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No. 11 Cards hold off No. 3 Duke on road

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Louisville's big lead was all but gone, leaving the 11th-ranked Cardinals clinging to a slim margin while the fans packed into Duke's famously hostile home arena were roaring at ear-ringing levels.

Chris Mack's squad proved they were tough enough to punch back in those critical moments to secure a huge win against a fellow Atlantic Coast Conference heavyweight.

Freshman David Johnson had a season-high 19 points and the Cardinals hung on down the stretch to beat No. 3 Duke 79-73 on Saturday night, winning a key matchup in the league's regular-season title chase.


No. 7 SDSU tops Nevada to stay unbeaten

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego State home basketball games are starting to feel like they did back in the Kawhi Leonard era, when a packed Viejas Arena rocked and the Aztecs reached the Sweet 16 for the first time.

This time, it's a trio of transfers leading the No. 7 Aztecs back into national prominence. New Zealander Yanni Wetzell stepped up with 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds Saturday night for SDSU, which got hot in the second half and beat Nevada 68-55 to remain the nation's only undefeated team.


Vandy's 3-point run ends at 1,080 games

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Rick Barnes didn't know that the Volunteers had helped snap Vanderbilt's streak of making at least one 3-pointer in 1,080 consecutive games.

First-year coach Jerry Stackhouse wasn't happy some fans booed, seemingly more concerned about a 34-year-old streak than the Vanderbilt team on the court.


Payne, Florida upset No. 4 Auburn

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Omar Payne was an afterthought in Florida's highly touted recruiting class, which featured high school All-Americans Scottie Lewis and Tre Mann.

No one expected Payne to start, let along star, in any games this season. So his performance against Auburn was a bigger shock than the final score.


No. 2 Baylor rallies to push run to 14

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Trailing by double digits well into the second half, Baylor’s seniors helped lead the rally.

Freddie Gillespie had 17 points, four rebounds and four blocks and Devonte Bandoo scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to help No. 2 Baylor rally past Oklahoma State 75-68 for the Bears’ 14th straight victory. Oklahoma State has lost five in a row.


DePaul gets big upset of No. 5 Butler

CHICAGO (AP) In just two weeks of play in the Big East, DePaul was on the verge of ruining everything it established during an impressive nonconference season.

But on Saturday, DePaul changed course with an elusive victory over a top-five opponent.


No. 1 Zags down BYU for 12th win in row

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) The consistent roar of the crowd caught the attention of Killian Tillie.

It was then that he realized how well Gonzaga was playing in the second half.


Penn State upsets No. 21 Ohio State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Although foul trouble kept him on the bench for nearly 20 minutes on Saturday, Penn State forward Lamar Stevens channeled his frustration to play efficient minutes.

Stevens scored 14 of his 24 points in the second half and Penn State defeated No. 21 Ohio State 90-76 Saturday to keep pace in the Big Ten.


Diarra lifts K-State over No. 12 WVU

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Kansas State needed career highs from Cartier Diarra and Dajuan Gordon to knock off No. 12 West Virginia.

Diarra tied a career high 25 points, Gordon scored a career high 15, including 13 in the first half, and Xavier Sneed had 16, moving into the top 15 in school history in scoring to lead the Wildcats to the 84-68 win on Saturday.


Pritchard has 3 in OT, Ducks rally by UW

SEATTLE (AP) All Payton Pritchard needed was a bit of separation. If he found it, the shot was going up no matter how tough the defending or difficult the attempt.

In this case, it was from around 30 feet and the capper to another big second-half rally from No. 8 Oregon.

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