ALN: Duke adds to its pre-conference resume

Best in college basketball games from last night:

Duke 73, Ohio State 68: The host Blue Devils trailed through most of the game, finally taking the lead for the good when Ryan Kelly drained a three with 5:40 left to put Duke in front 56-53. Mason Plumlee scored 21 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the winners. Rasheed Sulaimon scored all 17 of his points in the second half. Ohio State shot just 33.8 percent. Point guard Aaron Craft missed 12 of his 15 shots. Duke has now beaten Kentucky, Louisville and Ohio State.

Miami 67, Michigan State 59: Miami won this one at the foul line, making 16 of 18 free throws while visiting Michigan State made just five of 11. Trey McKinney Jones led the way with 18 points, but Reggie Johnson scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Hurricanes. Gary Harris, nursing an injured shoulder, did play for Michigan State, scoring 12 points in 25 minutes.

Boise State 83, Creighton 70: The Broncos pulled off a shocker in Omaha as Derrick Marks, a 6-foot-3 sophomore out of Chicago, scored 35 points for the winners. Marks made 13 of his 19 shots. Doug McDermott scored 21 for Creighton but didn’t get enough help, especially on the defensive end. Boise shot 60.4 percent from the floor.

Illinois 75, Georgia Tech 62: New coach John Groce has the Illini off to an 8-0 start. Joseph Bertrand came off the bench to score 15 points for the winners. Illinois shot 28 threes, but made 14. D. J. Richardson was four-of-seven from three, while Bertrand was three-of-four. Georgia Tech trailed by one, 36-35, at the half but faded in the second half.

Virginia 60, Wisconsin 54: Wisconsin is struggling, Bo Ryan’s club now 4-3 overall and 3-1 at home after lat night’s loss to the Cavaliers. Joe Harris led Virginia with 22 points. Usually a physical team that draws fouls, Wisconsin shot just five free throws on the night.


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