WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tyler Cavanaugh scored a career-high 20 points and Wake Forest pulled away to upset No. 4 Duke 82-72 on Wednesday night.
Travis McKie added 19 points in his final scheduled home game for the Demon Deacons (16-14, 6-11 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Coming off a home loss to sub-.500 Boston College, they shot 46 percent from the field and overcame their largest deficit of the game by scoring 17 consecutive points and holding Duke without a field goal for 5 critical minutes down the stretch.
Codi Miller-McIntyre had 13 points to help Wake Forest claim its first win over Duke since 2009 and its biggest win since an upset of No. 2 Miami last February.
Jabari Parker scored 19 points and Rodney Hood added 16 for the Blue Devils (23-7, 12-5).
Playing their first game in more than a week, they missed six consecutive shots down the stretch and were just 6 of 27 from 3-point range while falling to 4-5 in ACC road games.
GEORGIA 66, MISSISSIPPI STATE 45
In Athens, Ga., Kenny Gaines scored 14 points and Georgia moved closer to locking up a spot in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, routing Mississippi State.
Georgia (17-12, 11-6) remained third in the league and still hopes to make a run at the NCAA Tournament, though a middling RPI ranking likely means it would have to win the regular-season
finale at Louisiana State and at least beat either No. 1 Florida or No. 25 Kentucky in the SEC Tournament.
The top four SEC teams receive a bye through the first two rounds of the tourney, which will be held next week in Atlanta.
Last-place Mississippi State (13-17, 3-14) is closing out another dismal year under second-year coach Rick Ray, who went 10-22 in his debut season. His team shot just 34 percent (17 of 50) and had no one in double figures.
ARKANSAS 110, MISSISSIPPI 80
In Fayetteville, Ark., Anthlon Bell scored a career-high 23 points as Arkansas’ surge toward an NCAA Tournament berth continued with a resounding win over Mississippi.
The Razorbacks (21-9, 10-7 SEC) have now won six consecutive games – their longest streak in regular-season conference play since the 1997-98 season – and eight of nine overall.
Bell and Mardracus Wade, who finished with a season-high 18 points, combined to hit 12 of Arkansas’ 17 3-pointers – matching the school’s mark for most made in an SEC game.
Marshall Henderson had 15 points to lead Mississippi (17-13, 8-9), which has lost six of seven.
TENNESSEE 82, AUBURN 54
In Auburn, Ala., Jarnell Stokes had 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to help Tennessee (19-11, 10-7 SEC) rout Auburn (13-15, 5-12).
The Volunteers were up 24 points at halftime and never gave the Tigers a glimmer of hope.
Stokes was 8 of 10 shooting for Tennessee, which is trying to strengthen its NCAA Tournament hopes.
Freshman Tahj Shamsid-Deen had 17 points and made five 3-pointers for Auburn, which has dropped six of its past eight games.
MISSOURI 57, TEXAS A&M 56
In Columbia, Mo., Earnest Ross converted two free throws with 7.3 seconds remaining to give Missouri (21-9, 9-8 SEC) its first lead of the night and help the Tigers survive a scare from Texas A&M (17-13, 8-9).
Ross only scored five points before hitting his game-winning shots.
With 2.2 ticks left,
Jamal Jones led the Aggies with 16 points, but committed a turnover with 17.4 seconds remaining and missed the front-end of a 1-and-1 with 8.1 seconds left.