Duke matched the Atlantic Coast Conference record for consecutive regular season wins in heart-stopping fashion last night, getting a career-high 30 points from Chris Carrawell in a 92-88 overtime victory over North Carolina State in Durham, N.C.
The No. 5 Blue Devils (14-2, 5-0 ACC) won their 27th straight league game over a three-year span, matching the mark set by the Wolfpack from 1972 to '75.
"Any time you can win 27 in a row in this great league it says you're playing hard all the time, 110 percent every time you step out on the court," Carrawell said.
Carrawell, whose previous career high was 28 points set in the season opener against Stanford, had five points in overtime. Freshman Carlos Boozer scored six of his 24 points in the extra period.
Carrawell, Duke's only senior, played all 45 minutes in a game that matched the intensity of an ACC title game. Ron Kelley matched his season high with 17 points to lead North Carolina State (12-3, 3-2).
Duke also won its 44th straight game at Cameron Indoor Stadium and its 14th straight overall since losing its first two this season.
SYRACUSE 82, PITTSBURGH 72: Freshman DeShaun Williams, held scoreless over his last three games, scored a season-high 23 points as a reserve to help the No. 6 Orangemen remain unbeaten with the road win.
Williams made five three-pointers and scored all of his points in the first 28 minutes. He had 12 points combined in his previous six games.
KENTUCKY 74, MISSISSIPPI 69: Center Jamaal Magloire scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the 18th-ranked Wildcats used strong inside play to overcome poor shooting to win at home.
The win was the eighth in nine games for Kentucky (12-5, 3-1); Mississippi (12-6, 0-5) remained winless in the Southeastern Conference.
The Wildcats' Keith Bogans (DeMatha High) made three three-pointers (Kentucky was 3 of 17 overall), scored 12 points and had four assists.
COLORADO 88, OKLAHOMA 80: Jaquay Walls scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half as the Buffaloes upset the No. 17 Sooners at home.
Colorado (10-6, 1-3 Big 12) outshot Oklahoma 55 percent to 47 percent and made critical free throws down the stretch after the Sooners (14-3, 2-2) fell behind by 12 points with 8 minutes 21 seconds left and were forced to foul.
Jamahl Mosley added 19 points and Will Smith had 15 for the Buffaloes, who snapped an 11-game losing streak against Oklahoma and who had lost 37 of the previous 39 games in the series.
CINCINNATI 75, MEMPHIS 55: Kenyon Martin scored a career-high 28 points, tied the school record with 10 blocks and steadied the top-ranked Bearcats during an off-target night at home.
Martin scored seven consecutive points late in the second half, allowing Cincinnati (17-1, 5-0 Conference USA) to shake free of the Tigers. The Bearcats turned a close game into a blowout with a closing 21-9 run.
Memphis (8-9, 1-3) opened the game in a 1-for-20 shooting slump--the basket came on a goaltending call against Martin.
AUBURN 65, SOUTH CAROLINA 61: In Auburn, Ala., Mamadou N'diaye made two free throws with 49 seconds remaining to help the No. 4 Tigers earn their 14th straight win.
Auburn (16-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) lost a 16-point, second-half lead and trailed, 61-60, with 1:14 remaining. But the Tigers made 5 of 6 free throws over the final 49 seconds to secure the win. The Gamecocks (9-8, 1-3) lost their third straight.
OKLAHOMA STATE 73, TEXAS 65: Desmond Mason broke out of a slump by scoring 30 points and the No. 12 Cowboys (14-1, 3-0 Big 12) made clutch free throws in the closing minutes to hold off the No. 14 Longhorns (11-5, 3-1) in Stillwater, Okla.