DURHAM — Cormac Ryan scored a career-high 28 points and Prentiss Hubb hit a critical 3-pointer with 38.2 seconds left to help Notre Dame beat Duke 93-89 on Tuesday.
Hubb’s long 3 with the shot clock winding down pushed the Fighting Irish to a 90-85 lead, their largest of the game. The Blue Devils twice got within three but no closer, with Wendell Moore Jr. missing a 3-pointer on Duke’s final possession.
Notre Dame (8-10, 5-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) had lost seven straight games to Duke and 9 of 10 in Cameron Indoor Stadium. But the Fighting Irish shot 55%, made 11 of 25 3-pointers and 18 of 20 free throws — a strong all-around shooting performance that allowed them to overcome a 15-point first-half deficit.
Hubb finished with 15 points, one of five starters to score in double figures for Notre Dame, which won for the fifth time in seven games.
Moore finished with 24 points and matched his career high with 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (7-8, 5-6), who have suffered their second three-game skid since the start of 2021. Duke hadn’t lost three in a row before this season since January 2016.
The Blue Devils were coming off Saturday’s home loss to rival North Carolina and had lost five of seven overall. As with the UNC loss, Duke shot the ball well in this one at 52% while making 10 3-pointers, but the Blue Devils just couldn’t contain the Fighting Irish’s hot shooting behind Ryan.
Going back to the Blue Devils’ loss at Miami, Duke’s last three opponents have shot 53.6% from the field and 52.8% (28 of 53) from behind the arc.
James Madison 70, Elon 61
ELON — Matt Lewis had 22 points as James Madison got past Elon 70-61 on Tuesday night.
Vado Morse had 17 points and six rebounds for James Madison (11-5, 6-1 Colonial Athletic Association), which won its fifth straight game. Julien Wooden had nine rebounds and Justin Amadi added seven rebounds.
Simon Wright had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Phoenix (3-7, 0-6), whose losing streak stretched to seven games. Hunter McIntosh added 13 points and Michael Graham had 9 points, seven rebounds and six blocks.
The Dukes improve to 2-0 against the Phoenix for the season. James Madison defeated Elon 78-57 last Wednesday.
Florida A&M 60, NC Central 47
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — MJ Randolph had 14 points and six rebounds as Florida A&M topped North Carolina Central 60-47 on Tuesday night.
Bryce Moragne had eight rebounds for Florida A&M (4-8, 3-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).
C.J. Keyser had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Eagles (4-5, 2-2). Deven Palmer added 15 points.
The Rattlers improve to 2-0 against the Eagles for the season. Florida A&M defeated North Carolina Central 59-50 on Monday.