, 11-0 ACC) hold off the Seminoles (13-11, 5-6) for their 12th straight victory.
At Connecticut 66,
No. 6 Syracuse 58
Freshman Omar Calhoun scored 15 points, including three three-pointers in the deciding second-half run, as the Huskies (17-6, 7-4 Big East) beat the Orange (20-4, 8-3) in the last scheduled game between the national powers. Syracuse dropped into a three-way tie for first in the conference.