COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP : Duke Enjoying Comforts of Home, 91-89

From Associated Press

Top-ranked Duke extended its home winning streak to 27 games Thursday night, an occasion Blue Devil Coach Mike Krzyzewski celebrated by ripping his team and Duke fans at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.

Antonio Lang scored off a rebound with 22 seconds left to give the Blue Devils a 91-89 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Maryland.

Afterward, Krzyzewski laid into the Blue Devils and their fans.

"We need to be a lot hungrier here at Duke University," Krzyzewski said.

"When I came out after halftime--I've never seen our students sitting down. I was in shock. I told my players to get off their butts . . . I think our students should get off their butts, too. I think that we are spoiled . . . and maybe my team is too."

The Blue Devils (21-1, 11-1 in the ACC) were in danger of being upset by the Terrapins after Kevin McLinton made a 15-foot jump shot with 38 seconds left to give Maryland an 89-88 lead.

Christian Laettner, who scored 18 of his 30 points in the first half, missed a jump shot after McLinton's basket, but no one boxed out Lang, who followed up the miss with an easy layup.

"I was just there to cover the boards . . .," Lang said. "They put a body on us all night and I said sooner or later if I keep going to the boards I was going to get a rebound."

Maryland (10-12, 3-9) had one last chance to win, but McLinton, who scored 25 points and had 11 assists, tried a running one-hand attempt in the lane that was tipped by Laettner. Thomas Hill grabbed the rebound and made one free throw for the winning margin.

The Blue Devils defeated the Terrapins for the 10th consecutive time.

Brian Davis scored 19 points for Duke and Grant Hill added 14. Thomas Hill had 13 points for the Blue Devils and Lang finished with 12.

Maryland guard Walt Williams scored 26 points before he fouled out with 6:41 left.

"This was not a win tonight," Maryland Coach Gary Williams said. "I'm not one to believe in moral victories. However, it was an important night for the Maryland program."

DePaul 71, No. 19 Cincinnati 69--Howard Nathan made two free throws with 17 seconds left and preserved the lead with a last-second steal to give the Blue Demons the Great Midwest Conference victory at Cincinnati.

DePaul (17-6, 7-1) overcame an 11-point deficit in the final 6:25 to beat the Bearcats for the second time this season and strengthen its grip on first place in conference.

The game ended with Cincinnati Coach Bob Huggins being restrained by his assistants as he vainly argued for a foul call on the steal by Nathan.

Anthony Buford scored 22 points for Cincinnati (19-4, 5-2), which had won eight consecutive games.


Monroe Brown scored 10 of his 15 points during a 24-4 first-half run to lift Penn State (19-7) to a 77-59 nonconference victory over Lafayette (6-18) at State College, Pa. . . . Sophomore guard Tracy Webster scored 33 points, including five three-point baskets, as Wisconsin (12-13, 3-9) broke a four-game losing streak with a 92-78 Big Ten Conference victory over Illinois (10-12, 4-8) at Madison, Wis.

Craig Riley and Woody Austin each scored 21 points, leading Purdue (13-11, 5-7) to an 84-68 Big Ten Conference victory over Northwestern (8-14, 1-11) at Evanston, Ill. . . . James Terrell of North Carolina Charlotte (17-6, 5-3) scored 16 points and led a 13-2 run at the start of the second half in the 49ers' 77-61 Metro Conference victory over Southern Mississippi (10-13, 4-5) at Charlotte, N.C..

Memphis State (15-7, 4-3) blew a 12-point lead in the final 2:30, but Tony Madlock made a 12-foot jump shot from the baseline with one second left in overtime to give the Tigers a 75-73 Great Midwest Conference victory over St. Louis (5-18, 0-7) at St. Louis. . . . Chris Brower of Virginia Commonwealth (12-10, 4-5) came off the bench to score 12 of his 14 points during a 12-0, one-man run in the first half of the Rams' 63-60 victory over Virginia Tech (8-14, 2-7) in a Metro Conference game at Richmond, Va.

Gary Trost made an inside shot with 1.6 seconds left to lift Brigham Young (18-5, 9-3) to a 58-56 Western Athletic Conference victory over Utah (17-7, 7-5) at Provo, Utah. . . . Marlon Maxey scored 15 points, including four in overtime, to lead Texas El Paso (19-5, 9-4) to a 74-72 WAC victory over Wyoming (13-11, 5-7) at El Paso.

George Irvin of Air Force (9-15, 3-9) scored 16 points and Dale French added 15 for the Falcons at San Diego in a 60-58 WAC victory over San Diego State (2-22, 0-12). It was the Aztecs' 17th consecutive loss, matching the longest losing streak in school history, set in 1986-87. . . . DeWayne Lewis of Santa Clara (11-13, 7-4) scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half in a 74-61 West Coast Conference victory over Portland (10-14, 3-8) at Portland.

Jarrod Davis and Jeff Brown each scored 18 points for Gonzaga (18-6, 8-3) in a 58-50 WCC victory over San Diego (11-13, 3-8) at Spokane, Wash. . . . Forward Tod Bernard scored 16 points and made a 26-foot jump shot at the buzzer to give Fresno State (15-11, 6-8) a 74-71 Big West Conference victory over San Jose State (2-19, 1-12) at San Jose.

Tony Amundsen scored 25 points and Dell Demps added 20 to lead Pacific (9-13, 5-8) to an 86-64 Big West victory over Utah State (13-10, 7-7) at Stockton.

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