Michigan topples No. 4 Duke, 81-73

The Baltimore Sun

Suddenly, Michigan isn't a rebuilding team.

DeShawn Sims scored a career-high 28 points, leading the Wolverines to an 81-73 victory over No. 4 Duke yesterday in Ann Arbor.

The Wolverines (6-2) beat then-No. 4 UCLA last month before losing, 71-56, to the Blue Devils in the 2K Sports Classic final.

Duke (8-1) made just three of 27 three-point attempts yesterday before connecting on four in a row to trim its deficit to four points in the final minute. Michigan made enough free throws to seal the upset, and hundreds of fans from the announced sellout crowd rushed the court.

Manny Harris scored 17 points for the Wolverines and reserve freshman Zack Novak had a season-high 14, connecting on consecutive three-pointers to give them the lead for good with 7 1/2 minutes left. Sims, a junior forward, matched a career high with 12 rebounds.

"I still think it's a rebuilding year," Sims insisted. "Even though we've had two big wins, we've also lost two games. It definitely says we're executing."

Jon Scheyer scored 16 points for the Blue Devils, while Kyle Singler, who was 1-for-9 on threes, had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Duke had won 31 straight games against unranked nonconference opponents dating to a loss against Georgetown on Jan. 21, 2006.

Michigan was coming off a 75-70 loss at Maryland on Wednesday.

No. 22 Davidson 72, North Carolina State 67: : Stephen Curry matched his career high with 44 points, including a 30-footer with just more than a minute left and two clinching free throws with 4.1 seconds to go, to lift the Wildcats (6-1) over the Wolfpack (4-1) in Charlotte, N.C.

After being held scoreless for the first time in his career 11 days ago thanks to a bizarre double-team strategy by Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos, Curry scored Davidson's final 10 points.

Ohio State 67, No. 7 Notre Dame 62: : Evan Turner scored a career-high 28 points and the Buckeyes (5-0) recorded their second straight upset of a ranked opponent with a win over the Fighting Irish (6-2) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State was coming off a 73-68 upset win at No. 21 Miami.

Luke Harangody, who had missed the previous two games with pneumonia, led Notre Dame with 25 points and 16 rebounds.

No. 3 Pittsburgh 80, Vermont 51: : Sam Young scored 28 points and the Panthers (9-0) held the visiting Catamounts (4-3) scoreless for more than four minutes at the start.

No. 5 Gonzaga 70, Indiana 54: : Josh Heytvelt scored 17 points as the Bulldogs (6-0) won the first basketball game played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, beating the Hoosiers (4-4).

No. 9 Purdue 90, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 42: : JaJuan Johnson scored a career-high 20 points as the Boilermakers (6-2) rolled over the visiting Golden Lions (0-7).

No. 11 Louisville 83, Indiana State 43: : Earl Clark had 16 points and 10 rebounds as the host Cardinals (3-1) beat the Sycamores (0-6).

No. 15 Wake Forest 81, Bucknell 52: : Jeff Teague scored 26 points to lead the host Demon Deacons (8-0) over the Bison (1-6).

No. 20 Georgetown 73, American 49: : Chris Wright was 8-for-10 from the field and scored a career-high 22 points for the host Hoyas (5-1), who routed the Eagles (4-4). DaJuan Summers (McDonogh) added 14 points for Georgetown.

No. 21 Miami 73, Kentucky 67: : Jack McClinton (Calvert Hall) scored 23 points as the visiting Hurricanes (5-2) defeated the Wildcats (5-3).

No. 25 Marquette 61, Wisconsin 58: : Jerel McNeal scored 26 points, leading the host Golden Eagles (7-1) past the Badgers (6-2).


UC Riverside 50, No. 16 Vanderbilt 47: : Kemie Nkele had 17 points and eight rebounds and the host Highlanders (3-4) held the Commodores (8-2) scoreless for the final 2:31 to earn an upset.

Arkansas-Little Rock 65, No. 19 Oklahoma State 51: : Chastity Reed scored 18 points to lead the host Trojans (6-1) past the Cowgirls (3-2).

No. 3 California 75, Princeton 53: : Ashley Walker scored 21 points and the host Golden Bears (7-0) beat the Tigers (3-3) in the Collier's International Classic.

No. 10 Baylor 75, St. John's 65: : Rachel Allison scored 18 points to lift the host Bears (7-1) over the Red Storm (7-1).

No. 18 Ohio State 69, Nebraska 65: : Jantel Lavender's three-point play with 21.6 seconds remaining put the visiting Buckeyes (7-2) ahead for good as they rallied to beat the Cornhuskers (6-2).

No. 20 Virginia 80, East Carolina 67: : Monica Wright had 23 points and 13 rebounds to lift the Cavaliers (7-2) over the visiting Pirates (4-3).

No. 22 Texas Christian 73, Saint Louis 59: : Helena Svettisdottir had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the Frogs (7-2) beat the Billikens (2-5) in the Collier's International Classic in Berkeley, Calif.

No. 25 Arizona State 75, UC Irvine 23: : Sybil Dosty had 13 points and 10 rebounds and the host Sun Devils (5-2) routed the Anteaters (3-3).

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