No. 17 Duke 80, No. 18 Pittsburgh 65: Jabari Parker scored 21 points, reserve guard Andre Dawkins added 20 and Duke pulled away from host Pittsburgh in the Atlantic Coast Conference last night.
Duke (17-4, 6-2) made 13 of 25 three-point shots, including four during a 15-3 run midway through the second half that broke open a tight game. It was the Blue Devils’ fifth straight victory.
Amile Jefferson added a season-high 14 points for the Blue Devils.
Lamar Patterson had 14 points for Pittsburgh (18-3, 6-2), which fell to 12-1 at home.
Two free throws by Patterson cut Pitt’s deficit to 52-51 with 9:41 left, when Duke took off.
Dawkins slipped through the lane for a tip-in. Quinn Cook followed with a three-pointer. Dawkins responded with threes on each of Duke’s next three trips down the court. The final jumper made it 67-54 with 5:32 left and seemed to take all the life out of a record crowd. Pitt never got closer than single digits the rest of the way.
No. 23 Oklahoma 88, No. 8 Oklahoma State 76: Ryan Spangler had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to help host Oklahoma (17-4, 6-2) defeat Oklahoma State (16-4, 4-3) in the Big 12.
Jordan Woodard scored 18 points and reserve Tyler Neal added a season-high 15 points for the Sooners, who won their fourth straight game and claimed their third win over a ranked conference opponent this season.
No. 9 Villanova 65, Georgetown 60: James Bell scored 16 points, and Villanova (18-2, 7-1) prevailed in a messy, foul-plagued Big East game for a victory over Georgetown (11-9, 3-6), the Hoyas’ fifth straight loss.
Daniel Ochefu added 12 points on 5-for-5 shooting for the Wildcats, who forced 18 turnovers while committing 16. Villanova moved into a tie with first-place Creighton atop the Big East.
Markel Starks scored 20 points for the Hoyas.
No. 2 Notre Dame 87, No. 8 Maryland 83: Jewell Loyd scored a career-high 31 points, Kayla McBride added 20 and Notre Dame (19-0, 6-0) blew a 22-point lead before coming back to defeat host Maryland (16-3, 4-2) in the ACC.
The Irish appeared on their way to another easy victory after building a 41-19 lead late in the first half. But Maryland stormed back behind senior Alyssa Thomas to take a 64-63 lead with 10 minutes left.
Notre Dame answered with a 10-2 run, and the Terrapins never got even after that.
No. 19 Purdue 80, Illinois 68: Courtney Moses led a balanced scoring attack with 22 points as Purdue (15-5, 5-3) defeated host Illinois (9-11, 2-5) for the sixth consecutive time in the Big Ten.