No. 6 Wake Forest Defeats No. 1 Duke, 70-68
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – James Johnson’s layup with 0.8 seconds remaining helped No. 6 Wake Forest beat No. 1 Duke 70-68 on Wednesday night.
Johnson finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds and freshman Al-Farouq Aminu had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Demon Deacons (17-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
They bounced back from last week’s home loss that knocked them from No. 1 by leading the Blue Devils for nearly the entire way – before letting a late 13-point lead slip away and recovering just in time to claim the fifth victory over a top-ranked team in school history.
Kyle Singler had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Duke (18-2, 5-1), which had its 10-game winning streak snapped.
No. 5 North Carolina Defeats Florida State, 80-77
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Ty Lawson’s 3-pointer at the buzzer gave No. 5 North Carolina an 80-77 win over Florida State on Wednesday night.
Lawson got an inbounds pass with 3.2 seconds left and raced downcourt, swishing his shot at near full speed from the top of the circle.
The Tar Heels overcame 32 points from Florida State’s Toney Douglas, who scored 24 in the second half to help the Seminoles wipe out a 52-39 deficit and give themselves a chance to win.
The Seminoles (16-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) couldn’t get off a shot on their final possession, however, setting up Lawson’s buzzer-beater.