Men's Basketball

Unranked St. John's whips No. 3 Duke 93-78

St. John's guard Dwight Hardy (12) pivoted in front of Duke forward Kyle Singler during the second half Sunday. Hardy led St. John's with 26 points. Singler had 20.
St. John's guard Dwight Hardy (12) pivoted in front of Duke forward Kyle Singler during the second half Sunday. Hardy led St. John's with 26 points. Singler had 20. AP

Teams that beat Duke have reason to celebrate. Teams that blow Duke out of the building should be able to party all night.

So, how long will the St. John's players be allowed to celebrate Sunday's 93-78 victory over No. 3 Duke — a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicated?

"Coach Lav said we had two hours to celebrate and then we have to get ready for Rutgers," senior forward Justin Burrell said, referring to first-year coach Steve Lavin and the Red Storm's next opponent on Wednesday.

Two hours? It will take longer than that just to go over the highlights of a game that host St. John's had won by halftime. Those last 20 minutes were just a formality.

"I felt like we were ready. The guys wanted to play this game," Duke guard Nolan Smith said. "We wanted to be here but they came out from the jump ball and kicked our butts."

It wasn't that St. John's (12-8) beat the Blue Devils (19-2), it was the way it happened.

St. John's was finishing a stretch of eight straight games against ranked teams. This win gave them three wins in that span. It was enough to have Lavin waving his arms to the crowd at a media timeout in the second half.

"You're caught up in the moment of the game and I wanted St. John's fans to come to the party in terms of supporting the players on the court," Lavin said.

The Red Storm, who had lost three straight and five of six, took control early and had a 46-25 lead at halftime. Duke, which came into the game shooting 40 percent from three-point range, missed its first 10 shots from behind the arc and made one of 13 in the half.

St. John's had a lot to do with how poorly Duke played, using a three-quarter court trap to force the Blue Devils into low percentage passes that almost all seemed to either be stolen by St. John's or just thrown away.

"It's not an Xs and Os thing today," Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "I felt we were not ready to compete, we had blank expressions on our faces and guys weren't talking and that's my responsibility. Our program didn't do well today and that is all our responsibilities."

There was plenty of praise to go around for the Red Storm, who gave the Big East a 6-1 record against teams ranked in the top 10 this season. Dwight Hardy had 26 points for St. John's, Justin Brownlee had 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Paris Horne added 15 points and six assists. St. John's shot 58.2 percent and was 26-for-33 from the free-throw line.

Duke's loss continued the weekend of misery for members of the Top 25. On Saturday, four teams in the top 10 and 11 ranked teams overall lost.

Smith led Duke with 32 points and Kyle Singler added 20. The Blue Devils were 5-for-26 from three-point range — they missed 21 of their first 22 attempts — and had 17 turnovers.

No. 25 Michigan St. 84, Indiana 83 (OT): Draymond Green made a go-ahead shot with 29.3 seconds left, and host Michigan State held on to beat Indiana. Hoosiers guard Jordan Hulls, who got tied up by Spartans center Derrick Nix with 1.2 seconds left, was long on a three-pointer just before the buzzer.

Michigan State (13-8, 5-4 Big Ten) avoided its first four-game losing streak in four years.

Indiana (11-11, 2-7) had a shot to beat back-to-back ranked teams for the first time in Tom Crean's three seasons, but Jeremiah Rivers missed free throws that would've sealed the victory in regulation.

Kalin Lucas scored 26 points, and Green had 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Durrell Summers scored 17 and Delvon Roe had 10 points before fouling out for the Spartans.

Christian Watford scored 21 points and Hulls had 17 for the Hoosiers, who have lost 16 straight at Michigan State dating to 1991.

Indiana had chances to stop the skid.

Rivers missed the front end of a one and one with 42 seconds left in regulation and made only one of two free throws with 19 seconds left. Hulls got past midcourt for the final shot of regulation and was hoping for a foul, but the officials didn't blow the whistle because they determined he jumped into Summers.

Nation women

No. 1 Baylor 63, No. 6 Texas A&M 60: Texas A&M slowed Baylor star Brittney Griner. The Aggies couldn't do the same to freshman Odyssey Sims.

Sims tied a season high with 25 points and Griner had 17 points and 12 rebounds to help Baylor beat host Texas A&M.

Sims hit a jumper in the lane with 26 seconds left to put Baylor (19-1, 6-0 Big 12) on top 62-60. A steal by Melissa Jones on Texas A&M's next possession forced the Aggies to foul her. She hit the first of two free throws to make it 63-60 with 10 seconds left.

The victory is Baylor's 16th straight and leaves the Bears alone in first place in the Big 12 Conference.

Tyra White led Texas A&M (18-2, 6-1) with 18 points.

State men

Centre 66, Colorado College 54: Host Centre pulled away with a 12-0 run late in the game for the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory. Greg Ross led Centre (15-3, 10-1) with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Jeff Mullaney had 12 points and three assists, and Alex Lloyd added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Nick Rose led all scorers with 26 points and had four rebounds for Colorado (12-8, 8-3).

State women

Centre 82, Colorado College 74: Host Centre tightened up its defense in the second half and went on to beat SCAC opponent Colorado. Centre opened the game with an 11-0 run, but Colorado pulled to 42-39 at the half.

In the second half, Colorado was held to 30.3 percent shooting, including 3-for-16 from three-point range (18.8 percent).

Maggie Prewitt equaled a season high with 27 points for Centre (14-6, 8-3) to go with six rebounds and five assists. Chelsea Benham added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Becky Luetjen led all scorers with 30 points for Colorado (8-12, 5-6).

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