No. 1 Duke topples No. 4 Kansas State

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Freshman guard Kyrie Irving and senior guard Nolan Smith both had 17 points and led No. 1 Duke's outstanding defensive effort on Kansas State's Jacob Pullen as the Blue Devils beat the fourth-ranked Wildcats 82-68 on Tuesday night to win the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.

Duke (5-0) made sure the sellout crowd of 18,696 at the Sprint Center, most wearing something purple, was never a factor, taking the lead for good 71/2; minutes into the game and then going on to lead by 17 points midway through the second half on the way to their 15th straight win.

The win was No. 800 at Duke for Mike Krzyzewski, making him the fifth coach to reach that figure at one school. His overall win total is 873, three behind Adolph Rupp for third place on the career list.

And it was another November win for Duke. The Blue Devils have won 27 straight games in the 11th month of the year and under Krzyzewski they are 107-10 in November.

Kyle Singler and Andre Dawkins both had 11 points for Duke, while Mason Plumlee added 10

Connecticut 70,No. 2 Michigan St. 67

At Lahaina, Hawaii, Kemba Walker scored 30 points and hit a key jumper with less than a minute left, helping the Huskies outlast the Spartans in a physical Maui Invitational semifinal.

Connecticut (4-0) fought the Spartans for every inch every minute, refusing to be pushed around by a team projected to be a national title contender. The Huskies made it interesting by missing five late free throws, but survived Draymond Green's midcourt heave at the buzzer.

No. 3 Ohio St. 64,Morehead St. 45

At Columbus, Ohio, Jon Diebler scored 20 points and David Lighty added 11 to lead the Buckeyes past the Eagles to win the Global Sports Invitational.

No. 5 Pittsburgh 74,Robert Morris 53

At Pittsburgh, Ashton Gibbs scored 20 points and the Panthers pulled away from the Colonials.

Brad Wanamaker scored 17 points and Gary McGhee had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Panthers (6-0), who are 29-0 against their suburban Pittsburgh rival. Gilbert Brown added 11 points and keyed a late 14-2 run with a soaring, one-handed dunk.

No. 6 Kansas 82,Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 41

At Lawrence, Kan., Thomas Robinson had 15 points and Marcus Morris added 12, leading the Jayhawks past the Islanders and setting a team record with their 63rd consecutive home victory.

No. 10 Purdue 87, Austin Peay 65

At West Lafayette, Ind., JaJuan Johnson had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help the Boilermakers beat the Governors.

E'Twaun Moore had 17 points, six rebounds and four steals, Ryne Smith scored 11 points and D.J. Byrd added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Boilermakers (4-0). Lewis Jackson did not attempt a field goal, but he had nine assists despite playing with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. Freshman guard Terone Johnson had seven points and three assists in his first career start.

No. 11 Missouri 72, Wyoming 62

At Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, Michael Dixon scored a career-high 17 points to help the Tigers beat the Cowboys in the semifinals of the Cancun Challenge.

Missouri saw its 15-point halftime lead cut to 59-57 with just under 4 minutes left when Dixon came up with a loose ball. The Tigers swung it around to Marcus Denmon, who made a 3-pointer that snapped a near 4-minute scoring drought.

No. 14 Memphis 102,Tennessee-Martin 80

At Memphis, Tenn., Will Coleman and Will Barton each scored 20 points to lead the Tigers over the Skyhawks.

No. 16 Florida 79,Florida Atlantic 66

At Gainesville, Fla., Kenny Boynton scored 21 points, Alex Tyus added 19 and the Gators beat the Owls.

Erving Walker added 14 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Gators (4-1), who showed some fatigue while playing for the fourth time in eight days.

No. 19 Illinois 73, Yale 47

At Champaign, Ill., D.J. Richardson scored 16 points to lead the Illini past the Bulldogs.

Demetri McCamey added 11 for the Illini (5-1) and Mike Tisdale had 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

No. 20 Texas 84,Sam Houston State 50

At Austin, Texas, Jordan Hamilton scored 25 points and the Longhorns gave coach Rick Barnes career victory No. 500.

No. 22 Gonzaga 66, Marquette 63

At Kansas City, Mo., Steven Gray scored 20 points and the Bulldogs stopped a rare two-game losing streak with a victory over the Golden Eagles in the third-place game of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.

No. 23 BYU 86,Mississippi Valley State 36

At Provo, Utah, Jimmer Fredette scored 16 points and Jackson Emery added 15 to help the Cougars cruise over the winless Delta Devils in the second game of the South Padre Island Invitational.

No. 25 North Carolina 80,UNC Asheville 69

At Chapel Hill, N.C., Tyler Zeller scored a career-high 23 points and the Tar Heels blew most of a 22-point, second-half lead before beating the Bulldogs.

Freshman Harrison Barnes added 13 points for the Tar Heels (3-2), who regrouped after losing two straight games during the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. But on what appeared to be an easy night, North Carolina couldn't put away the Bulldogs (2-2) and instead found itself protecting a six-point lead with 4 minutes to play.

The Tar Heels held on to improve to 7-0 in the series against the instate program from the Big South Conference. But this couldn't have been a confidence-builder for a young team that struggled in back-to-back losses to Minnesota and Vanderbilt in Puerto Rico.

Zeller provided some good news by setting his career high in scoring for the second straight game.

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