Clemson upsets No. 3 Duke 79-72 to earn rare ACC double
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson gave its weary fans something to celebrate a night after losing the national championship game in football, getting a career-high 25 points from Aamir Simms in a 79-72 upset of No. 3 Duke on Tuesday night.
It was the highest-profile upset for the Tigers since beating No. 1 North Carolina on their home court in February 2001.
The Blue Devils (15-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) came into the game a 10 1/2-point favorite and leading the nation with an average margin of victory of 21.5 points.
The Tigers (9-7, 3-3) completed one of the rarest ACC doubles. They beat North Carolina in Chapel Hill for the first time in program history Saturday, ending a 59-game losing streak on the Tar Heels‘ home court.
Tevin Mack scored 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting for Clemson. Simms was 10 of 15 from the field and had nine rebounds and five assists.
Stepping into the starting lineup in place of leading scorer Devon Dotson, who sat out with a hip injury, Moss made 6 of 11 3-pointers. It was Moss’ first start for Kansas. The graduate transfer had started every game he played in the previous two seasons at Iowa.
Kristian Doolittle had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma (11-5, 2-2).
NO. 7 SAN DIEGO STATE 64, FRESNO STATE 55
The Aztecs (18-0, 7-0 Mountain West Conference) are one of two unbeaten teams left in Division 1, along with Auburn. They extended their nation-best win streak to 18 games, including a nation-best nine straight wins on the road.
Fresno State (5-12, 1-5) led 21-19 with 5:32 left in the first half, but went scoreless the rest of the half as the Aztecs built a 26-21 lead.
Pitt guard Trey McGowens’ driving layup attempt bounced off the rim, and Brown put it back, appearing to tie the game, but he was whistled for an over-the-back foul against Louisville’s Malik Williams.
Williams hit both free throws, securing the final margin of victory.
Louisville star junior Jordan Nwora was limited by Pitt’s defense, leading the Cardinals with 14 points, which tied for his second-smallest output of the season.
McGowens led an unexpected offensive charge from Pitt. He finished 8 of 22 for 24 points.
NO. 12 WEST VIRGINIA 81, TCU 49
The Mountaineers (14-2, 3-1 Big 12) are unbeaten in eight home games and have held 10 opponents this season to 60 points or less, including five straight.
TCU (12-4, 3-1) remains winless in Morgantown since joining the Big 12 in the 2012-13 season. The Horned Frogs missed a chance to take over sole possession of first place in the league and had their four-game winning streak snapped.
The Flyers (15-2, 4-0 Atlantic 10) got the better of a foul-filled match-up between the league’s top-scoring team and its peskiest defense, remaining unbeaten at home. Toppin had three dunks and a 3-pointer during the second-half run that broke it open.
VCU (12-5, 2-2) had won the last four against Dayton, all by five points or less, but faded after a back-and-forth opening half that included three technical fouls. De’Riante Jenkins and Nah’Shon Hyland led VCU with 16 points apiece.
Jalen Crutcher added 20 points for Dayton, which shot 50% from the field.
The Wildcats (13-3, 4-1 Big East) trailed by 13 early and got a fight few expected from one of the perennial worst teams in the conference. DePaul’s Charlie Moore, who finished with 29 points, made one free throw and intentionally missed the second with about a second left in OT, but the Blue Demons failed to score.
DePaul (12-5, 0-4) trailed by 11 points with 2:14 left in regulation. Jalen Coleman-Lands connected on a corner 3 with 31.5 seconds to go that made it 67-65 and silenced the Villanova crowd, and Moore scored the tying basket after Villanova threw away the ball on the inbound play.
Trailing 54-51 with 1:31 to go, Reuvers made a jumper to bring the Badgers within one. Davison then stole the ball, called a timeout and then sunk the decisive 3.
NO. 21 OHIO STATE 80, NEBRASKA 68
Ohio State played typically good defense and finally knocked down some shots, even without suspended guards Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington Jr. available. That put the pressure on guards D.J. Carton and Walker, both of whom played most of the game. Carton finished with 13 points to go along with five assists.
Kaleb Wesson had 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Thorir Thorbjarnarson paced Nebraska (7-10, 2-4) with 15 points.
NO. 23 TEXAS TECH 77, KANSAS STATE 63
The Red Raiders (11-5, 2-2 Big 12) led by 17 at one point, but the Wildcats rallied and led 46-45 with 13 minutes remaining. Kevin McCuller scored nine of his 10 points in the final 11:30 to help steady Texas Tech. Jahmi’us Ramsey also had 10 points.
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