Cam Reddish scored a team-high 24 points, Zion Williamson added 16 points and 17 rebounds, and No. 2 Duke overcame a slow start for an 80-55 win over Boston College on Tuesday night in Durham, N.C.
Duke (20-2, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed by two points at halftime but posted a 52-25 advantage in the second half to increase its winning streak to six. R.J. Barrett contributed 19 points and Tre Jones had 11 as four players scored in double digits for the Blue Devils.
Jordan Chatman scored 16 points to lead Boston College (11-10, 2-7), which lost for the eighth time in the past 10 games. Nik Popovic finished with 13 points to go along with eight rebounds, and Ky Bowman chipped in 11 points despite 5-for-17 shooting.
Duke avenged a stunning loss last season against Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Boston College led 30-28 at halftime, but Duke opened the second half on an 8-0 run to seize a 36-30 advantage. Reddish made a layup, Barrett converted a layup and a free throw for a three-point play, and Reddish buried a 3-pointer to set the tone for the final 20 minutes.
The Blue Devils built their lead to 20 points when Alex O’Connell knocked down a jump shot with 5:08 remaining to make it 68-48. Duke’s starters enjoyed the final couple minutes from the bench with the score well out of reach.
Duke made only 1 of 15 shots from beyond the arc in the first half but made six of nine 3-point attempts in the second half to finish 7 of 24. Williamson and Reddish had nine points apiece at intermission to lead the Blue Devils.
Popovic led the Golden Eagles with eight points at the break, while Bowman had seven and Chatman had five.
Illinois 79, Michigan State 74: Illinois entered Tuesday night’s game against No. 9 Michigan State with nothing to lose, and it showed. The Fighting Illini, who entered the game having won two of three, forced Michigan State into a season-high 24 turnovers, built a double-digit lead early in the second half then held off a furious Spartans rally to pull off the victory in Champaign, Ill.
Wake Forest 78, Pitt 76: Chaundee Brown made a tiebreaking 3-point basket with 32 seconds left in overtime as Wake Forest pulled out a victory against visiting Pittsburgh.
Jaylen Hoard added 19 points as Wake Forest snapped a five-game losing streak.