Jose Juan Barea scored 15 points, including three key 3-pointers, and Northeastern used a 13-0 run in the first half to take command in a 68-54 win over Georgia State last night in Atlanta.
The Panthers (4-13 overall, 2-8 Colonial Athletic Association) led, 10-9, before the Huskies (11-7, 7-3) made their 13-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Adrian Martinez with 8:47 left before halftime. Northeastern led 32-21 at the half.
Brandon Cartwright's layup cut Georgia State's deficit to 32-29 with 17:06 left, but Barea then hit two 3-pointers to stretch the lead to 38-29.
The Panthers reduced the margin to 38-33 on Deven Dickerson's jumper with 14 minutes left. Barea then hit another 3-pointer to extend the lead to 8 points. A layup by Shawn James made it 43-33, giving the Huskies a double-digit lead for good.
Duke 80, Virginia Tech 67 -- J.J. Redick, Shelden Williams, and the No. 2 Blue Devils didn't stay down long, and they had the perfect opponent to get well against in Blacksburg, Va.
Williams had 24 points and 15 rebounds and Redick added 24 points in the final college game in his home state as the Blue Devils beat the reeling Hokies.
Memphis 73, UAB 66 -- Darius Washington scored 26 points and Rodney Carney added 19 as the No. 3 host Tigers overcame the Blazers' defensive pressure.
Central Connecticut 57, Wagner 40 -- Tristan Blackwood scored 22 points and had five assists as the Blue Devils beat the Seahawks in New Britain, Conn.
Quinnipiac 68, Mount St. Mary's, Md. 62 -- Karl Anderson scored 15 points, including two free throws with 52 seconds left, to lead the Bobcats over the Mount in Hamden, Conn.
Long Island U. 63, Sacred Heart 60 -- James Williams scored 14 points to help the Blackbirds snap a three-game losing streak with a victory over the Pioneers in New York.
Kentucky 66, Tennessee 63 -- Top-ranked Tennessee lost consecutive games for the first time in nine years when the Wildcats upset the Lady Vols in Lexington, Ky.
Duke 97, Clemson 65 -- Lindsey Harding scored 17 points and the No. 2 Blue Devils matched their best start at 20-0 with a victory over the Lady Tigers in Clemson, S.C.
LSU 75, Vanderbilt 53 -- Sylvia Fowles had 26 points and 22 rebounds, while Seimone Augustus added 28 points to lead the No. 4 Lady Tigers past the No. 22 Commodores in Baton Rouge, La.
Maryland 79, Georgia Tech 71 -- Crystal Langhorne scored 19 of her 23 points in the second half, teaming with Shay Doron to help the No. 6 Terrapins down the Yellow Jackets in College Park, Md.
Ohio St. 73, Wisconsin 46 -- Jessica Davenport had 19 points and 14 rebounds and became Ohio State's career leader in blocked shots, leading the seventh-ranked Buckeyes over the Badgers in Columbus, Ohio.
Purdue 73, Michigan St 53 -- Katie Gearlds scored 23 points and Aya Traore added 17 to lead the No. 8 Boilermakers over the 16th-ranked Spartans in West Lafayette, Ind.
Minnesota 79, North Dakota St. 70 -- Jamie Broback scored a career-high 33 points, 25 in the second half, to lead the No. 14 Golden Gophers past the pesky Bison in Minneapolis.
Georgia 75, South Carolina 64 -- Tasha Humphrey scored 18 points and Sherill Baker added 13 in the second half to lift the No. 15 Lady Bulldogs over the Gamecocks in Columbia, S.C.
Arizona St. 75, Washington St. 65 -- Amy Denson and Danielle Orsillo each scored 13 points in Pullman Washington, sending the 19th ranked Sun Devils over the Cougars.
Arkansas 69, Florida 63 -- Leslie Howard scored a season-high 24 points, leading the Lady Razorbacks over the No. 24 Gators in Fayetteville, Ark.
UMass Dartmouth 67, Wheaton 66 -- Joya Davis hit two free throws with four second remaining to give the Corsairs the victory over the Lyons in North Dartmouth, Mass.
Bentley 84, Stonehill 74 -- Carolyn Gottstein scored a career high 29 points including 9 in overtime to lift the Falcons over the ninth-ranked Skyhawks in Waltham, Stonehill's first loss of the season.