LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Russ Smith scored 21 points and Chane Behanan had 20 and No. 4 Louisville ended a four-game losing streak against rival Kentucky with an 80-77 victory.
Peyton Siva added 19 points as the Cardinals (12-1) won a hard-fought Battle of the Bluegrass. But Louisville had to withstand several charges from Kentucky (8-4) to do so. The Wildcats trailed 51-34 but outscored the Cardinals 28-14 to get within 65-62 before Smith’s two baskets keyed an 8-5 run to give Louisville some space.
No. 1 DUKE 90, SANTA CLARA 77 : In Durham, N.C., Seth Curry scored 12 of his season-high 31 points during the late run that helped the Blue Devils pull away. Mason Plumlee added 22 points for the Blue Devils (12-0), who needed a huge run late to overcome both 29 points from Kevin Foster and a real scare from the Broncos (11-3).
No. 6 KANSAS 89, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY 57: In Lawrence, Kan., Travis Releford scored 19 points and the Jayhawks hit a scorching 13 of its first 18 three-point attempts. Kansas (11-1) ended with six players scoring at least nine points against the outmanned Eagles (4-9).
No. 9 SYRACUSE 57, ALCORN STATE 36: In Syracuse, N.Y., C.J. Fair scored 13 points, Trevor Cooney added 12, all in the second half, to key a late surge for the Orange (11-1).
It was the 901st win for Orange coach Jim Boeheim, one behind Bob Knight for second place all time among Division I men’s coaches. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski leads with 939. Alcorn State (2-13)lost its ninth straight.
No. 14 FLORIDA 78, AIR FORCE 61: In Sunrise, Fla., Kenny Boynton snapped a shooting slump with three three-pointers in the second half, as the Gators rolled in the second game of the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.
Boynton had made only 4 of 32 from three-point range over the previous five games, but he hit three in a span of 8 minutes to break the game open for the Gators (9-2).
No. 16 CREIGHTON 87, EVANSVILLE 70: In Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott scored 14 of his 29 points in a 6 1/2 -minute stretch of the second half when the Bluejays (12-1) pulled away in their Missouri Valley Conference opener.
Colt Ryan matched his season high with 25 for the Purple Aces (7-6, 0-1).
NORTH CAROLINA 79, No. 20 UNLV 73: In Chapel Hill, N.C., P.J. Hairston scored 15 points in his first career start to spur the Tar Heels (10-3).
UNC had to turn away a second-half surge by the Runnin’ Rebels (11-2) to earn the program’s 63rd straight home win against nonconference opponents.
No. 23 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 84, WESTERN MICHIGAN 68: In Raleigh, N.C., C.J. Leslie scored 19 points and Richard Howell added 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting for the Wolfpack (10-2), who won their sixth consecutive game.
N.C. State shot 55 percent from the field, padding its NCAA-leading field goal percentage.
Nate Hutcheson scored 16 points to lead the Broncos (8-5). Shayne Whittington added 14 points and Darius Paul had 12 for Western Michigan.
No. 25 KANSAS STATE 52, MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY 44: In Manhattan, Kan., Rodney McGruder scored 17 points, Thomas Gipson had 13 points and six rebounds as the Wildcats (10-2) struggled to a victory.