LAWRENCE, Kan. Wayne Simien scored all 12 of his points in the second half and No. 2 Kansas remained unbeaten Wednesday night with a shaky and sloppy 59-57 victory over Nebraska.
The Cornhuskers went for the win and not the tie on their final shot. Corey Simms put up a 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left but missed, and Alex Galindo hugged the rebound to his chest as the buzzer sounded.
The Jayhawks (14-0, 4-0 Big 12) trailed by three at halftime, made only 13 of 28 foul shots and were outrebounded 43-36.
No. 4 Duke 92, Miami 83
CORAL GABLES, Fla. Shelden Williams scored a career-high 30 points and Duke shot 61 percent to end a surprising run by ACC newcomer Miami.
J.J. Redick added 21 points for Duke (14-0, 4-0 ACC). The Hurricanes (12-4, 3-2) had won their past three league games, but they fell behind early and trailed by 19 with 10 minutes left.
No. 6 North Carolina 77, Clemson 58
CLEMSON, S.C. Rashad McCants scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half and North Carolina overcame a sluggish start to defeat Clemson.
Early on, McCants and the rest of the Tar Heels (15-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) looked as if they were still thinking about Saturday's loss at Wake Forest. They committed 16 turnovers in the first half and went through a pair of scoring droughts that totaled almost 11 minutes.
But McCants hit consecutive 3-pointers to close a 19-7 run at the start of the second half that put North Carolina ahead to stay, 46-34, with 12:07 left.
No. 8 Kentucky 53, Mississippi 50
OXFORD, Miss. Freshman Rajon Rondo scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, and Kentucky rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Mississippi.
Ole Miss had the ball trailing 51-50 in the final moments, but Kendrick Fox missed a 3-pointer with 19 seconds to play and Kentucky's Patrick Sparks hit two free throws to extend the lead to three.
No. 9 Boston College 67, Villanova 66
BOSTON Jared Dudley hit two free throws to give Boston College the lead with 5.5 seconds left and scored a career-high 36 points, helping the Eagles remain unbeaten with a victory over Villanova.
Dudley had already topped his previous mark of 24 by one at halftime. Craig Smith scored 12 and was the only other player in double figures for the Eagles (15-0, 4-0 Big East), who remained one of four unbeaten teams in the country.
No. 14 Louisville 92, East Carolina 41
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Reserve guard Brandon Jenkins scored a career-high 14 points and backup forward Otis George had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Louisville over East Carolina.
Taquan Dean scored 13 and Juan Palacios had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the No. 14 Cardinals (15-3, 4-1 Conference USA).
Louisville dominated from the start, propelled by sharp 3-point shooting and suffocating full-court pressure.
No. 20 Cincinnati 80, Charlotte 58
CINCINNATI Nick Williams scored 19 of his career-high 22 points in the second half, steadying Cincinnati to a victory over Charlotte.
Jason Maxiell had 23 points and Eric Hicks grabbed 13 rebounds as Cincinnati (15-2, 4-1 Conference USA) rebounded from a three-point loss to Louisville on Saturday. The Bearcats blew a 17-point lead against the 14th-ranked Cardinals because of poor rebounding and free-throw shooting.
Peninsula Clarion ©2013. All Rights Reserved.