Barrett scores 28, No. 4 Duke outlasts Wake Forest 71-70

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — RJ Barrett scored 28 points and No. 4 Duke held on to beat Wake Forest 71-70 on Tuesday night after Chaundee Brown’s jumper rimmed out at the buzzer.

Tre Jones added 13 points for a sluggish Duke team missing star freshman Zion Williamson for a fourth straight game with a sprained right knee. The Blue Devils (26-4, 14-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) overcame 41 percent shooting and a 16-for-26 showing from the free-throw line to win their 10th straight in the in-state series.

The Blue Devils trailed by 10 with 16 minutes remaining and never led by more than three until the final three minutes.

Brown had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Wake Forest (11-18, 4-13), which closed within 69-68 with 43.9 seconds left. Duke bled the shot clock before the left-handed Barrett hit a right-handed jumper in the lane to put the Blue Devils up by three with 17.3 seconds remaining.

Brandon Childress hit a layup with 7.4 seconds left, and Wake Forest had one last chance after Duke turned it over while trying to inbound the ball. Childress missed a 3-pointer with about two seconds left and the rebound went to Brown, whose short jumper spun around the back of the iron before falling out at the horn.


EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Kenny Goins scored 21 of his career-high 24 points in the first half and Matt McQuaid had a career-best 22, leading Michigan State past Nebraska.

Aaron Henry scored a season-high 15 points, and Cassius Winston matched his season low with eight points.

The Spartans (24-6, 15-4 Big Ten) close the regular season against No. 7 Michigan (26-4, 15-4) at home Saturday night.

The Cornhuskers (15-15, 5-14) have lost four in a row and 11 of 13 in what might be Tim Miles ‘ final season as their coach.

Nebraska’s James Palmer matched his season high with 30 points. Glynn Watson added 25 and Isaiah Roby had 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — M.J. Walker scored nine of his 11 points after halftime, including a critical 3-pointer in overtime, and Florida State rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit.

Mfiondu Kabengele scored 13 points in the second half and overtime and Florida State improved to 15-1 at home this season and tied the program record with 12 Atlantic Coast Conference wins.

With the win, Florida State (24-6, 12-5) clinched the No. 4 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament and a double bye. Virginia Tech (22-7, 11-6) is locked into the No. 5 seed.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 19 points to pace Virginia Tech.

NO. 19 BUFFALO 82, OHIO 79

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Jeremy Harris scored 20 points as Buffalo locked up the Mid-American Conference regular-season title and a top seed in the conference tournament.

Nick Perkins and CJ Massinburg each chipped in 17 points as the senior-laden Bulls (27-3 overall, 15-2 MAC) won the conference title for the second straight year and tied the school record for wins set last year when the team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Bobcats (13-16, 5-12) got 20 points from Doug Taylor and Teyvion Kirk added 17.


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