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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Vernon Carey Jr. scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as No. 9 Duke beat Pittsburgh 79-67 on a night when both teams honored Kobe Bryant during a pregame ceremony at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The somber opening gave way to a testy battle on the court that included an eruption by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski — in the direction of his own fans. The Hall of Fame coach was angered by the Cameron Crazies directing a playful chant at Pittsburgh coach Jeff Capel. Krzyzewski came across the court to scold the fans for chanting at the opposing coach.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Kihei Clark scored 15 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 59 seconds left as Virginia ended No. 5 Florida State's 10-game winning streak, 61-56. Virginia trailed 56-55 before Clark drove left down the lane, reached across and banked his shot in on the right side of the basket. After Devin Vassell missed a jumper for the Seminoles, Mamadi Diakite hit a pair of free throws with 13.9 seconds left for Virginia. The Seminoles had a chance to tie, but Wyatt Wilkes and Trent Forrest both missed 3-point tries and Braxton Key added a pair of free throws for Virginia.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Dejan Vasiljevic scored 18 points to lead Miami to a 71-61 victory over Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes built a 22-point first-half lead and withstood a Hokies rally that got them within 63-59 on Landers Nolley’s layup with 1:01 remaining. Rodney Miller finished with 11 points, including seven in a 24-2 run over a 7:30 stretch that helped Miami build a 41-19 lead in the first half. Miller’s layup with 4:04 remaining capped the surge. Isaiah Wong added 10 points for the Hurricanes. Tyrece Radford scored a career-high 24 points for the Hokies.
ATLANTA (AP) — James Banks III scored 12 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots in just 17 minutes of action to lead Georgia Tech to a 82-54 win over Morehouse on a night when the Yellow Jackets were never threatened. Tech (10-11, 4-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) had no problems with the Division II program that is located less than two miles from McCamish Pavilion. Michael Olmert led Morehouse (9-9, 6-5, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) with nine points.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina freshman Cole Anthony says he's eager to return to the Tar Heels as soon as he's cleared in his recovery from knee surgery. The star point guard has been sidelined since before the December arthroscopic procedure to repair a partially torn meniscus in his right knee. It's unclear exactly when he might return. Anthony has missed 11 straight games but says he wants to make sure he's “100% confident in myself" before returning. The potential one-and-done NBA prospect also says he's “all in” on returning to play with the Tar Heels, who are 4-7 without him.
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