Wednesday's roundup: Cook leads Duke past UNC
Durham, N.C. — Quinn Cook scored 22 points and No. 4 Duke beat No. 15 North Carolina 92-90 in overtime on Wednesday night.
In a thriller befitting college basketball's fiercest rivalry, the Blue Devils (23-3, 10-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) let an early 13-point lead slip away and trailed by 10 with less than four minutes left in regulation before rallying for their sixth straight win this season, and their ninth in 12 meetings in the series.
Tyus Jones had 22 points, Justise Winslow added 16 points and Jahlil Okafor had 12 points and 13 rebounds for Duke.
Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson each scored 18 points to lead North Carolina (18-8, 8-5). Nate Britt pulled the Tar Heels within two with one free throw with 3.5 seconds left. He missed the second, Marcus Paige raced in and got his hands on the rebound — but Winslow grabbed it as the buzzer sounded.
Amile Jefferson finished with 13 points for the Blue Devils, who went up 90-89 with just under two minutes left in OT on Okafor's layup in the post.
Cook then gave Duke a two-point lead with a free throw with 31.8 seconds remaining, but missed the second to give the Tar Heels a chance.
North Carolina milked the clock and worked the ball to J.P. Tokoto, whose short jumper from the left baseline hit off the front of the rim. The rebound went to Cook, who was fouled with 5.2 seconds left.
Cook missed the first free throw but made the second to put Duke up 92-89. North Carolina got the ball near midcourt before calling a timeout. Britt was fouled before the Tar Heels could even think about hoisting a 3.
Tokoto had 15 points, Isaiah Hicks scored 12 and Britt finished with 11 points, while Johnson added 12 points before fouling out early in overtime for the Tar Heels, who have lost four of five.
Britt put them up by 10 with less than four minutes to play with his knifing layup through the lane. And then the Blue Devils stormed back.
Jones scored nine straight points for Duke, and his driving layup with 27.5 seconds left tied it at 81.
North Carolina had possession last in regulation, milking most of the clock before getting the ball to Paige. The preseason All-American took one dribble and tossed up a 3-pointer that bounced hard off the iron and into the lane.
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No. 11 Northern Iowa 58, (at) Loyola (Ill.) 39: Seth Tuttle and Nate Buss each scored 10 points, and Northern Iowa won its 14th straight. The Panthers (25-2, 14-1 Missouri Valley Conference) never trailed and moved within one win of matching the 2009-10 team's school record streak.
They also tied a season low for points allowed while holding Loyola (16-11, 6-9) to its lowest scoring total, and this game was every bit as lopsided as the numbers indicated.
(At) Syracuse 69, No. 12 Louisville 59: Rakeem Christmas rebounded from his worst game of the season, scoring 29 points and blocking four shots for Syracuse (17-9, 8-5 Atlantic Coact Conference).
It was the first game between the teams as ACC members.
Louisville (20-6, 8-5) was without senior guard Chris Jones, suspended for violating team rules.
No. 14 Iowa State 70, (at) Oklahoma State 65: Jameel McKay had career highs of 17 points and 14 rebounds. McKay, a 6-foot-9 forward, created problems on both ends with his leaping ability. He made 13 of 18 free throws, blocked four shots and had nine offensive rebounds.
Dustin Hogue scored 14 points, Monte Morris had 11 points and Georges Niang scored all nine of his points in the second half for the Cyclones (19-6, 9-4 Big 12). Iowa State outrebounded Oklahoma State 44-28 and had 18 offensive boards to snap a four-game road losing streak.
Le'Bryan Nash and Phil Forte each scored 13 points, but they combined to make just 7 of 24 shots for the Cowboys (17-9, 7-7), who lost their second straight after three consecutive wins over ranked teams.
(At) No. 18 Arkansas 84, Missouri 69: Michael Qualls had 21 points and Arkansas earned its fifth straight victory and eighth in nine games. Bobby Portis added 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting to help the Razorbacks (21-5, 10-3 Southeastern Conference) continue their best start in conference play since the 1997-98 season. Arkansas' only loss since Jan. 17 is a 57-56 setback at Florida.
Qualls scored in double figures for the third straight game. The junior is 17 of 34 from the field in his last three games after going 14 of 59 in his previous five.
Missouri (7-19, 1-12) has lost 12 straight games for the first time since the 1966-67 season.
No. 5 Wisconsin 55, (at) Penn State 47: Sam Decker scored 22 and Frank Kaminsky added 16 as Wisconsin overcame a late Penn State surge. Dekker and Penn State's D.J. Newbill waged an entertaining scoring battle. Newbill scored 29, but the next-highest scorer for Penn State (15-12, 3-11) was Brandon Taylor with seven.
The Badgers (24-2, 12-1), despite shooting 39 percent, were aided by Nigel Hayes' 13 rebounds and nine points.
Wisconsin's 24th victory marked the school's best start in program history.
Northwestern 72, (at) Minnesota 66: Bryant McIntosh scored 17 points and Northwestern hit 15 3-pointers. Tre Demps added 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Wildcats (12-14, 3-10 Big Ten), who have won two straight in the conference following a 10-game losing streak. Northwestern shot 43.6 percent for the game, but 47 percent on 32 3-point attempts and only turned the ball over 10 times.
Nate Mason scored 15 points for Minnesota (16-11, 5-9), but the Golden Gophers once again struggled to defend the 3-point line. They gave up 18 3-pointers in a loss to Indiana on Sunday.
(At) Green Bay 96, Detroit 76: Juwan Howard Jr. scored 24 and Paris Bass added 19 for Detroit (12-176, 5-9 Horizon). Greg Mays scoreed 34 for Green Bay (21-6, 10-3).
Oakland 76, (at) Wright State 67: Corey Petros and Max Hooper scored 17 apiece for Oakland (14-14, 9-4 Horizon).
Buffalo 78, (at) Eastern Michigan 63: Karrington Ward finished with 21 points and Mike Talley added 15 for Eastern Michigan (16-9, 5-7 Mid-American Conference).
(At) Western Michigan 80, Buffalo 69: Austin Richie finished with 19 points and Connar Tava added 15 for Western Michigan (16-10, 7-6 MAC).
(At) Central Michigan 68, Northern Illinois 66: Braylon Rayson scored 23 for Central Michigan (19-5, 9-4 MAC).
(At) Michigan 68, Indiana 52: Katelynn Flannery scored 21 for the Wolverines (15-11, 7-8 Big Ten). Shannon Smith finished with 16 points, Nicole Elmblad had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Cyesha Goree also had 12 rebounds.
(At) Oakland 64, Detroit 58: Elena Popkey scored 18, Zakiya Minifee added 14 and Olivia Nash had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Oakland (10-11, 4-7 Horizon League). Rosanna Reynolds scored 26 for Detroit (9-14, 4-6).
(At) Ball State 73, Central Michigan 64: Jas'Mine Bracey finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Central Michigan (11-13, 6-7 MAC).
Eastern Michigan 73, (at) Ohio 61: Cha Sweeney scored 23 and Jamaica Bucknor 17 for Eastern Michigan (13-10, 6-6 MAC), which won its second game in as many nights.
The Mid-American Conference will hold its men's and women's tournaments at Quicken Loans Arena through 2023.
MAC officials announced a six-year contract extension with The Q on Wednesday. The current agreement between the conference and arena runs through 2017.
Quicken Loans has hosted the men's tournament since 2000, making it the second longest running neutral site tournament in the country.
The tournaments will be March 11-14 this year, with both men's and women's title games March 14. The winners of both receive automatic bids to the NCAA Tournaments.
... Rivals North Carolina and Duke came together to honor late Hall of Fame Tar Heels coach Dean Smith before Wednesday night's game in Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Shortly before the national anthem, players and coaches for both teams walked to center court.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski hugged fellow Hall of Famer Roy Williams of North Carolina and the teams knelt together around the midcourt circle for a moment of silence.
... The Las Vegas Strip dimmed its lights to honor UNLV men's basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, who died Feb. 11 at the age of 84.
Every major Las Vegas Strip casino-hotel had their exteriors go dark for three minutes starting at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.