Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Kansas Stuns Iowa State ; Sulaimon's 3 Propels Duke Past Virginia

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Kansas Stuns Iowa State ; Sulaimon's 3 Propels Duke Past Virginia

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Naadir Tharpe scored a career-high 23 points, freshman Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 19 rebounds as No. 15 Kansas beat No. 8 Iowa State 77-70 on Monday night for its third straight win to open Big 12 play. The Jayhawks (12-4, 3-0) handed the Cyclones their second consecutive loss after a 14-0 start.

Kansas opened the second half with a 16-5 run and led the rest of the way.

Joel Embiid finished with 16 points and five blocks for the Jayhawks, who out-rebounded Iowa State 53-36 in perhaps their most impressive win of the season.

DeAndre Kane, who sprained an ankle in the loss to Oklahoma on Saturday, had 21 points for Iowa State (14-2, 2-2), which lost for the 17th time in 18 games against Kansas.

Duke 69, Virginia 65

If No. 23 Duke turns its season back around and starts playing like a Final Four contender again, the Blue Devils might credit the final few seconds of Monday night's game as a big reason.

Duke beat Virginia 6 after Rasheed Sulaimon bounced in the go- ahead 3-pointer with 18.8 seconds left.

Sulaimon finished with a season-high 21 points - including four 3s - and Rodney Hood added 14 for the Blue Devils (13-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Debuting their lowest ranking since the last time they fell out of the AP Top 25 in February 2007, they let an 11-point lead with 3 minutes completely slip away before finding a way to avoid a third loss in four games.

"This has to be the game where we look back (and say) that game versus Virginia is where our guys bonded together and became a real Duke team," said forward Amile Jefferson, who had two big rebounds in the final seconds, including one that led to Sulaimon's final 3.

Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 points and Joe Harris added 15 for the Cavaliers (12-5, 3-1), who erased that deficit by scoring 11 consecutive points, then took their first lead of the game when Brogdon's free throws with 36. …

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