- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 29, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 6 WAKE FOREST 70, No. 1 DUKE 68: James Johnson’s layup with 0.8 seconds remaining helped the Demon Deacons (17-1, 4-1 ACC) upend the Blue Devils (18-2, 5-1) on Wednesday night in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Johnson finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and freshman Al-Farouq Aminu had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Wake Forest.

The Deacons bounced back from last week’s home loss that knocked them from No. 1 by leading the Blue Devils for nearly the entire way - before letting a late 13-point lead slip away and recovering just in time to claim the fifth victory over a top-ranked team in school history.

Kyle Singler had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Duke, which had its 10-game winning streak snapped.

Gerald Henderson added 20 points, and his jumper over Johnson with 10 seconds left tied it at 68-68, capping the late 20-7 rally that got them back in the game.

Wake Forest raced downcourt, and Teague and Aminu missed layups in traffic, but during the rebound, Henderson was called for traveling. That gave the ball back to Wake Forest with 2.6 seconds left, and L.D. Williams inbounded it under the basket to Johnson, whose uncontested layup in the final second went in to the delight of a packed crowd at Joel Coliseum.

Singler’s fullcourt inbounds pass for Henderson was tipped by Williams, sending Wake Forest’s tie-dye-clad student section spilling onto the court for the second time this month. They had a similar celebration 2 1/2 weeks ago when they knocked off then No. 3 North Carolina.

Jon Scheyer had 13 points and McClure finished with 12 rebounds for Duke, which was playing its first game as No. 1 since 2006 and wound up becoming the latest top-ranked team to fall in Winston-Salem.

No. 2 UCONN 71, DePAUL 49: Jerome Dyson scored 18 points and the Huskies (19-1, 8-1 Big East) won their eighth straight, beating the struggling Blue Demons (8-13, 0-8) in Rosemont, Ill.

Connecticut built a 14-point lead in the first half, only to watch it dwindle to six at the break. No problem. The Huskies started the second half with a 10-3 run to make it 51-38, sending DePaul to its eighth straight loss and keeping it winless in conference play.

No. 21 VILLANOVA 67, No. 3 PITTSBURGH 57: Reggie Redding had a career-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Wildcats (16-4, 4-3 Big East) to a victory over the Panthers (18-2, 6-2) in the last college basketball game at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.

Dante Cunningham added 15 points for Villanova, which beat a ranked team for the first time in five tries this season and did so by coming up big on the boards and playing good perimeter defense in the second half.

Sam Young had 14 points for Pitt, which had one field goal over the game’s final five minutes and was outrebounded 17-7 in the second half. Pittsburgh entered the game averaging 40.6 rebounds a game, and it leads the Big East with a plus-9.3 rebound margin.

No. 5 N. CAROLINA 80, FLORIDA STATE 77: Ty Lawson’s 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Tar Heels (18-2, 4-2 ACC) a win over the Seminoles (16-5, 3-3 ACC) in Tallahassee, Fla.

Lawson got an inbounds pass with 3.2 seconds left and raced downcourt, swishing his shot at near full speed from the top of the 3-point arc.

No. 7 LOUISVILLE 80, SOUTH FLORIDA 54: Edgar Sosa scored 16 points, Samardo Samuels had 14 and Earl Clark added 12 points and seven rebounds as the host Cardinals (16-3, 7-0 Big East) raced by the Bulls (7-14, 2-6).

Terrence Williams had five points, 10 rebounds and six assists as Louisville won its eighth straight to keep pace with No. 8 Marquette atop the conference.

Dominique Jones led the Bulls with 19 points and seven rebounds, and Jesus Verdejo had 10 points, but South Florida simply couldn’t keep up in the second half as Louisville quickly broke open a close game.

No. 10 XAVIER 69, CHARLOTTE 47: B.J. Raymond scored 23 points, Kenny Frease added 17 points and the Musketeers (18-2, 6-0 A-10) beat the 49ers (6-13, 1-5) in Cincinnati for their ninth straight win.

C.J. Anderson had 10 points for Xavier, which limited the 49ers to just four field goals in the first half. The Musketeers outrebounded Charlotte 48-28.

Xavier improved to 6-0 all-time against Charlotte. The Musketeers have not lost since Dec. 23 when No. 13 Butler beat them 75-64 at Cintas Center.

PROVIDENCE 100, No. 15 SYRACUSE 94: Sharaud Curry scored a season-high 22 points to lead six players in double figures, carrying the host Friars (14-6, 6-2 Big East) to an upset of the Orange (17-5, 5-4).

Marshon Brooks scored 17 points, and Geoff McDermott and Jonathan Kale each scored 15 for Providence, which won for the seventh time in nine games and matched its best Big East start since 2000-01.

Jonny Flynn led Syracuse with a career-high 35 points, and Eric Devendorf had 27. The Orange have lost four of their last five games.

No. 18 MEMPHIS 85, E. CAROLINA 64: Antonio Anderson scored a season-high 26 points to help the Tigers (17-3, 6-0 Conference USA) beat the Pirates (10-9, 2-4) in Greenville, N.C.

Tyreke Evans added 18 points for Memphis, which won its 48th consecutive game against conference competition.

Robert Dozier scored 11 points for Memphis, which made its first seven shots from the field on the way to a 19-8 advantage five minutes into the game. The Tigers, who led 45-31 at halftime, maintained a lead of at least eight points throughout the second half.

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