No. 7 Duke Hangs On to Beat FSU

UMass clips No. 14 Dayton's wings, Temple upsets No. 20 Xavier
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2008 12:30 AM CST
Florida State's Uche Echefu blocks the shot of Duke's DeMarcus Nelson in the second half of a college basketball game which Duke won 70-57 on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The No. 7 Duke Blue Devils almost blew a 17-point lead to Florida State but hit eight consecutive free throws in the final 1:34 to seal the game and escaped with a 70-57 victory. FSU’s Jason Rich led the Seminoles attempted comeback by scoring all of his 18 points in the second half, reports the Associated Press. Elsewhere in men’s basketball:

  • Ricky Harris’ 22 points helped Massachusetts snap No. 14 Dayton’s 13-game winning streak with an 82-71 victory. The Flyers shot a woeful 4-of-25 from three-point range
  • Temple’s 78-59 beat down of No. 20 Xavier gave the Owls their first victory over a ranked opponent in two years. Dionte Christmas led the way with 23 points, including 19 in the second half.