College basketball roundup: No. 4 Duke falls to Wake Forest

March 5, 2014 

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Wake Forest's Devin Thomas (2) jumped for joy as time expired in an 82-72 victory against Duke at Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C. It was Wake Forest's first win over Duke since 2009.

CHUCK LIDDY — MCT

Tyler Cavanaugh scored a career-high 20 points and Wake Forest pulled away to upset No. 4 Duke 82-72 on Wednesday night in Winston-Salem.

Travis McKie added 19 points in his final scheduled home game for the Demon Deacons (16-14, 6-11 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Coming off a home loss to sub-.500 Boston College, they shot 46 percent from the field and overcame their largest deficit of the game by scoring 17 straight points and holding Duke without a field goal for 5 critical minutes down the stretch.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski missed his postgame news conference because he was feeling light-headed.

No. 8 Kansas 82, Texas Tech 57: Tarik Black scored 19 points on perfect shooting in his final game at Allen Fieldhouse, and Kansas managed just fine without injured center Joel Embiid to romp over Texas Tech. The loss means that Red Raiders coach Tubby Smith, who spent most of the game sitting glumly on the bench, will have to beat Texas on Saturday and then win the Big 12 tournament — four games in four days — to avoid his first losing season in 23 years as a head coach.

SEC men

Arkansas 110, Mississippi 80: Anthlon Bell scored a career-high 23 points as Arkansas' surge toward an NCAA tourney berth continued with a resounding win over Ole Miss.

The Razorbacks (21-9, 10-7 SEC) have now won six straight games — their longest streak in regular-season conference play since the 1997-98 season — and eight of nine overall since opening SEC play 2-6.

Bell and Mardracus Wade, who finished with a season-high 18 points, combined to hit 12 of Arkansas' 17 3-pointers — matching the school's mark for most made in an SEC game.

The Razorbacks led by as many as 43 points in the second half.

Georgia 66, Mississippi State 45: Kenny Gaines scored 14 points and Georgia moved closer to locking up a spot in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament, routing Mississippi State.

Georgia remained third in the league and still hopes to make a run at the NCAAs, though a middling RPI ranking likely means it would have to win the regular-season finale at LSU and at least beat either No. 1 Florida or No. 25 Kentucky in the SEC tournament.

The top four SEC teams receive a bye through the first two rounds of the tourney.

Last-place Mississippi State (13-17, 3-14) is closing out another dismal year under second-year coach Rick Ray, who went 10-22 in his debut season. His team shot just 34 percent and had no one in double figures.

Tennessee 82, Auburn 54: Jarnell Stokes had 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to help visiting Tennessee rout Auburn.

The Volunteers were up 24 points at halftime and never gave the Tigers a glimmer of hope after the opening minutes for their third straight win.

Missouri 57, Texas A&M 56:

Earnest Ross converted two free throws with 7.3 seconds remaining to give Missouri its first lead of the night and help the Tigers survive a scare from Texas A&M.

SEC women

Mississippi State 73, Missouri 70: Kendra Grant scored 17 points, Martha Alwal added 16 and Mississippi State beat Missouri in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

No. 13 seed Mississippi State (19-12) will play fifth-seeded Florida on Thursday afternoon. The winner of that game will play Kentucky on Friday.

Brianna Kulas finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Sierra Michaelis scored 16 for 12th-seeded Missouri (17-13).

The Bulldogs, who snapped a two-game skid and won an SEC tournament game for the first time since 2010, never trailed after Alwal's two free throws made it 69-68 with 2:07 remaining.

State women

Eastern Kentucky 75, Eastern Illinois 52: The No. 5 seed Eastern Kentucky women's basketball team dispatched No. 8 Eastern Illinois on Wednesday at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

The Lady Colonels (16-12, 9-7 OVC) will face No. 4 Tennessee State (12-17, 9-7 OVC) on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. ET. EKU has now advanced to the OVC quarterfinals three straight years.

Senior Marie Carpenter finished with a game-best 24 points for EKU. She moved to fifth place on Eastern Kentucky's all-time scoring list with 1,596 points.

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