- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Freshman forward Justise Winslow scored a season-high 20 points and No. 2 Duke held on to beat Wake Forest 73-65 Wednesday night.

Jahlil Okafor added 12 points and 11 rebounds in his first Atlantic Coast Conference road game, and Quinn Cook had nine of his 12 points in the final 5 minutes for the Blue Devils (14-0, 2-0).

They shot 44 percent and pulled away by scoring on eight straight possessions down the stretch to keep pace with No. 1 Kentucky and No. 3 Virginia as the last unbeaten teams in Division I.

This was Duke’s closest game all year; the Blue Devils had won each of their first 13 games by double figures.

Devin Thomas scored 24 points and Codi Miller-McIntyre added 13 for the Demon Deacons (8-8, 0-3). They shot nearly 56 percent in the second half and gave a top-five opponent fits for the second straight game before fading.

No. 3 VIRGINIA 61, N.C. STATE 51

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Justin Anderson scored 16 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 14 as Virginia weathered a sloppy effort and beat North Carolina State for its 19th straight home victory.

Mike Tobey added 11 points for Virginia (14-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which used a 10-0 run late in the second half to finally gain some separation against the dangerous Wolfpack.

Ralston Turner led N.C. State (11-5, 2-1) with 14 points and Kyle Washington had 13. But Turner didn’t score in the second half after making all four of his 3-point shots before the break.

The Wolfpack led 42-41 after Trevor Lacey’s desperation 3-pointer with 8:58 remaining, then didn’t score for nearly six minutes as the Cavaliers reeled off the next 10 points.

No. 4 WISCONSIN 62, PURDUE 55

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Frank Kaminsky scored 21 points and Josh Gasser added 15 as Wisconsin held off stubborn Purdue.

The Badgers (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) pulled away from a 45-all tie with a 9-2 run to open a 54-47 lead on Gasser’s free throw with 3:19 left.

Wisconsin, which has won eight straight since an 80-70 loss at home to Duke in early December, maintained a two-possession lead the rest of the way.

The Badgers offset a 43.6 percent shooting night by making 25 of 31 free throws, including 15 in the final 9:11.

Jon Octeus had 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds for Purdue (10-6, 2-1). The Boilermakers were trying to become the first Big Ten opponent to win four games at the Kohl Center.

No. 5 LOUISVILLE 58, CLEMSON 52

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Chris Jones had his second straight 20-point second half to help fifth-ranked Louisville rally past Clemson.

Louisville trailed 22-18 at halftime after shooting 22 percent, but Jones and fellow guard Terry Rozier helped the Cardinals (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) snap out of their funk with a 17-0 run to open the second half that featured big plays on both ends.

Jones’ three 3-pointers and 7-of-9 free throw shooting were crucial, especially consecutive long-range shots that gave Louisville a 42-32 lead and thwarted Clemson’s momentum.

Jones added another timely shot from behind the arc en route to 22 points that followed Sunday’s similar performance at Wake Forest in which he scored 20 of his 22 after halftime.

Rozier added 15 points, six rebounds and four assists as Louisville won its ACC home debut.

Jaron Blossomgame scored 15 points for Clemson (8-6, 0-2), which shot 31 percent from the field.

No. 9 UTAH 74, COLORADO 49

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Brandon Taylor scored 14 points and Delon Wright added 13 points, six assists and four steals to help Utah run away from Colorado.

Dakarai Tucker added 11 off the bench as the Utes (13-2, 3-0 Pac-12) won their sixth straight. Utah broke the game open early after clamping down defensively on the Buffaloes.

Asika Booker and Jaron Hopkins each scored 12 points for Colorado (9-6, 2-1 Pac-12), held to its second-lowest point total this season. The Buffaloes shot just 39.5 percent from the field (17 of 43).

ILLINOIS 64, No. 11 MARYLAND 57

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois wondered who would score with Rayvonte Rice injured. Malcolm Hill provided the answer with a career-high 28 points against Maryland.

Hill turned it on in the second half with 18 points. The sophomore fueled a 20-3 run that the Illini (11-5, 1-2 Big Ten) used to take over the game.

Rice is Illinois’ leading scorer and rebounder but will be out up to six weeks after breaking his left hand this week in practice. His loss left Illinois looking at the possibility of an 0-3 conference start with its next two games on the road.

Hill added seven rebounds. Nnanna Egwu led Illinois with nine.

Melo Trimble led the cold-shooting Terrapins (14-2, 2-1) with 17 points.

No. 12 KANSAS 56, No. 21 BAYLOR 55

WACO, Texas (AP) - Wayne Selden made three consecutive baskets when Kansas needed them most, and the Jayhawks held off Baylor to win their 24th consecutive conference opener.

Selden was only 1-for-6 shooting before scoring seven points in a row, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:17 left that put the Jayhawks (12-2, 1-0 Big 12) ahead to stay.

A jumper by Selden with 2:59 left tied the game, and he added a layup with 1:19 to go.

Jamari Traylor led Kansas with 13 points before fouling out with 5:18 left. Brannen Greene had 12 points, including two free throws with 6.3 seconds to go, and Frank Mason scored 11.

Kenny Chery led Baylor (11-3, 0-2) with 25 points.

Kansas hasn’t lost a conference opener since January 1991, when the Jayhawks were still in the Big Eight.

No. 15 WICHITA STATE 63, BRADLEY 43

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Darius Carter scored 19 points in Wichita State’s victory over Bradley.

The Shockers defeated the Braves after trailing at halftime for the second time this season.

Wichita State (13-2, 3-0 Missouri Valley Conference) has won 25 consecutive games at home and 21 in a row in the MVC. The Shockers also have won 10 straight against Bradley, including the past six at home.

Ron Baker scored 12 and Shaquille Morris added 10 points for Wichita State.

Ka’Darryl Bell led the Braves (6-10, 1-2) with 11 points.

XAVIER 69, No. 19 SETON HALL 58

CINCINNATI (AP) - Dee Davis scored 14 points and Trevon Bluiett led a late run as Xavier pulled away from Seton Hall for the Musketeers’ second straight home win over a ranked team.

Xavier (11-4, 2-1 Big East) broke open a close game with a 20-6 spurt that gave the Musketeers the first double-digit lead of the game with 3 minutes to go. Bluiett had six points during the run, and Myles Davis had a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws.

The Pirates (12-3, 2-1) couldn’t extend their run of big wins. They knocked off St. John’s and Villanova last week to gain their first ranking in three years and their highest in 14 years.

The Musketeers also beat No. 25 Georgetown 70-53 on New Year’s Eve.

Angel Delgado led the Pirates with 12 points. Sterling Gibbs was held to eight on 3-of-11 shooting.

No. 20 VCU 71, DAVIDSON 65

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Treveon Graham had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Virginia Commonwealth, which held Davidson’s long-range shooters in check.

VCU (12-3, 2-0 Atlantic 10) built a 13-point lead midway through the second half and held on for its seventh straight win.

Melvin Johnson and freshman Terry Larrier each had 11 points for the Rams.

Davidson’s Jack Gibbs and Tyler Kalinoski came in averaging 46 percent between them from 3-point range. They were just 3 of 13 against the Rams’ tight man-to-man defense. Neither had a 3-pointer until less than six minutes remained.

VCU guard Briante Weber had four steals to give him 353 for his career, tying him with Nebraska’s Cookie Belcher for fourth place on the all-time NCAA list. Weber added six assists.

Brian Sullivan led the Wildcats (1-1, 10-3) with 19 points, going 5 of 9 from 3-point range, and dished out six assists.

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