Men's Basketball

Clemson knocks off Duke; Mich. St. rallies to win in OT

Clemson's K.J. McDaniels (32) dunked over Duke's Semi Ojeleye in the second half. McDaniels had 22 points to help hand the Blue Devils their second straight ACC road loss.
Clemson's K.J. McDaniels (32) dunked over Duke's Semi Ojeleye in the second half. McDaniels had 22 points to help hand the Blue Devils their second straight ACC road loss. AP

K.J. McDaniels scored 24 points and Jaron Blossomgame had career highs with 14 points and 14 rebounds as Clemson defeated No. 16 Duke 72-59 Saturday, the Blue Devils' second straight Atlantic Coast Conference road loss.

Duke (12-4, 1-2 ACC) led 36-26 late in the first half before the host Tigers (11-4, 2-1) put together a 37-18 run over the next 14 minutes to take control.

Duke cut things to 59-57 on Quinn Cook's three, but McDaniels hit a twisting layup and got fouled for a three-point play to restore Clemson's margin.

The Tigers gradually built the lead to 69-59 with 2:06 go and Duke could not respond.

Rodney Hood led the Blue Devils with 20 points. Jabari Parker scored 15, only five after halftime.

No. 5 Michigan St. 87, Minnesota 75 (OT): Keith Appling scored 24 points to help host Michigan State win in overtime Saturday after overcoming a double-digit deficit in the second half and blowing a lead late in regulation.

The Spartans (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten) scored 15 straight points while holding the Golden Gophers (13-4, 2-2) scoreless for nearly 8 minutes after trailing 53-43 with 15:57 left.

Michigan State missed an opportunity to win in regulation for the second straight game, losing a five-point lead in the last 13 seconds. It scored the first nine points of OT.

No. 2 Syracuse 57, North Carolina 45: C.J. Fair scored 20 points, Jerami Grant had 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and undefeated Syracuse beat the visiting Tar Heels. It was the fewest points scored by North Carolina since posting 44 in a loss to Duke in 1979.

No. 11 Oklahoma St. 73, West Virginia 72: Markel Brown hit a three-pointer with 12 seconds to lift Oklahoma State to a win at Morgantown, W.Va.

The Cowboys trailed for most of the game, but got solid efforts from their top two scorers in the final minutes. Marcus Smart had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Le'Bryan Nash added 18 points and Brown finished with 12.

No. 18 Kansas 86, No. 25 Kansas State 60: Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, fellow freshman Wayne Selden added 20 and host Kansas beat Kansas in its latest Sunflower Showdown beat down.

Another of the Jayhawks' ballyhooed freshmen, Joel Embiid, contributed 11 points and nine rebounds in their sixth straight win over their I-70 rivals.

No. 7 Baylor 88, TCU 62: Taurean Prince scored 15 of his career-high 23 points off the bench when host Baylor took control before halftime. Brady Heslip had 15 points on five three-pointers for Baylor.

Indiana 79, Penn State 76: Noah Vonleh scored a career-high 19 points, Yogi Ferrell added 15 and Indiana won in Pittsburgh.

Evansville 75, Southern Illinois 69: D.J. Balentine scored a career-high 33 points, making six of 10 three-point attempts, to lead Evansville to a win at Carbondale, Ill. Adam Wing (Rowan County) added nine points, seven rebounds and three steals.

North Dakota State 87, IUPUI 64: Donovan Gibbs (Iroquois) and Marcellus Barksdale (Tates Creek) had 14 points each to for host IUPUI.

SEC men

No. 10 Florida 84, Arkansas 82 (OT): Dorian Finney-Smith scored a career-high 22 points as Florida overcame the absence of leading scorer Casey Prather to snap Arkansas' 23-game home winning streak.

Finney-Smith, starting in place of the injured Prather, also added a season-high 15 rebounds as the Gators won their seventh in row.

Florida trailed 66-57 in the closing minutes of regulation, but Scotie Wilbekin sent it into overtime with a jumper with two seconds left that tied the game.

Texas A&M 57, Tennessee 56: Antwan Space hit a three-pointer with 4.4 seconds left to lift Texas A&M over host Tennessee. The Aggies trailed by as much as 14 points in the first half, and never led in the second half until the final basket.

No. 21 Missouri 70, Auburn 68: Earnest Ross hit four free throws down the stretch and Rodney Clarkson scored 20 points to help Missouri win at Auburn. Ross, who spent two seasons at Auburn before transferring in 2011, scored 16 points.

LSU 71, South Carolina 68: Freshman Jarrell Martin scored a career-high 18 points to lead LSU over the Gamecocks at Columbia, S.C. South Carolina has lost its first two SEC games for the third straight season.

Mississippi State 76, Mississippi 72: Roquez Johnson tied a career high with 20 points, Craig Sword added 15 and the Bulldogs won at home.

Georgia 66, Alabama 58: Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann each scored 22 points and host Georgia overcame its worst shooting performance of the season to beat Alabama. Georgia made only 15 of 46 shots from the field (33 percent). Alabama made only 37.

State men

Bellarmine 89, Missouri S&T 79: Jake Thelen was perfect from the field (7-for-7) and the free-throw line (8-for-8), and the host Knights stayed perfect, too, with a win.

Thelen (Covington Catholic) finished with 22 points and Vance Hall (Franklin County) had 10 points, eight rebounds and a career-high 10 assists for Bellarmine (12-0), which is ranked second in NCAA's Division II.

East Tennessee State 74, Northern Kentucky 65: Rashawn Rembert scored 19 points in East Tennessee State's win at Johnson City.

It was a one-possession game at the half (30-28), but a 19-6 run put the Buccaneers up 50-38 with 8:23 to go.

The Norse (7-11, 3-3 A-Sun) got 20 points from Jordan Jackson, who also had four assists and four steals.

Pikeville 82, Cumberland (Tenn.) 68: Chris Cantino scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Bears, ranked No. 1 in NAIA, win at home. Bruce Reed added 19 points and four boards, while Elisha Justice (Shelby Valley)added 12 points.

St. Catharine 103, Georgetown 90: Omar Skinner scored 22 points in the Patriots' win at home. Monty Wilson led the Tigers with 32 points, and Deondre McWhorter (Moore) had 15 points and four blocks.

Transylvania 67, Manchester 63: Freshman guard Garrett Dorfman had 17 points, including five three-pointers, for the host Pioneers.


Transylvania 75, Manchester 63: The host Pioneers won their 11th straight game. Katelyn Smith (Perry County Central) led the way with 23 points and six rebounds. Nicole Coffman (Casey County) had 17 points and seven rebounds.

Madisen Webb (Scott County) and Alex Botkin (Lexington Catholic) added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Eastern Kentucky 79, Morehead State 58: Marie Carpenter scored 25 points to lead the visiting Lady Colonels (9-6, 3-1 OVC).

EKU outshot Morehead 56.3 percent (27 of 48) to 33.3 (18 of 54) and outrebounded the Eagles 41-26. The Colonels outscored Morehead 38-16 in the paint.

Shelly Harper added 14 points, eight rebounds and four steals for the winners. Morehead (8-8, 2-1) was led by Terrice Robinson with 22 points.

Ohio State 70, No. 22 Indiana 51: Ameryst Alston tied a career-high with 29 points Saturday and Ohio State upset cold-shooting Indiana, snapping a program-best 14-0 winning streak for the host Hoosiers. Larryn Brooks (Madison Central) led Indiana with 11 points, seven assists and three rebounds.

Georgetown 72, St. Catherine 63: Kourtney Tyra (Jackson County) and Lizza Jonas (Tates Creek) scored 18 points each for the visiting Tigers. Jonas added 14 rebounds and Tyra had seven assists.