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  • Irish stun Duke in ACC debut

  • SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Eric Atkins scored seven of his 19 points during a decisive 20-4 run to lead Notre Dame to a 79-77 upset of No. 7 Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference debut for the Fighting Irish on Saturday.
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  • SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Eric Atkins scored seven of his 19 points during a decisive 20-4 run to lead Notre Dame to a 79-77 upset of No. 7 Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference debut for the Fighting Irish on Saturday.
    Two weeks after squandering an eight-point lead in the final 50 seconds against No. 3 Ohio State at Madison Square Garden, the Irish (10-4, 1-0) managed to hold on to improve to 13-6 against top 10 teams at home under Mike Brey.
    The Irish were able to pull the upset despite being without leading scorer Jerian Grant, who was dismissed from school for an academic violation the day after the Ohio State loss.
    It was the first loss in an ACC opener for the Blue Devils (11-3, 0-1) in seven seasons.
    Rodney Hood led the Blue Devils with 27 points, including making 5 of 10 from 3-point range as Duke was 12 of 28 from beyond the arc.
    No. 2 Syracuse 49, Miami 44
    At Syracuse, N.Y., C.J. Fair scored 15 points, including the go-ahead basket with 4:16 to go, and Syracuse rallied late in its Atlantic Coast Conference debut.
    Syracuse (14-0, 1-0) struggled against Miami (8-6, 0-2), the reigning conference champion.
    Miami, which trailed by four points at halftime, started the second half with a 14-4 run as the Orange missed their first nine shots. Garrius Adams, who led Miami with nine points, and freshman Manu Lecomte hit 3-pointers and Rion Brown hit a jumper from deep in the right corner to stake the Hurricanes to a 35-29 lead with 12:22 left.
    No. 3 Ohio State 84, Nebraska 53
    At Columbus, Ohio, LaQuinton Ross scored 11 points, including two 3-pointers as Ohio State pulled away.
    Amedeo Della Valle had 15 points, Marc Loving scored a career-high 13, Shannon Scott also had 13 and Amir Williams chipped in with 10 points for Ohio State, which shot 54 percent from the field (27 of 50) and 47 percent on 3-pointers (9 of 19).
    Terran Petteway scored 15 points and Leslee Smith had 11 for the Cornhuskers (8-6, 0-2), who have lost 20 consecutive road games to ranked teams since beating No. 22 Texas A&M on Feb. 23, 2008.
    No. 5 Michigan State 73, Indiana 56
    At Bloomington, Ind., Gary Harris scored 26 points to lead Michigan State.
    Harris had 17 points in the first half for the Spartans (13-1, 2-0 Big Ten) and he had a 5-point play midway through the second half.
    Michigan State turned 13 Indiana turnovers into 20 points, capitalizing on a problem that has plagued the Hoosiers (10-5, 0-2) all season. They are averaging 16.4 turnovers a game, more than anyone else in the conference.
    Kansas State 74, No. 6 Oklahoma State 71
    At Manhattan, Kan., Marcus Foster scored 17 points and Nino Williams made two free throws with 5.7 seconds left for Kansas State in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
    Williams finished with 15 points, none bigger than his two free throws that gave the Wildcats (11-3, 1-0) a three-point lead. Marcus Smart of the Cowboys raced up court and threw up a running 3-point try as the final buzzer sounded, but it clanked harmlessly off the rim.
    Thomas Gipson added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Kansas State, which has won nine straight after losing to the likes of Northern Colorado and Charlotte earlier in the season.
    No. 12 Florida 67, Richmond 58
    At Gainesville, Fla., Michael Frazier II scored 18 points, including three huge 3-pointers in the second half, as Florida rallied.
    The Gators trailed 48-45 with about 6 minutes to play before seniors Scottie Wilbekin, Casey Prather and Pat Young took over.
    No. 13 Iowa State 73, Texas Tech 62
    At Lubbock, Texas, Georges Niang scored 17 points and Melvin Ejim added 16 to extend Iowa State's winning streak to a school record-tying 13 games.
    DeAndre Kane had 15 points for the Cyclones (13-0, 1-0) in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
    No. 14 Louisville 83, Rutgers 76
    At Piscataway, N.J., Russ Smith scored 22 points and Louisville used its press and free-throw shooting to win a foul-plagued game.
    Luke Hancock added 15 points, Terry Rozier had a career-high 14 and Wayne Blackshear 13 as the Cardinals (13-2, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) forced Rutgers to commit a season-high 19 turnovers.
    SMU 74, No. 17 UConn 65
    At Dallas, Nic Moore had 20 points and six assists to lead SMU in the Mustangs' first game of the season played on campus in refurbished Moody Coliseum.
    Nick Russell added 14 points for SMU (11-3, 1-1) in its first conference win as a member of the American Athletic Conference.
    Cincinnati 69, No. 18 Memphis 53
    At Memphis, Tenn., Sean Kilpatrick scored 11 of his 18 points down the stretch and Cincinnati won its sixth straight, while Memphis saw an end to a three-game winning streak.
    Justin Jackson finished with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds and a career high-matching seven blocks for Cincinnati (13-2, 2-0 American Athletic Conference), while Shaquille Thomas had 10 points.
    No. 23 Massachusetts 73, Miami of Ohio 65
    At Amherst, Mass., Chaz Williams had 18 points and eight assists, leading Massachusetts to the win.
    Maxie Esho added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Minutemen (12-1), who host Saint Joseph's on Wednesday in their Atlantic-10 opener. Cady Lalanne had 12 points and Trey Davis finished with 11.
    No. 24 Gonzaga 86, Pacific 64
    At Spokane, Wash., Drew Barham and Kevin Pangos each scored 16 points to help Gonzaga beat Pacific.
    David Stockton added 15 points and Sam Dower Jr. had 13 points for Gonzaga (14-2, 4-0 West Coast), which has won 22 consecutive WCC games spanning three seasons.
    No. 25 Missouri 69, Long Beach State 59
    At Columbia, Mo., Jabari Brown scored 22 points to power Missouri to the victory.
    Earnest Ross added 16 points and Ryan Rosburg had 11 rebounds for the Tigers (12-1), who open Southeastern Conference play at home against Georgia on Wednesday. Jordan Clarkson, who leads the SEC with a 20-point average, had a season-low 11 points.
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