College Hoops AP Top 25 Roundup
2/13/2013, 10:27 p.m.
No. 2 Duke 62, Boston College 61
Mason Plumlee hit the game-winning foul shot with 26 seconds remaining Sunday to help No. 2 Duke rally from a late deficit to beat Boston College 62-61. Plumlee finished the game with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Seth Curry had 18 points for the Blue Devils, who witnessed three top five teams in the AP Top 25 lose to unranked opponents this week.
Oliver Hanlan led Boston College (10-13, 2-8 ACC) with 20 points. With 2:15 remaining, the Eagles led by five points and had an opportunity to win it after Plumlee made one of two free throws, but Hanlan's jump shot missed, and the rebound landed out of bounds as time expired.
Duke (21-2, 8-2) won its fifth consecutive game.
No. 9 Syracuse 77, St. John's 58
In his first appearance in seven games, James Southerland scored 13 points, C.J. Fair had 17 points and nine rebounds and No. 9 Syracuse beat St. John's.
The victory marked the 37th consecutive win in the Carrier Dome for the Orange (20-3, 8-2 Big East), extending the country's longest active home streak in Division 1. In addition, the win gave coach Jim Boeheim his 35th season with 20 or more victories. Boeheim holds the NCAA record in that category.
Illinois 57, No. 18 Minnesota 53
Tyler Griffey scored 16 points for Illinois, and the Fighting Illini went 11-for-23 from three-point range in a victory over No. 18 Minnesota.
Just three days after Griffey's layup at the buzzer gave Illinois (17-8, 4-7) a 74-72 victory over No. 1 Indiana, Tracy Abrams hit a step-back 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining to extend the lead over Minnesota to four. For the first time this season, Abrams came off the bench after failing to score against the Hoosiers.
California 77, No. 7 Arizona 69
Justin Cobbs nailed a big shot in the closing seconds, Allen Crabbe scored 19 of his 31 points in the second half and California maintained its composure down the stretch to upset No. 7 Arizona.
Cal (14-9, 6-5 Pac-12) rallied from a 15-point deficit behind its defense against Arizona State last week before coming up a little short in a 66-62 loss. The Bears employed that same sticky defense against Arizona, using a tenacious zone that spurred a big run that gave them a 10-point lead.