College basketball: NC State gets first win at Duke in 22 years

North Carolina State v Duke
North Carolina State guard Dennis Smith Jr. (4) drives in for a dunk as time expires during a win against Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Jan. 23.
(Grant Halverson / Getty Images)

Freshman Dennis Smith Jr. scored a season-high 32 points Monday night to help North Carolina State rally from a 12-point deficit to a stunning 84-82 victory over No. 17 Duke at Durham, N.C.

The Wolfpack, 14-7 overall and 3-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, also got 19 points from Abdul-Malik Abu in its first victory at Duke’s famously hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1995. 

N.C. State ran off a 20-5 run to erase a 68-59 deficit in the final 61/2 minutes, then got one final stop when Jayson Tatum lost control of the ball before getting a shot off on Duke’s final possession. 

Luke Kennard led Duke (15-5, 3-4) with 20 points.


No. 3 Gonzaga 83, at Portland 64: In game that was rescheduled because of a winter storm earlier this month, Zach Collins scored 13 points and the Bulldogs remained the nation’s only undefeated Division I team.

Gonzaga has won 20 consecutive games, its longest streak since winning that many in the 2005-06 and 2003-04 seasons, and is 8-0 in West Coast Conference play. 

Silas Melson and Jordan Mathews each added 12 points for the Bulldogs, who led by as many as 33 points and had four players score in double figures.

Portland (9-11, 2-6) has lost its last six games.


Get our daily Sports Report newsletter