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February 27, 2019
By The Associated Press

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Ty Outlaw hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:28 remaining seconds left and No. 20 Virginia Tech beat No. 3 Duke 77-72 on Tuesday night while Blue Devils star freshman Zion Williamson sat out his second straight game with a sprained right knee.

Kelly Blackshear Jr. had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Ahmed Hill scored 17 points for Virginia Tech (22-6, 11-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), which beat Duke at Cassell Coliseum for the third straight game. The Blue Devils (24-4, 12-3) had been the only team in the country yet to lose on the road this season, but Duke hasn’t won at Virginia Tech since Feb. 25, 2015.

RJ Barrett scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Blue Devils from dropping out of a first-place tie with No. 2 Virginia and No. 5 North Carolina in the ACC. Cam Reddish added 17 points as Duke dropped its second in three games, including an 88-72 loss to UNC when Williamson was injured Feb. 20.

NO. 4 KENTUCKY 70, ARKANSAS 66

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Tyler Herro had career highs of five 3-pointers and 29 points, including two free throws with five seconds remaining, and Kentucky rallied from a 15-point deficit.

Out of sorts for 22 minutes, the Wildcats (24-4, 13-2 Southeastern Conference) quickly regrouped behind Herro, who finished 5 of 6 from behind the arc and 9 of 10 overall. His long-range baskets 43 seconds apart sparked an 18-3 run over 7:43.

Arkansas (14-14, 5-10) stayed within a couple of possessions over the final seven minutes but couldn’t break through. Isaiah Joe had 19 points for the Razorbacks.

NO. 5 NORTH CAROLINA 93, SYRACUSE 85

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Coby White scored a career-high 34 points and North Carolina pulled away late to beat Syracuse.

Cameron Johnson added 16 points for the Tar Heels (23-5, 13-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won 11 of 12 games and own their highest AP Top 25 ranking of the season.

Tyus Battle scored 23 of his 29 points after halftime for the Orange (18-10, 9-6), who shot 48 percent and made 13 of 23 3-pointers.

NO. 13 LSU 66, TEXAS A&M 55

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Naz Reid bounced back from his least productive game this season by scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, and LSU comfortably beat Texas A&M.

Freshman Javonte Smart turned in a second straight productive start in place of ailing point guard Tremont Waters, scoring 17 for the Tigers (23-5, 13-2 Southeastern Conference), who led by double digits most of the way en route to their 16th victory in 18 games.

Wendell Mitchell scored 14 and Christian Mekowulu had 11 for the Aggies (12-15, 5-10).

NO. 21 BUFFALO 77, AKRON 64

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — CJ Massinburg had 23 points and 10 rebounds to rally Buffalo for its 25th straight home win.

Nick Perkins scored 25 points, and the Bulls (25-3, 13-2 Mid-American Conference) outscored the Zips 14-2 over the final four minutes in a game that featured 12 lead changes. Buffalo has won six straight overall, and its home winning streak is the second longest in the nation behind No. 8 Houston, which has won 33 consecutive.

Tyler Cheese scored 20 points for Akron (15-13, 7-8), which dropped to 2-5 in its past six games.

OHIO STATE 90, NO. 22 IOWA 70

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Freshman Justin Ahrens scored a career-high 29 points to lead Ohio State past Iowa.

Kaleb Wesson chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Buckeyes, Keyshawn Woods scored 13, Andre Wesson had 11 and Duane Washington Jr. scored 10.

Ohio State (18-10, 8-9 Big Ten), fighting to improve its NCAA Tournament chances, got its first win in five tries against ranked teams this season.

Joe Wieskamp had 17 points to lead Iowa (21-7, 10-7), and Tyler Cook added 12 points.