'Noles bounce Clemson

The only ones rushing Littlejohn Coliseum's court after this one were the joyous Florida State Seminoles.

Three nights after No. 10 Clemson throttled Duke, 74-47, and touched off a wild, orange-clad celebration, the Tigers let a 19-point second-half lead slip away in the Seminoles' 65-61 victory last night.


Toney Douglas had 23 points, including 12 in Florida State's 23-4 run the final nine minutes. When it ended, the Tigers (19-3, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) and a sellout crowd walked away in disbelief.

"We just didn't keep our foot on the gas pedal," Clemson senior K.C. Rivers said. "Wednesday night, we kept our foot on the gas pedal."


Douglas, who came in as the ACC's third-leading scorer, looked way off his game, held to six points in the first half and knocked around by Clemson's swarming defense. However, he kept telling his teammates they were too good to miss shots as often as they were - the Seminoles shot 30 percent in the first half - when Clemson built its lead.

"We got to score on offense eventually. We've got to score and stop, score and stop," Douglas said. "That was our game plan."

It couldn't have worked any better as Florida State (18-5, 5-3) won at Clemson for the first time since 2001 after seven straight losses.

The Tigers were still flying high after the Duke win and had pushed their way to a 44-25 lead with 15 minutes to go. And they led 57-42 on Trevor Booker's three-pointer with nine minutes left, when Douglas and the Seminoles got going.

Solomon Alabi had 17 points, including a turnaround jumper with 2:03 left that put the Seminoles ahead for good.

No. 4 Duke 78, Miami 75, OT: : Gerald Henderson scored the go-ahead basket with 3:16 left in overtime, and the host Blue Devils (20-3, 7-2 ACC) rallied from 16 points down in the second half to top the Hurricanes (15-8, 4-6).

Henderson had 18 of his 19 points after halftime for Duke, which struggled the entire way in bouncing back from a blowout loss at Clemson.

Jon Scheyer led Duke with 22 points, while Kyle Singler shook off a terrible shooting day to come up with a key overtime basket that helped the Blue Devils stay in front late.


Duke trailed by 13 at halftime and 38-22 early in the second half before rallying.

"I think we've put Clemson to rest," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

Jack McClinton (Calvert Hall) scored 34 to lead Miami, including a long three-pointer to force overtime with 14.8 seconds left. McClinton scored Miami's last 11 points in regulation and all seven in overtime.

No. 3 North Carolina 76, Virginia 61: : Wayne Ellington scored 20 points, and the Tar Heels (21-2, 7-2 ACC) shook off a sluggish start against the Cavaliers (7-12, 1-7) for their seventh straight win.

Jeff Jones scored 19 points to lead the Cavaliers. They lost their seventh straight game and slipped into a tie for last in the ACC with Georgia Tech.

National men


Duquesne 72, No. 9 Xavier 68: : Aaron Jackson made five foul shots in the final minute and had 21 points, and the host Dukes (15-7, 6-3 Atlantic 10) broke the Musketeers' 11-game winning streak despite going the final 7:44 without a basket.

Bill Clark scored 18 points and hit a series of big shots as Duquesne opened a 15-point lead at halftime by shooting 81 percent in the first half.

The upset was Duquesne's first against a top-10 team since a 91-84 win over then-No. 10 Florida State on Dec. 15, 1992, and ended the Dukes' 24-game losing streak against ranked teams since they defeated then-No. 16 Xavier on Jan. 25, 1997.

B.J. Raymond scored 18, but Xavier (20-3, 8-1) led only once, at 2-0, in losing for the first time in seven road games. It was the second time in three seasons the Musketeers were stunned at Duquesne.

No. 1 Connecticut 69, Michigan 61: : Hasheem Thabeet had 17 points and 12 rebounds to help the host Huskies (22-1) win their 11th straight.

Stu Douglas (20 points) hit six three-pointers to lead Michigan (15-9).


No. 2 Oklahoma 77, Colorado 72: : Blake Griffin had 26 points and 12 rebounds for his 20th double double, and Tony Crocker added 24 points with a career-high seven three-pointers to lead the host Sooners (23-1, 9-0 Big 12) past the Buffaloes (9-13, 1-7).

Colorado rallied within 73-70 on Cory Higgins' jumper with 12.2 seconds left, but Oklahoma sealed it from the foul line for its 12th straight win.

No. 6 Pittsburgh 92, DePaul 69: : DeJuan Blair scored a career-high 32 points with 14 rebounds, Levance Fields added a career-high 16 assists and the visiting Panthers (21-2, 8-2 Big East) won in a rout over the Blue Demons (8-16, 0-11).

No. 11 Butler 69, Wright State 51: : Zach Hahn scored a career-high 17 and the visiting Bulldogs (21-2, 12-1 Horizon) beat the Raiders (14-10, 8-5) to end a seven-game losing streak at the Nutter Center.

No. 13 Michigan State 75, Indiana 47: : Chris Allen scored 16 points and Draymond Green had season highs with 15 points and 12 rebounds, helping the host Spartans (19-4, 9-2 Big Ten) rout the Hoosiers (6-16, 1-9).

No. 14 Memphis 68, No. 18 Gonzaga 50: : Tyreke Evans scored 22 and the Tigers (20-3) rolled over the Bulldogs (17-5) in resounding fashion in Spokane, Wash., jumping ahead 12-2 on the way to leading 60-34 en route to their 14th straight win.


No. 15 UCLA 89, Notre Dame 63: : Alfred Aboya scored 19 to help the host Bruins (19-4) send the Fighting Irish (12-10) to their seventh consecutive loss for the first time since 1992-93.

Nebraska 58, No. 16 Texas 55: : Ade Dagunduro made a rare three-pointer with 50 seconds left and finished with 17 points to help the host Cornhuskers (15-7, 5-4 Big 12) overcome a 12-point second-half deficit against the Longhorns (15-7, 4-4), who have lost three in a row.

No. 17 Villanova 102, No. 20 Syracuse 85:: Dante Cunningham matched a career high with 31 points and the host Wildcats (19-4, 7-3 Big East) blew by the Orange (18-6, 6-5) for their fifth straight win.

Syracuse lost for the fifth time in six games.

Ohio State 64, No. 19 Minnesota 58: : Evan Turner made seven free throws in the final 64 seconds, leading the host Buckeyes (17-5, 7-4 Big Ten) past the Golden Gophers (18-5, 6-5) for their fifth win this season over a ranked opponent.

Two of the wins have come this week, with Ohio State beating No. 12 Purdue on Tuesday.


No. 21 Kansas 78, Oklahoma State 67: : Cole Aldrich, who wore a face mask to protect his broken nose, had 12 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to help the Jayhawks (19-4, 8-0 Big 12) beat the Cowboys (14-8, 3-5) to stretch the nation's best home winning streak to 37.

No. 24 Arizona State 49, Oregon State 38: : Jeff Pendergraph scored 15, all in the second half, and the visiting Sun Devils (17-5, 6-4 Pacific-10) beat the Beavers (10-11, 4-6) to pick up their fourth consecutive road win, their longest streak since winning five straight in 1980-81.

No. 25 Utah State 60, Louisiana Tech. 52: : Gary Wilkinson scored 16 and the host Aggies (23-1, 11-0 Western Athletic) held off the Bulldogs (9-15, 3-8) after letting a 17-point lead slip to four to extend their winning streak to 18, tops in the nation.

Cincinnati 64, Georgetown 62, OT: : The visiting Bearcats (16-8, 6-5 Big East) overcame a 12-point second-half deficit and relied on five free throws from Mike Williams and Deonta Vaughn in overtime to complete the season sweep of the Hoyas (13-9, 4-7).

George Washington 87, Fordham 62: : Behind Damian Hollis' 19 points, the host Colonials (7-13, 1-7 Atlantic 10) defeated the Rams (3-17, 1-7) to end an 11-game skid.

Top 25 women


West Virginia 79, No. 5 Louisville 70: : Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored 27 points and had nine rebounds for the host Cardinals (21-3, 8-2 Big East), but the Mountaineers (13-9, 2-7) turned a 10-point deficit into a 59-45 lead with 6:49 to play.

No. 1 Connecticut 83, Marquette 49: : Maya Moore had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the visiting Huskies (23-0, 9-0 Big East) beat the Golden Eagles (13-10, 4-5) to continue their best start since the 2002-03 season.