Top 25: Big 2nd half gets Duke past N. Carolina

2013-02-14T00:00:00Z Top 25: Big 2nd half gets Duke past N. CarolinaThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

DURHAM, N.C. - Mason Plumlee had 18 points and 11 rebounds and No. 2 Duke beat North Carolina 73-68 on Wednesday night.

Quinn Cook scored 18 points and Rasheed Sulaimon finished with 13 for the Blue Devils (22-2, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).

They shot 44 percent - 52 percent after halftime - and used a big run in the second half to erase a slow start and win their sixth straight this season and sixth in eight meetings in college basketball's fiercest rivalry.

P.J. Hairston matched a career high with 23 points and Reggie Bullock had 15 points with four three-pointers for North Carolina (16-8, 6-5), which led for the first 26 minutes but went on to lose its second straight.

The Tar Heels were 13 of 23 from the free-throw line and missed 7 of 10 during a critical late stretch while falling to 1-4 this season against ranked opponents.

The win was a nice present for coach Mike Krzyzewski, who was celebrating his 66th birthday.

The Tar Heels were aggressive early and methodically built a double-figure lead, the third straight year they came into Duke and went up by 10. Bullock's third three-pointer of the first half with about 6:45 left put North Carolina up 28-18.

• No. 1 Indiana 76, Nebraska 47: In Indianapolis, Cody Zeller scored 16 points and Christian Watford finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Hoosiers regained a share of the Big Ten lead. They are tied with Michigan State at 10-2 in league play.

• No. 3 Miami 74, Florida State 68: In Tallahassee, Fla., Shane Larkin scored 13 of his 22 points in the final 7 1/2 minutes to help Miami hold on for its 12th straight victory. Reggie Johnson added 15 points for Miami (20-3, 11-0 ACC), which became the first team to start the league season 11-0 in a dozen years.

• Connecticut 66, No. 6 Syracuse 58: In Hartford, Conn., Freshman Omar Calhoun scored 15 points, including three three-pointers in the deciding second-half run, as the Huskies won the last scheduled game between the national powers. Syracuse will play next season in the Atlantic Coast Conference while Connecticut will stay in the realigned Big East.

• Charlotte 71, No. 11 Butler 67: In Indianapolis, Pierria Henry scored 17 points to lead Charlotte to an upset victory. Butler hadn't lost at home in 12 games.

• No. 17 Oklahoma State 91, Texas Tech 67: In Lubbock, Texas, Markel Brown scored 25 points and matched a career high with seven three-pointers - all in the first half - as Oklahoma State won its sixth straight.

• No. 19 New Mexico 54, Fresno State 48: In Fresno, Calif., Kendall Williams scored 13 points, capped by an emphatic dunk just before the final buzzer, as the Lobos overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to win.

• No. 21 Notre Dame 82, DePaul 78, OT: In South Bend, Ind., Jerian Grant scored 21 points, including a big three-point play in overtime, as the Fighting Irish beat the Blue Demons in overtime for the second time in 11 days.

• No. 22 Memphis 93, Central Florida 71: in Memphis, Tenn., Joe Jackson had 21 points and 10 assists and four other Memphis players scored in double figures as the Tigers won their 15th straight victory.

• No. 24 Colorado State 66, San Diego State 60: In Fort Collins, Colo., Dorian Green hit the go-ahead three-pointer with a minute remaining and a three-point play with 19 seconds left as Colorado State celebrated its first game as a ranked team in 59 years with a thrilling victory.

Rim shot

• Kentucky received the news it dreaded Wednesday when freshman Nerlens Noel was declared out for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee. Noel tore his ACL on Tuesday night when No. 25 Kentucky lost at Florida.

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