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Dec. 11, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. - Nolan Smith came off a screen and found nobody there to stop him, so he swooped in from the wing and soared for a highlight-reel dunk.
He's the one handling the ball for Duke these days, but that doesn't mean he can't create some shots for himself, too.
Smith scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half and the top-ranked Blue Devils routed Saint Louis 84-47 Saturday to claim their 20th straight win.
Smith is "getting more comfortable running the point guard position, and the coaches have been telling me, once I give it up, they want me to stay in scoring mindset," he said. "Just attacking, looking to make plays - kind of like (Jon Scheyer) did last year. That's what they're telling me to do."
Kyle Singler added 21 points for Duke (10-0), which shot 53 percent, turned 22 turnovers into 31 points and took command with an overwhelming early run.
RALEIGH, N.C. - This was definitely the easiest question Ryan Harrow faced during exam week.
Asked which of the 13 shots he took after coming off the bench in NC State's 79-60 win over USC Upstate was his favorite, the freshman point guard from Atlanta glanced to the side for a second and gave the obvious answer.
"I really liked all the ones that went in," Harrow said.
So there was much for Harrow to enjoy about the annual Heritage Game at Reynolds Coliseum, after scoring a career high 20 points, making 10 of his 13 shots and handing out five assists without a turnover. A crowd of 5,178 spectators watched in the arena the men called home for 50 years until moving to the RBC Center in 1999.
"I like this place," Harrow said.
He entered the game four minutes after tipoff when starter Javi Gonzalez left for an extended period of time after suffering an abdominal strain while driving to the basket.
ATLANTA (AP) - Iman Shumpert scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Daniel Miller had a career-best 14 points as Georgia Tech defeated Savannah State 69-59 on Saturday to snap a three-game losing streak.
The Yellow Jackets (5-4) placed four players in double figures. Brian Oliver had 17 points and Mfon Udofia scored 12 for Georgia Tech, which led by as many as 21 points in the first half.
Jovanni Shuler scored a game-high 26 points, but it wasn't enough to save Savannah State (1-10) from its 10th consecutive loss. Joshua Montgomery had 12 points and nine rebound, while Preston Blackmon had six assists to go with 10 points.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Freshman Harrison Barnes had 19 points and 10 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Long Beach State 96-91 on Saturday night.
Larry Drew II added 11 of his 13 points after halftime for the Tar Heels (7-3), who blew most of a 17-point second-half lead before holding on for their third straight win. Leslie McDonald added a career-high 17 points and hit five 3-pointers, with most of that coming in the first half.
T.J. Robinson scored a career-high 31 points to lead the 49ers (5-6), who cut the lead to a single bucket three separate times but never could push ahead.
North Carolina can point to one of its best offensive performances of the season as the reason for this win. The Tar Heels shot 56 percent, went 11 for 23 from 3-point range and had a season-low 11 turnovers.