No. 1 Duke 82, Butler 70
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Nolan Smith scored 24 points to lead No. 1 Duke to an 82-70 victory over Butler on Saturday, moving Mike Krzyzewski into a tie with Adolph Rupp for third place on the coaching career wins list.
Freshman Kyrie Irving added all but four of his 21 in the second half for Duke, in a rematch of schools that played an epic national championship game in April. The Blue Devils won that game 61-59, giving Krzyzewski his fourth NCAA title. He has 876 wins overall, 803 at Duke.
This game, played at the Izod Center, wasn’t expected to be as close as that championship game in Indianapolis since Butler lost two starters, including lottery pick Gordon Hayward. But the Bulldogs stayed within striking distance until the final minutes.
The Blue Devils (8-0) were tested for the first time this season as they ran their winning streak to 18 games. Until Saturday, Duke had not trailed in the final 30 minutes of a game this season, including wins over top-10 teams Kansas State and Michigan State.
No. 3 Pittsburgh 87, Rider 68
PITTSBURGH — Brad Wanamaker had 16 points and 11 assists as No. 3 Pittsburgh shut down Rider’s 3-point shooters with its man-to-man defense.
Ashton Gibbs also scored 16 points and Dante Taylor added 12 to help the Panthers win their 53rd consecutive non-conference home game and their 102nd in 103 games.
Pitt is 9-0 for the eighth time in nine seasons.
No. 6 Michigan State 74,
Bowling Green 39
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Durrell Summers scored 14 points, and No. 6 Michigan State went on a 21-1 run early in the second half to put away Bowling Green.
The Spartans (6-2) were coming off a five-point loss at Duke on Wednesday and didn’t look sharp early. They turned the ball over 12 times in the first half and shot 30 percent from the field, but Bowling Green (1-7) shot just as poorly and the Spartans led 25-19 at the half.
The Falcons scored the first four points of the second half before Summers and Korie Lucious made back-to-back 3-pointers and Michigan State pushed the lead to double figures.
Scott Thomas scored 11 points for Bowling Green, which shot 27 percent from the field.
No. 8 Syracuse 65, N.C. State 59
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Scoop Jardine scored 23 points, Rick Jackson added 16, and No. 8 Syracuse shut down North Carolina State late and beat the Wolfpack 65-59 Saturday night.
North Carolina State (4-3) seemed poised for an upset after taking a six-point lead, but Syracuse clamped down in the final eight minutes, forcing two shot-clock violations and holding the Wolfpack without a basket for the final 7:20.
Syracuse (8-0) wasn’t much better. Jackson’s hook over freshman C.J. Leslie at 6:43 was the Orange’s last basket. It gave Syracuse a 59-58 lead, but the Orange held on despite some shaky free-throw shooting.
North Carolina 75,
No. 10 Kentucky 73
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Tyler Zeller scored a career-high 27 points and hit the go-ahead free throws with 47 seconds left, helping North Carolina edge No. 10 Kentucky.
Zeller scored 12 of the final 16 points for the Tar Heels (5-3), who earned a needed victory against a big-name opponent after struggling the first month of the season.
John Henson added 13 points and 12 rebounds, giving North Carolina its sixth win in the past seven games against the Wildcats (5-2).
No. 16 Georgetown 68,
Utah State 51
WASHINGTON — Chris Wright had 21 points and No. 16 Georgetown relied on defense instead of 3-pointers to pass its latest nonconference test against Utah State.
The victory improved the Hoyas to 8-0 for the second consecutive season.
Wright was the only player for either team to reach double figures and left to a standing ovation. The Hoyas opened the second half with a 17-2 run and shot 62 percent for the half.
No. 20 Illinois 73, Gonzaga 61
SEATTLE — Demetri McCamey had 11 points and seven assists, and No. 20 Illinois was blistering from beyond the arc.
Mike Tisdale hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the second half to extend a 34-28 lead, and the Illini (8-1) went on a 14-3 run to take a 62-44 advantage.
Ten of the Illini’s first 11 baskets in the second half came from beyond the 3-point line, and they finished 52 percent from beyond the arc for the game.
No. 22 Purdue 66, Alabama 47
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — E’Twaun Moore had 23 points and nine rebounds, JaJuan Johnson added 17 points and the No. 22 Boilermakers cruised past Alabama.
Purdue (7-1) bounced back from a loss to Richmond last week with wins against Virginia Tech and Alabama. The Boilermakers made 9 of 24 3s, while Alabama missed all nine of its tries.
Tony Mitchell had 14 points, nine rebounds and three steals, and Trevor Releford added 12 points for Alabama (4-4). JaMychal Green, the Crimson Tide’s No. 2 scorer, served the third game of a suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.
No. 23 Washington 108,
Texas Tech 79
SEATTLE — Justin Holiday had 17 of his career-high 20 points in the first half, Matthew Bryan-Amaning added 18 points and No. 23 Washington rolled past Texas Tech.
Isaiah Thomas had 16 points and C.J. Wilcox scored 11 for Washington (5-2), which won its second consecutive game after losses to Kentucky and Michigan State at the Maui Invitational.