College basketball roundup: Duke blows 15-point lead, loses at Ohio State

UNCG and Davidson each earned wins against in-state foes

Duke's Trevor Keels, right, looks for an open pass as Ohio State's Jamari Wheeler defends during the Buckeyes' upset over the top-ranked Blue Devils on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio. (Jay LaPrete / AP Photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Zed Key scored a career-high 20 points and Ohio State held top-ranked Duke scoreless for the final 4 1/2 minutes, completing a rally from a 15-point second-half deficit to beat the Blue Devils 71-66 on Tuesday night.

E.J. Liddell hit two free throws with 1:06 remaining to give the Buckeyes (5-2) their first lead since early in the first half, and his jumper made it 69-66 with 16 seconds left. Duke freshman star Paolo Banchero missed a tying 3-pointer, and Cedric Russell got the rebound and closed it out at the free-throw line. Ohio State fans stormed the court as time expired.

The Blue Devils (7-1) claimed the top spot in this week’s AP Top 25 poll — a stay that could be brief — after beating then-No. 1 Gonzaga in Las Vegas. Ohio State improved to 2-1 against ranked foes this year with its fourth straight game decided in the final minutes.

Liddell finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Ohio State, which beat the No. 1 team in the country for the second straight time on its home court. The Buckeyes knocked off Michigan State 80-64 on Jan. 7, 2018.

Wendell Moore Jr. led the Blue Devils with 17 points and Banchero finished with 14.

Duke led by 13 points at halftime and extended that advantage to 49-34 early in the second half. Moore’s layup with 5:19 remaining made it 65-57, and Trevor Keels made a free throw with 4:29 left.

The Blue Devils didn’t score again, missing their last six shots as Ohio State closed the game with a 12-0 run. Duke endured a 1-for-14 stretch earlier in the half, allowing the Buckeyes to draw closer.

Ohio State took an early 13-7 lead but Duke responded with a 13-2 run. The Blue Devils shot 52.9% in the first half.

Duke has a break before it hosts South Carolina State on Dec. 14.

UNC Greensboro 74, Elon 61

GREENSBORO — De’Monte Buckingham had 21 points as UNC Greensboro got past Elon 74-61 on Tuesday night.

Bas Leyte had 17 points and eight rebounds for UNC Greensboro (7-2), which earned its fifth straight home victory. Khyre Thompson added 13 points. Dante Treacy had six assists.

Darius Burford had 15 points for the Phoenix (2-6), whose losing streak stretched to five games. Torrence Watson added 13 points. Hunter Woods had 13 points.

Zac Ervin, whose 14 points per game coming into the matchup led the Phoenix, shot only 20% for the game (1 of 5) and scored two points.

Davidson 75, Charlotte 58

CHARLOTTE — Hyunjung Lee scored a career-high 32 points as Davidson topped Charlotte 75-58 on Tuesday night.

Michael Jones had 18 points for Davidson (5-2), which won its fourth straight game.

Aly Khalifa had 18 points for the 49ers (3-3). Jahmir Young added 10 points.

East Carolina 63, Old Dominion 62

GREENVILLE — Brandon Suggs made a layup with 40 seconds left to lift East Carolina to a 63-62 win over Old Dominion on Tuesday night. C.J. Keyser turned the ball over on the following possession for the Monarchs, securing the victory for the Pirates.

Vance Jackson had 21 points to lead the Pirates.

Jackson shot 6 for 7 on 3-pointers.

Suggs had 14 points and eight rebounds for East Carolina (6-2), which earned its fifth straight home victory. Tristen Newton added 13 points and eight assists. Brandon Johnson had three blocks.

C.J. Keyser had 19 points for the Monarchs (3-5). Kalu Ezikpe added 12 points. A.J. Oliver II had seven rebounds.

The Pirates improve to 2-0 against the Monarchs this season. East Carolina defeated Old Dominion 73-60 on Nov. 19.

Campbell 83, Lancaster Bible College 39

BUIES CREEK — Jesus Carralero posted 14 points and six assists as Campbell easily beat Lancaster Bible College 83-39 on Tuesday night.

Ricky Clemons had 14 points and six rebounds for Campbell (6-1), which earned its fourth straight victory. Messiah Thompson added 12 points. Laurynas Vaistaras had 10 points.

Jordan Shewbridge had 13 points for the Chargers. Grant Sareyka added 10 points.

Furman 74, High Point 70 (2OT)

HIGH POINT — Alex Hunter had 18 points to lead five Furman players in double figures as the Paladins edged past High Point 74-70 in double overtime on Tuesday night.

Marcus Foster added 15 points for the Paladins. Jalen Slawson chipped in 12, Mike Bothwell scored 11 and Conley Garrison had 11. Foster had 14 rebounds, while Slawson posted 14 rebounds and three blocks. Bothwell had six rebounds.

Bothwell scored in the paint at the end of regulation to force overtime and again scored in the paint, this time with five seconds left, to force the second OT. Furman scored the first six points of the second overtime and held off the Panthers from there.

John-Michael Wright had 26 points and six rebounds for the Panthers (3-4). Zach Austin added 14 points, seven rebounds and six blocks. Emmanuel Izunabor had 11 points.