No. 18 Duke beats Miami 67-46
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – Jabari Parker had 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds Wednesday, and No. 18 Duke earned its first league road win of the season by beating Miami 67-46.
Parker helped the Blue Devils to a 42-28 advantage on the boards, which allowed them to overcome a poor shooting night. Duke outscored Miami 22-7 on second-chance points.
A sellout crowd included Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, all seated in the front row. Bryant was at the other end of the court from the Miami Heat stars.
The Blue Devils (15-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) avenged a 27-point loss the last time they played in Coral Gables. That was a year ago, when Duke was ranked No. 1.
Duke improved to 1-2 in the league on the road after losing at Notre Dame and Clemson. The Blue Devils are 4-4 away from home overall.
Duke has won its past two games by a combined 56 points. Coach Mike Krzyzewski earned his 899th win at Duke, which leaves the NCAA men’s career leader in victories one shy of joining Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim with at least 900 wins at one school.
Defending conference champion Miami (10-8, 2-4) remained winless in three league games at home. The Hurricanes will try to bounce backSaturday, when they play host to No. 2 Syracuse.
A grinning Wade amused the crowd at halftime by taking some shots from half court, including several with his back to the basket. He went 0 for 6.
The home team didn’t fare much better.
A methodical pace should have been to Miami’s liking, but while Duke made only 8 of 25 3-pointers, the offensively challenged Hurricanes were even worse. They went 2 for 10 from behind the arc and shot 35 percent overall.
Donnavan Kirk led Miami with 11 points. Rodney Hood had 12 points and six rebounds for Duke.
Miami stayed close for most of the first half, in part because Duke missed nine consecutive 3-point shots. But the Blue Devils forced three turnovers during an 11-0 run near the end of the half, and they led 33-21 at halftime.
Duke then scored the first six points of the second half to take command. When Miami cut the margin to 47-35, Parker converted a three-point play and Rasheed Sulaimon sank a 3-pointer to restore Duke’s comfortable cushion.
A dunk by Hood with 3½ minutes left gave the Blue Devils their first 20-point lead. At that point, James – and many other spectators – headed for the exits.
The Blue Devils stayed in the lead early by hitting the boards hard. Of their first 17 points, 14 came following offensive rebounds.
Wake Forest beats Virginia Tech 83-77
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Travis McKie scored 24 points to lead Wake Forest to an 83-77 win over Virginia Tech on Wednesday.
Codi Miller-McIntyre added 20 for the Demon Deacons (13-6, 3-3 ACC), who snapped a 17-game road losing streak in ACC play. Wake Forest had won just one ACC road game in head coach Jeff Bzdelik’s four seasons.
McKie, who came into the game averaging 15.4 points and 9.2 rebounds in five previous games against the Hokies, broke out of a personal slump, hitting 7 of 10 from the floor, including 5 of 6 from beyond the 3-point arc. The senior scored just two points in Wake Forest’s lossSaturday at Clemson and hadn’t scored in double figures in the Demon Deacons’ previous four games.
Wake Forest, who had lost two straight games and three of its past four, got off to a sizzling start, shooting 54.8 percent from the floor in the first half (17 of 31) and 7 of 10 from 3-point range. The Demon Deacons made eight straight baskets at one stretch, and they took their biggest lead of the game at 40-19 on a 3-pointer by Miles Overton with 4:15 left in the half. They led 42-27 at halftime.
Virginia Tech (8-10, 1-5), which has lost five straight games and six of seven, never led. The Hokies tried to make a game of it in the final five minutes, as point guard Devin Wilson scored 17 of his career-high 26 points in the final 5:35. He scored the Hokies’ final 10 points of the game.
But Wilson missed two free throws with 3:37 left, and Miller-McIntyre scored with 3:15 to go to give the Demon Deacons a 71-60 lead. The Hokies’ Jarell Eddie then cut the lead to 71-63 on a 3-pointer with 2:55 remaining.
Miller-McIntyre answered again. He hit the first of two free throws and grabbed the rebound after missing the second. He then scored with2:10 remaining to give Wake Forest a 74-63 lead, and Virginia Tech got no closer than the final margin.
Miller-McIntyre hit 8 of 16 from the floor and 4 of 6 from the free-throw line. He also dished out 10 assists, becoming the first Wake Forest player to score 20 points and dish out 10 assists in a game since current NBA star Chris Paul did it as a freshman during the 2004-05 season.
Wake Forest came into the game shooting 44.3 percent from the floor and 31.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. But the Demon Deacons tied a season high with nine 3-pointers and shot 53.6 percent (30 of 56) from the floor for the game.
The Hokies missed their first 11 shots from the floor and shot just 33.8 percent (22 of 65) for the game. Eddie finished with 20 points for the Hokies.
Ben Emelogu (ankle) and Adam Smith (calf) missed the game for the Hokies because of injuries. Both are averaging in double figures.