Duke falls to unranked Virginia Tech

By Trevor Bray

The Duke men’s basketball team lost its third game of the season against unranked Virginia Tech on Saturday night.

The Blue Devils (26-3, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) lacked support from their starting lineup. Seth Curry had a tough night, fouling out of the game and scoring no baskets, while Ryan Kelly collected only two points. Forward Kyle Singler led Duke with 22 points, shooting 6-for-19 from the field. For the contest, the Blue Devils shot under 40 percent and were 3-for-30 from 3-point range.

All Hokies (19-8, 9-5 ACC) starters had double-digit points for the night as Jeff Allen scored a team-high 18 points. When Virginia Tech needed it the most, it received big shots from a variety of players. After lagging by six, Allen made a 3-pointer, adding momentum to get the Hokies back into the game. Senior Terrell Bell had a crucial shot when VT trailed by three with four minutes, 40 seconds left to tie the game at 55 apiece.

Malcolm Delaney brought VT to a five-point lead with two minutes left in the game after swishing yet another 3-pointer. Despite their best efforts, the Blue Devils would not lead again. Curry fouled Allen with three seconds remaining and Allen made one of two free throws to seal the 64-60 victory.

Duke will have a chance at redemption at home on Wednesday night against Clemson.

Syracuse tops Georgetown

Georgetown fell short to Big East rival Syracuse without senior point guard Chris Wright. Wright’s broken hand kept him on the sideline as his team lost, 58-51.

Scoop Jardine set the tone for the Orange (24-6, 11-6 Big East) by making a 3-pointer in the first 50 seconds of the game. After that shot, Georgetown (21-8, 10-7 Big East) would not lead again until the second half. James Southerland secured the lead for Syracuse before halftime by scoring seven points in a 9-2 run. When the buzzer sounded for intermission, the Orange led 33-23.

Georgetown’s Austin Freeman and Jason Clark initiated a comeback in the second half. Between Clark’s three 3-pointers and Freeman’s seven points, the Hoyas only trailed by two with 11:24 remaining. Then, freshman Nate Lubick got his chance to shine by scoring two consecutive baskets to give Georgetown a 45-43 lead.

Jardine’s jumper and Rick Jackson’s layup brought the Orange back on top, where it stayed for the rest of the game. Jardine was Syracuse’s top performer with 17 points, four rebounds, seven assists and two steals.

Syracuse and Georgetown will be back in action Saturday as the Orange face DePaul at 4 p.m. and the Hoyas visit Cincinnati at 2 p.m.

BYU dominates SDSU

Brigham Young’s high scoring effort even at a low altitude, held San Diego State from a victory on Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars’ Jimmer Fredette had a big night by making his 266th 3-pointer to set the school record. Fredette also excelled with 25 points and nine assists, aiding then-No. 7 BYU to an 80-67 win.

The first half was action packed as (27-2, 13-1 MWC) Fredette, Noah Hartsock and Charles Abouo combined for seven treys for the Cougars. After trailing by double digits 13 minutes into the game (32-20), the Aztecs’ (27-2, 12-2 MWC) Billy White responded by completing four dunks in the half. Kawhi Leonard also stepped up with one dunk and eight additional points. By halftime, the then-No. 6 Aztecs trailed 38-35.

BYU’s 3-point barrage continued in the second half. SDSU’s James Rahon retorted by making his own 3-pointer with 13:13 left – bringing his team in range at 47-44. However, Fredette quickly responded with a long range connection, soon followed by another deep ball from Jackson Emery. BYU went 14-for-24 from 3-point range during the game, including four each by Fredette and Abouo.

San Diego State returns to the court Tuesday for a late game against Wyoming at 10 p.m., while BYU will play New Mexico on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh loses in OT

Louisville beat Pittsburgh in overtime, 62-59, on Saturday despite its worst shooting performance in a win all season at 34.4 percent.

Oddly enough, three of Pittsburgh’s starters had double-digit points, with Gilbert Brown totaling 20. The then-No. 16 Cardinals, meanwhile, just had two starters in double figures as Peyton Siva scored a team-high 14 points. Louisville relied on its tough defense and effective rebounding to earn the victory.

Seven minutes into the first half, Pittsburgh had its only lead of the game at 9-7. Mike Marra broke that lead with a 3-pointer, assisted by Siva. At the end of the first half, the Cardinals led by nine, 31-22.

Brad Wanamaker gave the Panthers hope by tying the score at 56 apiece with back-to-back jumpers in the last minute of the game. Wanamaker brought Pittsburgh into overtime when he viciously blocked Kyle Kuric’s layup in the remaining two seconds. Kuric made a 3-pointer and a dunk while Terrence Jennings made a free throw for the Cardinals in OT. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, missed all of its field goal attempts to lose.

Pittsburgh’s last game of the season is Saturday against Villanova.

Trevor Bray can be reached at [email protected]