RALEIGH, N.C. Marcus Melvin scored 18 points and Julius Hodge made two clutch free throws with 7 seconds left to lead No. 21 North Carolina State to a 78-74 victory over top-ranked Duke on Sunday night, snapping the Blue Devils' 18-game winning streak.
The win moved the Wolfpack (16-5, 9-2) within one game of the Blue Devils (21-2, 10-1) with five Atlantic Coast Conference games left and opened the door for either Stanford or Saint Joseph's to be No. 1 in The Associated Press poll on Monday.
The Wolfpack shot 52 percent from the field and the nation's top free throw shooting team made 12 straight from the line over the final 1:10 to seal the program's first win over a top-ranked team since beating North Carolina in February 1998.
J.J. Redick had 28 points for Duke, which lost to Purdue on Nov. 29 in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout. The Blue Devils have been ranked No. 1 for the last four weeks.
No. 4 Pittsburgh 75, No. 5 Connecticut 68
PITTSBURGH Jaron Brown scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, four during a pivotal 11-0 run, and Pittsburgh stayed in the Big East Conference lead.
The Panthers (23-3, 9-2) extended their homecourt winning streak to 40 games the longest in Division I. Pitt is 18-0 at home this season and 34-0 since the Petersen Events Center opened last season.
Ben Gordon scored 23 points for the Huskies (19-5, 7-3), who lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
Nebraska 74, No. 12 Kansas 55
LINCOLN, Neb. Andrew Drevo, John Turek and Nate Johnson each scored 14 points to lead Nebraska to its third straight win overall and its first victory in 10 meetings with Kansas.
Nebraska (14-7, 4-6 Big 12) beat a Top 15 opponent for the first time in 20 games since defeating then-No. 7 Iowa State February 1997.
Kansas (15-6, 7-3 Big 12), which is 4-4 over its last eight games, lost its third straight road game.
Wayne Simien led Kansas with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
No. 20 Wake Forest 91, No. 13 Cincinnati 85
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Freshman Chris Paul scored a career-high 30 points to lead Wake Forest to its first win in six all-time meetings with Cincinnati.
He finished 10-of-14 from the field, made all three of his 3-point attempts and went 7-for-7 from the free throw line for the Demon Deacons (15-6). He also had a career-high seven rebounds and added four assists.
Tony Bobbitt had 23 points for the Bearcats (17-4), who lost for the third time in five games.
No. 14 North Carolina 97, Maryland 86
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Rashad McCants scored 25 points and Jawad Williams added 23 for North Carolina.
Sean May and Jackie Manuel each scored 14 points for the Tar Heels (15-7, 5-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who avenged last month's loss to the Terrapins by taking a 20-point halftime lead then holding off Maryland's rally in the second half.
Chris McCray scored 16 points for the Terrapins (13-8, 4-6), who had won five of the last six meetings with North Carolina, while Jamar Smith added 14.
The Tar Heels had a 50-32 edge in rebounding and shot 55 percent.
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