Duke blows 22-point lead before putting away Wake Forest

DURHAM, N.C. -- Gerald Henderson was at the center of another pivotal play in a Wake Forest-Duke game. This time, it worked out in the Blue Devils' favor.

Henderson scored a career-high 35 points to lead No. 9 Duke past the eighth-ranked Demon Deacons 101-91 on Sunday night, using a big night to make up for a miscue in the teams' last meeting that sent the Blue Devils to a costly loss.

Jon Scheyer added a career-high 30 points in his second straight start at point guard for the Blue Devils (22-5, 8-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). They twice led by 22 points in the first half and let Wake Forest creep within two points before finally sealing the game with a late 16-6 run keyed by Henderson.

"When you're up, it's easy to relax, so we just had to really get tough," Henderson said. "You have to be aggressive throughout the whole game."

They moved into a three-way tie for second in the league standings behind North Carolina, and now they finish the season with three of their last four games away from cozy Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Jeff Teague scored 28 points and James Johnson added 26 for the Demon Deacons (20-5, 7-5). They shot 61 percent but allowed Duke to hit 54 percent of its attempts -- the worst performance of the season by the ACC's stingiest defense.

"If somebody would have said we were going to score 91 points and we'd lose, I think I would have called him a liar," Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio said.

No. 6 Michigan State 61, Wisconsin 50

At East Lansing, Mich., Kalin Lucas scored 17 points to help No. 6 Michigan State keep a one-game lead in the Big Ten.

Wisconsin led by as many as 12 points in the second half before the Spartans rallied to end the Badgers' win streak at five.

Michigan State (21-5, 11-3) has a one-game lead over Purdue in the conference with four games remaining. The Spartans are trying to win their first regular season title since 2001.

Trevon Hughes had 12 points for Wisconsin (17-10, 8-7) and Marcus Landry added 11.

No. 12 Villanova 89, No. 24 Syracuse 86

At Syracuse, N.Y., Dwayne Anderson scored a career-high 22 points to lead Villanova to a season-series sweep.

Syracuse missed six shots in the final minute, including three 3-point attempts in the final 8 seconds.

Corey Fisher scored 16 points and Dante Cunningham had 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (22-5, 10-4 Big East), who won their eighth in nine games.

Eric Devendorf scored 22 points for Syracuse (19-8, 7-7), which dropped to 2-6 in its last eight.

No. 13 Clemson 81, Georgia Tech 73

At Atlanta, Trevor Booker had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help Clemson overcome a 15-point deficit.

The Tigers (22-4, 8-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won six of eight and improved to 9-0 this season when Booker has a double-double.

Lewis Clinch had a career-high 27 points for the Yellow Jackets (10-16, 1-12), who have lost 11 of 12 to remain in the ACC cellar.

K.C. Rivers had 19 points for Clemson and freshman Andre Young finished with 12 points, going 4-for-4 on 3-point attempts.

No. 14 Arizona State 70, Arizona 68

At Tempe, Ariz., Rihards Kuksiks scored 17 points and hit a pair of late 3-pointers as No. 14 Arizona State won despite blowing a 17-point second-half lead.

Kuksiks connected twice from beyond the arc in the final 2:50, both shots giving ASU the lead. Jeff Pendergraph had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and he hit the decisive free throws with 25 seconds left for the Sun Devils, who won their fifth straight.

Arizona State (21-5, 10-4 Pac-10) moved within a half-game of first-place Washington, which hosts the Sun Devils on Thursday.

Nic Wise scored 17 points for Arizona (18-9, 8-6), which snapped a seven-game win streak.

No. 16 Xavier 71, George Washington 53

At Cincinnati, C.J. Anderson led five players in double figures with 14 points and Xavier moved back into first place in the Atlantic 10.

The Musketeers (22-5, 10-3) steadied themselves after having lost three of four and moved a half-game ahead of No. 25 Dayton for the conference lead.

Damian Hollis scored 15 points for the Colonials (8-16, 2-10), who fell behind 26-8 and trailed by as many as 25 points.

No. 18 Illinois 70, Ohio St. 68

At Columbus, Ohio, Mike Davis scored 22 points and Illinois shot 58 percent from the field four days after mustering just 33 points in a pitiful home loss.

The victory kept the Illini (22-6, 10-5) alone in third place in the Big Ten and gave coach Bruce Weber his 150th win at the school.

Trent Meacham added 17 points for Illinois, while Demetri McCamey had 15 points and seven assists.

Jon Diebler and Evan Turner each had 17 points for Ohio State (17-8, 7-7), which has lost three straight Big Ten games after winning four straight.