- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 21, 2009

From combined dispatches


No. 2 DUKE 73, N.C. STATE 56: Gerald Henderson scored 21 points, and the Blue Devils (17-1, 4-0 ACC) pulled away late to beat the Wolfpack (10-6, 1-3) on Tuesday night in Durham, N.C.

Nolan Smith hit consecutive 3-pointers 30 seconds apart to start the decisive run for Duke. The Blue Devils closed the game on a 27-5 run and shot 76 percent in the second half.

Kyle Singler had 14 of his 17 points in the second half, and Smith finished with 13 to help Duke overcome a horrible start.

Brandon Costner and Ben McCauley both scored 15 points for the Wolfpack, who led for much of the way but hit just one field goal over the final 7:45.

That cold spell helped Duke claim its 12th straight victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium over N.C. State, which hasn’t won inside the Blue Devils’ famously hostile arena since 1995.

That streak was in serious jeopardy for a while, though - until Smith and the rest of the Blue Devils heated up.

The second of Smith’s two big 3s made it 52-49 with 9 1/2 minutes left, put Duke up to stay and started the game-ending burst in which the Blue Devils came away with points on eight straight possessions.

Tracy Smith temporarily kept things tight when he hit the second of two layups with just under eight minutes remaining - but the Wolfpack managed just one field goal the rest of the way in losing for the fourth time in five games.

Jon Scheyer’s 3-pointer from the right corner with 2:15 remaining gave Duke its first double-figure lead of the game at 67-56. That turned what had been a close game into another blowout.

No. 25 ILLINOIS 67, OHIO STATE 49: Mike Tisdale scored 15 points, and the Fighting Illini (16-3, 4-2 Big Ten) won their first game this season with a national ranking, holding off the Buckeyes (13-4, 3-3) in Champaign, Ill.

On Monday, Illinois made its first appearance in the Top 25 since the final poll of 2005-06. It was the Illini’s first win over Ohio State in six games.


No. 7 LOUISVILLE 66, CINCINNATI 50: Angel McCoughtry had 23 points, nine rebounds and eight steals to lead the host Cardinals (19-1, 6-0 Big East) past the Bearcats (13-5, 3-2) for their 14th straight victory.

No. 21 RUTGERS 60, W. VIRGINIA 44: Epiphanny Prince scored 24 points, and the Scarlet Knights (11-5, 3-2 Big East) held the Mountaineers (11-7, 0-5) without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes in a victory in Piscataway, N.J.

No. 25 PITTSBURGH 76, SETON HALL 40: Shavonte Zellous scored 29 points to lead the Panthers (13-4, 3-2 Big East) to a victory over the Pirates (13-5, 2-4) in South Orange, N.J.

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