Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 10 rebounds, making the winning free throw with 26 seconds left to lead the No. 4 Duke men to a 62-61 victory at Boston College.
BOSTON — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski watched as all three teams ahead of the Blue Devils in the Associated Press Top 25 lost last week. Then he came to Chestnut Hill and nearly joined them Sunday.
“Nothing about today was easy,” Krzyzewski said after No. 4 Duke overcame early and late deficits to beat Boston College 62-61. “These are games anybody can lose, and throughout the country everybody is losing them. Our guys found a way to win against a team that was also deserving to win, so that’s a real good thing.”
Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 10 rebounds, making the winning free throw with 26 seconds left to lead Duke (21-2 overall, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) to its fifth consecutive victory. Seth Curry added 18 points for the Blue Devils.
Of the top seven teams in the AP media poll, the only ones who haven’t lost since Tuesday are Duke and No. 6 Gonzaga (23-2). This week’s poll will be released Monday.
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Olivier Hanlan scored 20 points for Boston College (10-13, 2-8), which led by five points with 2:15 left and had a chance to win after Plumlee made one of two free throws.
Hanlan dribbled down the clock before pulling up for an open shot inside the free-throw line that was wide. BC’s Ryan Anderson grabbed the rebound but lost control as he fell to the floor and the ball popped out of bounds as the buzzer sounded to end the game.
“When you get a defensive stop, it’s five guys playing as one,” Krzyzewski said. “For me, there’s no better feeling than to win a game that way. And you see them on the floor and that red light goes off, and it’s pretty cool. It’s a pretty cool thing.”
Boston College has lost seven of its last eight, including a 22-point setback to No. 8 Miami on Tuesday.
No. 1 Indiana beats
No. 10 Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Victor Oladipo scored a career-high 26 points, Cody Zeller added 24 and Christian Watford had 20 to lead No. 1 Indiana to an 81-68 victory over 10th-ranked Ohio State.
Indiana (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten) bounced back from a 74-72 loss Thursday at Illinois.
Of the lessons learned from that setback, Zeller said, “It was putting teams away, playing to win and not just playing for the time to run out. So, we made that adjustment pretty well.”
Indiana’s victory was its first against a top-10 conference opponent on the road since a 1993 triumph at Iowa.
“I’m proud of the way these guys responded from a very tough loss,” Hoosiers coach Tom Crean said.
Ohio State (17-6, 7-4) lost its previous game to No. 3 Michigan.
“A typical week in the conference,” Buckeyes guard Aaron Craft said of the demanding schedule.
Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas scored 26 points.
Other Top 10 men
At No. 9 Syracuse 77,
St. John’s 58
James Southerland, who had been out because of an eligibility issue, scored 13 points in his first appearance in seven games and C.J. Fair had 17 points to lead the Orange (20-3, 8-2 Big East) past the Red Storm (15-9, 7-5).
It was the 37th straight victory at the Carrier Dome for Syracuse, extending the nation’s longest active home streak in Division I. The victory also extended coach Jim Boeheim’s NCAA record for seasons with at least 20 victories to 35.
St. John’s coach Steve Lavin missed the game because of the overnight death of his 82-year-old father, Cap, leaving the reins to assistant coach Rico Hines.
Freshman JaKarr Sampson had 21 points to lead the Red Storm.
Top 5 women’s game
At No. 3 Connecticut 91, DePaul 44
Stefanie Dolson scored 23 points to lead UConn (22-1, 9-1 Big East) to a romp over the late-arriving Blue Demons (17-7, 6-4), who ran into blizzard-related travel delays and reached the arena about 75 minutes before the 3:30 p.m. EST opening tip.
“Well, they got to Connecticut at about 8,” a joking UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “But my buddy’s a bus driver and he didn’t pick them up until 1.”
About 30 inches of snow fell in the area Friday.
Dolson was 6 of 8 from the field and made 10 of 11 free throws.
Megan Rogowski led DePaul with 12 points.