ATLANTA -- J.J. Redick scored 19 points and No. 6 Duke secured its seventh straight season with at least 20 victories by beating Georgia Tech 77-58 Wednesday night.
Redick did most of his damage from beyond the 3-point line, shooting 6-of-7. Dahntay Jones added 17 points for the Blue Devils (20-4, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won four in a row.
No. 7 Kansas 85, Texas A&M 45
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kirk Hinrich scored 23 points and Nick Collison had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Kansas, which lost Wayne Simien to another painful injury.
The 6-foot-9 sophomore, who missed 11 games earlier this season with a dislocated right shoulder, had the same shoulder pop out again when he banged into Texas A&M's Bernard King just 40 seconds after entering the game. Holding his right arm with his left hand and grimacing in obvious pain, Simien was helped to the locker room and did not return.
No. 15 Syracuse 89, West Virginia 51
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Hakim Warrick and Kueth Duany each scored 18 points for Syracuse. The Orangemen (20-4, 10-3 Big East) remained unbeaten in 16 home games this season and ran their Carrier Dome winning streak to 18 overall.
The Orangemen fell behind by 15 points before rallying for a 94-80 road win over the Mountaineers 18 days ago. This time they built a 35-17 halftime advantage because West Virginia (13-12, 4-9) couldn't hit a shot against Syracuse's active man-to-man defense.
No. 25 Dayton 82, Rhode Island 70
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- Brooks Hall scored 20 points as Dayton rebounded from its first home loss of the season. Dayton (20-5, 12-2 Atlantic 10) shot 12-of-19 from 3-point range and hit six consecutive 3s during a key second-half stretch. The Flyers, beaten 73-72 by Xavier on Saturday, already have clinched a bye in the conference's postseason tournament.
No. 2 Kentucky 80, Tennessee 68
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Keith Bogans scored 15 points as Kentucky used balanced scoring to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 17 games. Chuck Hayes and Jules Camara scored 12 points, Cliff Hawkins had 11 and Marquis Estill added 10 points and nine rebounds for Kentucky (23-3, 13-0 Southeastern Conference), which tied its longest winning streak under coach Tubby Smith.
No. 5 Texas 82, Baylor 64
AUSTIN, Texas -- Brian Boddicker scored 19 points as Texas stayed in the hunt for the Big 12 title. Brandon Mouton scored 16 points and James Thomas added 15 points and 17 rebounds to keep the Longhorns (19-5, 10-3) in second place, just a game off the lead with three to play.
Lawrence Roberts scored 27 points for Baylor (13-11, 4-9), with 24 coming in the second half after the game was all but decided.
No. 8 Pittsburgh 75, Virginia Tech 62
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Brandin Knight scored 25 points and hit two of his six 3-pointers during a run that thwarted Virginia Tech's last comeback try.
No. 17 Creighton 63, SW Missouri State 58
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Kyle Korver got hot when it counted, hitting two late 3-pointers and scoring 23 points for Creighton. Backup forward Mike Grimes added 14 points for the Bluejays (25-3, 14-2 Missouri Valley), whose record-breaking 25th win came despite a 22-point game by the Bears' Terrance McGee.
No. 20 Mississippi St. 59, Alabama 55
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mario Austin scored 14 points, including Mississippi State's only basket in the last 7:35. The Bulldogs (18-6, 8-5) moved into first place in the Southeastern Conference West with Auburn losing at LSU.
No. 21 Georgia 89, Mississippi 82
OXFORD, Miss. -- Jarvis Hayes scored 32 points and Ezra Williams had 21 for Georgia (17-7, 9-4 Southeastern Conference), which has won four straight games. The Bulldogs have beaten the Rebels in each of their last four meetings and lead the series 62-34.
No. 24 Memphis 88, TCU 64
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Chris Massie had 24 points and 11 rebounds for Memphis. Massie connected on 10 of 12 shots from the field as Memphis (19-5, 10-3 Conference USA) won its eighth straight and maintained its spot atop the league's National Division. TCU (8-18, 2-12) lost for the 13th time in 15 games.
Missouri 67, No. 3 Oklahoma 52
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Rickey Paulding rescued Missouri from a second-half letdown, scoring eight of his 14 points in a 2:18 span. Ricky Clemons, playing with a broken left hand, had 13 points and three assists for Missouri (17-7, 8-5 Big 12).
No. 12 Wake Forest 60, Florida State 56
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Freshman Justin Gray made four free throws over the final 36 seconds and Wake Forest held onto first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Sophomore Vytas Danelius led the Demon Deacons with 17 points, while league scoring leader Josh Howard added 14.
No. 13 Xavier 80, Duquesne 78, OT
PITTSBURGH -- Xavier overcame a subpar second half by star David West, a frantic upset bid by Duquesne and an unusual overtime. Xavier (21-4, 12-1 Atlantic 10) won its 12th straight game, but it hardly came as easily as expected against a team that had lost nine of 12 and had beaten only two ranked teams in its arena in 15 years.
No. 1 Connecticut 97, Georgetown 57
WASHINGTON -- Reserve forward Ashley Battle had career highs of 17 points and seven steals, and top-ranked Connecticut survived Diana Taurasi's foul trouble to beat Georgetown 97-57 Wednesday night.
No. 5 Kansas State 80, Kansas 57
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Megan Mahoney scored 21 points and Nicole Ohlde had 20 points and 12 rebounds as Kansas State completed the first perfect season in Bramlage Coliseum history.
No. 7 Texas Tech 50, Nebraska 35
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Jia Perkins scored 19 points and Plenette Pierson had 14 of her 15 rebounds in the second half for the Lady Raiders.
No. 10 Texas 79, Baylor 57
WACO, Texas -- Heather Schreiber scored 23 points and had nine rebounds to lead Texas.
No. 18 Villanova 65, No. 23 Boston College 62
BOSTON -- Trish Juhline scored a career-high 32 points and Katie Davis had 17 as Villanova won its seventh straight.
No. 20 Rutgers 67, Virginia Tech 42
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Dawn McCullouch scored 23 points as Rutgers avenged its last Big East loss.
No. 19 UC Santa Barbara 85, Long Beach St. 70
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Lindsay Taylor scored 23 points as UC Santa Barbara won its eighth straight Big West Conference championship.
Kristen Mann added 15 points, and Jess Hansen had 14 for the Gauchos (20-4, 12-1), who earned their ninth victory in 10 games. Long Beach has lost 23 consecutive games to the Gauchos since 1994.
Glory Johnson, the conference's leading scorer, finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the 49ers (11-14, 8-6), who lost for the fourth time in five games.
Peninsula Clarion ©2014. All Rights Reserved.