Duke routs St. John’s...Va Tech beats NC State...A’s closer wins arbitration case
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman phenom Zion Williamson scored 29 points, Tre Jones flirted with a triple-double and No. 2 Duke routed St. John’s 91-61 while winning their fifth straight game. RJ Barrett added 15 points and 14 rebounds while Jones had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. LJ Figueroa had 14 points and Marvin Clark II added 12 for the Red Storm, who lost their in four games.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kerry Blackshear had 13 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 12 Virginia Tech beat No. 23 North Carolina State 47-24. Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 11 points for the Hokies, who led the entire way despite playing without point guard Justin Robinson. It was N.C. State’s lowest-scoring output in any game since managing 12 points in a win against Duke in the 1968 ACC Tournament, nearly two decades before the implementation of the shot clock.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — No. 25 Florida State won its third straight game with a 59-49 victory over Georgia Tech. It was the lowest point total by a Florida State opponent this season and it ties the lowest output by Georgia Tech in a game this season. The Yellow Jackets have dropped five of their last six games.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics closer Blake Treinen (TRY’-nen) will receive a $6.4 million salary for 2019 after winning his arbitration case. Treinen asked for a raise from $2.2 million to $6.4 million, while Oakland offered $5.6 million. Treinen was a first-time All-Star last year, going 9-2 with a 0.78 ERA and 38 saves in 43 chances over 68 relief appearances. The right-hander struck out 100 and walked 21 in 80 1/3 innings, helping the A’s return to the playoffs for the first time in four years.
NEW YORK (AP) — Zack Smith of the Ottawa Senators and Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning have been fined $5,000 each for rough play during separate games. Smith was disciplined for elbowing Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Marcus Pettersson. Kucherov was fined for a dangerous trip of New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield. Both players drew minor penalties during the games last night.