Ryan Kelly shines in return as Duke gets payback on Miami

Duke's Ryan Kelly shoots over Miami's Julian Gamble. Kelly, who had been out since January with an injured foot, returned to score 36 points in a victory Saturday.



DURHAM, N.C. — Ryan Kelly scored a career-high 36 points in his return from a foot injury that had sidelined him since January, helping third-ranked Duke beat fifth-ranked Miami 79-76 on Saturday night.

Kelly knocked down 10 of 14 shots – including 7 of 9 3-pointers – for the Blue Devils (25-4, 12-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who avenged a blowout road loss in January by grinding out a tough win in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Quinn Cook added 15 points as Duke built a 10-point lead with about 2 minutes left then held off a frantic rally by Miami.

Shane Larkin scored 25 points to lead the Hurricanes (23-5, 14-2), who missed two 3s in the final seconds to tie it. Larkin came up short on the first over Kelly. Durand Scott ran down the rebound and fired a pass to the left corner to Rion Brown, whose final 3 clanged off the rim as the horn sounded.



In Blacksburg, Va., Erick Green scored 29 points in his final home game, lifting Virginia Tech past Clemson (13-15, 5-11) .

Green, who came into the game as the nation’s leading scorer at 24.9 points per game, hit 8 of 12 from the floor, including 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. He also hit 8 of 10 from the free-throw line.

Virginia Tech (13-16, 4-12) had lost 10 of its past 11 games.

C.J. Barksdale finished with 14 points for the Hokies, and Robert Brown added 13. Virginia Tech shot 54.8 percent (23 of 42) from the floor.

Devin Booker paced the Tigers with 17 points.



In Winston-Salem, N.C., Dez Wells scored 23 points and Maryland pulled away to beat Wake Forest and spoil Chris Paul Day.

The Terrapins (20-9, 8-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) overcame 19 turnovers and foul trouble to hold the Demon Deacons (12-16, 5-11) without a field goal for the final 4½ minutes.