SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Eric Atkins scored seven of his 19 points during a decisive 20-4 run to lead Notre Dame to a 79-77 upset of No. 7 Duke on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference debut for the Fighting Irish.
Two weeks after squandering an eight-point lead in the final 50 seconds against No. 3 Ohio State at Madison Square Garden, the Irish (10-4, 1-0) managed to hold on to improve to 13-6 against top 10 teams at home under Mike Brey.
The Irish were able to pull the upset despite being without leading scorer Jerian Grant, who was dismissed from school for an academic violation the day after the Ohio State loss.
It was the first loss in an ACC opener for the Blue Devils (11-3, 0-1) in seven seasons.
Rodney Hood led the Blue Devils with 27 points, including making 5 of 10 from 3-point range as Duke was 12 of 28 from beyond the arc.
No. 1 Arizona 71, Washington 62
TUCSON, Ariz. — Nick Johnson scored 24 points, Aaron Gordon had 18 points and 11 rebounds for No. 1 Arizona.
The Wildcats (15-0, 2-0 Pacific-12) are off to their best start since 1931-32, when the team set a school record with 16 wins to open the season.
T.J. McConnell added six assists, five rebounds and four steals for Arizona.
C.J. Wilcox led Washington (9-6, 1-1) with 20 points while Perris Blackwell had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
No. 2 Syracuse 49, Miami 44
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — C.J. Fair scored 15 points, including the go-ahead basket with 4:16 to go, and Syracuse rallied late in its Atlantic Coast Conference debut.
Syracuse (14-0, 1-0) struggled against Miami (8-6, 0-2), the reigning conference champion.
Miami, which trailed by four points at halftime, started the second half with a 14-4 run as the Orange missed their first nine shots. Garrius Adams, who led Miami with nine points, and freshman Manu Lecomte hit 3-pointers and Rion Brown hit a jumper from deep in the right corner to stake the Hurricanes to a 35-29 lead with 12:22 left.
No. 3 Ohio State 84, Nebraska 53
COLUMBUS, Ohio — LaQuinton Ross scored 11 points, including two 3-pointers as Ohio State pulled away.
Amedeo Della Valle had 15 points, Marc Loving scored a career-high 13, Shannon Scott also had 13 and Amir Williams chipped in with 10 points for Ohio State, which shot 54 percent from the field (27 of 50) and 47 percent on 3-pointers (9 of 19).
Terran Petteway scored 15 points and Leslee Smith had 11 for the Cornhuskers (8-6, 0-2), who have lost 20 consecutive road games to ranked teams since beating No. 22 Texas A&M on Feb. 23, 2008.
No. 5 Michigan State 73, Indiana 56
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Gary Harris scored 26 points to lead Michigan State.
Harris had 17 points in the first half for the Spartans (13-1, 2-0 Big Ten) and he had a 5-point play midway through the second half.
Branden Dawson added 13 points for the Spartans.
Yogi Ferrell led Indiana with 17 points while Will Sheehey added 13.
Kansas State 74, No. 6 Oklahoma State 71
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Marcus Foster scored 17 points and Nino Williams (15 points) made two free throws with 5.7 seconds left for Kansas State in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Thomas Gipson added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Kansas State, which has won nine straight after losing to the likes of Northern Colorado and Charlotte earlier in the season.
Le’Bryan Nash scored 20 points, Markel Brown finished with 16 and Smart added 15 for the Cowboys (12-2, 0-1), who were plagued by foul trouble after already missing two of their key players.
No. 12 Florida 67, Richmond 58
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Michael Frazier II scored 18 points, including three huge 3-pointers in the second half, as Florida rallied.
The Gators trailed 48-45 with about 6 minutes to play before seniors Scottie Wilbekin, Casey Prather and Pat Young took over.
Young finished with 15 points for Florida, which won its 23rd consecutive home game. Prather had 12 and Wilbekin added 10.
Cedrick Lindsay led the Spiders (10-5) with 19 points, and Kendall Anthony added 15.
No. 13 Iowa State 73, Texas Tech 62
LUBBOCK, Texas — Georges Niang scored 17 points and Melvin Ejim added 16 to extend Iowa State’s winning streak to a school record-tying 13 games.
DeAndre Kane had 15 points for the Cyclones (13-0, 1-0) in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Jaye Crockett had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Dusty Hannahs added 16 points to lead Texas Tech (8-6, 0-1).
SMU 74, No. 17 Connecticut 65
DALLAS — Nic Moore had 20 points and six assists to lead SMU in the Mustangs’ first game of the season played on campus in refurbished Moody Coliseum.
Nick Russell added 14 points for SMU (11-3, 1-1) in its first conference win as a member of the American Athletic Conference.
Ryan Boatright had 15 points for the Huskies (11-3, 0-2), who lost their second straight, both in conference and both in Texas. Shabazz Napier and Lasan Kroham had 12 points and DeAndre Daniels added 11 for UConn, which lost to Houston on Tuesday.
Cincinnati 69, No. 18 Memphis 53
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Sean Kilpatrick scored 11 of his 18 points down the stretch and Cincinnati won its sixth straight, while Memphis saw an end to a three-game winning streak.
Justin Jackson finished with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds and a career high-matching seven blocks for Cincinnati (13-2, 2-0 American Athletic Conference), while Shaquille Thomas had 10 points.
Joe Jackson led Memphis (10-3, 1-1) with 13 points, but only had two in the second half. Michael Dixon added 12 points but was 4 of 12 from the field.