Barrett scores 28, No. 4 Duke outlasts Wake Forest 71-70

              Duke's RJ Barrett (5) drives to the basket against Wake Forest's Ikenna Smart (35) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Duke won 71-70. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — RJ Barrett scored 28 points and No. 4 Duke held on to beat Wake Forest 71-70 on Tuesday night after Chaundee Brown’s jumper rimmed out at the buzzer.

Tre Jones added 13 points for a sluggish Duke team missing star freshman Zion Williamson for a fourth straight game with a sprained right knee. The Blue Devils (26-4, 14-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) overcame 41 percent shooting and a 16-for-26 showing from the free-throw line to win their 10th straight in the in-state series.

The Blue Devils trailed by 10 with 16 minutes remaining and never led by more than three until the final three minutes.

Brown had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Wake Forest (11-18, 4-13), which closed within 69-68 with 43.9 seconds left. Duke bled the shot clock before the left-handed Barrett hit a right-handed jumper in the lane to put the Blue Devils up by three with 17.3 seconds remaining.

Brandon Childress hit a layup with 7.4 seconds left, and Wake Forest had one last chance after Duke turned it over while trying to inbound the ball. Childress missed a 3-pointer with about two seconds left and the rebound went to Brown, whose short jumper spun around the back of the iron before falling out at the horn.


BOSTON (AP) — Luke Maye had 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds to lead North Carolina over Boston College and preserve the Tar Heels‘ hopes for a regular-season conference title.

Cameron Johnson had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Carolina (25-5, 15-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), which won its sixth straight game and went unbeaten on the road in the league for the first time since 2008.

Ky Bowman had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Nik Popovic scored 20 for Boston College, which has not beaten the Tar Heels in 12 tries since 2010. The Eagles (14-15, 5-12) have lost four of five overall, and eight of their last 11.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Admiral Schofield scored 18 points in his final home game, and Tennessee notched its 26th straight home victory.

Tennessee (27-3, 15-2 Southeastern Conference) moved into sole possession of first place in the SEC, a half-game ahead of No. 10 LSU, which plays at Florida on Wednesday.

The regular season ends Saturday when Tennessee visits Auburn and LSU hosts Vanderbilt. If the teams finish in a tie, LSU would get the No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament next week because it beat Tennessee in their only meeting.

Grant Williams had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Tennessee. Jordan Bowden added 12 points.

Tyson Carter scored 14 points and Reggie Perry and Robert Woodard II each added 10 points for Mississippi State (21-9, 9-8), which shot just 33.3 percent (19 of 57).


OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Keldon Johnson scored 22 points and Tyler Herro added 20 to send Kentucky past Mississippi.

PJ Washington had 13 points — all in the second half — to help the Wildcats (25-5, 14-3 Southeastern Conference) ward off a tough challenge from the Rebels.

Ole Miss (19-11, 9-8) has lost three straight and four of five. The Rebels trimmed their deficit to 78-76 with six seconds left, but Immanuel Quickly made two free throws to put the game out of reach.

Terence Davis led the Rebels with 25 points on his Senior Night. Breein Tyree added 21.


EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Kenny Goins scored 21 of his career-high 24 points in the first half and Matt McQuaid had a career-best 22, leading Michigan State past Nebraska.

Aaron Henry scored a season-high 15 points, and Cassius Winston matched his season low with eight points.

The Spartans (24-6, 15-4 Big Ten) close the regular season against No. 7 Michigan (26-4, 15-4) at home Saturday night.

The Cornhuskers (15-15, 5-14) have lost four in a row and 11 of 13 in what might be Tim Miles ‘ final season as their coach.

Nebraska’s James Palmer matched his season high with 30 points. Glynn Watson added 25 and Isaiah Roby had 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Amir Coffey matched his career with 32 points, making two free throws with 2.5 seconds left to seal Minnesota’s victory over Purdue.

The win gives the Gophers a boost for an NCAA Tournament berth and spoiled the Boilermakers’ bid for an outright Big Ten title.

Carsen Edwards scored 22 points and Ryan Cline added 19 for Purdue (22-8, 15-4).

The Boilermakers, who had their five-game winning streak broken and lost for only the second time in their last 15 games, fell into a three-way tie for first place in the conference with Michigan and Michigan State. The Wolverines and Spartans play each other this weekend, so the best the Boilermakers can do is tie for the regular-season title.

Jordan Murphy had all 13 of his points in the first half to go with 14 rebounds, with fellow seniors Dupree McBrayer (10 points, four rebounds, four assists) and Matz Stockman (nine points, six rebounds, seven blocks) also playing key roles for the Gophers (19-11, 9-10).


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Kristian Doolittle had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Oklahoma ended Kansas’ run of Big 12 regular-season titles at 14 years.

The last time Kansas didn’t at least tie for the conference crown, Oklahoma State won it outright in 2003-04. Now, Kansas State and Texas Tech remain in contention for the championship.

Brady Manek scored 21 points and Rashard Odomes added 12 for Oklahoma (19-11, 7-10 Big 12).

Dedric Lawson had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Kansas (22-8, 11-6). David McCormack added 18 points for the Jayhawks.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — M.J. Walker scored nine of his 11 points after halftime, including a critical 3-pointer in overtime, and Florida State rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit.

Mfiondu Kabengele scored 13 points in the second half and overtime and Florida State improved to 15-1 at home this season and tied the program record with 12 Atlantic Coast Conference wins.

With the win, Florida State (24-6, 12-5) clinched the No. 4 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament and a double bye. Virginia Tech (22-7, 11-6) is locked into the No. 5 seed.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 19 points to pace Virginia Tech.


AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Jazz Johnson scored a career-high 27 points and hit seven of his team’s 13 shots from 3-point range in leading Nevada.

Cody Martin added 18 points and twin brother Caleb contributed 16 as the Wolf Pack (27-3, 14-3 Mountain West Conference) beat Air Force for a seventh straight time.

Jordan Caroline finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Air Force (13-16, 8-9). It was his 17th double-double of the season.

Utah State clinched at least a share of the Mountain West title by beating the Rams in overtime Tuesday. Nevada can join the Aggies atop the league standings by defeating San Diego State on Saturday.

Air Force dropped to 4-85 against ranked opponents.

Ryan Swan led Air Force with 21 points, and Lavelle Scottie added 13. Scottie became the 26th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points.

NO. 19 BUFFALO 82, OHIO 79

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Jeremy Harris scored 20 points as Buffalo locked up the Mid-American Conference regular-season title and a top seed in the conference tournament.

Nick Perkins and CJ Massinburg each chipped in 17 points as the senior-laden Bulls (27-3 overall, 15-2 MAC) won the conference title for the second straight year and tied the school record for wins set last year when the team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Bobcats (13-16, 5-12) got 20 points from Doug Taylor and Teyvion Kirk added 17.


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