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Ingram scores 23, No. 7 Duke beats Buffalo 82-59

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Freshman Brandon Ingram scored 23 points and No. 7 Duke pulled away to beat Buffalo 82-59 on Saturday night.

Grayson Allen finished with 22 points and a career-best 11 rebounds, and Amile Jefferson had 13 points for the Blue Devils (8-1).

They won their sixth straight despite some offensive struggles: Duke never trailed but shot a season-worst 40.7 percent and matched a season low with five 3-pointers.

CJ Massinburg had 17 points and Lamonte Bearden added 10 for Buffalo (4-4), which shot just 33 percent.

After some early shooting struggles, Duke scored 11 straight points midway through the second half to build its first 20-point lead.

Jarryn Skeete pulled the Bulls to 41-32 with a 3-pointer with 15 minutes left. Jefferson countered with a layup, Ingram hit a corner 3 and the Blue Devils jumped into a 1-3-1 defense that forced consecutive turnovers that led to five easy points. Jefferson then capped the burst with a free throw that made it 52-32 with 12:25 to play.

After Buffalo cut it to 12, Matt Jones answered with a 3-pointer – just Duke’s third to that point – to make it 62-47 with 7 minutes left.

The Blue Devils might have been in big trouble in this one if not for Ingram – who was 8 of 15 in his second straight 20-point performance. He had a season-best 24 points last time out, in a 20-point win over Indiana three nights earlier.

It would have been tough for the Blue Devils as a whole to play much better than they did in that one.

But for a while, it seemed like a pretty drastic regression.

Players not named Ingram combined to miss 16 straight shots over a 15-minute stretch, and Duke had just two assists on its 10 baskets in the first half.

That Duke led by 10 points at halftime was mainly due to Ingram – who had 15 points at the break – and 13-of-17 free throw shooting.


Buffalo: The Bulls, who visit No. 5 Iowa State on Monday night, are the first Mid-American Conference team to play consecutive games against Top 10 opponents since Eastern Michigan in 2012.

Duke: Seven-foot center Marshall Plumlee finished with a career-high four assists. He entered with a team-best 17 blocks and shared the team lead for the season with 10 steals.


Buffalo visits No. 5 Iowa State on Monday night.

Duke hosts Georgia Southern on Dec. 15.

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Buffalo dismisses Justin Moss, reigning MAC Player of the Year, from team

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Buffalo’s chances of returning to the NCAA tournament took a major blow on Monday afternoon, as forward Justin Moss was dismissed from the team.

Moss, along with teammates Raheem Johnson and Mory Diane, was suspended in June after the three were caught stealing money from the dorm room of two Buffalo football players.

“Justin Moss is not currently enrolled in classes at the University at Buffalo, nor is he participating in university activities,” read a statement released by the university. “Because of federal privacy laws protecting student records, the university cannot comment further on this matter.”

As a junior, Moss was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder at 17.5 points and 9.2 boards per game, en route to MAC Player of the Year honors. He led the Bulls to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history.

According to the statement, Johnson and Diane, two reserve players, are both still enrolled in the classes and remain members of the men’s basketball program. Moss had been on probation due to a prior on-campus theft.

Nate Oats’ inherited a terrific team when he was hired to replace the departing Bobby Hurley, but after Moss’ dismissal and Shannon Evans’ decision to follow his coach to Arizona State, the Bulls are down their two top scorers from a season ago.

Report: Three Buffalo players, including MAC Player of the Year Justin Moss, suspended after theft

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MAC Player of the Year Justin Moss is among three Buffalo players who were caught stealing money from members of the football team in June, according to a report from The Buffalo News.

Moss, a senior forward, fellow senior forward Raheem Johnson and sophomore guard Mory Diane took $650 from two victims in a second-degree burglary on June 2nd in which they illegally entered. The players later returned the money after the issue was brought up by members of the Buffalo coaching staff. No charges were filed in the matter, which was handled by University Police.

According to the Buffalo News report, citing the campus police report, all three players have been suspended from the basketball team since June 5.

The fate of the players will be decided by the Student-Wide Judiciary, which conducts hearings on student misconduct matters. The Buffalo News report states that the hearing could happen in the next two weeks. Possible punishment includes expulsion from school, or possibly being deemed ineligible for the first semester of the season.

If Moss were to miss any time for Buffalo, it would be a devastating loss, as he averaged 17.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game last season. Johnson is a reserve forward who played around 11 minutes per game last season, while Diane hardly played during his freshman season.

Arizona State lands transfer guard Torian Graham

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Arizona State picked up a transfer guard as Torian Graham will follow head coach Bobby Hurley from Buffalo. The transfer of Graham was confirmed by a source to NBCSports.com.

The 6-foot-4 Graham has been well-traveled during his college basketball career, even though he’s never appeared in a Division I game. He was committed to N.C. State during high school before ending up at Chipola College in Florida. Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson brought Graham in before the 2014-15 season, but Graham decided to transfer after not playing in the first game of the season, due to personal reasons.

Graham ended up at Buffalo in December and was sitting out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He’ll likely have to sit out the 2015-16 season, as well, unless he gets a waiver from the NCAA. From there, Graham will have one more season of eligibility remaining.

During the 2013-14 season, Graham averaged 12.9 points and shot 41 percent from beyond the arc at Chipola. Formerly a four-star prospect out of high school, Graham was the No. 67 overall recruit in the Class of 2012, according to Rivals.

Hurley now has two transfers coming with him from Buffalo as guard Shannon Evans also came over during the spring. Arizona State also signed Maurice O’Field, a former Buffalo commitment.

Former Buffalo commit follows Bobby Hurley to Arizona State

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Bobby Hurley brought a second former member of the Buffalo Bulls program with him to Arizona State on Friday evening.

Maurice O’Field, a 6-foot-6 junior college wing, committed to Arizona State, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN. The Midland College (Texas) product had committed to Buffalo back in March. At the time, he held offers from Maryland, Marquette and Virginia Tech, according to Brad Winton of JUCORecruiting.com.

Hurley took over the Sun Devils’ program last month after leading the Bulls to an NCAA tournament in only his second season as a head coach. Several weeks later, Shannon Evans, the second-leading scorer for Buffalo during the 2014-15 season, transferred to ASU.

O’Field joins JUCO guard Andre Spight in Hurley’s incoming class.

Shannon Evans transfers to Arizona State, reunites with Bobby Hurley

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Shannon Evans, Buffalo’s second-leading scorer, will reunite with head coach Bobby Hurley, as it was reported he will transfer to Arizona State.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports first reported the news on Friday afternoon.

Evans, a second-team All-MAC selection, averaged 15.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game as a sophomore, helping the Bulls reach the NCAA tournament. He will have to sit out the 2015-16 season and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Hurley was 42-20 (25-11 MAC) in two seasons with the Bulls. He accepted the Arizona State job on April 9. On Monday, Evans announced he would transfer, setting up a visit at Arizona State later that week.