Cardinals break through against Wildcats

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Russ Smith scored 21 points and Chane Behanan had 20 as No. 4 Louisville ended a four-game losing streak against rival Kentucky with an up-and-down 80-77 victory on Saturday.

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Louisville's Russ Smith (left) and Peyton Siva (right) converge on Kentucky's Archie Goodwin in the second half. The two Cardinals combined for 40 points in the victory.  TIMOTHY D. EASLEY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
TIMOTHY D. EASLEY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Louisville's Russ Smith (left) and Peyton Siva (right) converge on Kentucky's Archie Goodwin in the second half. The two Cardinals combined for 40 points in the victory.

Peyton Siva added 19 points for the Cardinals (12-1). Archie Goodwin scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half for Kentucky (8-4).

NO. 1 DUKE 90, SANTA CLARA 77

In Durham, N.C., Seth Curry scored 12 of his season-high 31 points during a late run that helped Duke (12-0) pull away from pesky Santa Clara (11-3).

Mason Plumlee added 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils (12-0).

NO. 2 MICHIGAN 88, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 73

In Ann Arbor, Mich., Trey Burke had 22 points and 10 assists as Michigan (13-0) finished its nonconference schedule with a victory over Central Michigan (7-6).

NO. 6 KANSAS 89, AMERICAN 57

In Lawrence, Kan., Travis Releford scored 19 points and Kansas (11-1) hit 13 of its first 18 3-point attempts in routing American (4-9). Kansas finished 15 for 24 on 3-pointers.

NO. 9 SYRACUSE 57, ALCORN STATE 36

In Syracuse, N.Y., C.J. Fair scored 13 points and Trevor Cooney added 12 as Syracuse
(11-1) beat Alcorn State (2-13) in the final game of the Gotham Classic.

NO. 10 OHIO STATE 87, CHICAGO STATE 44

In Columbus, Ohio, Deshaun Thomas had 17 points and Ohio State (10-2) regained its shooting touch in a rout of Chicago State
(3-12).

NO. 12 ILLINOIS 81, AUBURN 79

In Chicago, Tracy Abrams scored a
career-high 29 points and Illinois (13-1) held off Auburn (5-7).

NO. 14 FLORIDA 78, AIR FORCE 61

In Sunrise, Fla., Kenny Boynton snapped a shooting slump with three 3-pointers in the second half, and Florida (9-2) beat Air Force (8-3) in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

Florida’s Erik Murphy, who had 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists, was chosen the game’s MVP.

NO. 16 CREIGHTON 87, EVANSVILLE 70

In Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott scored 29 points and Creighton (12-1) pulled away from Evansville (7-6).

NO. 18 BUTLER 68, VANDERBILT 49

In Nashville, Tenn., Rotnei Clarke hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 22 points and Butler (10-2) routed Vanderbilt (5-6) for its seventh consecutive victory.

NORTH CAROLINA 79, NO. 20 UNLV 73

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Dexter Strickland scored a season-high 16 points and P.J. Hairston added 15 in his first career start to help North Carolina (10-3) beat UNLV (11-2).

NO. 23 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 84,

WESTERN MICHIGAN 68

In Raleigh, N.C., C.J. Leslie scored 19 points and Richard Howell added 18 to lead North Carolina State (10-2) past Western Michigan (8-5).

NO. 25 KANSAS STATE 52,

MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY 44

In Manhattan, Kan., Rodney McGruder had 17 points as Kansas State (10-2) struggled past Missouri-Kansas City (4-9).

GEORGIA TECH 73, FORDHAM 48

In Atlanta, Daniel Miller and Robert Carter Jr. scored 14 points each and Georgia Tech (9-2) scored 17 consecutive points in the second half in beating Fordham (3-10).

The victory was the fifth in a row for the Yellow Jackets.

Miller, who just missed a double-double, had nine rebounds and Mfon Udofia added seven assists.

GEORGIA 82, FLORIDA A&M 73

In Athens, Ga., Nemanja Djurisic scored a career-high 21 points and Georgia (5-7) won its third in a row, beating Florida A&M (4-8).

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 11 points and Brandon Morris 10 for the Bulldogs.

SOUTH CAROLINA 76, PRESBYTERIAN 60

In Columbia, Brian Richardson scored 16 points and Damien Leonard added 15 to lead South Carolina (9-3) over Presbyterian (2-11).

South Carolina guard LaShay Page missed his second consecutive game because of an academic situation and forward Michael Carrera missed the game with a hip injury. Guard Bruce Ellington is with the football team, preparing for the Outback Bowl on Tuesday.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN 68, GEORGIA STATE 64 (OT)

In Statesboro, Ga., Eric Ferguson scored 24 points as Georgia Southern (6-7) rallied to beat Georgia State (5-8).


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