DURHAM, N.C. — Rodney Hood scored 15 of his 27 points in the second half, and No. 16 Duke beat Georgia Tech 79-57 on Tuesday night.
Quinn Cook added 13 points and slumping freshman Jabari Parker had 12 on 4 of 12 shooting for the Blue Devils (12-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 18 points for the short-handed Yellow Jackets (9-6, 0-2), who shot 49 percent yet lost their second in a row.
NO. 2 SYRACUSE 72, VIRGINIA TECH 52
In Blacksburg, Va., C.J. Fair scored 17 points and Syracuse (15-0, 2-0 ACC) used a 16-0 run to pull away in the second half and beat Virginia Tech (8-6, 1-1).
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 77, NOTRE DAME 70
In South Bend, Ind., T.J. Warren scored 17 points and North Carolina State (11-4, 1-1 ACC) outscored Notre Dame 25-9 at the line to beat the Fighting Irish (10-5, 1-1).
Garrick Sherman had 21 points and 18 rebounds for the Notre Dame.
TENNESSEE 68, LOUISIANA STATE 50
In Baton Rouge, La., Jordan McRae scored 19 points and Jarnell Stokes had his 25th career double-double to lead Tennessee (10-4) over Louisiana State (9-4) in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
ALABAMA 68, VANDERBILT 63
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Trevor Releford scored 16 points and Shannon Hale and Retin Obasohan added 15 each as Alabama (7-7) beat Vanderbilt (8-5) in the SEC opener for both teams.
TEXAS EL PASO: Kicked players McKenzie Moore, Justin Crosgile and Jalen Ragland. off the team after they bet on at least one sporting event.
The university’s executive vice president, Richard Adauto, said the three players were not believed to be betting on games they played in or participating in point-shaving – trying to affect the score of a game to influence the outcome for bettors. He added that university officials did not suspect anyone else on the team of gambling.