Duke survives a scare...Cavaliers rout Irish...Illinois beats Maryland
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — RJ Barrett had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 2 Duke pulled away to beat Georgia Tech 66-53 in point guard Tre Jones’ return to the Blue Devils lineup. Zion Williamson added 22 points to help Duke win its third straight and 12th in a row in the series with Georgia Tech. Duke finished a season-worst 2 of 21 from 3-point range but hit 52 percent from the field in the second half to win its lowest-scoring game of the year. The Yellow Jackets have lost four of six but threw a scare into Duke.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — De’Andre Hunter scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures as No. 3 Virginia routed Notre Dame 82-55. Junior guard Kyle Guy scored 15 points, all in the first half on 6-of-8 shooting. The Cavaliers earned their second straight victory since a 72-70 loss at Duke on Jan. 19.
NEW YORK (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu scored 20 points, Tevian Jones had 18 and Illinois beat No. 13 Maryland 78-67 at Madison Square Garden. Andres Feliz had 15 points and the Fighting Illini (ih-LY’-ny) snapped a two-game skid by handing the Terrapins their second straight conference loss. Bruno Fernando led Maryland with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Cowan Jr. had 18 points and Jalen Smith had 11.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Talen Horton-Tucker scored 23 points, Lindell Wigginton had 18 and No. 24 Iowa State cruised over No. 20 Mississippi 87-73 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Iowa State put on an offensive show, making 13 straight shots during the second half to turn a tight game into a relatively easy victory. The Cyclones shot 69.1 percent from the field, including nearly 77 percent in the second half. Ole Miss pulled within 43-42 on Terence Davis’ tip-in early in the second half but never took the lead.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox say they have a strong pitch for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. Just don’t expect them to sign both star sluggers. General manager Rick Hahn doused that idea today, saying the White Sox aren’t likely to sign both premier free agents due to concerns about payroll flexibility. The White Sox believe they are ready to turn the corner after six straight losing seasons.