By Associated Press - Thursday, December 4, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Tyus Jones scored 22 points, Rasheed Sulaimon added 14 and No. 4 Duke shot 65 percent to beat No. 2 Wisconsin 80-70 on Wednesday night in a highly anticipated matchup of college basketball heavyweights.

With 17 points, Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky outscored Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor (13 points) in a test for the two of the nation’s top big men.

But it was another touted freshman, Jones, who helped open things up for the Blue Devils (8-0) in the second half. The lightning-quick guard beat defenders into the lane and added two 3-pointers against the Badgers (7-1).

Jones followed a transition layup with an assist on Amile Jefferson’s jumper to cap a 6-0 run that gave Duke a 69-60 lead with about 3 minutes left in the showcase game of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

No. 7 VIRGINIA 76, No. 21 MARYLAND 65

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 points, Justin Anderson added 16 and Virginia turned up the defense to Maryland its first loss.

The Cavaliers (8-0) and Terrapins (7-1) played twice a year for decades when both were in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Now in its first year as a member of the Big Ten, Maryland trailed throughout against its longtime rival in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Virginia limited the Terrapins to 16 baskets on 40 percent shooting and finished with a 34-22 rebounding advantage. The Cavaliers, who came in ranked No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense, held Maryland 13 points below its season average.

Ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since the 2009-10 season, Maryland got 16 points from freshman Melo Trimble and 14 from Jake Layman.

No. 25 UTAH 69, No. 8 WICHITA STATE 68, OT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Delon Wright hit a go-ahead jumper in the lane with 14 seconds left in overtime to boost Utah over Wichita State, snapping the Shockers’ regular-season winning streak at 35 games.

Wright scored five of his 13 points in the extra period as Utah (6-1) withstood a late Shockers comeback and three missed free throws in the final 3.2 seconds. He also had seven assists and six rebounds.

Brandon Taylor had 17 points and Dakarai Tucker scored 13 for the Utes, who hadn’t hosted such a highly ranked team since toppling No. 1 Alabama 51-49 on Dec. 30, 1999. Jakob Poeltl had 12 points and 11 boards.

Ron Baker scored 15 points, Tekele Cotton had 14 and Fred VanVleet added 13, but the Shockers (4-1) couldn’t overcome 38 percent shooting.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Darrun Hilliard and Dylan Ennis each scored 15 points to lead Villanova past La Salle.

Josh Hart and JayVaughn Pinkston each added 12 points for the Wildcats (7-0), who shot 7 of 14 from 3-point range.

Jerrell Wright scored 19 points and Khalid Lewis had 17 for the Explorers (4-3).

The Wildcats dominated from the tip and continued to play like a team intent on making a deep March run.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Mike Gesell hit a driving layup through contact for the go-ahead three-point play with 1:16 left, helping Iowa upset North Carolina in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Gesell finished with 16 points for the Hawkeyes (6-2), who outfought the Tar Heels (5-2) on a night when both teams struggled to shoot straight.

Gesell’s basket was the team’s first after a 4-minute drought, but it ended up providing the winning margin on a night when the Hawkeyes won despite shooting 33 percent and going 3 for 20 from 3-point range.

After UNC’s Marcus Paige missed a 3-pointer for the tie, Gesell hit two free throws with 1 second left to seal it.

Kennedy Meeks had 15 points and 12 rebounds for UNC, which shot just 28 percent and never found any type of offensive rhythm.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Jerian Grant scored a career-high 27 points and Demetrius Jackson added a career-best 22 to help Notre Dame beat Michigan State in overtime in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

In the first meeting between the schools in 35 years, Jackson’s three-point play 2:19 into overtime put the Fighting Irish (7-1) ahead by five. His free throw with 5 seconds left helped seal the victory.

Jackson scored six of Notre Dame’s 10 points in overtime.

Denzel Valentine finished with 22 points and Branden Dawson had 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for Michigan State (5-3), which has played six games away from home.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - Kellen Dunham and Roosevelt Jones each scored 14 points to lead Butler past longtime rival Indiana State.

The Bulldogs (6-1) climbed into the Top 25 for the first time in nearly 22 months this week and ended a two-game losing streak in Terre Haute, where they won for the first time since 2002.

Indiana State (3-4) lost its third in a row. Devonte Brown scored 16 to lead the Sycamores.

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