Men’s basketball roundup: Allen propels No. 1 Duke
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Grayson Allen scored 15 of his 25 points in an 8-minute opening blitz and No. 1 Duke beat South Dakota 96-80 on Saturday.
Freshman Marvin Bagley III added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils (10-0). Duke shot 62 percent to lead 56-30 by halftime, then maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the way.
Allen made 6 of 7 shots with three 3-pointers in the early flurry that had him single-handedly outscoring the Coyotes midway through the opening half. And Bagley posted his eighth double-double of the season to tie Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy for the national lead.
Duke got a boost from sophomore Javin DeLaurier, who scored a career-high 13 points to go with nine rebounds.
Tyler Hagedorn and Nick Fuller each scored 16 points for the Coyotes (7-3).
No. 2 Kansas 76, Syracuse 60
MIAMI (AP) — Devonte’ Graham matched his career-high with 35 points for the second consecutive game, Lagerald Vick added 20 for Kansas in the HoopHall Miami Invitational.
Graham shot 10 for 17 from the field and 7 for 13 from 3-point range for Kansas (7-0), which is off to its best start in seven years. Graham missed his first three tries from beyond the arc, then made seven of his next eight.
Svi Mykhailuk added 11 points for the Jayhawks, who shot 49 percent.
Tyus Battle scored 22 points for Syracuse (6-1), which was playing away from the Carrier Dome for the first time this season.
No. 4 Villanova 94, Saint Joseph’s 53
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mikal Bridges scored 18 points, Phil Booth had 17 points and Villanova hit 10 straight 3-pointers in a record performance.
Omari Spellman buried a 3 with 3:06 left to give the Wildcats their school-record 18th 3-pointer of the game. Villanova sank 19 3s, topping the 17 hit on Nov. 27, 2005 vs. Lehigh.
Booth led the charge early for the Wildcats (8-0) against their Big 5 rivals. The Wildcats, Hawks, La Salle, Temple and Penn comprise the city series field. The Wildcats have emerged as the class of the city and won for the whopping 20th straight time in the series. They’ve won 19 of those games by at least 10 points and haven’t been defeated by a Philly team since Temple won on Dec. 5, 2012.
James Demery led the Hawks (4-4) ith 14 points.
No. 7 Kentucky 79, Harvard 70
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kevin Knox had 20 points and Hamidou Diallo added 19 for Kentucky, which went a 13-0 run midway through the second half.
Kentucky (7-1) returned from a six-day break to shoot well for most of the game and lead the Ivy League Crimson throughout. The Wildcats needed that initial accuracy to counter Harvard’s 12 3-pointers — including six by sophomore forward Seth Towns (25 points) — that kept the Crimson within reach.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 12 points for the Wildcats, who shot 46 percent but were just 2 of 12 from long range.
Towns made 8 of 14 shots for Harvard, which shot 37 percent but was 12 of 28 from behind the arc.
No. 8 Wichita St. 69,
No. 16 Baylor 62
WACO, Texas (AP) — Conner Frankamp scored 17 points and Wichita State closed the game on a 7-0 run, ending Baylor’s 46-game nonconference home winning streak.
The Shockers (6-1) shot 63 percent (10-for-16) from 3-point range, with Frankamp’s 5-for-8 from beyond the arc leading the way. It was the senior’s 3-pointer from the right corner with 2:50 remaining that began Wichita State’s decisive run, and the Shockers were 4-for-5 from the free throw line in the final 1:38.
No. 10 Miami 80, Princeton 52
MIAMI (AP) — DJ Vasiljevic scored 20 points, Bruce Brown Jr. added 17 and No. 10 Miami had little trouble on the way to topping Princeton in the HoopHall Miami Invitational.
Lonnie Walker IV had a season-high 12 points for Miami (7-0), which shot 14 for 25 from 3-point range.
No. 21 Xavier 89,
No. 11 Cincinnati 76
CINCINNATI (AP) — Trevon Bluiett scored 28 points against Xavier’s crosstown rival and the Musketeers earned their eighth victory in the last 11 games of the series.
There were three technical fouls and animosity at the end. Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin was yelling as he was led away from the postgame handshake line by an official and an assistant coach.
No.18 Virginia 75,
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Kyle Guy scored 21 points and Virginia never trailed.
Isaiah Wilkins added 14 points and Devon Hall had 11 for the Cavaliers (8-0).
No. 23 TCU 92, Yale 66
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) –Desmond Bane scored 18 points, Jaylen Fisher had 17 points and seven assists and No. 23 TCU won its nation-leading 13th straight game.
Bane actually saw his shooting percentage drop to 70 percent after going 5 of 9 overall. But he was right on his 3-point number — 62.5 percent (5 of 8).