No. 2 Duke rallies from 23 down, beats No. 16 Louisville

Cam Reddish made a tying 3-pointer with 1:28 left and the go-ahead free throw with 14 seconds remaining, helping No. 2 Duke overcome a 23-point second-half deficit to beat No. 16 Louisville 71-69 on Tuesday night.

After making 2 of 17 shots to open the second half, the visiting Blue Devils (22-2, 10-1 ACC) got hot and shut down the Cardinals over the final 9:54. Zion Williamson (27 points, 12 rebounds) ignored foul trouble and instead drew whistles in his favor, making 8 of 9 from the line before Reddish added a couple of 3s in between free throws — the last two of which followed an official review of a play under Duke’s basket.

Christen Cunningham tried to tie it for Louisville (17-8, 8-4), but his jumper in the lane bounced off the rim and into Williamson’s hands as the final seconds ticked off. The Blue Devils completed the second-biggest second-half comeback in program history.

Reddish scored 16 of his 22 points after halftime and RJ Barrett added 13 for Duke, which won its eighth in a row despite shooting a season-low 37 percent from the field.

Jordan Nwora had 23 points and Dwaynme Sutton 15 for Louisville, which dropped its second straight.

#19 LSU 73, #5 Kentucky 71: Kavell Bigby-Williams’s tip-in at the buzzer gave the visiting Tigers (20-4, 10-1 SEC) their first win over the Wildcats (20-4, 9-2) since 2009.

Penn St. 75, #6 Michigan 69: Lamar Stevens scored 15 of his 26 points in the first half and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the host Nittany Lions (9-15, 2-11 Big Ten) to the upset. Michigan (22-3, 11-3) did not lead after the first 2:24 and played the second half without head coach John Beilein, who got back-to-back technical fouls and was ejected for arguing with officials after the first half.

#10 Marquette 92, DePaul 73: Markus Howard scored 36 points, Sam Hauser had 17 and the visiting Golden Eagles cruised past the Blue Demons. Howard went 12-for-21 from the field and 8-for-10 at the free-throw line in another impressive performance for Marquette (21-4, 10-2 Big East).

#11 Michigan State 67, #20 Wisconsin 58: Cassius Winston scored 23 points to help the visiting Spartans (20-5, 11-3 Big Ten) held the Badgers scoreless for more than five minutes to put away the game. Ethan Happ scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Wisconsin (17-8, 9-5).

#24 Maryland 70, #12 Purdue 56: Jalen Smith scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half, and the host Terrapins (19-6, 10-4 Big Ten) used strong defense to end the eight-game winning streak of the Boilermakers (17-7, 10-3).

#18 Kansas St. 71, Texas 64: Barry Brown and Xavier Sneed each scored 16 points, and the visiting Wildcats (19-5, 9-2) netted a ninth straight Big 12 victory. Kerwin Roach led Texas (14-11, 6-6) with 17 points.

#25 Buffalo 76, Akron 70: CJ Massinburg scored 21 points, Dontay Caruthers added 15 and the visiting Bulls (21-3, 9-2 Mid-American) turned up their defensive intensity to beat Akron, dropping the Zips (14-10, 6-5) to 0-31 against ranked teams.

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