College basketball roundup: Duke defeats UCLA with strong perimeter play

December 19, 2013 

Jabari Parker had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 8 Duke used a patient offensive attack to beat UCLA 80-63 on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Blue Devils (9-2) poked and prodded UCLA's 2-3 zone from the perimeter, making 11 three-pointers in a season-high 32 attempts from beyond the arc. Parker went 4 for 8 from long range while going over 20 points for the ninth time in his 11 college games.

Rodney Hood and Quinn Cook both had 14 points for the Blue Devils.

David Wear led the Bruins (9-2) with 16 points and Kyle Anderson had 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. He entered the game averaging 13.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 6.7 assists.

UCLA's zone kept the Bruins in the game. Wear's 3-pointer, one of his four for the game in as many attempts, tied it at 43 with 17:58 to play.

Duke suddenly began to connect from outside with consistency and Hood hit two 3s and Parker added another in a 16-4 run that put the Blue Devils up 61-49 with 11:33 to go.

The Bruins twice got within eight points, but they got no closer in front of the crowd of 15,410.

UCLA, which entered the game averaging 85.1 points, was 8 of 22 from 3-point range. Justin Adams, the Bruins' leading scorer coming in with a 21.2 average, was held to 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting.

The Blue Devils are 2-1 at Madison Square Garden this season having beaten Alabama and lost to Arizona in the NIT Season Tip-Off in November. Duke's other loss this season was to Kansas.

UCLA's other loss was at Missouri.

SC-Upstate 78, South Carolina 68: Ricardo Glenn tied a career high with 21 points and added 14 rebounds to lead SC-Upstate over South Carolina Thursday at the Colonial Life Arena.

SC-Upstate (6-5) came in 0-8 all-time against opponents from the SEC. They came close to breaking that streak earlier this year when they held a nine-point second-half lead against Tennessee before falling 74-65.

But they withstood a late rally by South Carolina (2-5) this time.

Trailing 52-51 with 7:40 remaining, the Spartans used a 10-2 run to forge ahead. The Gamecocks got as close as a point on two Ty Johnson free throws with 1:21 remaining but could never regain the lead.

Arkansas 102, Tennessee-Martin 56: Freshman Moses Kingsley posted career highs of 12 points and 12 rebounds as host Arkansas returned from a week layoff with a convincing win over Tennessee-Martin (5-9).

The margin of victory matched the largest of the season for the Razorbacks (8-2), who have now won 21 straight home games.

Georgia 58, Gardner-Webb 49: Georgia's Juwan Parker had 12 points and teammate Marcus Thornton added 11 on Thursday as the Bulldogs defeated visiting Gardner-Webb and recorded their fourth straight victory.

Parker led with a game-high nine rebounds and Thornton finished with seven as the Bulldogs went over the .500 mark for the first time since their season opener.

Gardner-Webb's Naji Hibbert led the Runnin' Bulldogs (6-7) with 14 points and Tyler Strange scored 10 points. Donte' Williams added nine points for Georgia.

Auburn 66, Clemson 64: Chris Denson scored 19 points and Auburn hit 4 of 6 free throws over the final 43 seconds to preserve a win over Clemson.

Women's games

Georgetown 68, Menlo 62: Georgetown fell behind by five at the break but the Tigers (6-2) roared back with double figures from all three seniors to beat Menlo College (10-4). Lizza Jonas and Kourtney Tyra led the way with 17 points each, while Andrea Howard chipped in 12.

$40M donation to Indiana

Indianapolis philanthropist Cindy Simon Skjodt has donated $40 million to Indiana University to renovate Assembly Hall.

University President Michael McRobbie announced the gift during a news conference Thursday in which he said the home court of the men's and women's basketball teams would be renamed the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall once renovations are complete as early as 2016.

IU says the improvements to the 42-year-old arena will include revenue-generating box seats, a new south entryway, a state-of-the-art video scoreboard, escalators and remodeled restrooms and concession stands.

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