College Basketball Roundup: No. 15 Duke goes young in win

WCU, Charlotte and UNCW picked up wins

Maryland-Eastern Shore's Nathaniel Pollard Jr., right, drives against Duke's Dereck Lively II during the Blue Devils' win Saturday in Durham. (Ben McKeown / AP Photo)

DURHAM — Even for a storied program like Duke, there was another historical footnote Saturday.

Tyrese Proctor and Dariq Whitehead each scored 15 points and the 15th-ranked Blue Devils rolled past Maryland-Eastern Shore 82-55 while using an all-freshman starting lineup for the first time.

“It was cool,” freshman forward Mark Mitchell said. “It feels good to make history.”

For first-year coach Jon Scheyer, it seemed strange to send out a starting five of all freshmen although the Blue Devils have counted heavily on first-year players frequently for more than a decade.

“It was not something we were trying to do for that reason,” Scheyer said of creating a piece of program history. “It just organically ended up that way. Each of those five guys, they’re talented and they’re about the team and they’re just trying to figure it all out.”

Kyle Filipowski added 14 points as Duke (10-2) won its fourth game in a row.

It wasn’t perfect as the Blue Devils committed a season-high 19 turnovers while capping their nonconference schedule.

“It’s definitely a special moment,” Dereck Lively II said of being among the starters with his classmates. “We’re going to get better.”

Of course, there was responsibility that came at the beginning of the game.

“Let’s make sure we do the job,” Whitehead said.

Troy Hupstead had 12 points, Zion Styles posted 11 points and Da’Shawn Phillip had 10 points for Maryland-Eastern Shore (3-7), which lost its third game in a row.

Whitehead, who made his first career start but had all but two of his points in the second half, joined Filipowski, Proctor, Mitchell and Lively in the starting unit.

“I think we can play at any level, and we all believe in each other,” Proctor said.

Filipowski scored 12 points in the final 5½ minutes of the first half after going scoreless to that point. He has reached double figures in every game of his college career.

Duke had scoring runs of 11 and 12 points in the first half, when the Hawks committed 13 turnovers. The Blue Devils led 39-21 at halftime.

Duke finished its  nonconference home record finished at 6-0 and will play at Wake Forest on Dec. 20.

Western Carolina 99, Brevard 55

CULLOWHEE — Vonterius Woolbright had 21 points in Western Carolina’s 99-55 victory against Brevard on Saturday night.

Woolbright also contributed nine rebounds for the Catamounts (5-6). Russell Jones shot 5 for 8, including 4 for 7 from beyond the arc to add 14 points. Marlow Gilmore shot 5 of 8 from the field and 2 for 5 from the line to finish with 12 points, while adding 13 rebounds.

Ryan Smith finished with 14 points for the Tornados (0-3). Sly White added 14 points for Brevard. Jadon Carnes also had eight points.

Charlotte 82, Detroit Mercy 80

CHARLOTTE — Lu’Cye Patterson had 22 points, including the go-ahead basket with 42.2 seconds left in overtime, and Charlotte beat Detroit Mercy 82-80 on Saturday despite a history-making game for the Titans’ Antoine Davis.

Davis scored a season-high 36 points, tying his school record of 10 3-pointers, and becoming the 11th player in Division I history to score 3,000 points. He is at 3,001, seven away from joining the top 10. He shot 12 of 27 from the field, including 10 of 17 from the arc. He has 476 career 3-pointers, 33 from the NCAA record.

Patterson also had seven rebounds and seven assists for the 49ers (8-2). Igor Milicic Jr. added 20 points while shooting 7 for 8, including 4 for 5 from beyond the arc, and also had 11 rebounds. Jackson Threadgill was 5-of-11 shooting to finish with 12 points.

The Titans (5-6) got 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds from Gerald Liddell. Damezi Anderson added 14 points for Detroit Mercy.

UNC Wilmington 81, Jacksonville 53

WILMINGTON — Trazarien White’s 17 points helped UNC Wilmington defeat Jacksonville 81-53 on Saturday night.

White added eight rebounds, five assists, and three steals for the Seahawks (8-3). Maleeck Harden-Hayes added 14 points. Shykeim Phillips recorded 13 points and the Seahawks extended their winning streak to seven games.

The Dolphins (5-3) were led in scoring by Gyasi Powell, who finished with 14 points and six rebounds. Jacksonville also got 11 points from Jarius Cook. In addition, Kevion Nolan had nine points and three steals.

LSU 72, Wake Forest 70

ATLANTA — Justice Hill scored the winning basket with 2 seconds left, KJ Williams had 35 points, and LSU defeated Wake Forest 72-70 on Saturday as part of the Holiday Hoopsgiving quadrupleheader.

After LSU called timeout with 15 seconds left in a tie game, Hill took the ball above the 3-point arc, made a spin move and got to the middle of the lane for the winning layup.

Hill’s bucket, only his second of the game, capped a come-from-behind LSU win in which Williams scored 23 second-half points, making 5-of-6 3-pointers. He made 7-of-9 3-pointers for the game and added nine rebounds.

Wake Forest scored seven of the first 10 points in the second half, building a 47-36 lead. Williams scored LSU’s next eight points, then Cam Hayes hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 47 with 16:40 remaining. Neither team led by more than five points the remainder of the game and the score was tied at 70 after Wake Forest’s Tyree Appleby made one of two free throws with 1:02 remaining.

Both teams worked the clock on their next possessions — Williams missing in the lane for LSU and Damari Monsanto missing a 3-pointer for the Demon Deacons. LSU got possession after Monsanto’s miss, then called timeout to set up Hill’s winning drive to the hoop.

Appleby had 26 points and six assists for Wake Forest (7-3). He made 9 of 11 from the field. Matthew Marsh had 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench and Cameron Hildreth added 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Hayes had 13 points, six assists and five rebounds off the bench for LSU (8-1). Derek Fountain added 11 points five rebounds and four steals.

Miami 80, NC State 73

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Jordan Miller and Isaiah Wong combined to score 47 points and Miami held off NC State to take an 80-73 victory on Saturday afternoon.

The Hurricanes (10-1, 2-0 ACC) have won six straight games after dropping an 88-70 decision to Maryland.

NC State took a 43-34 lead at the break, but Miami came out of intermission firing. Nijel Pack hit a 3-pointer 11 seconds into the second half and Wong did the same 30 seconds later to cut the deficit to three, 43-40, but the Wolfpack answered with a 5-0 run of their own capped by a Terquavion Smith jumper. After Jarkel Joiner hit two free throws with 14:52 left the NC State lead was back to double digits, 52-42, and Joiner added a 3-pointer seconds later to make it 55-43.

Wong hit a jumper and followed it with a 3, Harlond Beverly hit a 3 and Miller scored at the basket to get Miami within 55-53 before Joiner knocked down a 3 to stop the run. Miami finally pulled even with 5:22 left when Beverley dunked. Miller followed with a 3-pointer at the 3:40 mark to give Miami a 70-67 lead.

D.J. Burns pulled the Wolfpack within two, 74-72 with 1:30 left, but the Hurricanes closed with a 6-1 run.

Miller was 8 of 15 from the field to lead Miami with 25 points, adding five boards and three assists. Wong added 22 points with eight assists. Norchard Omier contributed 11 points and 11 boards.

Joiner finished with 26 points to lead NC State (8-3, 0-2). Smith scored 19 points and Burnes added 16 points and eight rebounds. The Wolfpack bench scored just two points.

Dayton 79, UNC Asheville 56

DAYTON, Ohio — Daron Holmes scored 27 points as Dayton beat UNC Asheville 79-56 on Saturday.

Holmes added 12 rebounds and four blocks for the Flyers (6-5). Toumani Camara scored 13 points while shooting 6 of 7 from the field and added 11 rebounds. Koby Brea made three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.

Drew Pember led the Bulldogs (6-4) in scoring, finishing with 16 points and eight rebounds. Jamon Battle added 10 points and two steals for UNC Asheville. In addition, Nicholas McMullen had nine points.

Charlotte 82, Detroit 80 (OT)
Old Dominion 44, Gardner-Webb 43