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March 2, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. – Nolan Smith scored 21 points and Kyle Singler had 18 in their final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, leading No. 4 Duke past Clemson 70-59 on Wednesday night.
Seth Curry also had 18 points for the Blue Devils (27-3, 13-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
They overcame a season-high 20 turnovers and never trailed in the second half, capping a 17-0 season at Cameron—their second straight undefeated season at home—by shooting 42 percent against the league leader in scoring defense.
Demontez Stitt scored 14 points to lead the Tigers (19-10, 8-7). They kept it within single digits for most of the game and were in it down the stretch despite being held to two field goals in a late 11-minute span.
The latter part of that drought coincided with the span when the Blue Devils gave themselves just enough separation. They outscored Clemson 13-4 while pushing the lead into double figures for just the second time. Curry capped that run with a free throw with 5:02 left that put Duke up 63-52.
The Tigers cut it to 65-59 on Tanner Smith’s jumper with 2 minutes left, but didn’t score the rest of the way. Nolan Smith answered by scoring on a baseline drive and then splitting through the Clemson defense on his way to a tomahawk dunk with 37.6 seconds left that put Duke up by double digits to stay.
CORAL GABLES, FLA. (AP) - Freshman Rion Brown scored 19 points to lead Miami to a 80-66 victory over Maryland on Wednesday night.
Brown and Malcolm Grant hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the second half as the Hurricanes regained a double-digit lead they enjoyed for most of the first half and the opening minutes of the second. Brown was 6 of 7 from 3-point range.
Grant, who finished with 16 points, made a 3-pointer to put Miami (18-12, 6-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) up 69-56 with 6:06 remaining.
The Hurricanes later scored six unanswered points during a 1:22 span to seal it. Durand Scott's basket gave Miami a 75-58 lead with 4:06 to play.
Scott scored 15 points and Reggie Johnson finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds for Miami.
The Terrapins (18-12, 7-8) rallied from a 47-30 deficit early in the second half with a 15-3 spurt. Adrian Bowie and Terrell Stoglin each hit 3s during the run.
Stoglin led Maryland with 20 points.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - It will be a while before Florida State fans forget Harrison Barnes.
The 18-year-old North Carolina freshman coolly hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 3 seconds to play that gave the 13th-ranked Tar Heels a 72-70 victory and silenced a boisterous Seminole crowd.
John Henson had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Barnes added 18 points for the Tar Heels (23-6, 13-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their sixth straight game overall and their fifth in a row on Florida State's court.
North Carolina took the lead midway through the second half and was up 67-60 on Kendall Marshall's 3-pointer with 3:59 left. Florida State rallied to take a 70-69 lead with 18 seconds left on two free throws by Derwin Kitchen, who led the Seminoles (20-9, 10-5) with 13 points.
Leslie McDonald added 10 points for North Carolina, including two 3-pointers 43 seconds apart that gave the Tar Heels a 49-44 lead with 14:18 left.
Snaer added 11 points and Bernard James had 10 for the Seminoles, who were without top scorer Chris Singleton (broken right foot) for the fourth straight game.