Late Night Snacks: No. 8 Notre Dame outlasts No. 4 Duke in a thriller

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(This post will be updated throughout the night.)

GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 8 Notre Dame 76, No. 4 Duke 72

Jerian Grant put on a show, finishing with 23 points, 12 assists, six boards, three steals and two blocks, as the Irish knocked off Duke at home on Wednesday. He outdueled Jahlil Okafor, who finished with 22 points and 17 boards.

Our Raphielle Johnson wrote about the game here.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. Purdue 83, No. 23 Indiana 67

The size inside for Purdue won out against Indiana’s perimeter-oriented attack, as A.J. Hammons and company dominated the interior in a statement win for the Boilermakers. Purdue shot 71.4 percent from two-point range and Hammons blocked eight shots. Rapheal Davis had 19 points to lead Purdue, who improved to 5-3 in the Big Ten. Indiana is 5-3 in the league as well, and while they’ve looked impressive in wins at home, the Hoosiers still need to prove that they can win away from Assembly Hall.

2. Clemson 68, NC State 57

The Wolfpack couldn’t afford a loss in a game like this, but they proceeded to come out an dig themselves a 36-13 hole before they decided to start playing. They eventually got as close as eight in the second half, but the 23-point deficit was too much for them to overcome.

3. Seton Hall 80, Marquette 70

The Pirates hit 13 threes and used a big second half run to pull away from Marquette on the road. Seton Hall has some impressive wins this season — namely beating Villanova¬†in Newark — but they fell to 3-4 in the Big East with a loss over the weekend. They needed to pick up this win on the road. Sterling Gibbs led the way with 24 points and 10 assists.

4. Albany 47, Vermont 44

The Great Danes took a big step towards winning an America East regular season title as they knocked off the Catamounts in Burlington on Wednesday night. Sam Rowley led the way with 18 points. Albany is now 8-0 in the league, while UVM falls to 6-2.

STARRED

1. Chris Jones, Louisville

Jones played — and shot — as well as he has all season long, finishing with 28 points on 10-for-13 shooting as the No. 10 Cardinals survived a scrappy Boston College team on the road, 81-72.

2. Tim Quarterman, LSU

Quarterman went for 16 points, five boards and three assists off the bench as the Tigers knocked off South Carolina.

3. Markus Kennedy, SMU

Kennedy finished with 22 points on 10-for-12 shooting off the bench as the Mustangs stayed within a game of Tulsa in first place in the American by picking up a road win against South Florida.

STRUGGLED

1. Angel Rodriguez, Miami

Rodriguez looked like an all-american in No. 23 Miami’s win at Duke. He was 0-for-8 with four turnovers as he went scoreless in a 70-50 loss at home against Georgia Tech. His inconsistency is crippling for the Hurricanes.

2. South Carolina’s guards

Duane Notice, Sindarius Thornwell and Tyrone Johnson are supposed to be the three best players for the Gamecocks. They combined to go 8-for-38 from the floor in a six-point loss at LSU.

3. Texas Tech

Fresh off an upset win over Iowa State, the Red Raiders lost to No. 24 Oklahoma 81-36. They were 11-for-52 from the floor. That’s 21.2 percent.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 9 Kansas looked like the Jayhawk team we saw through the first month and a half of the season, as they blew a pair of leads and were unable to put away an overmatched TCU team on Wednesday. Frank Mason continued to be the best player for the Jayhawks, who looked sloppy and half-awake in their 64-61 win.
  • Fred Van Vleet finished with 27 points to lead No. 12 Wichita State to a 58-47 win against Loyola (IL).
  • Paul Jesperson and Seth Tuttle both went for 13 points as No. 18 Northern Iowa avoided an upset at Southern Illinois, setting up a showdown with Wichita State on Saturday.
  • No. 6 Arizona rolled to a 90-56 win over Oregon in Tucson, shooting 59.3% from the field on the night. All five starters scored in double figures for the Wildcats, and Gabe York scored 16 off the bench.

NOTABLES

  • Creighton won their first game of the Big East season, beating St. John’s 77-74 at home. The Johnnies are now 2-5 in league play.
  • Saah Nimley finished with 26 points — ending his streak of four straight 30 point games — and Charleston Southern lost to Radford at home.
  • Jarvis Summers finished with 22 points and seven assists as the Rebels beat Mississippi State at home.
  • Temple picked up a win at Central Florida, 86-62.
  • William & Mary committed 19 turnovers and still managed to put up 100 points on Hofstra, winning 100-79 in a key CAA battle.
  • Rhode Island survived their trip to Fordham thanks to 18 points from Jared Terrell and a game-winning layup from Gil Biruta.
  • Memphis took care of East Carolina, beating the Pirates 70-58 at FedEx Forum. Next up for the Tigers is a huge opportunity, as they visit No. 3 Gonzaga on Saturday.
  • Washington played without the dismissed Robert Upshaw, falling at home 84-74 to Stanford in a game they trailed by as much as 26. After Arizona, Utah and Stanford, can anyone in the Pac-12 earn an NCAA tournament bid?