Paulus, Singler Spark Rally As Duke Beats N.C. State
DURHAM, N.C. - Greg Paulus scored 22 points, including a burst of three 3-pointers early in the second half, to help third-ranked Duke rally past North Carolina State 92-72 on Thursday night. Freshman Kyle Singler added 19 points for the Blue Devils (18-1, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed by nine at halftime for the second straight game. Gavin Grant scored 26 points for the Wolfpack (13-7, 2-4). UNC 91, BOSTON COLLEGE 69: Tyler Hansbrough scored 18 points and Deon Thompson added a career-high 17 as No. 4 North Carolina (20-1, 5-1 ACC) routed visiting Boston College (12-7, 3-3). WISCONSIN 62, INDIANA 49: Trevon Hughes scored 16 points, Marcus Landry had 14 points and 11 rebounds and No. 13 Wisconsin (17-3, 7-1 Big Ten) held on to beat No. 11 Indiana (17-3, 6-1).O'Brien Allowed To Return To Coaching COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jim O'Brien, fired by Ohio State and essentially banned from coaching by the NCAA for paying a recruit, can return to the college sidelines after an appeal changed his punishment. An NCAA ruling on March 10, 2006, all but prevented any colleges from hiring O'Brien until May 2009. But in a decision released Thursday, an appeals committee changed the start date of the sanctions against the coach, making him free to return to coaching effective March 10. CLEMSON: Point guard Demontez Stitt will miss at least two weeks after having arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in a knee. The freshman has started all 20 games this season, averaging 8.9 points and 3.1 assists.CONNECTICUT: Guard Doug Wiggins has been allowed to return to practice, but he and starting guard Jerome Dyson remain suspended from the team. The 20-year-old sophomores were suspended last Friday, the day after campus police say they found them in a car in a parking lot with a bottle of vodka and a bottle of cognac. KANSAS STATE: Assistant coach Dalonte Hill was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence, hours after the team upset No. 2 Kansas 84-75. A deputy stopped Hill's vehicle for a traffic violation and took him into custody after finding probable cause for DUI, Pottawatomie County Sherriff Greg Riat said. Hill was later released after posting $500 bond. No charges were filed, and Pottawatomie County Attorney Sherri Schuck said she had not reviewed the case. UTAH: Guard Luka Drca was suspended for one game by the Mountain West Conference for elbowing a TCU player. Drca will sit out the Utes' game Saturday. Bobbitt, Parker Lead Top-Ranked Tennessee OXFORD, Miss. - Shannon Bobbitt scored 14 points and Candace Parker had 13 as Tennessee continued its defensive dominance of the Southeastern Conference in a 68-44 win over Mississippi. The second-ranked Vols (19-1, 6-0 SEC) won their ninth consecutive game overall and their 16th straight against the Rebels (8-11, 2-4). UNC 76, WAKE FOREST 56: LaToya Pringle scored 23 points as No. 3 North Carolina (19-2, 6-0 ACC) pulled away in the second half to beat host Wake Forest (13-10, 0-8). MARYLAND 90, MIAMI 50: Crystal Langhorne scored 19 points to become the first Maryland female to reach 2,000, and the fifth-ranked Terrapins (23-2, 7-1 ACC) beat visiting Miami (8-13, 1-5) for their school-record 16th home win of the season. LSU 67, SOUTH CAROLINA 37: Quianna Chaney and Sylvia Fowles each scored 14 points, and eighth-ranked LSU (17-3, 6-0 SEC) breezed past visiting South Carolina (11-10, 0-6). ODU 76, GEORGIA ST. 44: T.J. Jordan scored 16 points and No. 13 Old Dominion (17-3, 8-0 Colonial Athletic Association) coasted past visiting Georgia State (5-14, 2-6). KENTUCKY 47, GEORGIA 44: Amber Smith scored 12 points, including two free throws with 5.6 seconds left, to lead visiting Kentucky (11-10, 5-2 SEC) past No. 17 Georgia (16-5, 3-3). ILLINOIS 68, OHIO ST. 64: Jenna Smith had a game-high 20 points to lead host Illinois (12-9, 4-6 Big Ten) to an upset of No. 19 Ohio State (16-5, 7-3). ILLINOIS ST. 88, DRAKE 84: Maggie Krick hit a 3-pointer in overtime to lead No. 24 Illinois State (18-1, 8-0 Missouri Valley Conference) past visiting Drake (13-6, 6-2). VANDY 66, FLORIDA 56: Liz Sherwood had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead visiting Vanderbilt (15-6, 4-2 SEC) past Florida (14-7, 3-3). UF's Marshae Dotson scored 16 points.