College Basketball Roundup : Wake Forest Hands Duke Its Second Straight Loss, 75-71
Top-ranked Duke lost for the second straight time Saturday. But Derrick McQueen saw it as a victory for Wake Forest, not a Blue Devil defeat.
McQueen, a freshman, shrugged off foul trouble in the second half and scored a career-high 20 points as the Deamon Deacons upset Duke, 75-71, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at Greensboro, N.C.
“People were saying, ‘What was wrong with Duke?’ ” McQueen said. “I think we were a big part of what was wrong with Duke. I’m glad that it ended like this this time.”
Last month, the Deamon Deacons lost to Duke, 94-88, in a game they thought they should have won. McQueen made sure Saturday.
McQueen picked up his fourth foul with 9 minutes left, but he scored 8 of his points after that, helping to stave off a Duke comeback and sending the Blue Devils to their second straight loss.
Duke (13-2 overall, 3-2 in the ACC) lost to North Carolina earlier in the week.
The Deacons (9-6, 2-4), squandered most of a 15-point lead in an 8-minute stretch of the second half as they committed 5 turnovers and hit just 2 of 8 shots in the span.
Meanwhile, Danny Ferry scored 16 of Duke’s first 22 points in the period to lead the Blue Devils’ rally. Phil Henderson added a pair of baskets, the last of which came with 6:59 remaining and brought the Blue Devils to within 59-57.
McQueen rescued the Demon Deacons from their slide with a jumper at 5:39. After Greg Koubek scored for Duke, reserve Robert Siler hit a 3-pointer, and McQueen hit a baseline jumper at 3:18, giving Wake Forest a 66-59 lead.
Georgetown 59, Connecticut 55--Sam Jefferson, a reserve who entered the game because of his defensive ability, made 2 free throws with 15 seconds left to give the No. 3 Hoyas a Big East victory at Landover, Md., as Coach John Thompson returned to the bench after a 2-game boycott.
Thompson watched from the bench for the first time since staging his protest over Proposal 42, the new ruling on scholarships that modifies Proposition 48.
Georgetown trailed, 51-41, with 5:24 left. The Hoyas still trailed by 6 with 2:57 left, but a 3-point shot by Mark Tillmon made it 55-52, and Alonzo Mourning followed with a 3-point play to tie it with 1:30 remaining.
Jefferson and Charles Smith made 2 free throws each for Georgetown in the final minute.
Georgetown (14-1, 4-1) moved into a tie with Seton Hall for the Big East lead. Connecticut is 10-5 and 2-4.
Wisconsin 71, Michigan 68--Trent Jackson made the go-ahead free throw with 30 seconds left, and Tim Locum added 2 more with 4 seconds remaining to give the Badgers a Big Ten upset at Madison, Wis.
Locum’s clinching free throws came after No. 6 Michigan’s Rumeal Robinson missed 2 free throws with 9 seconds remaining.
The Wolverines’ Terry Mills rebounded Robinson’s second miss, but Locum ripped the ball away from him, was fouled and made both free throws as Wisconsin ended a 4-game losing streak.
Jackson led the Badgers with 21 points and Danny Jones had 19. Glen Rice led the Wolverines (15-3, 3-2) with 25 points.
Wisconsin (10-5, 2-4) trailed, 68-66, when Rice made a bank shot with 1:57 to go. But Jones tied the game with 1:23 left when he hit a layup on an inbounds play.
Oklahoma 109, Iowa State 100--Mookie Blaylock scored 38 points, and Tony Martin made 2 straight baskets in overtime to put the No. 5 Sooners ahead to stay in the Big Eight game at Ames, Iowa.
Oklahoma (15-2, 3-0) rallied from an 11-point deficit in the first half and overcame a sub-par performance from center Stacey King, who did not start because he was late for a pre-game meeting.
King, averaging 25.6 points a game, finished with 15 points after scoring only 1 in the first half. But he made 2 free throws with 29 seconds left to tie the score at 98-98, and send the game into overtime.
The Sooners scored the final 9 points of overtime after Iowa State (9-6, 1-3) tied it, 100-100 on Victor Alexander’s jump shot in the lane with 3:51 left.
Iowa 67, Purdue 66--Ed Horton, who scored 10 of his 26 points in the final 4 minutes, made the winning basket with 4 seconds left to give the No. 7 Hawkeyes a Big Ten victory over the Boilermakers at West Lafayette, Ind.
Iowa trailed, 56-45, midway through the second half and was still behind by 9 points before 2 foul shots by Horton started the Hawkeyes’ surge. Iowa (14-3, 2-2), playing its fourth straight conference game on the road, outscored Purdue, 10-2, in a 3-minute span and took the lead, 65-64, on a basket by Horton with 1:45 remaining.
Stephen Scheffler gave Purdue (9-9, 2-3) its final lead at 66-65 on a goaltending violation by Ray Thompson with 23 seconds left.
Syracuse 99, Notre Dame 87--Sherman Douglas, hampered by back spasms the last 2 games, said his back felt just fine, leaving Notre Dame with only a pained feeling that a game that could have been won got away.
Douglas scored 26 points, after scoring only 13 in 2 losses last week, to lead the No. 11 Orangemen to the victory at South Bend, Ind.
“My back loosened up in the game, and as we began to run a lot it became looser,” Douglas said.
Syracuse (15-4) used a late 15-4 run to break open what had been a close game.
Stephen Thompson had 25 points and Derrick Coleman 21 for the Orangemen. Keith Robinson scored 18 for Notre Dame (8-3).
North Carolina 84, North Carolina State 81--The No. 13 Tar Heels almost let one get away but held on to beat the No. 15 Wolfpack in their ACC game at Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Tar Heels (16-3, 3-1) led, 82-72, with 46 seconds left. But Brian Howard made 2 3-point baskets, Chris Corchiani had a short jumper and Avie Lester added a foul shot to pull the Wolfpack (12-2, 3-1) within 84-81 with 6 seconds left.
Chucky Brown intercepted a pass by Scott Williams after North Carolina inbounded the ball, but Brown’s open 3-point shot bounced off the rim as time expired.
Florida State 95, Cincinnati 80--George McCloud scored 29 points and Irving Thomas added a career-high 21 as the No. 14 Seminoles eased to a Metro Conference win over the foul-plagued Bearcats at Tallahassee, Fla.
Florida State (14-1, 2-0), which has won 6 straight since losing to Villanova last month, made 42 of its 52 free throw attempts, with McCloud hitting 12 of 15.
Cincinnati led, 55-52, early in the second half when sophomore Aubry Boyd sparked a 12-4 run that gave the Seminoles a 64-59 lead. The Bearcats couldn’t catch up.
Cincinnati (8-6, 1-3) has lost 17 straight conference road games.
Missouri 105, Oklahoma State 83--Byron Irvin scored 30 points and led a second-half rally that carried the No. 8 Tigers to the Big Eight win at Columbia, Mo.
Missouri (16-3, 3-0) trailed, 62-54, before Irvin’s basket put the Tigers ahead, 69-68. Lee Coward scored on a pair of fast breaks, Irvin made a jump shot and Gary Leonard a dunk as they extended their lead to 79-70, capping a 25-8 run.
Oklahoma State (10-3, 1-1) stayed close and moved to within 81-79 with about 5 minutes left on Byron Houston’s 3-point play. Houston scored 27 points.
Indiana 75, Michigan State 60--The Hoosiers missed their first 4 shots of the second half before making 12 of 13, including 9 straight, to break the game open and win their 12th in a row at Bloomington, Ind.
Jay Edwards scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half as Indiana took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.
Indiana (15-4, 5-0), trailed by 8 points before tying the score, 33-33, on Brian Sloan’s jumper at the halftime buzzer. Edwards made a 3-point shot to put the Hoosiers ahead to stay, 40-37, with 16:22 to play.
Michigan State (10-5, 1-4) had only 1 field goal in nearly 10 minutes in the second half.
Northwestern 75, Minnesota 67--Brian Schwabe scored 22 points to help the Wildcats break their 18-game Big Ten losing streak with an upset victory at Evanston, Ill.
It was the Wildcats’ first conference victory since Jan. 20, 1988, when they beat Minnesota, 65-61.
Minnesota (10-5, 2-3) tied the game, 49-49, when Willie Burton converted a 3-point play, but Schwabe broke the tie with a free throw and a few seconds later added 2 more free throws.
Walker Lambiotte scored 2 baskets to give Northwestern (8-8, 1-5) a 56-51 lead and the Gophers never caught up.
Kentucky 66, Tennessee 65--Derrick Miller scored 23 points, and Deron Feldhaus made 2 foul shots with 12 seconds left, giving the Wildcats a Southeastern Conference upset over the No. 18 Volunteers at Knoxville, Tenn.
Feldhaus’ free throws put Kentucky (9-9, 4-2) ahead, 66-62, offsetting a 3-point shot by Greg Bell at the buzzer.
Miller had 15 of his 23 points in the second half and the Wildcats’ sagging 2-3 zone confounded Tennessee (12-3, 5-1), which was held to its lowest point total of the season and 25 under its average.
Kansas 89, Colorado 74--Kevin Pritchard made a 3-point basket late in the second half to put an end to a Colorado rally as the No. 17 Jayhawks beat the Buffaloes in a Big Eight game at Boulder, Colo.
Pritchard’s 3-pointer then made it 71-62, and Mark Randall added a field goal to make it 73-62. A jump shot by Milt Newton extended the lead to 83-68 with 2:34 left and the Jayhawks (15-3, 3-1) rolled to the victory, shooting 62% from the field for the game.
After dominating the first half and leading, 49-34, at halftime, Kansas allowed the Buffs (5-12, 0-4) to score 6 straight points and then start a 13-4 run ending up with a 3-point basket by Brian Molis to make it 68-62.
Providence 96, Pittsburgh 81--Carlton Screen scored 21 points and Eric Murdock had 18 as the Friars, restricting the Panthers to 2 baskets in the first 10 minutes of the second half, rallied for the Big East victory at Pittsburgh.
Murdock made a 3-point field goal and a layup in an 8-second span to start a 16-4 run that turned a 58-56 deficit into a 72-62 lead with 11 minutes to play.
Matt Palazzi then scored all 10 of his points in the final 8 minutes to clinch Providence’s first victory in its last 3 games and the Friars’ first win in Pittsburgh since Pitt joined the Big East in 1982.
Providence is 14-2 overall and 4-2 in conference. Brian Shorter scored 24 points for Pitt (9-7 and 2-3).
Vanderbilt 94, Texas 79--Frank Kornet scored 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, both career highs, to help C. M. Newton record his 500th career coaching victory in the nonconference game at Nashville, Tenn.
The Commodores (10-8) trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half before shutting down the outside shooting of Texas (13-4) and rallying in the second half.
The victory gives Newton a 500-369 record. Newton, who ranks 11th in wins among active coaches, coached 12 years each at Transylvania and Alabama and is in his eighth season at Vanderbilt.
West Virginia, 65, Temple 63--The Mountaineers extended their winning streak to 12 straight and moved into first place in the Atlantic 10 ahead of Temple while also snapping the visiting Owls’ 31-game conference winning streak at Morgantown, W.Va.
Steve Berger made both ends of a 1-and-1 to spark a 16-9 run that gave the Mountaineers (13-2, 7-0) a 63-54 lead with just under 3 minutes left.
Mark Macon, who finished with 28 points, scored 13 points in the final 6 minutes to pull Temple (8-6, 7-1) within 65-60 with 28 seconds remaining. Macon then hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
LSU 80, Alabama 76--Freshman guard Chris Jackson scored 30 points, and Ricky Blanton made 2 key rebounds and a pair of free throws with 2 seconds left to give the Tigers a Southeastern Conference victory at Baton Rouge, La.
Jackson gave LSU (12-5, 5-2) the lead for good at 78-75 with less than 10 seconds left in the game with 2 foul shots. Alvin Lee went to the line for Alabama (12-4, 4-3) with 5 seconds left. He made the first, but missed the second, and Blanton came down with the rebound, was fouled and made the 2 clutch free throws.
Xavier (Ohio) 73, St. Louis 67--Former Palisades High School center Derek Strong scored 20 points and had a career-high 16 rebounds to lead the Musketeers to the Midwestern Collegiate Conference win at Cincinnati.
St. Louis (12-6, 2-2) took a 64-60 lead with 4 minutes left when Monroe Douglas scored 6 straight points. Colin Parker made a 3-pointer to bring the Musketeers (12-6, 2-2) to within 1 point and begin an 11-point run, Strong, a 6-10 junior, made 4 foul shots, and Tyrone Hill also had 4.