The Associated Press
DURHAM, N.C. — Seth Curry scored a season-high 20 points, leading No. 3 Duke past Boston College 84-68 on Thursday night.
Nolan Smith finished with 28 points while Kyle Singler had 14 for the Blue Devils (19-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). They shot 50 percent from the field, hit 10 3-pointers and used a big run early in the second half to claim their fourth consecutive win.
Reggie Jackson, who entered the game second to Smith in the ACC scoring race, finished with a season-low seven points – 13 fewer than his average.
Corey Raji scored 18 points for BC (14-7, 4-3), which has lost two consecutive and four of seven overall, and fell to 0-6 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, each loss by double figures.
Curry finished 6 of 9 from the field, hit a season-best five 3-pointers and scored 11 points during the 26-9 run that put the Blue Devils in command.
No. 19 Vanderbilt 81, Mississippi St. 74 — Box Score
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Jeffery Taylor scored 25 points and John Jenkins added 21 for Vanderbilt.
The Commodores (15-4, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) won at Humphrey Coliseum for the first time since 1993, breaking a streak of eight consecutive losses in Starkville. Vanderbilt trailed by as many as nine points, but used a 12-0 run late in the second half to recover for its third consecutive victory.
Vanderbilt led 77-74 with 20 seconds remaining when Taylor stole the ball in the press and dunked for the clinching basket. The 6-foot-7 junior was 9 of 18 from the field and had five rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Ravern Johnson scored 19 points for the Bulldogs (10-9, 2-3), who shot 26 of 58 (44.8 percent) from the field, including 8 of 29 on 3s (27.6 percent).
Indiana 52, No. 20 Illinois 49 — Box Score
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Jordan Hulls scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, and Tom Pritchard’s tip-in with 44.2 seconds left lifted Indiana to the upset.
The Hoosiers (11-10, 2-6 Big Ten) ended a 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents.
Mike Davis had 14 points for the Illini (14-7, 4-4), who have lost four of five.
The Hoosiers didn’t score for the first 5:57 of the second half and didn’t regain the lead until Hulls’ 3-pointer with 7:36 left made it 41-39. His next 3 gave the Hoosiers a 46-42 lead with 5:01 to go, but the Illini scored seven consecutive points to make it 49-46 with 2:43 left.
Christian Watford then hit two free throws and Pritchard’s tip-in gave Indiana a 50-49 lead. Hulls made two free throws and Illinois missed two 3s to end it.
Michigan 61, No. 25 Michigan St. 57 — Box Score
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Zack Novak scored 19 points and Stu Douglass made a big 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to lift Michigan.
The Wolverines (12-9, 2-6 Big Ten) had lost six consecutive games this season and 11 in a row at Michigan State.
The Spartans (12-8, 4-4) have lost three consecutive.
Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas scored 27 points and Durrell Summers had 13 points and a season-high 10 rebounds.
Darius Morris had 17 points for the Wolverines, who made 10 of 21 3-pointers.
Novak matched a career high with six 3-pointers. Douglass’ 3 from the right wing – his only one in four attempts – gave Michigan a 60-55 lead.