#1 DUKE 78, #24 Temple 61 – Kyle Singler broke out of a slump by scoring 28 points, and Duke marked its return to the top spot in the national rankings by beating No. 24 Temple on Wednesday night.
Nolan Smith finished with 15 points and Mason Plumlee added 13 rebounds to help the ACC-leading Blue Devils (26-2) dodge a late-season nonconference letdown and pick up a significant victory in their return to the top spot in the polls. Duke used a huge run that bridged the halves to win its eighth straight overall and extend a pair of notable winning streaks at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Singler equaled a career high for field goals while going 10 of 19 in his most productive game since matching a career high with 30 points at Oregon on Nov. 27. This time, he helped Duke win its 35th straight game at Cameron and its 86th in a row there against nonconference
Lavoy Allen finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds, but Temple (21-6) had its eight-game winning streak snapped.
#19 NORTH CAROLINA 75, N.C. STATE 63 – Harrison Barnes scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to help No. 19 North Carolina pull away late to beat North Carolina State.
But Barnes roared back in the second half, hitting a key jumper to ignite a clinching 17-7 run that sent the red-clad crowd heading for the exits. He also stuffed home a pair of misses from teammates in transition, then calmly buried a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock and give North Carolina a 67-59 lead with 1:52 left.
C.J. Leslie had 13 points to lead N.C. State (14-13, 4-9), which lost to the Tar Heels for the 10th straight meeting.
VIRGINIA 62, GEORGIA TECH 56 – Mustapha Farrakhan scored 17 points, including five straight to give Virginia the lead in the final 5 minutes, and the Cavaliers beat Georgia on Wednesday night.
Farrakhan hit two free throws to snap a tie and added a 3-pointer for a 51-46 lead with 4:05 remaining. His points were part of a 12-0 run for Virginia (14-13, 5-8 ACC) that sealed the Jackets’ fate.
Georgia Tech (11-16, 3-10) couldn’t complete the comeback as it suffered its seventh straight conference loss.
The Wahoos’ Joe Harris, who had 11 points and Jontel Evans and Assane Sene each had nine points.
Virginia completed a sweep of the two-game season series and has won back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 2-4. The Cavaliers beat Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Iman Shumpert led Georgia Tech with 12 points. Maurice Miller and Jason Morris each had 10.
Georgia Tech forward Brian Oliver missed his fifth straight game with a broken thumb. He is expected to return for the ACC tournament.
Glen Rice Jr., one of the Yellow Jackets’ leading scorers, was held out of the starting lineup for disciplinary reasons. Morris made his first start.
MARYLAND 78, FLORIDA STATE 62 – Freshman Terrell Stoglin scored 17 points, and Maryland used a strong second half to beat Florida State Wednesday night .
The Terps (18-10, 7-6 ACC) had five players score in double figures. Jordan Williams had 11 points and 11 rebounds, Dino Gregory scored 14, Adrian Bowie added 12 and Sean Mosley chipped in 10 in Maryland’s eighth straight home win over Florida State.
It was the 21st double-double of the season for Williams, who became the seventh sophomore in ACC history to collect at least 600 rebounds in his career.
Derwin Kitchen scored 16 and Deividas Dulkys had 14 points for the Seminoles (19-8, 9-4). The loss dropped Florida State three games behind first-place Duke with three games to play.
The Seminoles played again without junior forward Chris Singleton, who broke his foot on Feb. 12 during a win over Virginia. Singleton is the only player on the Florida State roster averaging double figures in scoring.
Maryland shot 52 percent (25 of 48) against the nation’s top-rated team in field goal percentage defense. It was only the second time this season a team made at least half its shots against the Seminoles.
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The Hurricanes (17-11, 5-8 ACC) led by as many as 22 points in the first half. They were up by 18 before Reggie Jackson and Joe Trapani led a pair of Eagles comebacks to get within six points on three occasions, the last time with 22.7 seconds left.
Johnson converted back-to-back three-point plays when BC (16-11, 6-7) made their first run. He hit two more baskets and two free throws later in the half.
Malcolm Grant added 15 points for Miami, including a bomb with 3 minutes left.
For the Eagles, Trapani scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half, and Jackson had 13 of his 15 after the break. Trapani also had 11 rebounds.
The loss deals a serious blow to BC’s chances for an NCAA Tournament bid. Considered to be firmly on the bubble coming in, the Eagles needed to at least win their two remaining home games to avoid having to go deep into the ACC tournament to reach the NCAA’s in coach Steve Donahue’s first year.
BC shot 30 percent from the floor in the half, and were a woeful 1-for-9 from 3-point range. The Eagles turned the ball over eight times and were outrebounded, 21-10.