No. 1 Duke 78, No. 24 Temple 61
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Singler broke out of a slump by scoring 28 points to lead No. 1 Duke past No. 24 Temple 78-61 on Wednesday night.
Nolan Smith finished with 15 points and Mason Plumlee added 13 rebounds to help the ACC-leading Blue Devils (26-2) dodge a late-season nonconference letdown and pick up a significant victory in their return to the top spot in the national rankings. Duke used a huge run that bridged the halves to win its eighth straight overall and extend a pair of notable winning streaks at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Lavoy Allen scored 17 points, but Temple (21-6) had its eight-game winning streak snapped.
Singler was 10 of 19 in his most productive game since matching a career high with 30 points against Oregon. He helped Duke win its 35th straight game at Cameron and its 86th in a row against nonconference teams — both NCAA bests.
No. 7 BYU 84, Colorado St. 76
PROVO, Utah — Jimmer Fredette scored 34 points and Brandon Davies added 14 points and 15 rebounds for BYU.
Fredette and Davies combined for 26 points from the free throw line in a game that featured 52 fouls and 69 free throws. Fredette hit 14 of 16, and Davies was 12 of 16 for BYU (26-2, 12-1 Mountain West Conference).
Andy Ogide had 25 points and Adam Nigon added 14 for the Rams (18-9, 8-5).
No. 9 Notre Dame 94, Providence 93
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Ben Hansbrough scored a career-high 32 points and Tim Abromaitis had a 28 to help the Fighting Irish overcome a Big East-record 52 points by Marshon Brooks.
The Irish (22-5, 11-4 Big East) are off to their best start ever in the 11 seasons under coach Mike Brey. Notre Dame, in second place in the conference, has won eight of nine.
Brooks is only the third player in Providence history to score 40 points or more twice in a season. Providence (14-14, 3-12) has lost six of seven.
No. 12 Wisconsin 53, Michigan 52
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Josh Gasser banked in a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer to deal a severe blow to the Wolverines’ NCAA tournament hopes.
Michigan (17-12, 7-9 Big Ten) led by two, but Darius Morris missed the front end of a one-and-one with 30.8 seconds remaining. Michigan still had four fouls to give and used them all, the last with only 5.4 seconds left.
Jordan Taylor scored 20 points for Wisconsin (21-6, 11-4).
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 16 points for Michigan.
No. 21 Texas A&M 61, Oklahoma 47
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Khris Middleton scored 13 points to help Texas A&M win its fifth straight game.
The Aggies were up by four points before a 13-2 run stretched their lead to 51-36 with 6 minutes remaining. Texas A&M (22-5, 9-4 Big 12) took advantage of a strong start to the second half to take a 10-point lead, but allowed Oklahoma to get back in it before the decisive run.
Cade Davis had 21 points for the Sooners (12-15, 4-9), which dropped its sixth in a row.
Arkansas 77, No. 22 Kentucky 76, OT
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Marcus Britt hit a layup in the final minute of overtime to give Arkansas coach John Pelphrey his first win in four chances against his alma mater.
Rotnei Clarke scored 26 points and Marshawn Powell added 22 for Arkansas (17-9, 6-6 Southeastern Conference).
Brandon Knight scored 26 points for the Wildcats (19-8, 7-6), who fell to 1-6 on the road in SEC play.
No. 23 St. John’s 76, DePaul 51
NEW YORK — Dwight Hardy continued his scoring streak with 21 points and the Red Storm won their first game as a ranked team in more than 10 years.
The Red Storm (18-9, 10-5 Big East) controlled the game inside, in transition and on the backboards to win for the eighth time in nine games, a streak that got them in The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since November 2000.
Freshman Cleveland Melvin had 16 points for the Blue Demons (7-20, 1-14).