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Seth Curry scored 12 of his season-high 31 points during the late run that helped No. 1 Duke pull away for a victory over pesky Santa Clara on Saturday.
Fellow senior Mason Plumlee added 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils (12-0).
They needed a huge run late to overcome both a big game from Kevin Foster and a legitimate scare from the Broncos (11-3) and win a physical affair that coach Mike Krzyzewski compared to an ACC game in February.
#23 N.C. STATE 84, Western Michigan 68 - C.J. Leslie started slow, but stepped into the spotlight just in time.
Leslie scored all 19 of his points in the final 23 minutes to lead No. 23 North Carolina State to a victory over Western Michigan on Saturday.
"He played pretty good," N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. "I don't want him to flip the switch. I want him to play that way all the time."
Richard Howell added 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting for the Wolfpack (10-2), who won their sixth consecutive game.
N.C. State committed a season-low eight turnovers and shot 55 percent from the field, padding its NCAA-leading field goal percentage.
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Hairston scored 15 points to help the Tar Heels beat No. 20 UNLV on Saturday, earning a marquee victory after falling short in their three biggest games this year.
Dexter Strickland added a season-high 16 points for the Tar Heels (10-3), who led by 15 points in the first half and by nine at the break. But UNC had to turn away a second-half surge by the Runnin' Rebels (11-2) to earn the program's 63rd straight home win against nonconference opponents.
''I'd like to think they grew up 100 times, but who knows?'' Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said.
''They're 17-, 18-, 19-year-old kids. Who knows what they're going to do tomorrow? We've been practicing 47 practices and played 13 games and that's the first time we've really been able to feel good about what we did.''
MARYLAND 79, Delaware State 50 - Freshman Charles Mitchell came off the bench and scored a season-high 19 points and Maryland extended its winning streak to 11 games by beating Delaware State Saturday.
Dez Wells and freshman Seth Allen each scored 10 points for the Terrapins (11-1). Mitchell also had 14 rebounds for his third double-double.
Maryland has not lost since falling to then-No. 1 Kentucky 72-69 in the season opener. The current winning streak is Maryland's longest in 10 years.
Tahj Tate had 20 points for Delaware State (5-8), which has lost three consecutive games.
The Terps came in holding opponents to 34.6 percent shooting from the field, ranked third nationally, and they continued that trend by holding Delaware State to 32.1 percent (18 of 56).
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Michael Snaer scored 19 points and was chosen the game's most valuable player.
Florida State (8-4) extended its winning streak to four games and remained unbeaten in four games against Tulsa (7-6).
Tulsa's Scott Haralson scored 17 points, all in the second half. Tulsa junior Pat Swilling Jr. had a career-high 19 points and five assists, but he scored only two points in the second half.
The Hurricane's leading scorer this season, James Woodard, went 2 for 10 and scored eight points.
GEORGIA TECH 73, Fordham 48 - Daniel Miller and Robert Carter Jr. each scored 14 points and Georgia Tech scored 17 straight points in the second half en route to a victory over Fordham on Saturday night.
The victory was the fifth straight for the Yellow Jackets (9-2) and improved their record at new McCamish Pavilion to 7-0.
Miller, just missing a double-double, had nine rebounds and Mfon Udofia added seven assists.
Georgia Tech shot 55.5 percent in the second half (16 of 29) and 50 percent for the game (29 of 58) despite a slow start.
Branden Frazier scored 17 points and Chris Gaston had 16 for Fordham (3-10), which shot 28.1 percent (16 of 57) and made 4 of 19 3-pointers.
BOSTON COLLEGE 70, Holy Cross 60 - Sophomore Ryan Anderson recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds, and classmate Patrick Heckmann scored a game-high 19 points to lead Boston College past Holy Cross in front of 5,442 fans on Saturday at Conte Forum.
Anderson went 6-for-12 from the field and 6-for-10 from the foul line for his third double-double this year (10th career). Heckmann went 6-for-9 from the floor and 5-for-7 from 3-point land. He also had a career-high five steals.
Freshman Olivier Hanlan scored 14 points and had five rebounds. Sophomore Lonnie Jackson and freshman Joe Rahon both had six assists. That was a career high for Jackson.
Neither team held a lead larger than four points in the first 10 minutes. Holy Cross had a 15-13 edge at the 9:32 mark before BC scored nine unanswered points over a 2:24 span to take a 22-15 lead. Hanlan scored five of the points in that run.
BYU 97, VIRGINIA TECH 71 – Virginia Tech completed the non-conference portion of its 2012-13schedule with a loss to BYU in Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Hokies fall to 9-4 overall, while the Cougars improve to 10-4 on the season.
Tech never led in the game and trailed 56-31 at the intermission. The Hokies were able to play the Cougars fairly even in the second half, but were never able to make too much of a run to cut into BYU’s lead.
Jarell Eddie led three Hokies in double figures with 17 points, to go along with his seven rebounds. Robert Brown added 13 points and Erick Green, the nation’ leading scorer, was held to just 12 points, although he did hand out six assists. Christian Beyer came off the bench to record career-highs with nine points, 11 rebounds and two assists.
Tyler Haws led all scorers with 42 points and Brandon Davies added 17 points for the Cougars. Josh Sharp had 10 points for BYU.