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Duke displays depth in ACC showdown

Shelden Williams controlled the boards, swatted shots, and provided a rugged low-post presence for No. 2 Duke. It was the perfect complement to the Blue Devils' balanced offense yesterday.

J.J. Redick scored 23 points, and Williams had 16 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 blocked shots to lift Duke past No. 4 Wake Forest, 84-72, in Durham, N.C.

Chris Duhon added 8 points and 14 assists for the Blue Devils (14-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won 11 straight overall and 36 in a row at home. The win gives the Blue Devils sole possession of first place in the ACC, where they are chasing an unprecedented sixth straight championship.

Duhon's 14 assists and Williams's eight blocks were career highs, part of a terrific all-around effort by the Blue Devils. Redick, Williams, Daniel Ewing (20 points), and Luol Deng (15 points) made big shots to answer any runs the Demon Deacons (11-2, 2-1) put together.

Wake Forest hasn't won at Cameron Indoor Stadium since Tim Duncan the Deacons to an 81-69 victory in January 1997.

Stanford 68, California 61 -- Matt Lottich scored 15 points as the third-ranked Cardinal (14-0, 5-0 Pac-10) stayed unbeaten with a victory over the visiting Golden Bears (6-8, 2-3) in the first meeting of the season between the rivals.

Justin Davis added 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals in Stanford's 11th straight win against Cal at Maples Pavilion.

Richard Midgley led Cal (6-8, 2-3 Pac-10), scoring all 19 of his points in the second half. Amit Tamir added 15 points for the Golden Bears.

Georgia 65, Kentucky 57 -- At Lexington, Ky., Rashad Wright scored 20 points and the Bulldogs brought an end to the No. 5 Wildcats' 19-game Southeastern Conference regular-season winning streak.

Georgia (9-5, 1-2) beat a top-five opponent for the second time this month. The Bulldogs stopped then-No. 3 Georgia Tech in double overtime Jan. 3.

Damien Wilkins added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who trailed Kentucky only once, for 70 seconds midway through the second half.

Kentucky (11-2, 2-1) came no closer than 6 points during the final six minutes, denying coach Tubby Smith his 300th career win.

Saint Joseph's 81, Xavier 73 -- Delonte West made every shot he took -- 12 from the field, six from the line -- for 33 points as the sixth-ranked Hawks extended the best start in school history.

Jameer Nelson added 28 points and helped rally Saint Joseph's (15-0, 5-0 Atlantic 10) from a rare second-half deficit. Lionel Chalmers led Xavier (9-6, 1-2) with 23 points.

Arizona 97, UCLA 72 -- At Los Angeles, Channing Frye tied his career high with 26 points and the No. 7 Wildcats easily handed the Bruins their first Pac-10 loss.

The Wildcats (11-3, 3-2) ended their two-game skid by dominating UCLA (9-4, 5-1) from the opening tip. Lute Olson became Arizona's all-time coaching leader with his 510th victory.

Louisville 79, Tulane 58 -- Luke Whitehead had 16 points and the No. 8 Cardinals (13-1, 4-0 Conference USA) put on a commanding defensive show at home, forcing 23 turnovers and 37 percent shooting by the Green Wave (6-7, 0-3).

Cincinnati 85, TCU 57 -- Jason Maxiell injured his lower right leg in the opening minutes, then returned to spark the No. 10 Bearcats (13-0, 4-0 Conference USA) with 15 points and a pair of emphatic dunks in Cincinnati.

Missouri 79, Oklahoma 75 -- Rickey Paulding had 9 of his 23 points in overtime and Arthur Johnson added 16 points and 11 rebounds to lift the visiting Tigers (7-6, 2-1 Big 12) and extend the losing streak of the 11th-ranked Sooners (10-3, 0-2) to three games.

Georgia Tech 81, Maryland 71 -- Will Bynum netted a career-high 25 points and the 12th-ranked Yellow Jackets (14-2, 2-1 ACC) dominated the final 10 minutes to pull away from the Terrapins (10-4, 1-2) in Atlanta.

Pittsburgh 59, Rutgers 49 -- Jaron Brown scored 19 points and hit Pittsburgh's only two 3-pointers to key a late-game comeback for the 13th-ranked Panthers (18-0, 4-0 Big East) at home.

Kansas 71, Texas A&M 65 -- At College Station, Texas, the 14th-ranked Jayhawks (11-2, 3-0 Big 12) stretched their winning streak to a season-high five games as Keith Langford provided 21 points.

Vanderbilt 86, Florida 72 -- At Nashville, the No. 23 Commodores (13-2, 2-2 SEC) broke a six-game winning streak for the 15th-ranked Gators (11-3, 2-1 SEC) behind 23 points by Matt Freije.

Gonzaga 75, St. Mary's 61 -- Cory Violette scored 20 points, Ronny Turiaf added 19, and Blake Stepp had 15 of his 16 in the second half, powering the 16th-ranked Bulldogs (14-2, 4-0 West Coast) at Spokane, Wash.

Syracuse 81, Notre Dame 70 -- At South Bend, Ind., Hakim Warrick had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the No. 17 Orangemen (13-1, 3-0 Big East) shot 56.5 percent from the field in winning their 13th straight game.

Texas 63, Nebraska 61 -- Royal Ivey hit a jumper from the left wing with 2.4 seconds left, giving the No. 18 Longhorns (11-2, 2-0 Big 12) a home victory.

Mississippi St. 64, LSU 54 -- Branden Vincent provided 8 of his 12 points in the second half, and the 20th-ranked Bulldogs (14-1, 3-1 SEC) held off a furious rally by the Tigers in Baton Rouge, La.

Texas Tech 75, Baylor 66 -- The 22d-ranked Red Raiders (14-2, 2-0 Big 12) blew a late 10-point lead, but still held off the host Bears as Ronald Ross poured in 24 points in the team's 10th straight win.

Creighton 72, Evansville 53 -- With Brody Deren supplying 15 points, the No. 24 Bluejays (13-1, 5-1 Missouri Valley) rebounded from their first loss by stretching their school-record home winning streak to 26 games.

Illinois 88, Iowa 82 -- Roger Powell scored 20 points and Deron Williams keyed a second-half rally to boost the No. 25 Illini (11-4, 2-2 Big Ten) at Champaign, Ill.

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