Men's Basketball

Florida St. deals Duke its first loss of the season

Vanderbilt's John Jenkins, center, fought for a loose ball with Georgia's Trey Thompkins in the first half. Jenkins scored 18 points, and the Commodores snapped the Bulldogs' nine-game win streak.
Vanderbilt's John Jenkins, center, fought for a loose ball with Georgia's Trey Thompkins in the first half. Jenkins scored 18 points, and the Commodores snapped the Bulldogs' nine-game win streak. AP

Derwin Kitchen scored 22 points, Chris Singleton added 18, and Florida State snapped No. 1 Duke's 25-game winning streak with a 66-61 victory Wednesday night.

Florida State (12-5, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) made five free throws in the final 33 seconds to hold off the defending national champions. It was the third time in the last nine seasons that the Seminoles have upset a top-ranked Duke team at home.

The Seminoles led 28-24 at halftime and by as many as 11 early in the second half, but the game was tight to the finish.

Kyle Singler scored 20 points, and Nolan Smith had 19 for the Blue Devils (15-1, 2-1), who shot just 31.1 percent.

Kitchen, a 6-foot-4 senior guard, scored 17 points in the second half and led the Seminoles with a team-high 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

SEC men

Vanderbilt 73, No. 24 Georgia 66: John Jenkins and Festus Ezeli scored 18 points apiece, and the Commodores snapped the Bulldogs' nine-game winning streak and ruined their first game back in the Top 25 since the end of the 2003 season.

Vanderbilt (12-3, 1-1) bounced back after opening Southeastern Conference play with an overtime loss at South Carolina that knocked it out of the rankings. The Dores took the lead from the start and never trailed while improving to 52-13 against the Bulldogs at home.

Georgia (12-3, 1-1) never got closer than three in the second half. Travis Leslie led the Bulldogs with 21 points, Gerald Robinson added 20 and Trey Thompkins had 13.

The Commodores outshot Georgia all over the court, with their biggest advantage coming at the free-throw line — 25-for-35 compared to 11-for-15 for the Bulldogs.

Louisiana State 56, Arkansas 53: LSU made just enough foul shots in the final minute for a home win. The Tigers (10-7, 2-0) entered the last 60 seconds leading 53-49. LSU made three of eight foul shots in the final minute. Eddie Ludwig sank one of two free throws with 10 seconds left to give the Tigers a 56-53 lead. Jeff Peterson missed a tying three-pointer with one second to go.

Arkansas (11-4, 1-1) trailed by 18 early in the second half, but pulled within three at 48-45 with 3:06 left.

Nation men

No. 5 Pittsburgh 72, No. 22 Georgetown 57: Ashton Gibbs hit five three-pointers and scored 22 points, and the visiting Panthers broke open the game early and remained unbeaten in the Big East.

Brad Wanamaker added 14 points, and Gilbert Brown had 12 for the Panthers, who shot 58 percent in the first half to build a 17-point halftime lead, the school's largest in a Big East road game. Pitt (16-1, 4-0) has won six straight overall. Chris Wright scored 14 points for the slumping Hoyas (12-5, 1-4), who have lost three straight and are off to their worst conference start since 1998-99.

No. 2 Ohio State 68, Michigan 64: William Buford scored 19 points and the Buckeyes went on a 12-0 run in the second half before holding on to win on the road. The Wolverines (11-6, 1-3 Big Ten) rallied from a 53-41 deficit, pulling within two at 64-62 when Zack Novak made two free throws with 22.3 seconds left. Michigan then fouled Buford, who made a pair of free throws with 18.6 seconds to play. Darius Morris scored on a drive with 12.4 seconds to go, but Aaron Craft made two more free throws with 9.4 seconds remaining, and Tim Hardaway Jr. missed a three-pointer at the other end.

No. 4 Syracuse 76, St. John's 59: Kris Joseph scored 18 points, and the Orange remained undefeated with a victory at Madison Square Garden. Syracuse (17-0, 4-0 Big East) is off to the second-best start in school history thanks to the 2-3 zone defense they have used so effectively for years.

Syracuse, one of five unbeaten Division I teams entering Wednesday, held the Red Storm (10-5, 3-2) to 36.8 percent shooting (21 of 57), just better than the 37.2 percent mark that leads the conference. The Orange came in second in points allowed (59.8) and were second in three-point field-goal defense (27.6). St. John's was 2-for-12 from three-point range.

No. 25 Cincinnati 74, South Florida 66: Redshirt freshman Sean Kilpatrick scored 18 points, giving the host Bearcats some spark in a listless game, and Cincinnati bounced back from its first loss of the season.

Cincinnati (16-1, 3-1 Big East) was coming off a 72-61 loss at Villanova that ended its 15-0 start, tied for second-best in school history.

State women

No. 12 Notre Dame 80, Louisville 60: Devereaux Peters and Kayla McBride scored 14 points each as the Irish cruised at home. Skylar Diggins and former Lexington Catholic star Natalie Novosel scored 12 points each for Notre Dame (14-4, 3-1 Big East).

Asia Taylor had 16 points for Louisville (12-6, 3-1). Notre Dame used a 16-2 run to close the first half and take a 37-22 lead at the break.

South Alabama 62, Western Kentucky 60: LaTeira Owens had a game-high 15 points and 16 rebounds, and South Alabama held off a late charge for a home win.

Transylvania 83, Mt. St. Joseph 55: Former Scott County standout Holly Milburn scored a game-high 21 points, and Lyon County graduate Olivia Akridge added 16 to lead the host Pioneers to their fourth straight victory.

State men

Transylvania 77, St. Joseph 64: Senior Matt Wise came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points, all on three-pointers, as the visiting Pioneers ended their two-game losing streak. Wise, whose previous career best was 12 points, hit his first six threes and finished 7-for-11.

Around the nation

Minnesota: Leading scorer and rebounder Trevor Mbakwe is still a member of the team following a social-media mistake that sent him to jail, though Coach Tubby Smith said the junior forward now will be a reserve. Smith said he also told Mbakwe not to use Facebook or Twitter, following Mbakwe's alleged violation of a harassment restraining order against him.

West Virginia: Forward Kevin Noreen will miss the rest of the season with a right-knee injury. The school said Wednesday the 6-foot-10 freshman underwent surgery for a ruptured prepatellar bursa. WVU plans to apply for an NCAA medical hardship. Noreen averaged 2.6 points and 1.7 points in seven games for West Virginia (10-4).

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