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No. 5 Duke beats N.C. State

Associated Press

Shelden Williams scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half to help No. 5 Duke beat North Carolina State 86-74 on Thursday night at Raleigh, N.C.

Daniel Ewing added 17 points for the Blue Devils (12-0, 2-0 ACC), who scored on nine straight possessions midway through the half to charge ahead after an early 10-point deficit.

Cameron Bennerman scored 20 points for the Wolfpack (10-5, 0-2).

Memphis 78, (22) Marquette 68: At Memphis, Tenn., Rodney Carney scored 29 points in the Tigers’ (9-7, 2-0 C-USA) victory over the Golden Eagles (13-2, 1-1).

Off the courts

Doug Noll was fired as men’s coach at Indiana-Purdue of Fort Wayne. Joe Pechota, the Mastodons’ associate coach, was appointed interim coach for the rest of the season. … Villanova forward Jason Fraser will have surgery today on his broken right hand, an injury that could sideline him four to six weeks.

Top 25 women

(3) LSU 64, Florida 47: Seimone Augustus scored 18 points and the Tigers (15-1, 2-0 SEC) snapped the Gators’ (11-5, 2-1) five-game winning streak. … (4) Rutgers 69, Georgetown 33: Michelle Campbell scored 20 points that carried the Scarlet Knights (12-2, 3-0 Big East) to a victory over the Hoyas (5-9, 0-3). … (5) Ohio St. 80, (21) Iowa 57: Marscilla Packer and Michelle Munoz scored all of the points in an 11-0 first-half run to help the Buckeyes (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten) rout the Hawkeyes (13-3, 2-3). … (6) Stanford 88, California 53: Brooke Smith scored 14 of her 21 points in the first half, and the Cardinal (14-2, 6-1) beat the rival Golden Bears (8-8, 2-5). … (8) Tennessee 72, Arkansas 54: Shanna Zolman scored 16 points and the Lady Vols (11-3, 1-0 SEC) held the Lady Razorbacks (10-5, 0-4) to 17 points in the first half. … (9) Michigan St. 74, Wisconsin 66: Liz Shimek had 22 points and the Spartans (14-2, 3-1 Big Ten) held off the Badgers (6-8, 1-4) for their best start in school history. … (11) Minnesota 58, (20) Purdue 38: Shannon Schonrock scored a career-high 25 points and the Gophers (14-2, 4-0 Big Ten) beat the Boilermakers (10-5, 3-2). … (15) Maryland 72, Georgia Tech 65: Shay Doron scored 28 points to lead the Terrapins (12-2, 2-1 ACC) over the Yellow Jackets (10-4, 1-2). … (17) Vanderbilt 73, Auburn 67: Carla Thomas had 32 points to lead the Commodores (12-2, 1-0 SEC) over the Tigers (9-5, 0-1). … Kentucky 71, (18) Georgia 63: Sarah Elliott scored 15 points to lead the Wildcats (12-5, 1-1 SEC) over the Bulldogs (13-5, 2-2).

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