DURHAM, N.C. — Seth Curry scored 21 of his season-high 26 points in the second half, and No. 5 Duke rallied from 20 points down with 11:33 to play and beat North Carolina State 78-73 on Thursday night.
Freshman Austin Rivers added 16 points for the Blue Devils (22-4, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). They used late rallies of 13-0 and 20-3 to erase that huge deficit and keep pace with No. 8 North Carolina and No. 20 Florida State atop the league standings.
Lorenzo Brown scored 19 points to lead the Wolfpack (18-8, 7-4), who trailed 76-73 with the ball in the final seconds with a chance to force overtime.
But Brown missed a contested 3-pointer from the corner with about 7 seconds left, and Curry hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds to go to seal N.C. State’s 14th loss in a row at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
NO. 7 MICHIGAN STATE 69, NO. 15 WISCONSIN 55
In East Lansing, Mich., Draymond Green had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Keith Appling scored 20 points and Michigan State (21-5, 10-3 Big Ten) beat Wisconsin (19-7, 8-5) to move back into a first-place tie with No. 6 Ohio State.
The Spartans have won four in a row – the longest active streak in the conference – and six of their past seven.
NO. 20 FLORIDA STATE 48, VIRGINIA TECH 47
In Tallahassee, Fla., Michael Snaer’s 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left boosted Florida State (18-7, 9-2) over Virginia Tech (14-12, 3-8), keeping the Seminoles in a first-place tie in the ACC.
Ian Miller led Florida State with 11 points.