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Duke holds off FSU

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POSTED February 24, 2012 10:18 a.m.
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Duke’s Andre Dawkins (20) shoots over Florida...

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Reserve Andre Dawkins scored 22 points and freshman Austin Rivers added 20 to lead No. 5 Duke to a 74-66 victory at No. 15 Florida State on Thursday night.
The win kept the Blue Devils (24-4, 11-2) tied with No. 7 North Carolina for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference while Florida State (19-8, 10-3) dropped a game behind.
Dawkins scored 18 points over the last 11:23 of the first half, going 5 of 7 from 3-point range as Duke took a 39-32 lead.
Ryan Kelly added 13 points for Duke, which shot 42.3 percent from the field, including 13 of 28 from 3-point range.
Michael Snaer had 18 points for the Seminoles, while Bernard James added 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots. Snaer’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer ended Duke’s 45-game home winning streak 33 days ago.
Florida State was just 4 of 15 from long range, 12 of 22 at the free throw line and shot 39.7 percent overall.
Florida State, which had won 10 of its last 11 games, was unbeaten in six previous conference home games while Duke was undefeated in six league road games.

No. 14 Murray State 80, Tennessee State 62
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Isaiah Canaan scored 16 of his 24 points in the first half and Murray State avenged its only loss this season.
The Racers (27-1, 14-1 Ohio Valley Conference) blew a 13-point lead in losing 72-68 on Feb. 9. They used a 14-0 run over the final 2:31 of the first half Thursday with four Racers each hitting a 3-pointer to blow open a tight game.
Murray State shot 62.5 percent from the field in the first half and finished by matching its season-high with 12 3-pointers. Donte Poole added 16 points and Zay Jackson had 11.
Tennessee State (19-11, 11-5) had a nine-game winning streak snapped and missed its chance to sweep Murray State for the first time since 1993.
Robert Covington led the Tigers with 24 points and 15 rebounds.

Iowa 67, No. 16 Wisconsin 66
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Senior Matt Gatens scored a career-high 33 points and Iowa got its second straight win over a ranked opponent.
It was the second straight career-high for Gatens, who had 30 points in Iowa’s win over then-No. 18 Indiana on Sunday.
Wisconsin (20-8, 9-6 Big Ten) lost for just the third time in 11 games. The Badgers got within 65-63 on Jordan Taylor’s layup with 4 seconds left, but Gatens made two free throws to cap his brilliant night for the Hawkeyes (15-13, 7-8).
Taylor’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was the closest the Badgers would get in the second half.
Josh Gasser and Ryan Evans each had 14 points for Wisconsin, which never led and got swept by Iowa in the regular season for the first time since 1994-95.

Cincinnati 60, No. 17 Louisville 56
CINCINNATI — Point guard Cashmere Wright scored 22 points and matched his career-high with six 3-pointers for Cincinnati.
The Bearcats (20-8, 10-5 Big East) went 11 of 27 from behind the arc, a place where Louisville (21-7, 9-6) has prospered. The Bearcats’ fifth win in six games broke a tie with the Cardinals for sixth place in the conference.
Sean Kilpatrick had 12 points, including baskets that started and finished a 14-point run that put the Bearcats ahead to stay midway through the second half. Cincinnati improved to 4-3 against ranked teams this season.
The Cardinals had won seven of their last eight, making 3s at a prodigious rate lately. They lost their touch Thursday, going only 1 of 14 behind the arc. Leading scorer Kyle Kuric missed all of his 11 shots from the field, including a potential tying 3 with 19 seconds left.
Gorgui Dieng had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Louisville.


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