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Unranked North Carolina State stuns No. 7 Duke, 88-74

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tracy Smith scored 23 points and Dennis Horner added 20 as North Carolina State stunned No. 7 Duke, 88-74, on Wednesday night in Raleigh, N.C.

Javi Gonzalez had 15 points for the Wolfpack (13-6, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), including a critical three-pointer that beat the shot clock with about four minutes left. It was N.C. State's first home win against Duke since 2004 and the first win against the Blue Devils overall since the first round of the 2007 ACC tournament.

By the time it was over, Wolfpack fans were charging the court for the kind of home win they haven't savored since an upset of highly ranked rival North Carolina in coach Sidney Lowe's first season.

Kyle Singler scored 22 points to pace the Blue Devils (15-3, 3-2).

-- WAKE FOREST 82, NORTH CAROLINA 69: Freshman C.J. Harris scored a career-high 20 points as the Demon Deacons sent the 24th-ranked Tar Heels to their first three-game losing streak under coach Roy Williams in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Ishmael Smith had 20 points, and Al-Farouq Aminu added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Wake Forest (13-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Demon Deacons hit 56 percent of their three-pointers and were 7 of 8 from the three-point arc in the second half of their first victory in Chapel Hill since 2003.

Will Graves scored 16 points to lead North Carolina (12-7, 1-3). The defending national champions, who have dropped four of five, were playing their first game since falling to No. 24 -- their lowest ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 since 2006.

-- KANSAS 81, BAYLOR 75: Sherron Collins had 28 points and hit his fifth three-pointer with just over a minute left to help the 3rd-ranked Jayhawks outlast the No. 25 Bears in Lawrence, Kan..

Kansas (17-1, 3-0) used its depth to get Baylor's big front line in foul trouble and hit just enough shots down the stretch to eke out its 53rd straight win at Allen Fieldhouse.

Baylor (14-3, 2-2) gave Kansas its toughest test of the season at home, riding LaceDarius Dunn's 27 points to become the first team in 92 games to more over 50 percent (52) against the Jayhawks.

-- VILLANOVA 94, RUTGERS 68: Dominic Cheek scored 17 points, Corey Stokes added 16 and the 4th-ranked Wildcats rolled to their eighth straight win in Piscataway, N.J.

Corey Fisher, who like Cheek and Stokes played high school basketball in New Jersey, added 15 points as the Wildcats (17-1, 6-0 Big East) matched the school's best start since 1963-64.


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