No. 13 Wake Forest defeats N.C. State, 85-78

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James Johnson had career highs with 28 points and 18 rebounds to lead No. 13 Wake Forest past North Carolina State last night.

Ishmael Smith added a season-high 18 points and Chas McFarland had 15 for the Demon Deacons (21-5, 8-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who improved to 13-1 at home and won for the third time in four games.Tracy Smith scored 18 points to lead the Wolfpack (15-11, 5-8).

Miami 62, Virginia 55: : Jack McClinton (Calvert Hall) scored 11 points, well below his average, but hit a three-pointer with 47 seconds to play to help the Hurricanes (17-10, 6-8) hold on to beat the host Cavaliers (9-15, 3-10).

Top 25 men

No. 19 Xavier 68, St. Joseph's 54: : Derrick Brown had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and B.J Raymond scored 18 points to lead the visiting Musketeers (23-5, 11-3) to their second straight win. The Hawks (14-13, 7-6), playing without point guard Tasheed Carr (13.0 points per game), who suffered a concussion Tuesday in practice, lost their fifth straight.

State men

St. Augustine's 77, Bowie State 53: : Duke Crews posted a double double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, but the Bulldogs (15-13) lost to the Falcons for the third time this season in the quarterfinals of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament in Charlotte, N.C.

MARYMOUNT (VA.) 86, ST. MARY'S 81, OT:: The Seahawks (21-5) were outscored 6-0 in the final 1:33 of overtime after taking a one-point lead and were upset by the visiting Saints (15-12) in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament semifinals.

State women

OLD DOMINION 65, TOWSON 57:: A 19-7 run midway through the second half lifted the Lady Monarchs (15-11, 10-6 Colonial Athletic Association) over the visiting Tigers (16-10, 8-8).

Off the court

Duke: : Sophomore guard Nolan Smith is out indefinitely with a mild concussion suffered in Wednesday night's 78-67 win at Maryland. Smith, who is averaging 9.0 points, was injured when he collided with Dave Neal after the Terrapins center set a hard screen near the foul line in the second half.

Connecticut:: The leaders of the Connecticut General Assembly's higher education committee say coach Jim Calhoun should be reprimanded for his tirade at a freelance journalist who questioned his $1.6 million salary. In a letter to UConn president Michael J. Hogan, Sen. Mary Ann Handley and Rep. Roberta Willis, both Democrats, said Calhoun's outburst Saturday was "unacceptable" and "does not reflect well on him or the state's flagship university." Hogan called Calhoun a "valued member of the UConn community" and said the reporter was also to blame.

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