There was an early moment of trepidation in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday night before top-ranked Duke turned it on in a scoring surge rarely seen. Seth Curry led a balanced attack with 20 points and Mason Plumlee added 18 points and nine boards, as the Blue Devils used an eye-popping second-half run to rout Cornell, 88-47. Rasheed Sulaimon posted 16 points and Quinn Cook added six points and 12 assists for the Blue Devils (10-0), which posted its 99th straight non-conference victory in Durham, the longest such streak in the country. They used a 41-4 scoring start to the second half to break open a close game early. Shonn Miller led Cornell (4-7) with 12 points and six rebounds. The Big Red made things interesting early just two days after falling by 11 points at Vanderbilt.
Final Score: (5) Louisville 79, FIU 55
Louisville, KY (Sports Network) – Wayne Blackshear posted 18 points and eight rebounds as No. 5 Louisville cruised to a 79-55 win over Florida International on Wednesday. Peyton Siva gave 15 points and 12 assists while Chane Behanan added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals (10-1), who have won five straight. Russ Smith donated 14 points in the win. Tymell Murphy had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Golden Panthers (3-5), who have dropped their past two. Malik Smith had nine points in the loss. This game saw a father/son battle, though it was on the bench, as Louisville head coach Rick Pitino squared off against his son, Richard Pitino, who was guiding Florida International.
Final Score: (6) Indiana 93, Mount St. Mary’s 54
Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) – Cody Zeller finished with 16 points and six rebounds on Wednesday, as the sixth-ranked Indiana Hoosiers bounced back from their first loss of the season with a resounding 93-54 victory over Mount St. Mary’s at Assembly Hall. Will Sheehey added 16 points off the bench, while Christian Watford donated 15 points and eight boards for the Hoosiers (10-1), who had won their first nine games before falling to Butler in overtime on Saturday. Rashad Whack led all scorers with 17 points and Josh Castellanos and Sam Prescott followed with 10 points each for Mount St. Mary’s (4-5), which has lost two straight.
Final Score: (8) Florida 82, Southeastern Louisiana 43
Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) – Mike Rosario had 20 points and the eighth- ranked Florida Gators bounced back with an 82-43 victory over the Southeastern Louisiana Lions on Wednesday. Michael Frazier II and Patric Young added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Gators (8-1), who lost at Arizona on Saturday. Brandon Fortenberry ended with 15 points for the Lions (1-8), who have lost five in a row.
Final Score: (11) Cincinnati 60, Xavier 45
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Sean Kilpatrick scored 25 points, and 11th- ranked Cincinnati remained unbeaten by downing crosstown rival Xavier, 60-45, at U.S. Bank Arena. It was the first meeting since last season’s ugly brawl. Last year’s 76-53 win by Xavier was remembered for a benches-clearing incident that resulted in ejections and subsequent suspensions for both squads. Cooler heads prevailed this time around, and the Bearcats won despite shooting 32.8 percent from the field. Cashmere Wright totaled 15 points and JaQuon Parker added 11 for the Bearcats (11-0), who have won 18 consecutive games at U.S. Bank Arena since a 70-55 loss to Temple on Jan. 16, 1997. Travis Taylor had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Musketeers (7-3), who failed to build on a 62-55 win against Kent State 10 days ago.
Final Score: (14) Gonzaga 74, Campbell 52
Spokane, WA (Sports Network) – Przemek Karnowski scored 14 points and Kelly Olynyk added 12, as 14th-ranked Gonzaga ran past Campbell, 74-52, at McCarthey Athletic Center. Elias Harris and Gary Bell Jr. each added 11 points for the Bulldogs (11-1), who have won back-to-back contests since a Dec. 8 setback to Illinois. Trey Freeman netted 17 points and Darian Hooker tallied 11 for the Fighting Camels (3-8), who have lost three in a row.
Final Score: (16) New Mexico 68, New Mexico State 63
Las Cruces, NM (Sports Network) – Kendall Williams scored a game-high 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting and grabbed five rebounds as No. 16 New Mexico hung on for a 68-63 win over in-state rival New Mexico State on Wednesday at Pan American Center. Hugh Greenwood added 10 points and six rebounds, while Cameron Bairstow contributed nine points and seven rebounds for the Lobos (12-0). Tony Snell chipped in with 11 points in the victory, the Lobos’ second over New Mexico State in four days. Daniel Mullings netted a team-high 13 points to go with five rebounds and five assists, while Kevin Aronis donated 12 points for the Aggies (5-6), who shot just 38.2 percent from the floor.
Final Score: (17) Creighton 71, Tulsa 54
Omaha, NE (Sports Network) – Avery Dingman was 5-for-6 from 3-point range en route to a game-high 21 points as No. 17 Creighton downed Tulsa, 71-54, at CenturyLink Center on Wednesday. Doug McDermott had 16 points and Gregory Echenique scored 15 to go with eight boards for the Bluejays (11-1), who have won five straight since falling to Boise State on Nov. 28. James Woodard had 15 points, 10 rebounds and four steals for the Golden Hurricane (6-5), who remain winless on the road this season.
Final Score: (21) UNLV 73, Northern Iowa 59
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – Anthony Bennett posted a double-double with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 12 rebounds as No. 21 UNLV took care of Northern Iowa, 73-59, on Wednesday at Thomas & Mack Center. Bennett added three blocks and Khem Birch finished with 11 points and nine boards for the Runnin’ Rebels (10-1), who have won eight straight since an 83-79 loss to Oregon on Nov. 23. Anthony Marshall added nine points in the victory. Marc Sonnen scored a team-high 15 points, while Anthony James donated 13 points and five boards for the Panthers (6-5), who have lost two straight on the heels of a three-game winning streak. Jake Koch contributed 11 points and eight boards in the setback.
Final Score: (22) Notre Dame 85, Kennesaw State 57
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) – Jack Cooley scored 14 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead No. 22 Notre Dame to an 85-57 win over Kennesaw State on Wednesday. Jerian Grant also had 14 while Zach Auguste and Pat Connuaghton each dropped in 12 for the Irish (11-1), who improved to 9-0 at home this season. Eric Atkins had nine points and 12 assists in the win. Aaron Anderson poured in a game-high 16 points and Markeith Cummings added 15 for the Owls (1-9), who haven’t won since topping South Carolina State 67-65 in overtime on Nov. 12.
Final Score: Texas 85, (23) North Carolina 67
Austin, TX (Sports Network) – Sheldon McClellan scored 18 points with six rebounds and Julien Lewis added 16 points, as Texas jumped out early, staved off an early second-half rally then rolled to the finish line past No. 23 North Carolina, 85-67. Jonathan Holmes made 6-of-9 shots for 15 points to go along with eight rebounds and Ioannis Papapetrou donated 10 points for Texas (7-4), which has won two straight. Reggie Bullock led North Carolina (8-3) with 18 points, while James Michael McAdoo added 14 points, nine rebounds and six steals. The Tar Heels saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.
Final Score: (24) Oklahoma State 69, Texas-Arlington 44
Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) – Markel Brown logged 17 points and five steals as No. 24 Oklahoma State downed turnover-prone Texas-Arlington, 69-44, at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Phil Forte scored 13 points, while Le’Bryan Nash and Marcus Smart each chipped in 10 for the Cowboys (9-1), who have won four straight since their lone loss against Virginia Tech. Texas-Arlington (5-3) committed a whopping 31 turnovers to fall to a Big 12 team for the third time this season. Jamel Outler netted a team-high 14 points in a losing effort.