WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — As the final seconds ticked away and Wake Forest’s students lined up to rush the court, C.J. Harris and Travis McKie exchanged a flying chest-bump.
For the Demon Deacons’ elder statesmen, this was one to savor.
Harris scored 23 points and hit five 3-pointers during Wake Forest’s 80-65 victory over No. 2 Miami on Saturday, giving the Hurricanes their first Atlantic Coast Conference loss while delivering the biggest win under third-year coach Jeff Bzdelik.
“There’s been some tough times, so staying with it, fighting through adversity, finally coming on top of a big-time win is amazing,” said Harris, a senior from Winston-Salem who was in high school the last time Wake Forest beat a team ranked this highly.
Codi Miler-McIntyre added 15 points and fellow freshman Devin Thomas added 10 for the Demon Deacons (12-14, 5-9), who shot 54 percent and led by double figures for the final 9 minutes after reeling off 12 straight points to pull away for their second win over a nationally ranked team in little over a month.
An 86-84 upset of then-No. 18 North Carolina State on Jan. 22 was their biggest victory under Bzdelik.
“Who would have ever thought Wake Forest beating Miami at home would have been a court-rushing scene?” Hurricanes guard Shane Larkin said.
McKie, a junior, finished with 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Demon Deacons, who — after two years of being one of the ACC’s worst teams — have transformed themselves back into a tough out at home in the conference.
They improved to 5-2 against ACC foes at Joel Coliseum. The losses — to Duke and Georgia Tech — are by a combined six points.
“It shows hope, and if everybody has faith in us and the energy stays the way it does every game — at home, at least — that just shows a big future for Wake Forest basketball and the entire program, period,” Miller-McIntyre said. “I know it hasn’t been so well in the past few years, but we’re all trying to put that behind us.”
Durand Scott had all 17 of his points in the second half for the Hurricanes (22-4, 13-1), the last of the schools in the six BCS conferences to get its first league loss.
Larkin added 13 points, Trey McKinney Jones had 11 and Kenny Kadji finished with 10 for Miami.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Otto Porter scored a career-high 33 points and Georgetown put an emphatic stamp on the impending end of an era before an imposing Orange crowd.
Thirty-three years after the Hoyas halted Syracuse’s 57-game home winning streak at Manley Field House, Porter added his name to the pantheon of stars who made this rivalry scintillating over the years.
His incredible play stopped the Orange’s 38-game winning streak in the Carrier Dome, the longest in Division I, and it came in front of a disappointed record crowd of 35,012, the largest ever to see a college basketball game on campus. It was the fewest points scored by Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.
It was the final game between Georgetown (21-4, 11-3 Big East) and Syracuse (22-5, 10-4) in the Carrier Dome as members of the conference — the Orange are leaving the Big East in July to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.
C.J. Fair had 13 points and seven rebounds for Syracuse, which was 4 of 20 on 3-pointers.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Jeff Withey scored 18 points and Ben McLemore added 14 as Kansas avenged a stunning loss to the lowly Horned Frogs just over two weeks ago.
Perry Ellis and Travis Releford added 12 points each for the Jayhawks (23-4, 11-3 Big 12), who began the day tied with Kansas State for first place in the conference.
Kansas has won three straight since a rare three-game losing streak, one that included an embarrassing 62-55 loss to the Horned Frogs (10-17, 1-13) on Feb. 6. TCU still has not managed to beat another Big 12 team during its first season in the conference.
The eight-time defending Big 12 champions built a 38-9 lead by halftime and coasted the final 20 minutes to give coach Bill Self his 499th win.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Gorgui Dieng scored a career-high 23 points for Louisville. The 6-foot-10 center showed confidence in his jumper and the result was 10 of 11 shooting from the field. The junior also grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots.
Russ Smith added 19 points and Luke Hancock made three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points as the Cardinals (22-5, 10-4 Big East) won their third straight.
VILLANOVA — Darrun Hilliard scored 22 points and Ryan Arcidiacono and JayVaughn Pinkston both scored 11 to lead Villanova to a victory over No. 17 Marquette.
The Wildcats (18-10, 9-6 Big East) beat their third Top 25 conference team this season. They also beat Louisville and Syracuse to help bolster their bid to earn an NCAA tournament bid. The Wildcats are coming off a 19-loss season and missed the tournament for the first time since 2004.
Hilliard scored 14 of his 22 points in the second half to spark the Wildcats.
SPOKANE, Wash. — Kevin Pangos scored 18 points and No. 3 Gonzaga beat San Diego, putting the Bulldogs in position to rise to second in the AP poll after No. 2 Miami was upset by Wake Forest earlier in the day.
Kelly Olynyk added 14 points and nine rebounds for Gonzaga (27-2, 14-0 West Coast Conference), which clinched at least a tie for the WCC regular-season title it yielded to Saint Mary’s last year. It marks the 12th league title in 13 seasons for the Zags, who have set a team record for regular-season wins.
Chris Manresa scored 19 to lead San Diego (13-16, 6-8), which has lost four straight.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mike Rosario scored 15 points and Patric Young added 14 to pace a balanced attack that helped No. 5 Florida rebound from one of its two Southeastern Conference losses with a victory over Arkansas.
Kenny Boynton and Erik Murphy each had 12 points for the first-place Gators (22-4, 12-2 SEC), who also bounced back from squandering a 13-point lead over the final 11 minutes of a 63-60 loss at Missouri to regain a two-game lead in the SEC over Alabama, which lost on the road earlier in the day to LSU in triple-overtime.
AUSTIN, Texas — Rodney McGruder scored 20 points and No. 13 Kansas State stayed in the race for their first regular season conference championship since 1977 with a victory over Texas.
Four players scored in double figures for the Wildcats (22-5, 11-3 Big 12), who share first place in the Big 12 with Kansas. Kansas State made nine 3-pointers, shooting 50 percent from long range against a Texas defense ranked first in the country in defending the perimeter.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Kevin Parrom matched his career best with five 3 pointers — in six tries — scoring a season-high 19 points for Arizona.
Parrom, a 26 percent shooter from 3-point range in conference play before Saturday, opened the game with two 3s and the Wildcats (23-4, 11-4 Pac-12) led all the way. Arizona was up by as many as 21 points early in the second half before the Cougars cut it to 11 late.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Le’Bryan Nash and Markel Brown scored 16 points apiece to lead five Oklahoma State players in double figures.
Marcus Smart added 14 points, Brian Williams scored 13 and Michael Cobbins had 10 for Oklahoma State (20-6, 10-4), which shook off a double-overtime loss to No. 9 Kansas on Wednesday.
EUGENE, Ore. — Johnathan Loyd had season highs of 15 points and nine assists to lead No. 23 Oregon to a victory over Stanford.
Carlos Emory led the Ducks with 19 points and Arsalan Kazemi scored 15 points for the Ducks (22-6, 11-4 Pac-12), who gave coach Dana Altman his 600th career win and kept themselves tied with Arizona atop the league standings.
Loyd, making his ninth start in place of injured point guard Dominic Artis, sparked Oregon. The junior, who was 6 of 8 from the field, had a career in assists.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Kendall Williams made a Mountain West Conference-record 10 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 46 points and New Mexico ended Colorado State’s 27-game home-court winning streak.
Alex Kirk added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Lobos (23-4, 10-2 MWC), increased their lead in the conference race to two games over the Rams (21-5, 8-4).
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Chris Crawford and Shaq Goodwin scored 19 points each and Memphis claimed its second straight Conference USA regular season title.
Five Tigers finished in double figures as Memphis (24-3, 13-0 C-USA) won its 18th straight. D.J. Stephens scored 16 points, and, like Goodwin, was 6 of 7 from the field, while Joe Jackson had 15 points. Adonis Thomas scored 12 for Memphis, which shot 50 percent for the game, including 46 percent from outside the arc.
CINCINNATI — Troy Daniels scored 19 points, and VCU intensified its full-court defense and overcome a 17-point in the second half.
VCU (22-6, 10-3 Atlantic 10) forced 22 turnovers — 12 in the second half during the big comeback. Daniels set a school record for 3-pointers in a season while leading the comeback.
Rob Brandenberg added 18 points and scored the Rams’ final six, including two free throws with 10.8 seconds left that clinched it.
— Langston Galloway scored a season-high 26 points to lead Saint Joseph’s to a 71-59 victory over George Washington Saturday in Atlantic 10 action.
The Hawks (15-10, 6-6) scored the game’s first 12 points, then took an early 20-2 lead. Later in the half, despite a 9-0 run by the Colonials (12-13, 6-6), the Hawks led 40-29 at halftime.
In the second half, George Washington scored five straight points to close within 59-52. But Galloway hit a 3-pointer and the Hawks led by double figures the rest of the way.
Galloway’s season-high point total came on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor. He hit 6 of 9 shots from 3-point range.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Dylan Talley’s tie-breaking, shot clock-beating 3-pointer with 9.2 seconds left sent Nebraska to a victory over Iowa and put a dent in the Hawkeyes’ NCAA tournament hopes.
The Cornhuskers (13-14, 4-10 Big Ten) used a couple of big runs in the second half to come back from a 16-point halftime deficit and end the Hawkeyes’ three-game win streak.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Sophomore Nick Faust had a season-high 18 points and Maryland won its fourth consecutive game over Clemson.