Top 25: Kelly pours in 36 as Duke avenges bad loss to Miami

2013-03-03T00:00:00Z Top 25: Kelly pours in 36 as Duke avenges bad loss to MiamiThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 03, 2013 12:00 am  • 

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke's Ryan Kelly sure didn't look like a guy who hadn't played in two months.

The senior scored a career-high 36 points in his return from a foot injury that had sidelined him since January, helping third-ranked Duke beat fifth-ranked Miami 79-76 on Saturday night.

"I guess I was ready for it," Kelly said. "That's all I can say."

Kelly knocked down 10 of 14 shots - including 7 of 9 three-pointers- for the Blue Devils (25-4, 12-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who avenged a 27-point blowout road loss in January by grinding out a tough win in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Quinn Cook added 15 points as Duke built a 10-point lead with about 2:00 left, then held off a frantic rally by Miami.

Shane Larkin scored 25 points to lead the Hurricanes (23-5, 14-2), who missed two threes in the final seconds to tie it.

• No. 1 Indiana 73, Iowa 60: In Bloomington, Ind., Cody Zeller overcame a sluggish start to score 22 points and Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell added a career-high 19 as the Hoosiers (25-4, 13-3 Big Ten) rebounded from this week's loss to Minnesota despite shooting under 40 percent from the field.

• No. 2 Gonzaga 81, Portland 52: In Spokane, Wash., Elias Harris had 20 points and nine rebounds as the Bulldogs (29-2, 16-0 West Coast) staked a claim to their first-ever No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press' Top 25.

• No. 6 Kansas 91, West Virginia 65: In Lawrence, Kan., Ben McLemore scored a Kansas freshman-record 36 points, and Jeff Withey came within one of a triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks. McLemore went to the bench with just over 5:00 left after hitting 12 of 15 shots from the field, including 5 of 6 threes for Kansas (25-4, 13-3 Big 12).

• No. 7 Georgetown 64, Rutgers 51: In Washington, taking over the game after Georgetown trailed early in the second half, Otto Porter Jr. finished with 28 points and eight rebounds, leading the Hoyas (23-4, 13-3 Big East) past Rutgers for their 11th consecutive victory.

• No. 8 Florida 64, Alabama 52: In Gainesville, Fla., Casey Prather had 10 points and nine rebounds, most of them in the second half, and Florida (23-5, 13-3 SEC) rallied from an eight-point deficit to remain unbeaten at home.

• No. 10 Louisville 58, No. 12 Syracuse 53: In Syracuse, N.Y., Luke Hancock hit a three-pointer from the corner to break a tie with 50 seconds left for Louisville (24-5, 12-4 Big East), which lost to Syracuse earlier this season. It was the third straight loss for Syracuse (22-7, 10-6) before a stunned crowd of 31,173.

• No. 13 Kansas State 64, Baylor 61: In Waco, Texas, Rodney McGruder hit a three-pointer at the buzzer as the Wildcats won after a failed desperation inbound pass by Baylor gave K-State one more chance.

Instead of settling for overtime after K-State's Shane Southwell missed badly with 1 second left, Baylor (17-12, 8-8 Big 12) tried a length-of-the-court inbound pass that went out of bounds untouched. So K-State (24-5, 13-3) got it back under its basket and fed McGruder on the wing.

• No. 14 New Mexico 53, Wyoming 42: In Albuquerque, N.M., Alex Kirk had 15 points and nine rebounds and New Mexico clinched the Mountain West Conference regular season title. The Lobos (25-4, 12-2) made 21 of 27 free throws.

• No. 15 Oklahoma State 78, Texas 65: In Stillwater, Okla., Markel Brown scored 18 points, Le'Bryan Nash added 16 and Oklahoma State (22-6, 12-4 Big 12) corralled Texas star Myck Kabongo, who had a career-high seven turnovers.

• No. 18 Saint Louis 66, George Washington 58: In Washington, Dwayne Evans scored 22 points as Saint Louis (23-5, 12-2 Atlantic 10) won its 11th straight game.

• No. 19 Memphis 76, Central Florida 67: In Orlando, Fla., Joe Jackson and Chris Crawford both scored 19 points and Memphis claimed its eighth Conference USA championship.

The Tigers (25-4, 14-0 CUSA) gave coach Josh Pastner, a former Arizona Wildcats asssistant and player, his 100th career win at Memphis.

• VCU 84, No. 20 Butler 52: In Richmond, Va., Troy Daniels scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half and VCU's full-court pressure overwhelmed Butler from the outset. The Rams (23-6, 11-3 Atlantic 10) forced 14 turnovers in the first half by Butler (22-7, 9-5).

• No. 22 Marquette 72, No. 21 Notre Dame 64: In Milwuakee, Jamil Wilson tied his career-high with 19 points and Chris Otule added a season-high 16 on 8-of-8 shooting as Marquette (21-7, 12-4 Big East) won its 25th straight at home. Top Irish scorer Jack Cooley, fighting an illness, had no points for Notre Dame (22-7, 10-6).

• No. 25 Louisiana Tech 88, San Jose State 61: In Ruston, La., Raheem Appleby scored 16 points and Louisiana Tech (26-3, 16-0) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games, clinching at least a share of its first Western Athletic Conference title.

Women

• No. 1 Baylor 80, West Virginia 49: In Morgantown, W.Va., Brittney Griner recorded her first triple-double in more than two years as the Bears (28-1, 17-0 Big 12) pulled away.

The largest crowd (13,447) ever for a women's game at West Virginia (17-11, 9-8) saw Griner finish with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.

• No. 2 Notre Dame 92, Providence 57: In Providence, R.I., Skylar Diggins scored 28 points and Notre Dame (27-1, 15-0 Big East) clinched a share of its second straight Big East regular-season title.

• No. 3 UConn 85, South Florida 51: In Tampa, Fla., Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored a career-high 32 points for Connecticut (27-2, 14-1 Big East).

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