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Dec. 10, 2011
NEW YORK - Duke feels comfortable playing in Madison Square Garden. It seemed to be that way again Saturday except for when the Blue Devils were at the free throw line.
Freshman Austin Rivers scored 18 points and the seventh-ranked Blue Devils overcame a 27 for 44 performance at the line to beat Washington 86-80.
"Today, one of the stories, quite obviously, is our missed free throws," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "You know, we make free throws it's not that close at the end. Now when you miss free throws like that, the result can be different at the end and you can lose. And so the fact that we did that and still won doesn't negate the really good performance that we had."
The Blue Devils (9-1) seemed in control, taking a 19-point lead three times in the second half. But the Huskies (4-4) shook off a terrible first half and started chipping away at the deficit. They were able get as close as six points late when Duke, which entered the game shooting 67.4 percent from the line, made just 12 of 18 free throws over the final 2:30, including a stretch where the Blue Devils made 1 of 2 on four consecutive trips.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller dominated both offensively and defensively, scoring 12 points and blocking four shots as the Yellow Jackets defeated Savannah State 65-45 Saturday night.
Brandon Reed added 16 points for Georgia Tech (6-4). The win is the Yellow Jackets' second straight, with both victories coming on the road against in-state opponents. Georgia Tech defeated rival Georgia 68-56 on Wednesday.
The Yellow Jackets leveraged their size advantage inside to disrupt Savannah State's offense and force the Tigers (3-7) to become a jump-shooting team. Savannah State shot a season-low 28.3 percent from the floor (17 of 60) and went 4 of 20 from 3-point range.
The Tigers' post combination of Rashad Hassan and Arnold Louis combined to score just 12 points against Georgia Tech's frontcourt of Miller, Kammeon Holsey and Nate Hicks.
Hassan and Louis came in averaging 21 points between them.
Hassan and guard Preston Blackmon led the Tigers with 10 points apiece.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - If John Henson and Reggie Bullock keep shooting like this, fourth-ranked North Carolina is going to be even tougher to defend.
Henson had 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Bullock added 15 points off the bench to spark the decisive spurt, helping the Tar Heels beat Long Beach State 84-78 on Saturday night.
Henson, a 6-foot-10 forward, has long been a defensive specialist who uses his long arms to pull down rebounds in traffic or swat away shots. But he made 12 of 17 shots for the Tar Heels (8-2), many on long jumpers. Meanwhile, Bullock scored eight in a row to help ignite a 13-2 run that gave North Carolina some breathing room against Casper Ware and the 49ers (4-5).
While Harrison Barnes (20 points) and Tyler Zeller (17) had their typically solid scoring outings, any offensive improvement from Henson and Bullock could be a significant boost.
"I think it's just practicing all summer and then hitting the shots in the game is something that builds more confidence than anything," Henson said. "That's what I've been doing, hitting them in practice and building off of it and trying to become a complete player."
TUCSON, Ariz. - After a sluggish start Saturday afternoon at Arizona's McKale Center, Clemson gave it everything it had in to pull within seven points late in the second half. However, the Tigers ran out of gas in the last four minutes as Arizona charged back with eight straight points to seal a 63-47 victory in the 27th Annual Fiesta Bowl Classic.
"It's the same story for us, too many missed shots in the paint," Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell said. "We missed some shots we need to make. We probably took a few quick shots that weren't good shots, and I think that gave Arizona some momentum."
The Tigers fell to 4-4 with the loss, while Arizona improved its record to 7-3. Clemson will host Winthrop next Saturday at Littlejohn Coliseum. That tip is set for 4:30 PM.
Clemson was led by Andre Young's 17 points, 13 of which came in the second half. The senior guard was 6 of 14 from the field, including 4 of 8 in the second half. The Tigers also got nine points from Devin Booker and seven from K.J. McDaniels.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Darryl "Truck" Bryant scored a career-high 27 points and West Virginia's defense put the clamps on Miami for a 77-66 nonconference victory Saturday night.
For the Mountaineers (6-2), it was their second straight victory in about 48 hours after upsetting Kansas State in double overtime Thursday night. Miami (5-4) lost for the fourth time in its last five contests. The Hurricanes started the season 4-0.
Bryant, a senior, was 9 of 12 from the field and 5 of 7 from the 3-point line to eclipse his 24-point performance against the Wildcats.
Bryant was one of three Mountaineers in double figures. Deniz Kilicli totaled 18 points and Kevin Jones, the team's leading scorer, had 12.
Malcolm Grant scored 17 points to lead the Hurricanes and Kenny Kadji and Garrius Adams had 15 points apiece.
NEWARK, N.J. - Seton Hall used a 14-1 run midway through the first half and held Wake Forest at bay in the second to post a 68-54 defeat of the Demon Deacons on Saturday evening at the Prudential Center.
Travis McKie led Wake Forest (6-4) with 17 points and seven rebounds. C.J. Harris joined him in double figures with 12 points. Harris has scored in doubles every game this season.
Tony Chennault scored nine points and had two assists, while Carson Desrosiers finished with eight points.
Ty Walker made his season debut for the Deacons and finished with three rebounds and a block.
Herb Pope, the Big East's leading scorer, turned in a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds to pace the Pirates (8-1).