DURHAM, N.C. — Seth Curry scored 20 points in his final home game and No. 3 Duke pulled away to beat Virginia Tech 85-57 on Tuesday night.
Fellow senior Ryan Kelly added 18 points in his second straight strong performance since coming back from an injury for the Blue Devils (26-4, 13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).
They shot nearly 52 percent yet struggled for a while before outscoring the Hokies 32-10 during the final 12-plus minutes to finish unbeaten at home for the 17th time in school history.
Erick Green scored 25 points on 10 of 19 shooting to lead Virginia Tech (13-17, 4-13), which hasn’t beaten a team in the upper half of the league standings all season.
But for much of the game, Green and the Hokies found a way to keep pace with Duke. Jarell Eddie’s jumper with 12½ minutes left pulled Virginia Tech to 53-47.
But Kelly capped Duke’s next possession with an extraordinary effort to stick back a rebound after Tyler Thornton had a shot blocked. That started a game-ending run in which the Blue Devils scored on 15 of their final 16 possessions and included curtain calls for the three seniors — Curry, Mason Plumlee and Kelly.
Kansas State 79, TCU 68
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Angel Rodriguez had 21 points and 10 assists and Shane Southwell and Martavious Irving both added 15 points as Kansas State beat TCU.
With the Senior Night victory, the Wildcats (25-5, 14-3 Big East) stayed tied with No. 4 Kansas for first place in the Big 12 with one regular season game to play.
Kansas State seniors Jordan Henriquez, Irving and Rodney McGruder extended their career win total to 99, more than any class in school history.
Kyan Anderson had 29 points for the Horned Frogs (10-20, 1-16), while Devonta Abron added 10.
Marquette 60, Rutgers 54
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Jamil Wilson scored all 10 of his points in the second half, including the late 3-pointer that put Marquette ahead for good, and the Golden Eagles rallied for a victory over Rutgers.
Vander Blue had 22 points and made two game-sealing free throws with 13.9 seconds left for Marquette (22-7, 13-4 Big East), which kept pace with Georgetown and Louisville for the regular season title with one game remaining. Junior Cadougan added points 10 for Marquette.
Myles Mack scored 11 points and Jerome Seagears added 10 for Rutgers (13-15, 4-13), which has lost five straight and 11 of 12.