Michigan upsets fourth-ranked Duke, 81-73
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan's basketball program has been hibernating for a decade.
It looks like the Wolverines are finally waking up.
DeShawn Sims scored a career-high 28 points to lead Michigan to an 81-73 victory over Duke yesterday, its second win over a No. 4-ranked team in two weeks.
The Wolverines (6-2) beat then-No. 4 UCLA before losing 71-56 to Duke in the 2K Sports Classic final.
Michigan — which hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since 1998 — has beaten two top five teams in the regular season for the first time since 1986-87, the year after its last Big Ten title.
"I still think it's a rebuilding year," Sims insisted. "Even though we've had two big wins, we've also lost two games. It definitely says we're executing what Coach wants us to do on both ends of the court."
Manny Harris scored 17 points for the Wolverines and reserve freshman Zack Novak had a season-high 14, connecting on consecutive 3-pointers to give them the lead for good with 7 1/2 minutes left.
Sims, a junior forward, matched a career high with 12 rebounds.
Duke (8-1) made just 3 of 27 3-point attempts before connecting on four in a row to pull within four points in the final minute. The Blue Devils finished 7-of-33 for one of their worst performances beyond the arc in more than a decade.
"Michigan did a good job with the 1-3-1 zone," said Duke's Nolan Smith, who matched the team high with two 3-pointers and finished with 12 points. "They extended it to take away 3s in the corners and on the wings."
The Wolverines made 13 of 14 free throws in the final 3 minutes to seal the upset, leading to hundreds of fans from the sold-out crowd rushing the court.
"I'm at a little bit of a loss for words," second-year Michigan coach John Beilein said. "That was a great atmosphere, wasn't it?"
It was as great as it was rare.
After an 11th lead change and 16th tie, Novak's second straight 3-pointer led to Duke calling a timeout with 7:39 left to calm down a raucous crowd that's characteristically quiet in a community consumed by football.
"I saw the Savannah State tape and there weren't too many seats full," said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, referring to the previous home game that had an announced crowd of 8,190 in an arena that holds almost 14,000. "It's party time every time we come to town, but this is a great school and they deserve this level of support for every game."
Duke had won 31 straight games against unranked, nonconference opponents dating to a loss against Georgetown on Jan. 21, 2006.
No. 3 Pittsburgh 80, Vermont 51: Sam Young scored 28 points, DeJuan Blair added 13 points and 16 rebounds, and the Panthers (9-0) raced to a 13-0 lead en route to a 41-19 cushion at intermission in cruising past the Catamounts (4-3) at Pittsburgh.
"Coach (Jamie Dixon) told us it's time to test where our defense is to get us ready for the great teams," Young said, referring to a Big East Conference that has eight of this week's Top 25 teams.
No. 5 Gonzaga 70, Indiana 54: Josh Heytvelt scored 17 points, Jeremy Pargo added 13 and the visiting Bulldogs (6-0) came to Indianapolis and forced 25 turnovers to beat the Hoosiers (4-4), who lost for the third time in 12 days to a team ranked in the top 20.
"We needed to experience how to win an ugly grinder, and we did that," Zags coach Mark Few said.
Ohio State 67, No. 7 Notre Dame 62: Evan Turner scored a career-high 28 points and the Buckeyes (5-0) make four consecutive free throws in the final 26 seconds to hold off the Irish (6-2) for their second straight upset of a ranked opponent.
"After (upsetting) Miami, we talked about how that game gets us no points against Notre Dame," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. "But we talked about the challenge and the opportunity we had this week. ... We got better this week, but by no stretch are we where we want to be."
No. 11 Louisville 83, Indiana State 43: Earl Clark had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Terrence Williams added 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Cardinals (3-1) forced 23 turnovers to overwhelm the Sycamores (0-6) at Louisville, Ky.
"We did it with our pressure, halfcourt and fullcourt," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "Indiana State isn't that bad. I am real pleased. But we still have a long way to go."
No. 15 Wake Forest 81, Bucknell 52: Jeff Teague scored 15 of his 26 points in the second half, L.D. Williams added 13 points, and the Demon Deacons (8-0) never trailed in rolling past the Bison (1-6) at Winston-Salem, N.C., to continue their best start since opening with 11 straight wins in 2003-04.
"We played pretty well in stretches, but their size and athleticism wore us down," first-year Bucknell coach Dave Paulsen said.
No. 20 Georgetown 73, American 49: Chris Wright scored 22 points, Jessie Sapp and DaJuan Summers added 14 points each, and the host Hoyas used runs of 13-0 and 16-0 to take a 40-12 halftime lead in coasting past the Eagles (4-4) at Washington.
No. 21 Miami 73, Kentucky 67: Jack McClinton scored 23 points, James Dews added 18 and the Hurricanes (5-2) opened a 49-28 lead with 18:28 to play and the Wildcats (5-3) cut it to 56-52 with 4:50 left, but got no closer at Lexington, Ky.
No. 22 Davidson 72, North Carolina State 67: Stephen Curry scored 44 points for Davidson, including a 30-footer with just over a minute left and two free throws with 4.1 seconds to go, as the visiting Wildcats (6-1) beat the Wolfpack (4-1) at Charlotte, N.C.
No. 9 Purdue 90, Ark.-Pine Bluff 42: JaJuan Johnson scored 20 points, E'Twaun Moore had 15 points and six steals, Nemanja Calasan had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Boilermakers (6-2) forced 35 turnovers in rolling past the Golden Lions (0-7) at West Lafayette, Ind.
No. 24 Baylor 58, Washington State 52: LaceDarius Dunn scored 14 points and Tweety Carter made two free throws for a 57-52 lead with 18 second left to play as the Bears (7-1) held off the Huskies (5-2) in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series at Pullman, Wash.
Portland 68, Idaho 65: Guard Nik Raivio scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds, T.J. Campbell hit a 3-pointers for a 46-44 lead with 14:24 remaining and the Pilots (5-2) never trailed again in holding off the Vandals (4-4) at Portland, Ore.
Boise State 85, Colorado State 76: Center Kurt Cunningham scored 18 points to lead five teammates in double figures as the Broncos (6-1) held off the Rams (3-5) to remain unbeaten at home at Boise, Idaho.
North Texas 85, New Mexico State 83: Tristan Thompson scored 21 points, Collin Dennis added 20 points coming off the bench, helping the Mean Green (6-2) beat the Aggies (2-4), who had the back with 28 seconds left and trailing by two, but never managed to get off a shot at Denton, Texas.
UNLV 64, Nevada 57: Rene Rougeau had 19 points and 13 rebounds, Oscar Bellfield scored 17 on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range, and the Rebels (7-2), trailing 22-20 at halftime, opened with a 19-7 run and never trailed again in beating the Wolf Pack (3-4) at Reno, Nev.
Fresno State 66, Pacific 64: Paul George scored 23 points, making 5 of 7 3-pointers, and Dwight O'Neill banked in a short fall-away jumper with one second remaining as the Bulldogs (3-4) rallied from an eight-point second-half deficit to beat the Tigers (3-3) at Stockton, Calif.
BYU 68, Utah State 63: Jonathan Tavernari had 24 points, nine rebounds and four steals, including an inbounds pass that resulted in a foul and two free throws with 3.4 seconds left, as the host Cougars (8-0) held off the Aggies (5-1) at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, home of the NBA Utah Jazz.
No. 3 California 75, Princeton 53: Ashley Walker scored 21 points, Natasha Vital added 12 points and the Lady Bears (7-0) raced to a 39-22 lead at intermission and cruised past the Lady Tigers (3-3) in the first round of the Collier's International Classic at Berkeley, Calif.
No. 10 Baylor 75, St. John's 65: Rachel Allison scored 18 points, Jessica Morrow added 13 off the bench, and the Lady Bears (7-1) took a 39-23 halftime lead and never let the Red Storm (7-1) get closer than 10 thereafter at Waco, Texas.
UC Riverside 50, No. 16 Vanderbilt 47: Kemie Nkele had 17 points and eight rebounds and the Highlanders (3-4) used a 4-0 run in the final 2:31 to upset the Commodores (8-2) at Riverside, Calif. when Jennifer Risper missed a shot at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime.
No. 18 Ohio State 69, Nebraska 65: Jantel Lavender scored five points in the final 21.6 seconds to rally the Buckeyes (7-2) from a 12-point deficit and beat the Corrnhuskers (6-2) at Lincoln, Neb.
Ark.-Little Rock 65, No. 19 Oklahoma State 51: Chastity Reed scored 18 points and the Trojans (6-1) hit their first six shots of the second half to pull away from a 28-23 lead at intermission and never trailed in upsetting the Cowgirls (3-2) at Little Rock, Ark.
No. 20 Virginia 80, East Carolina 67: Junior guard Monica Wright had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the Cavaliers (7-2) ended the first half with a 16-6 run for a 45-36 lead and never looked back in defeating the Pirates (4-3) at Charlottesville, Va.
No. 22 Texas Christian 73, St. Louis 59: Helena Svettisdottir had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the Frogs (7-2) saw their 16-point, second-half lead cut to three before turning back the Billikens (2-5) in the Collier's International Classic at Berkeley, Calif.
No. 25 Arizona 75, Cal-Irvine 23: Sybil Dosty had 13 points and 10 rebounds and the host Wildcats (5-2) held the Anteaters (3-3) to a record low in scoring in the first round of the ASU Classic at Tempe, Ariz.