Wolfpack deal No. 1 Blue Devils first loss

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RALEIGH, N.C. — C.J. Leslie and Richard Howell just weren’t going to let this game get away. It’s why No. 20 North Carolina State celebrated a huge win against No. 1 Duke.

North Carolina State's C.J. Leslie celebrates with the fans after the Wolfpack's win over top-ranked Duke. Leslie had 25 points as the Wolfpack dealt Duke its first loss.   ETHAN HYMAN/THE NEWS & OBSERVER
ETHAN HYMAN/THE NEWS & OBSERVER
North Carolina State's C.J. Leslie celebrates with the fans after the Wolfpack's win over top-ranked Duke. Leslie had 25 points as the Wolfpack dealt Duke its first loss.

Leslie scored 25 points, including six in a row during a key second-half run, to help the Wolfpack beat the Blue Devils 84-76 on Saturday and hand the Blue Devils their first loss.

Howell added 16 points and 18 rebounds in a relentless performance for the Wolfpack (14-2, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) in a matchup of the teams predicted to finish 1-2 in the league.

Seth Curry scored 22 despite missing the final minutes with an ankle injury for Duke (15-1, 2-1).

NO. 3 LOUISVILLE 64,

SOUTH FLORIDA 38

In Louisville, Ky., Peyton Siva scored 17 points and the Cardinals (15-1, 3-0 Big East) held South Florida (9-6, 0-3) to a season-low 27 percent shooting for an easy victory.

NO. 4 ARIZONA 80,

OREGON STATE 70

In Corvallis, Ore., Solomon Hill had 16 points, including five 3-pointers, to help Arizona (15-1, 3-1 Pac-12) bounce back from its first loss of the season with a win over Oregon State (10-6, 0-3).

NO. 5 INDIANA 88,

NO. 8 MINNESOTA 81

In Indianapolis, Victor Oladipo had 20 points and six rebounds and Jordan Hulls knocked down four 3-pointers, helping Indiana (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) hold off a late charge by Minnesota (15-2, 3-1) and end the Gophers’ 11-game winning streak.

NO. 6 KANSAS 60,

TEXAS TECH 46

In Lubbock, Texas, Kevin Young scored 14 points and Kansas (14-1, 2-0 Big 12) beat Texas Tech (8-6, 1-2) for the Jayhawks’ 13th consecutive win.

NO. 7 SYRACUSE 72,

VILLANOVA 61

In Syracuse, N.Y., C.J. Fair had 22 points, Trevor Cooney hit a pair of 3-pointers to punctuate a late surge and Syracuse (16-1, 4-0 Big East) beat Villanova (11-5, 2-1) and snap the Wildcats’ seven-game winning streak.

WISCONSIN 74,

NO. 12 ILLINOIS 51

In Madison, Wis., Jared Berggren scored 15 points and grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds, and Traevon Jackson added a career-best 14 points to lead Wisconsin (12-4, 3-0 Big Ten) over Illinois (14-4, 1-3).

NO. 14 BUTLER 79,

DAYTON 73

In Dayton, Ohio, Roosevelt Jones scored 16 points, and Butler (14-2, 2-0 Atlantic 10) extended its best start in four years, beating Dayton (10-6, 0-2) for its 11th consecutive victory despite losing top scorer Rotnei Clarke to injury.

NO. 16 SAN DIEGO STATE 79,

COLORADO STATE 72 (OT)

In San Diego, Chase Tapley scored 12 of his 19 points in overtime, including two 3-pointers and a layup off a steal, and San Diego State (14-2, 2-0 Mountain West) held off Colorado State (13-3, 0-1).

CONNECTICUT 65,

NO. 17 NOTRE DAME 58

In South Bend, Shabazz Napier scored 19 points, Tyler Olander scored 12 of his career-high 16 points in the second half and Connecticut (12-3, 2-1 Big East) ended the game with a 7-0 run to beat Notre Dame (14-2, 2-1), ending a 12-game winning streak by the Fighting Irish.

NO. 18 KANSAS STATE 65,

WEST VIRGINIA 64

In Morgantown, W.Va, Shane Southwell made two free throws with 21 seconds left for Kansas State (13-2, 2-0 Big 12), then blocked Gary Browne’s layup attempt with 1 second left to preserve a victory over West Virginia (8-7, 1-2).

NO. 19 GEORGETOWN 67,

ST. JOHN’S 51

In New York, Otto Porter had 19 points and a season-high 14 rebounds and Georgetown (11-3, 1-2 Big East) broke out of its scoring funk with a victory over St. John’s (9-7, 1-3).

NO. 21 CINCINNATI 68,

RUTGERS 58

In Piscataway, N.J., Cashmere Wright scored 23 points to lead Cincinnati (14-3, 2-2 Big East) past Rutgers (11-4, 2-2).

NO. 25 NEW MEXICO 72,

FRESNO STATE 45

In Albuquerque, N.M., Alex Kirk had 19 points and 14 rebounds as New Mexico (15-2, 2-0 Mountain West) routed Fresno State (6-9, 0-2).


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