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Blue Devils finish strong to beat UNC

The Associated PressFebruary 14, 2013 

North Carolina Duke Basketball

Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon (14) is guarded by North Carolina's Marcus Paige (5) and Jackson Simmons during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

GERRY BROOME — the ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • Top 25 fared 1. Indiana (22-3) beat Nebraska 76-47 6. Syracuse (20-4) lost to UConn 66-58 11. Butler (20-5) lost to Charlotte 71-67 17. Oklahoma St. (18-5) beat Texas Tech 91-67 19. New Mexico (20-4) at Fresno State, late 21. Notre Dame (20-5) beat DePaul 82-78 (OT) 22. Memphis (21-3) beat UCF 93-71 23. Oregon (19-5) at Washington, late 24. Colorado St. (19-4) vs. San Diego St., late

— Mason Plumlee had 18 points and 11 rebounds and No. 2 Duke beat North Carolina 73-68 on Wednesday night.

Quinn Cook scored 18 points and Rasheed Sulaimon finished with 13 for the Blue Devils (22-2, 9-2 ACC).

They shot 44 percent — 52 percent after halftime — and used a big run in the second half to erase a slow start and win their sixth straight this season and sixth in eight meetings in college basketball’s fiercest rivalry.

P.J. Hairston scored 20 points and Reggie Bullock had 15 points with four 3-pointers for North Carolina (16-8, 6-5), which led for the first 26 minutes but went on to lose its second in a row.

NO. 3 MIAMI 74, FLORIDA STATE 68

At Tallahassee, Fla., Shane Larkin scored 13 of his 22 points in the final 71/2 minutes to help Miami claim its 12th consecutive victory.

Reggie Johnson added 15 points for Miami (20-3, 11-0 ACC).

Florida State (13-11, 5-6) was led by Okaro White’s 15 points.

BOSTON COLLEGE 66, WAKE FOREST 63

At Boston, Joe Rahon hit two free throws with seven seconds left to cap an 8-0 run that lifted Boston College past Wake Forest.

Patrick Heckmann led the Eagles (11-13, 3-8 ACC) with 14 points.

C.J. Harris scored 23 points for Wake Forest (11-13, 4-8).

SEC

TEXAS A&M 69, MISSISSIPPI 67

At College Station, Texas, Elston Turner had 37 points to lead Texas A&M (15-9, 5-6 SEC).

Mississippi (18-6, 7-4) has dropped four of its past five games.

MISSOURI 78, MISSISSIPPI STATE 36

At Starkville, Miss., Keion Bell scored 24 points, Jabari Brown added 20 for Missouri (18-6, 7-4 SEC).

It took Mississippi State (7-16, 2-9) more than nine minutes to score its first basket.

TENNESSEE 58, VANDERBILT 46

At Nashville, Tenn., Jarnell Stokes scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double to lead Tennessee (13-10, 5-7 SEC).

Vanderbilt (9-14, 3-8), which was swept in the season series for the sixth time in 13 years.

ARKANSAS 83, AUBURN 75

At Auburn, Ala., B.J. Young scored 25 points and Marshawn Powell had 20 to help Arkansas win for the first time on the road.

The Razorbacks (15-9, 6-5 SEC) had lost their first six road games.

The Tigers (9-15, 3-8) have lost eight of nine.

Noel tears ACL

Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel is out for the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Noel tore his ACL on Tuesday night when No. 25 Kentucky lost at Florida. An MRI on Wednesday revealed the injury.

STATE

WINTHROP 70, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 65

At Rock Hill, Andre Smith scored 20 points for Winthrop (11-13, 5-7 Big South).

Saah Nimley had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Buccaneers (13-9, 8-3).

COASTAL CAROLINA 60, PRESBYTERIAN 53

At Clinton, Warren Gillis scored 14 points and Anthony Raffa had 13 to lead Coastal Carolina (12-11, 7-5 Big South).

Khalid Mutakabbir had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Hose (6-20, 3-9).

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