College basketball roundup — Dec. 29

No. 1 Duke 90, 
Santa Clara 77

Seth Curry scored 12 of his season-high 31 points during the late run that helped host Duke pull away from pesky Santa Clara.

Mason Plumlee added 22 points and 13 rebound for the Blue Devils (12-0), who needed a huge run late to overcome both a big game from Kevin Foster and a real scare from the Broncos (11-3).

Foster scored 18 of his 29 points in the first half, and his soaring baseline dunk put the Broncos up 45-41 with 16:30 left.

But the Broncos managed just one field goal over the next 8½ minutes.

Curry hit two 3-pointers and followed with three layups during the Blue Devils’ 26-5 run.

Ryan Kelly had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Quinn Cook finished with 15 points for Duke, which is 12-0 for the 10th time under coach Mike Krzyzewski.

The Blue Devils won their 101st nonconference game in a row at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Evan Roquemore added 17 points while Marc Trasolini and Raymond Cowels III had 10 apiece for Santa Clara, which was playing the No. 1 team for just the second time since 1981 and fell to 0-12 all-time against top-ranked opponents.

No. 2 Michigan 88, 
Central Michigan 73

Trey Burke had 22 points and 10 assists as host Michigan finished its nonconference schedule. Michigan played without junior Tim Hardaway Jr. who missed the first game of his career with an ankle injury. That meant the Wolverines started three freshmen — Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Caris LeVert — along with Burke and Jordan Morgan.

Robinson had 20 points, while Stauskas finished with 19 for Michigan (13-0), which is off to the second-best start in school history.

No. 4 Louisville 80, 
Kentucky 77

Russ Smith scored 21 points and Chane Behanan had 20 and host Louisville ended a four-game losing streak to rival Kentucky.

Peyton Siva added 19 points as the Cardinals (12-1) won a hard-fought Battle of the Bluegrass. Though the Cardinals trail the series 30-15, their victory followed last spring’s 69-61 national semifinal loss to the Wildcats, who went on to win their eighth national championship.

The Wildcats (8-4) trailed 51-34 but outscored the Cardinals 28-14 to get within 65-62 before Smith’s two baskets keyed an 8-5 run to give Louisville some space.

Behanan sealed Louisville’s win with late two dunks, the final one following his steal of a pass by Archie Goodwin with 18 seconds remaining.

Goodwin scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half for Kentucky and Ryan Harrow added 17 points.

No. 6 Kansas 89, 
American University 57

Travis Releford scored 19 points and host Kansas hit a scorching 13 of its first 18 3-point attempts and rolled over American University.

Kansas (11-1) took command with a 21-4 spree in the opening minutes and wound up with six players scoring at least nine points against the outmanned Eagles (4-9). Releford was 7-for-8 from the floor, including 5-of-6 3-pointers. Elijah Johnson had 12 points and was 4 for 5 from behind the arc as the Jayhawks finished with 15-for-24 3-point shooting.

No. 9 Syracuse 57, 
Alcorn State 36

C.J. Fair scored 13 points, Trevor Cooney added 12, all in the second half to key a late surge, and host Syracuse beat Alcorn State in the final game of the Gotham Classic.

Syracuse (11-1) increased its home winning streak to 31 games, longest in the nation. Alcorn State (2-13), which was late arriving because of the weather, dropped to 0-9 on the road in losing its ninth straight.

No. 12 Illinois 81, Auburn 79

Tracy Abrams scored a career-high 29 points for Illinois. The Illini (13-1) saw an 11-point lead shrink to one in the closing minutes but they prevailed after falling to Missouri in the Braggin’ Rights game a week earlier — their first loss under coach John Groce.

Frankie Sullivan buried a 3 for Auburn (5-7) to make it 68-67 with 4:29 remaining. Illinois then hit 13-of-18 free throws the rest of the way for a rare win at the United Center, where they had dropped three in a row.

No. 14 Florida 78, 
Air Force 61

Kenny Boynton snapped a shooting slump with three 3-pointers in the second half when Florida pulled away in Sunrise, Fla. Boynton had made only 4-of-32 from 3-point range over the previous five games, but he hit three in a span of 8 minutes to break the game open. The Gators (9-2) used their superior size and smothering defense to grind down the Falcons, who shot 48 percent in the first half and 33 percent in the second half. Air Force (8-3) fell to 2-77 against ranked teams.

Erik Murphy of Florida scored 21 points, had seven rebounds and added four assists while missing only two shots in 29 minutes. He was chosen the game’s MVP.

No. 16 Creighton 87, 
Evansville 70

Doug McDermott scored 14 of his 29 points in a 6 ½-minute stretch of the second half when host Creighton pulled away.

Gregory Echenique had 13 points and 13 rebounds, Jahenns Manigat added 13 points, and Avery Dingman had 11 for the Bluejays (12-1), who won their Missouri Valley Conference opener.

No. 18 Butler 68, 
Vanderbilt 49

Rotnei Clarke hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 22 points and the visiting Butler Bulldogs shook off a sluggish start to to earn their seventh win in a row. The Bulldogs (10-2) missed their first seven 3-pointers and led only 25-22 at halftime before taking control of the game with a 14-3 run to open the second half.

North Carolina 79, 
No. 20 UNLV 73

P.J. Hairston scored 15 points in his first career start for host North Carolina. 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 consecutive home win against nonconference opponents.

No. 23 North Carolina St. 84, Western Michigan 68

C.J. Leslie scored 19 points to lead host North Carolina State. Richard Howell added 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting for the Wolfpack (10-2), who won their sixth consecutive game. N.C. State shot 55 percent from the field, padding its NCAA-leading field goal percentage. T.J. Warren scored 15 points, Scott Wood had 11 and Lorenzo Brown added 10 for the Wolfpack. Nate Hutcheson scored 16 points to lead the Broncos (8-5).

No. 25 Kansas State 52, Missouri-Kansas City 44

Rodney McGruder scored 17 points, Thomas Gipson had 13 points and six rebounds and host Kansas State struggled to beat Missouri-Kansas City (4-9), who were within 40-36 with 3:11 remaining. Playing without guards Angel Rodriguez and Martavious Irving due to injuries, the Wildcats (10-2) shot 32 percent from the field.


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