Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Duke's Hill Gives Shirt off Back in Win

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Duke's Hill Gives Shirt off Back in Win

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On the day they retired his number, Grant Hill came up with the big plays and No. 2 Duke beat No. 8 Temple 59-47 Sunday.

The victory was the Blue Devils' 88th consecutive at home over a non-conference opponent.

Hill, the senior swingman who was a member of the consecutive national championship teams in 1991 and 1992, finished with 13 points, but it was the other facets of his game that led Duke (21-3) to its fourth consecutive win.

Hill's first field goal of the second half was a 3-pointer with 11 minutes 44 seconds left that gave the Blue Devils a 43-34 lead. He had only one more field goal and two more free throws, but he blocked a shot by Rick Brunson with 2:40 left. Then his bullet pass to Cherokee Parks for a dunk with 1:44 to play, and only one second left on the shot clock, gave Duke a 54-45 lead.

Temple (20-6), which closed out its regular season with consecutive losses, struggled from the outside against Duke's man-to-man defense.

The Owls' big three - Aaron McKie, Brunson and Eddie Jones - went one for 18 from 3-point range. McKie had 13 points, Brunson 11 and Jones nine, just the second time this season Jones had been held below double figures.

Derrick Battie led Temple with 14 points, only the second time this year one of the three perimeter players was not the high scorer.

Antonio Lang led Duke with 16 points and Chris Collins had 13, all but one on 3-pointers.

Hill became the eighth player in Duke basketball history to have his number retired and the third from the recent national championship teams, joining Christian Laettner and Bobby Hurley.

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Syracuse 82, St. John's 81

NEW YORK - Lawrence Moten scored 24 points and hit two free throws with 21.5 seconds left, giving No. 18 Syracuse a win over St. John's and sole possession of second place in the Big East Conference.

The victory put the Orangemen (19-5, 11-5) a half-game ahead of Georgetown and a game in front of Boston College in the conference. Connecticut has clinched the regular-season title at 14-2.

The loss was the fourth in a row for St. John's (11-14, 5-11).

But the Redmen made it close.

St. John's rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit and took a 77-75 lead on two foul shots by Sergio Luyk with 2:27 left. …

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