Northern gets 1st win as Div. I team

NKU edges Hampton; Duke, michigan roll

December 21, 2012 

SPORTS BKC-ELON-DUKE 8 RA

Duke's Mason Plumlee guarded Elon center Tony Sabato on Thursday. Plumlee led the Blue Devils with 21 points.

CHUCK LIDDY — MCT

Northern Kentucky got its first win as a Division I team by outlasting host Hampton 54-52 Thursday.

Chad Jackson from Scott County led the way with 18 points, scoring NKU's first eight points and 14 in the first half. Jalen Billups had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners, now 1-6.

NKU led 27-23 at halftime as Hampton hit only one of 10 from three-point range in the first half. The losers hit only 31 percent of their shots for the game, while NKU hit 37 percent.

Northern outrebounded the taller Pirates 39-33.

The Norse survived a late Hampton rally to beat a Division I team in a regular-season game for the first time since Jan. 14, 1984, when they upset Tennessee State 66-64.

No. 1 Duke 76, Elon 54: Mason Plumlee had 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead host Duke to its 100th straight non-conference win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Ryan Kelly added 14 points, freshman Rasheed Sulaimon had 13 and Tyler Thornton hit a pair of key three-pointers 30 seconds apart that helped the Blue Devils (11-0) pull away.

Playing on back-to-back nights, Duke counted on its defense to pick up an offense that was off on more open shots than usual. Duke shot 43 percent but forced 17 turnovers and turned them into 19 points while allowing Elon only five offensive rebounds.

Duke hasn't lost to a non-ACC team at Cameron since falling to St. John's in 2000.

No. 2 Michigan 93, Eastern Michigan 54: Tim Hardaway Jr. had 17 points and a career-high seven assists to help Michigan rout Eastern Michigan. The Wolverines (12-0) are off to their best start since winning the first 16 games of the 1985-86 season.

Arkansas 79, Robert Morris 74: Hunter Mickelson scored 14 of his career-high 16 points in the second half to help host Arkansas run its record to 6-4.

Mickelson, a sophomore center, played only five minutes in the first half after picking up a pair of personal fouls early in the game. He made up for his absence after the break, scoring 10 points in the first 6:33 of the second half to give the Razorbacks the lead for good.

Paced by Mickelson's perfect 6-of-6 second-half shooting, Arkansas made 67 percent of its field-goal attempts after halftime and led by as many as nine points.

B.J. Young had a game-high 23 points for the Razorbacks (6-4).

Women

Northern Kentucky 71, UNC-Wilmington 55: Guard Kayla Thacker scored 17 points, grabbed eight rebounds, had four assists and four steals to lead host Northern. The winners outshot the losers 48 percent to 37 percent.

No. 5 Notre Dame 87, Kansas State 57: Skylar Diggins scored 17 of her 22 points in the first half as Notre Dame won in the second round of the World Vision Classic in Las Vegas. Diggins scored 15 of the Fighting Irish's first 23 points, leading them to a 23-10 lead 8:20 into the game.

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