DURHAM, N.C. – Zion Williamson scored 25 points, RJ Barrett added 22 and No. 3 Duke routed Indiana 90-69 on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Tre Jones added 15 points and a fourth Duke freshman – Cameron Reddish – finished with 13 to help the Blue Devils (6-1) bounce back from their lone loss and win one of the made-for-TV event’s glamour matchups. This one featured a handful of potential NBA lottery picks – the Duke freshmen and Indiana’s Romeo Langford – on the floor at the same time.
Duke looked nothing like the group that lost to Gonzaga last week in the Maui Invitational final . The Blue Devils never trailed, shot 52 percent and turned a season-worst 20 turnovers by Indiana into 24 points.
Langford scored 13 points on 3-of-15 shooting to lead the Hoosiers (5-2).
No. 5 Nevada 79, Loyola-Chicago 65
CHICAGO – Caleb Martin had 21 points, twin brother Cody Martin scored 20 and Nevada beat Loyola-Chicago in an NCAA Tournament rematch.
Loyola beat Nevada by one point in the NCAA South Regional semifinals last season – the only other meeting between these programs. That victory came during a stunning Final Four run for the Ramblers.
Caleb Martin scored 17 in the first half, helping the Wolf Pack (7-0) grab a 44-28 lead. The preseason All-American shot 8 of 13 in the game, including 3 for 6 on 3-pointers.
Cody Martin was 9 of 14 with seven assists.
Jordan Caroline had 15 points and six rebounds. Trey Porter added 14 points and 10 boards.
Marques Townes – who hit the decisive 3 in the closing seconds of that NCAA game – led Loyola (4-3) with a season-high 24 points, but the Ramblers dropped their second straight game.
Louisville 82, Michigan State 78
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ryan McMahon made two free throws with 7.1 seconds remaining in overtime before Jordan Nwora made another from the line with 3.1 seconds left to seal it as Louisville upset Michigan State.
McMahon scored all seven of his points in the extra session from the line to finish with a career-high 24. Nwora’s clinching free throw followed his 3-pointer with 2:05 left that gave the Cardinals (4-2) the lead for good in an exciting matchup that ended a two-game slide and gave first-year coach Chris Mack his first significant win with the program.
Louisville needed just about every point to hold off the Spartans (5-2), who had a chance to get close with Joshua Langford (15 points) at the line. But he missed the first of two free throws with 4.2 seconds left and failed to hit the rim on an intentional miss, a violation that gave Louisville the ball and led to Nwora’s free throw.
Penn State 63, No. 13 Virginia Tech 62
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Myreon Jones scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half to lead Penn State to an upset win over Virginia Tech.
Lamar Stevens added 14 points and eight rebounds and Rasir Bolton chipped in 11 points for the Nittany Lions (4-2), who snapped Virginia Tech’s five-game winning streak. It was Penn State’s first win over a nonconference Top 25 team at home in 20 years.
Justin Robinson led the Hokies (5-1) with 19 points while Ty Outlaw added 16. Kerry Blackshear Jr. and Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 14 and 13 points respectively for the Hokies who led 37-35 at halftime.
The Hokies, playing for the first time on the road this season, used a 9-0 run midway through the second half that gave them a 50-44 lead. But Jones led the Nittany Lions back to a 56-55 advantage with 10 points over the next five minutes.
Bolton hit his third 3-pointer of the game to give Penn State the lead for good, 61-58 lead with 3:57 to play.
No. 14 Iowa 69, Pitt 68
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Freshman guard Joe Wieskamp had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Nicholas Baer scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and Iowa held off Pittsburgh for its third win over a power program this season.
Jordan Bohannon had 12 points and six steals for the Hawkeyes (6-0), who’ve also taken down Oregon and Connecticut this month.
Pitt (6-1) put itself in position for the upset – only to miss two shots in the final 10.4 seconds that would’ve given the Panthers the win.
Xavier Johnson had 18 points to lead Pitt.
No. 22 Wisconsin 79, N.C. State 75
MADISON, Wis. – Ethan Happ had 19 points and 11 rebounds, D’Mitrik Trice hit a long jumper with 23.6 seconds left and Wisconsin withstood North Carolina State’s in-your-face defense to rally for a win.
Wisconsin’s Brad Davison drew a charging call on Markell Johnson on the perimeter with 16 seconds left. The emotional Davison let out a furious yell and pumped his arms after forcing a critical turnover with the Wolfpack trailing by three.
Davison hit two foul shots with 8 seconds left for a four-point lead for Wisconsin (6-1), and a last-gasp 3-point try for the Wolfpack sailed harmlessly off the backboard at the other end.
Johnson had 21 points to lead N.C. State (6-1).
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